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winter fun up north

We sneaked a couple of days up north before school began and enjoyed a bunch of winter fun. We spent a day snowshoing our property, went ice skating, snow tubing, hiking, and I even got in a trail run along a segment of the North Country Trail–with beautiful Lake Superior by my side. Every moment I spend north, I feel renewed in body and spirit.

snowshoeing in big bay

Today we all headed up towards Big Bay to check out a 40 acre square we’ve got our eye on. When our realtor told us we’d need snowshoes to see it, we decided to make a day of it. So, after a quick breakfast, we battled the crazy lake effect snow and drove northwest–very slowly at times with limited visibility. Once we located the parcel and scooted the Jeep gently into a snowbank, we donned the snowshoes and took to the woods. Chris snapped a few photos to commemorate the fun. (Keep in mind we are all snowshoe virgins.)

We had a good time of it, made it out of the woods before dark in time for dinner and some time by the pool. But we’re still not sure if this is the parcel for us. We’ll keep looking over the next few days–and doing some more snowshoeing along the way, of course.

look mom, no training wheels!

All summer we’ve been asking Aidan if he’s ready to try his bike without the training wheels, and all summer he responded with an adamant “Noooo!” Well, [singlepic=504,200,200]tonight Aidan decided this was the day.  It was very cool having him announce that he wanted his training wheels off and we definitely wanted to embrace and encourage his decision so we went for it! Mike took off the training wheels and we all went over [singlepic=505,200,200]to the large driveway next door and with our encouragement, and me wielding the camera, and Mike holding on to the back of the seat (at first) and running behind him, Aidan did it! The moments without any assistance were brief, and at first when Aidan realized Mike wasn’t holding on he stopped pedaling–he actually kicked his legs out to the side causing him and his bike to dip down to one side due to the loss of balance (luckily Mike caught him and he escaped all injuries)! Aidan, laughing, stated that he was trying “to coast”, but we suggested that he try to get his speed up and his balance in check before trying to coast again.  :) He continued trying until it was time for bed. It was a very fun and exciting evening for all of us, especially for Aidan who was bubbling over with a sense of accomplishment. I’m so proud of him and can’t wait for him to try again!

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