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Dispatch from the Tundra

A brief summary of how things are going in Minnesota.

I am wearing all manner of Patagonia pullover and hibernating. The only time I have left the house is to shuttle the children (alternately) to Baube’s so that they could get out of the house and get some one on one time with each of us.

They cancelled school again tomorrow, this means that this week we have had one late start and three full days off. In my entire lifetime as a Minnesotan, I cannot remember something like this happening in terms of duration. If someone else does please share in the comments.

This was the thermometer in Marcus’ car yesterday at 6:00 AM.

Feels like -50°!!! But on Sunday it should be 43° and rainy?!

Meanwhile, our blinds have been drawn since Sunday with good reason. The windows and hardware have frosted over.

There’s a first time for everything.

I added a degree to the thermostat. Our furnace runs constantly.

Critter has been wearing his birthday crown for three days straight and will be starting the fourth today. He is also starting his third full day of pajamas.

Glitter, meanwhile, has learned she has a “pack pack” and is obsessed. She was supposed to start school on Wednesday but since it was cancelled, we are hoping for Friday. She was diagnosed with a double ear infection on Monday and is still cutting those molars so it has been a real fun fest around here.

I still have a few surprises up my sleeve that I can use with the kids, but the reserves are getting low. To all the other Minnesota mamas out there looking at another day of being inside your house only, sending you strength!!!

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Duluth!

We actually went to Duluth a month ago but I have the time now to write about it so here we are.

I will also say that while we were up there, it would have been nice if it was sunny for more than four hours on Monday, but the overcast and stormy weather made for some great snaps!

It was so fun to go on this trip because (1) it was the first vacation my in-laws have taken with the kids and (2) the art in Critter’s room is based off of Duluth so now we actually talk about the ships and how the ships and the bridge talk and all of it.

We stayed in our cousins’ home on the shore of Lake Superior and that was such a blessing it is impossible to overstate. There were three bedrooms and a finished attic which meant the kids did not have to share a room nor did we have to share a room with one of the kids. So everyone slept well. And it was beach house cozy.

We saw ships.

We practiced what the ships would do before vacation by watching a few come in on this harbor cam.

Critter got to run laps around the lighthouse and splash in puddles.

During the four sunny hours I went paddle boarding for the first time.

We also arranged for Critter to go on his first-ever train ride and we visited the aquarium which was a first for all of us.

Critter really got a kick out of all of the touching pools.

While the boys were on the train, my mother-in-law, Glitter and I visited the Karpeles Manuscript Library.

We finally got to visit Bent Paddle’s taproom and we had a feast from Northern Waters Smokehaus for my birthday dinner.

It was a great trip.