Sunday, September 2, 2012

One Last Road Trip

Landon and I decided we needed one last little road trip before school starts.
We were lucky enough to find this Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes.
It was on a private lake and allowed fishing from the docks!
The best part (for me) was it was also just right down the road
from the best little flea market ever!!!
Landon and I were thrilled.
Tim was o.k., but went along for the ride anyway.

We had most of the beach to ourselves as there were two weddings
going on at the same time! One on each end of the hotel.
I felt so sorry for the brides, as the wind was just wicked.
Here they are taking pictures of wedding #1.

They took down part of the playground to
accomodate the second wedding party's tents.
Landon did not think that was cool at all!

Happy, happy fisherboy!

1st catch of the day.

2nd catch of the day.
More seaweed!
He did catch four sunfish, but
had to throw them back.
No fish allowed in mom's car!

Digging for stinky shells.

Found some!

As a guest of the hotel, we could have rode these
bikes free for two hours. (We also could have used
the paddle boats and other fun lake stuff) But, the wind
would not allow for any of that. Landon was lucky he didn't
get blown into the lake while he was fishing!
(He wouldn't have cared. lol)

After the wedding pictures, these boys had two hours to kill
before the wedding. Since no one was watching them,
they decided to climb this tree. Two hours might as well
be two days to little boys!!

Wish this wasn't so blurry. One little boy made it
half way up, before he decided to back down.

Since no one was still not paying any attention to them,
they decided to go throw tons of rocks into the water.
When they started walking in the water, (up to their knees!)
I got up to go get them, and they saw me and ran
back onto the sandy part of the beach. 
They then came over to tell me all about the water and rocks.
I then took them back up to their parents.
But, this little got got away again.
This time dad got a hold of him and drug him back.
Grandma was getting really fed up!
The little boy in the white, reminded me of Landon at that
age. He was super cute and funny, but could not sit still.
Not for a minute. It was, Go! Go! Go!
Classic ADHD. Classic. All signs point to GO!
I did get the mom's email address, as I told her about the
pictures and wanted to send them to her. She was so stressed.
(She had been looking for the boys at the other wedding, and dad
was hanging out with the big boys. Not much help.)
She made the comment to me that she was going to just tie
him to the tree until the wedding started, and I could tell
she wished she really could. I remember those feelings so well,
and still occasionally feel them. I didn't say anything to her
about our family, but I do plan on sharing through an email,
 our experience and how there is indeed a silver lining in it all.
I only wish someone would have reached out to us when Landon
was little. I think of the wasted years spent chasing him and trying
to get him to sit still....anyway...getting off track here. I just hope
she will keep an open mind and hopefully get him the help he needs
at an early age, so they can all enjoy his childhood.
End of that story!
They had a bubble gum blowing contest for kids
in the restaurant, while we were waiting for our supper.
Landon almost won!
They had a contest for adults after that too, but our
food came and I wasn't leaving my baby rack ribs for nothing!
Otherwise, I would have been all over that!
I would have won too! Now I can blow some big bubbles, oh, yes I can!
I can also blow a triple bubble. Can you?
Making friends in the hot tub.
Landon has finally come out of his shell, and
will strike up a conversation with other kids, anywhere.
I am so proud of him!
He was talking about fishing here. The other boys
weren't that interested, but when he told them about
the seaweed, then they were all ears!
How can any boy resist a green and slimy story?
He can almost touch in the deeper end!
Landon is just a head shorter than me now.
Makes me a little sad.
When we found the hotel on line, it said there weren't any vacancies.
(We later found out they were booked solid because of the two weddings.)
That didn't stop us though! We weren't giving up!
I called the hotel and asked if they had any cancellations,
 and low and behold they had just gotten one!
It was the king $ize $uite though with a hot tub,
bar and a balcony overlooking the lake.
I booked it anyway. It was totally worth it!
There was a fire throwing show going on, on the beach.
We had a prime spot watching it from our balcony.
Now that was cool!
We couldn't check into our room until 3:00,
so we hit the Flea Market first. I am so glad
we went there on Saturday. It was really packed,
but on Sunday....Oh man...on Sunday,
we drove by it on the way home and the cars were
parked all up and down the highway!!!
I am so glad we went on Saturday.
I had to check out Patina White's place first.
I love her little white shed! If she ever retires
or gives up her spot, I am taking over!!!
I love junk!!
This hand painted old bed was beautiful.
The pictures don't do it justice.
It was only $100 for the whole thing, but I had
no way to get it home and I had no use for it.
It was only a full size, and I couldn't imagine taking it
apart to make something out of it. All that work.
It needed to stay a bed. I hope someone bought it
and will give it the loving home it deserves.
Oh, be still my heart.
I wanted to buy them all and throw them in the
rock bed in front of my house. Sadly, I didn't get any of them.
(The owner thought they were made of gold or something!)
The search for a few sweet cream cans continues....