We took a little vacation last week away from the cold with the Lenzen family. We enjoyed the warmth and each other’s company.
Thanks to Paul and Barb we had an opportunity to check out the new home of the Minnesota Vikings last weekend!!
A few weeks ago we had the Lenzen family up at the lake (minus Vivian) for some summertime fun.
We spent wonderful week up at the cabin with the family. The weather could not have been better!! As usual, the kids all had fun playing and there was a lot of tubing behind the new Netzinger boat, we went to the local parade, visited a county fair, made smores, drifted around on tubes, went on a horse pulled carriage ride, launched model rockets, visited the some historical sites, maintained our GeoCache, went fishing, visited “Florida Point”, went on many pontoon trips, and hung out with friends.
Last weekend I had asked the kids to name a few places they would like to visit in the upcoming week. Elizabeth responded, “Georgia”. I thought this was kind of funny because I was already going to be there for work but agreed knowing that there is plenty to do in the Atlanta area.Â So, Carolyn and the kids flew down on Thursday evening to join me. They had a little adventure going through Milwaukee to get there and when they landed there were some pretty ugly storms approaching. It made for an interesting arrival but we got them safely to the hotel.
On Friday we went to the Atlanta Aquarium, followed by the World of Coke, and finally a CNN tour. We enjoyed all of them. The Aquarium was my favorite and of course the kids REALLY liked tasting all of the soda flavors available at the end of the Coke visit. The most disgusting flavor was from Italy – ick!!
We started Saturday with the Waffle House and went to Zoo Atlanta. This was Carolyn’s favorite visit as we watched various monkeys and gorillas. In addition, we saw elephants, zebras, and giraffes. We were only about 20% through the zoo when Carolyn took a bad step and hurt her foot. This abruptly ended our zoo tour and our trip. After picking up some crutches and getting help from the airport courtesy people we made it home safely and were able to get Carolyn settled in. Good memories for the kids and a interesting story with the foot 🙂
Elizabeth teamed up with Ella and Ruby on a volcano project and “the Dads” were put in charge of this project by our spouses. Kyle coordinated so that we could get the project going, Matt encouraged the girls to be creative, and I looked for the most explosive eruption which was Mentos and Diet Coke instead of the baking powder solution 🙂
The girls did a great job! They were very creative with all of the details of pine and palm trees, painting, water, and dinosaurs.
Test eruption’ – We doubled the Mentos for the real one 🙂
We enjoyed our first trip to the cabin for the summer. We caught up with friends, went fishing, put the dock in, checked out our geocache, ate smores, and hung out.