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Closing Up the Cottage: Peak Color Edition

The kids had off from school and we hadn't been anywhere in awhile so to the cottage it was.

The colors along the way were peaking.  


First we picked up a new bike for Meadow in River Falls.

Well, new to us. You know we don't buy many things brand new.

Theo was super excited to see G.G. and Grandpa at the cottage.

We always pass this store in Catawba and I've always been curious what it looks like inside. I finally looked it up on Google Maps earlier this week and saw they have bulk candy. Since the kids did really well at their Parent Teacher Conferences, they deserved a treat.


They did indeed have candy.

Grab bags, random holiday candy, and lots more.

We'll be back.


Meadow was supposed to make breakfast but dad took over.

Unfortunately I was getting over a bad cough and the weather was a lot cooler this year.

I don't think that stopped us from having fun. And Cold? It was perfect fall weather.

I've been wanting to take the kids to the children's museum but it seems like every time we have a chance to go someone in our household is sick. 

Meadow did get to try out her new bike. We really should have got her one this spring.


She's so cute.


Meanwhile Theo and I played on the big swing.


And even got him to go inside the tree house.

I went on a walk to hopefully clear out my lungs.

The water level was really low.

IDK. I guess it hadn't quite rebounded from the summer drought despite the rainy fall.

Before bringing in the dock I said we should go on one last boat ride.

Theo and I picked the front. While on land it was the perfect temperature, it was quite chilly on a boat ride.  


Hi us.





I don't know the last time we didn't miss peak color.



Of course Theo was a little nut throughout our boat ride.


I love the cottages that are right on the water.

I'd hate it if all the cottages disrupted the shoreline, but a good one looks so perfect.  





Grandpa thought we should fish a bit before heading back.





We were hardly back when grandpa suggested we go fishing one last time this year. Theo even tagged along.


Theo was great casting and retrieving just like grandpa and papa. He borrowed one of his cousins big kid poles.

Of course grandpa was the only one who caught a thing.


A natural.



Theo wanted to watch the fish being filleted. He didn't realize how bloody they get.

Mmmm...straight from the lake.

Meadow finished knitting her first scarf.

Saturday was cold and rainy. It turned into Crafterday. Theo and Grandpa worked on building a dump truck together. While I worked on crocheting a ghost pillow.




After watching some old home movies the rain finally let up.

The real reason we came up. Taking out the dock.

Are you saying we need to paint the dock?

Somehow we lugged the pontoon lift back to shore. Grandpa rigged a cable to his bobcat, so we didn't have to push completely by hand.

We finished up the too short weekend with some pumpkin carving.

These kids are still afraid of touching the guts.






G.G was impressed by Meadow's kitty pumpkin.

A cat for Meadow, of course, and a pumpkin with a lot of eyes for Theo.

Good job kiddos and grandpa.

Even Meadow helped with chores before we left.

We'd be leaving soon. Ha. See you for Northwood's NYE, Three Lakes.

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