Made it to the cabin this past weekend. It was a more eventful ride up than I had anticipated, as we hit a really bad thunderstorm, some incredible lightning (have you ever seen horizontal lightening? I now have), and pummeling hail. Good times. Thankfully Coops wasn’t freaked out at all due to the wonderful invention that is a portable DVD player. Actually, that caused us some drama, too, because he was excited about watching a movie and when D.Jones broke out the DVD player, it hadn’t charged. No big deal since we have a car plug-in for it. That we didn’t bring. Drat. A quick stop at a mirage with a big red and white bullseye on top of it, and we were good to go. I love me some Target!
On our last trip to Grammie & Papa’s cabin, Cooper was a “hard-working man” or at least he kept telling us that, as he searched the yard for sticks to put in Grammie & Papa’s wheelbarrow. On Saturday morning they presented him with his own cool red wheelbarrow. He proceeded to “work hard” for a large part of Saturday.
Saturday D.Jones hit the casino for college football and poker…his two favorite things. While he did that, the rest of us attended the annual Hackensack Chainsaw Sculpture Contest. Folks from all over the U.S. come to tiny little Hackensack, Minnesota to compete and some of them are amazing. Coops saw a nearby park, though, so Saturday I didn’t get to watch since he wouldn’t get out of the swings. We made a return trip Sunday morning, though, so I could check things out, and D.Jones took over the swing pushing assignment.
Cooper also discovered the joy of jumping in leaves, so he would use his new wheelbarrow to make a pile and then leap right in. He also got D.Jones to jump in, to which Doug sat there stunned for a minute and then said “um…I haven’t done this for many years, and I thought I remembered there being a lot more cushion.” Hilarious. Not sure he totally appreciated my laughter at that…
And my parents in on the action…
Coops also got his first opportunity to evening fish off the dock with his Dad. It was semi-successful. Cooper got to touch a fish, and help throw one back in. Unfortunately, he also saw fit to toss one of my Dad’s tools off the end of the dock, too. My Dad, having that weird MacGyver ability to like, rig up anything necessary to get a job done, found a big magnet he tied a string to, and voila! Tool saved. Weird.
It was just a perfect autumn weekend, my favorite time of the year, and I’m hoping we get the chance to make one more trip before the snow flies.
*For a ton of more pics of the weekend, check out my 365 photo challenge blog here*