Sunday, August 22, 2010

Johnson Family Camping!

We had our annual Johnson family campout this weekend. Due to very cute but very young children (Odin & Nora), we skipped the Boundary Waters and instead made our outdoor home on Lake Wabana near Grand Rapids, MN. Much fun was had, naturally.

Swimming was the number one activity for the boys, as you could probably guess. The sand beach allowed them plenty of freedom to romp and play in the warm water. Here are a couple of Finn in full-swim mode, one of which captures his accidental foray underwater:


A close second to swimming was riding in the boat. The boys enjoyed cruising to Lake Blue Water and Trout Lake, especially because of the very low bridges under which all the passengers need to duck so as to allow the boat to fit.



 

Finn offers Papa Sam some instruction on appropriate boat speed:




A very tired Finn takes advantage of a chill in the air to catch some rest on the boat seats:


S'mores!


Naked wood nymphs periodically emerged to greet us at our campsite:


There is a unique joy found in camping filth:



Odin and Nora discussing toy-chewing techniques:



Finn shows Papa Sam how to really carry one's weight while gathering firewood:
 

Upon arriving home, we promptly bathed the boys and celebrated a successful camping trip.
 

PS - Odin has been walking with his walker for a couple of weeks:

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Weekend

We had a nice, relaxing weekend.  The weather was beautiful, especially today.  We played at the lake, hung out with friends and relaxed.

Leif and Finn are best pals these days.  They follow each other everywhere:



















Here's an attempt to get a photo of all 3 boys together:




Monday, August 09, 2010

Fun week

We had a fun week/weekend.  We visited the cities to hang with Aunts Erika and Kimberly at a local park, the Longfellow Grill and Children's Museum:










































































Then we spent a fabulous weekend in Grand Rapids at Grandparents Johnson's house on Pokegama Lake with 5 other Duluth families (11 adults, 11 kids).  It was soooo much fun.  We swam, played, ate well, enjoyed great company, sat by the fire, roasted marshmallows, and slept a little.  Finn and Tenzin were the two oldest and hung out all weekend - swimming way out past the dock.  Leif hung with the other toddlers - Rilo, Anja, Esmae, Max and Jasper, while the babies - Odin, Elsa and Lev ate sand.

Here are all the kids:




















Monday, August 02, 2010

Triathlon

Mickey and Odin post-race.  Mickey kicked some major butt - finishing in under an hour, which is really amazing.  His average time during the run was 5:41 per mile.  Wowzers!  Also note, he's lost 50 lbs since January 1st of this year!  Good job Mickey - we're all proud of you.      
Starting line. Can you see Mickey? He has the green swim cap.

Odin watches the swimmers from the swing.
Odin plays at the beach after the triathlon.
Odin watches the bikers go by.  Note his one arm hold.  He's so close to standing without hanging onto anything.  Sorry for the weird formatting of this post.  Blogger is being a pain tonight.  Also, sorry about the lack of Finn and Leif in this post.  Someone needs to tell them it's ok to have their photos taken.