A weekend away with teenaged boys

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life14 Comments

Spent a nice, quite weekend up north with the hubby and three teen-aged boys. Life is good.

Spent a nice, quite weekend up north with the hubby and three teen-aged boys. Life is good.
Last Friday, Dan, Cole, two of his friends, and I planned a very last-minute trip up to the Zielske family cabin up on Gull Lake. I haven’t made it up there at all this summer and we figured a) it would be a nice quiet weekend (it was), and b) it was now or never as Dan is starting his first official day on the job as a 5th grade teacher today. (Note: Dan’s grandparents’ last name was Boeder, pronounced bay-der, and that was the sign that hung out in front of their property for years, but now has a new home on the side of the house that faces the lake.)

Spent a nice, quite weekend up north with the hubby and three teen-aged boys. Life is good.
The pontoon was MIA because there have been so many storms up there this year and it’s presently in the shop getting fixed. A number of weeks ago, so much rain fell that the boat was just kind of floating away from the dock. No worries, however, because we did have wine. It all balances out.

Spent a nice, quite weekend up north with the hubby and three teen-aged boys. Life is good.
I have stopped bringing my DSLR up to the lake. Honestly? It’s just so much easier to whip out my iPhone and take a few pics. My iPhone is my main camera, unless I’m taking ultimate photos. In fact, the only reason I’m thinking of upgrading to whatever the new iPhone is in the coming months is because I hear the camera will be even better. Plus, Verizon says I have an eligible upgrade. Win-win.

Spent a nice, quite weekend up north with the hubby and three teen-aged boys. Life is good.
Speaking of Verizon, I never knew I could have internet at the cabin via my iPhone’s Hot Spot function. I have no idea how much it will add to my bill—maybe it’s just a data thing?—but it was nice to be able to check email in the comfort of the cabin on a screen bigger than 4 inches.

Spent a nice, quite weekend up north with the hubby and three teen-aged boys. Life is good.
We tooled around a few of the towns north of Nisswa with the boys, who were in search of any second hand shop they could find. (Have I ever mentioned how much I love that Cole prefers second hand shopping to all other forms? Do you know how much money he saves us by not caring about brands? He learned it from his Dad. And his sister. Me? Oh, I was a Guess Jeans girl in my day. I owe my Mom an apology!)

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Speaking of vintage, Cole’s friend Jim is the blonde Duckie.

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And it doesn’t get much more vintage that this. And yes, this coming October will be 25 years for us.

Spent a nice, quite weekend up north with the hubby and three teen-aged boys. Life is good.
No trip to the cabin would be complete without a game of Mexican Train. I only made it through 6 rounds and then hit the hay. Dan and the boys plowed through, with Cole emerging victorious.

Spent a nice, quite weekend up north with the hubby and three teen-aged boys. Life is good.
The weather was glorious (dropping into the 50s overnight) and it was nice to catch up with Dan’s Aunt and Uncle and a few of his cousins who were up at their place, which is right next door. And it was nice to just be up there with Cole and two of his closest friends. Diego and Cole have been friends since they met in the Disaster Book section of the Roseville Public Library when they were five-years-old; Jim and Cole have been friends since 7th grade. They all play ultimate, too. So there was ample disc throwing in the Northland.

Plus, I got this photo and it just makes me smile.

Spent a nice, quite weekend up north with the hubby and three teen-aged boys. Life is good.
Never underestimate your Mother’s ability to use the Gaussian Blur function, my boy.


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14 Comments on “A weekend away with teenaged boys”

  1. #2
    Laura

    Glad you were able to get away to celebrate the end of summer. And now you have some new pictures to use with your new lake stamps! 🙂

  2. #3
    Tracey

    Great getaway before the school year and so cool to have the boys with you.

    I used my phone as a hotspot for my Mac last week on vacation, too. I was worried/curious (worrious?) about data use, so I went into setting and reset my cellular tally to zero, used the hotspot for 15-20 min for emails and paying some bills, then shut it down and checked back. It didn’t seem to use much at all…yay!

    Cheers to Dan today! Can’t wait to hear how it goes!! Mr. Z will be awesome, no doubt.

    1. #3.1
      Cathy Zielske

      Yeah, i just looked at my bill and it’s definitely more data than I’ve ever used in a month before, and we are going to have to add data or we’ll go over our limit, but… a fair tradeoff! Man, one day I won’t have to pay for this many phones and that will be a glorious day!

  3. #5
    Sue P.

    Love all of this especially the finger picture. My own children think this is such fun to do this to me. I am seriously contemplating a “Finger” album. And saving it as payback for their future kids ?

    1. #7.1
      Cathy Zielske

      Oh, you have no idea. Cole was obsessed with disasters that year. Hindenburg. Titanic. You name it, he knew ALL about it.

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