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Northwoods Mama Getaway

DuNord

Sauna

Girls Weekend

A week ago today I traveled just a little farther up the road, joining three of my great friends at a Northwoods women's retreat at Camp DuNord.  Over the weekend we spent a lot of time outdoors, we were fed great food, we jumped in the frozen lake after a sauna, we were pampered at a local spa had time to reconnect.

Oh what a wonderful experience it was!

 


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Skateski
On the trail

Wreath

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Cookies

Peanut butter blossoms

outside:

::ski trails - solo and with my girl (the boys will be picking up their seasonal rental skis tomorrow!)

::the daddy kept himself busy splitting wood 

::the boys time playing outside on snowbanks and sledding down our driveway

inside:

::I took a wreath making class - I now have a new skill! It just so happens that we have balsams and cedars on our property....next year I plan on making more than one.

::we did some Christmas baking - and tasting!

Wishing you a good start to your week, from my little corner of the world to yours!


 

 


Around here....

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inside

  • saying "good morning" with wild blueberry scones
  • meal prep for the week ahead 
  • a little bit of experimentation (dried tansy in a dye bath)

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outside

  • A little bit of wandering - trying to soak up a little sunlight during this dark time of year.  We lost a lot of our snow during a stretch of rain last week.  Today we got a dusting over a layer of ice that has accumulated.  Temperatures are below freezing, so there is some hope that our lakes will start to freeze and we will gently transition into our true winter.

Wishing you a good start to your week, from my little corner of the world to yours!


snow day projects

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IMG_5060When we were not outside playing in the snow, we took advantage of our bonus 'snow day' at home to do some projects.   We're big fans of audible, both the mama and the kids had an audiobook going on and off throughout the day.   I spent time away from my responsibilities of home and made time for some hands-on creativity: making a batch of soap, spinning and knitting, making some jewelry and guiding my daughter in her own soap-crafting efforts (making bath bombs).  

I am a homebody at heart and days like this, where I can just soak up the experience of being at home with my four children are so recharging for me.  And it was quite a productive day as well!


North House Folk School

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As part of our weekend getaway to the North Shore we took part in several events at the Family & Intergenerational Learning Weekend at the North House Folk School.  Friday evening we participated in the Contra Dance, Saturday my daughter and I took an afternoon knitting class (where she learned the craft and I worked out all of my bad habits) and Saturday evening we joined in a wood-fired pizza bake with other families that participated in classes and offerings over the weekend. We had a lot of fun connecting as a family, meeting some new people and participating in these fun events at the North House Folk School.


A trip to the shore

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We just returned from a long-weekend getaway to Grand Marais.   We loaded up the old deer-shack camper and hauled it to the shore for a fall weekend camping trip.   We had lovely weather and we all spent a lot of time outdoors exploring this unique little harbor town and some of the surrounding woodland areas.   There were lots of activities and events that were geared to vacationing families during this weekend's "Moose Madness" family festival.  We took part in a lot of the fun including:  swimming at the YMCA (that has a waterslide!), a city-wide medallion hunt and the Family & Intergenerational Weekend at the North House Folk School (stay tuned for a post about the folk school activities.)

Lots of fun!

 


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What a weekend!  

We now have a seven year-old in the house!  We celebrated his special day with lots of fun.  This year we had a party where we helped (15) kids make marshmallow shooters.  After they were all assembled, the kids had a blast running around the yard playing.  Afterwards the chickens -and German Shepherd- feasted on marshmallowy treats.   

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We were gifted a wish lantern and our 7-year old had a magical finale to his birthday, sending a wish up into the night sky.

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We spent some time out on local lakes.  I went paddle boarding with the birthday boy and the others went fishing with the daddy.  Four out of the six of us went for our final swim of the season - jumping into the cold waters.

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Screen Shot 2016-09-18 at 7.22.26 PMI was also able to carve a little time to myself.  I made another batch of soap, this time calendula with a vanilla undertone.  I also was able to enjoy some time solo out in the woods on my favorite hike.

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 We sure made the most of these two weekend days!