During a day trip to Ely, MN (which included giant flying pigs made of snow) a couple of weeks ago, we made our way to Bear Head Lake State Park. Voted "America's Favorite Park" in a major poll in 2010, the little-known park, not even among Minnesota's most popular, won in a surprise landslide, capturing 28% of the more than 5.7 million votes. Despite that acclaim, we saw only two other people during our visit to the park February 7th. A cold, bleak, northern Minnesota day.
All was quiet on frozen Bear Head Lake.
Beau turned eight years old!
Similar to when we awaited his arrival eight years ago, our household was hit by a winter virus this year leading up to his birthday. Lilly was down with it several days, followed by a feverish Johnathan.
Still, Beau's birthday has been surrounded by all kinds of love and special fun.
At 8 years old, he receives steady compliments on his manners and sweetness. He's incredibly honest, while being incredibly kind. He's fun loving and funny. (I shared some of my favorite photos of Beau here.) He brings us so much joy!
Our long winter of traveling across the north half of our state for
basketball games came to a close Monday with another 220 mile evening. I
was able to attend all 26 games of Mason & Eric's 11th grade
season. It feels very strange to suddenly have no basketball schedule
filling our weeknights.
Days are growing brighter.. We can still see daylight holding on at 6 pm!
Our dark and dreary winter has shifted throughout February to more blue and sunny skies. But it's still been mighty cold, dipping down to thirty below this past week with more bitter wind chills.
I made travel arrangements for an adventure someplace
warmer, prompting me to do a little happy dance the other day. A ways off yet, but it
warms me to look forward to it.
From the Land of 10,000 Frozen Lakes,