The Fourth of July

This past fourth of July weekend, we went up to visit Ted’s parents.  They live in Northern Minnesota on a lake.  Luke and Ryan always look forward to going because they get to go swimming as much as they want.  Sadly to say this year on our 5 hour trip up to Grandma and Grandpa’s house, Ryan started acting weird.  About 40 minutes left to go in the trip, I decided to take his temperature.  He was only at 104.5 F.  Missed that one.  So for the 5 days we were up there, Ryan was sick for 3 of the days.  He did get over it and on his last day up there, swam for over 3 hours.  We could barely get him out of the lake.  On the last day, Luke’s temperature started to climb so the trip home was not the most pleasant for that one.  The girls have yet to get sick since we got them from China.

If we forget about having a sick child the whole time up there, our vacation was pleasant.  We spent a lot of time riding 4-wheelers/the bad boy or down at the lake.


We did a lot of swimming.  At first the girls were a little scared and wanted to be held the whole time but they quickly warmed up to the water.  By the end of the vacation, our girls were just floating on their own.  They would start to call out when they floated into the weeds.

IMG_9292Jason had gotten a new raft which all of the kids had fun playing in.  There were paddles to the boat but apparently they seemed to get in the way.  When they floated away too far, Luke would jump out and swim Grandpa back to shore.


We also got to borrow Ted’s Uncle’s and Aunt’s jet ski.  I had never been on one before and wanted to give it a try.  The kids all had a blast having rides on it.  Apparently Jenna thinks she can help drive with Daddy.


Jason and Doris are working really hard on making a nice sandy beach for the kids to play in.  Jenna and Quinn loved it. They would get so full of sand but it didn’t seem to bother them.  We would just toss them back into the water to clean up.

IMG_9418-2But one of the favorite activities while there was the fishing.  The fish were very tame if you could say that about fish in a lake.  Jason spends a lot of time feeding them leftover bread.


Our kids spent time catching the fish on a pole with a hook.  They also spent a lot of time fishing with just nets.  This year Luke and Ryan actually caught a fish in a net.  Jenna and Quinn spent a lot of time trying to catch a fish with no luck.  All of the grown ups reminded the girls countless times to sit on the edge of the dock to fish instead of leaning over the edge.  Finally on the last day, Ted said that if the girls don’t listen anymore then maybe we should let them fall in.  What do you think happened?  Well, within a few minutes from their last warning, Quinn was standing up, leaning over the edge of the dock trying to catch a fish in her net.  I didn’t say anything and within a minute I heard a very big splash……and then a very big cry.  We fished Quinn out of the lake.  She proceeded to pout for about 5 minutes inside of the raft on top of the dock.  She refused to get out of the boat.


We were hoping that would have taught her a lesson but about 30 minutes later, she was standing, leaning over the edge trying to catch a fish again.  Oh well.


About tochinaandbackagain

I am a stay at home mom to two very active boys and soon we will bring home two Chinese twin girls with cleft lip and palate issues. I spend my day trying to be the best parent and wife I can be with God leading the way.
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One Response to The Fourth of July

  1. Jessica says:

    You forgot to mention your awesome friends that were with you ;p jk
    When you get a chance can you send me those pictures?

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