This week, I had the great fortune to spend 5 days “up north” (the Minnesotan colloquialism for vacation) with my husband and his family. Lee’s immediate family as well as some of his extended have had an annual lake week tradition for the better part of 3 decades. The week and the resort have changed a few times over the years as have some of the faces in attendance, but there’s still a pretty amazing turn out each year. It’s probably the thing Lee looks forward to most; a week at the lake with his nearest and dearest.
The resort is located in Ottertail, Minnesota, about 3 hours northwest of our home in the Twin Cities.
The area is filled with resorts and stunning lake homes. Time seems to slow down in Ottertail, which is exactly what I needed this week. Though I had planned to write this blog post while I was up there, I found myself apprehensive to even open my computer. I knew that if I opened my computer, I would probably feel the need to check my work email. There would be some email that would inevitably put me in a terrible mood and send me down a rabbit hole I would have a hard time climbing back out of. As such, I didn’t check my work email until I arrived back at the office Thursday morning. After all, I was on vacation. Work could wait.
We were able to bring our dog, Omar on this vacation as well, as this resort allows dogs during the offseason. Omar spent most of his time begging for food, (from us and other families at the resort) and napping in the sun. All in all, I think it’s safe to say that he enjoyed himself.
This year was a little bit different than years past, because Lee and I are abstaining from alcohol. It wasn’t too bad, but I do have to say, the minute we finished unpacking, our first instinct was to make a cocktail. Old habits die hard, I guess. Instead of a cocktail, we opted for sparkling water and iced tea. Don’t tell us we don’t know how to party.
Another thing that was different this year was our bedtime. It’s amazing how much earlier you go to bed each night when you’re not up playing drinking games. Early to bed meant early to rise and being an early riser, I was able to watch the sun come up. Absolutely breathtaking.
The majority of our days were spent sitting lakeside, playing cards, bags, doing crosswords and listening to music. Not a bad way to spend 5 days. We’d venture in to town from time to time, but I found myself happiest and most at peace sitting on the water. It made me so thankful for the beauty of my state. Sometimes, I think we get too busy with day to day monotony to stop and appreciate the beauty around us. I was thankful to have time to do that this week.
It’s also crazy to think that by the time lake week comes around next year, we might have a newborn baby to bring with us. As we drove home on Wednesday night, Lee and I talked about all the changes having a baby would bring to lake week. For starters, we’ll probably have to give up our bedroom in the party cabin and get a cabin of our own. We’ll also need two cars; we have a hard enough time fitting all of our stuff into one now! Yes, many things will change over the course of the next year if we get our positive, but we welcome these changes with open arms. And we know that if we’re lucky enough to have a baby to bring to the lake next year, between Lee’s parents, sisters, aunts, uncles & cousins, this baby will feel more love than anyone could possible imagine.