The title for this post is pretty straight forward, but for those of you who don’t know, the Nelsons are my mom’s side of my family. Because they live so far away, my parents never really wanted to travel up to the cabin to spend a weekend with our family. But this being the first summer I have my freedom– my car, my driver’s license, and my own money –I took the long trip up from Wisconsin to Park Rapids, Minnesota to visit my family with my brother and sister.

I left from work Friday, and arrived just before sunset that night. I stopped half way there in Little Falls, Minnesota to meet Brady and Amanda, my brother and sister, and stock up on supplies for when we were at the cabin. The rest of the way I followed them without using my GPS because Brady knew the way and I didn’t, it had been 5-6 years since I’d been to the cabin, and when I visited it was during Christmas.

I had a really great time! It was really fun to hang out with my cousins and get to know them better since I never get to see them. We went fishing on the pontoon, tubing, swimming, Ranger-riding, we made S’mores, played card games, and watched scary movies before bed. We (Brady, Amanda and I) made a cabinet for Grandma made from old barn wood.

We didn’t really celebrate the 4th of July on the 4th, we celebrated the day before, when everyone was there. The bulk of people stayed until the afternoon of the 4th and left after lunch because they’d have to work the next day. So I took pictures of the festivities on the 3rd, when we were lighting off most of what we had.

I left today after breakfast and after that, I made the trek back to Wisconsin, and here I am now. Back in my house for the summer, doing my laundry and nursing my light coat of sunburn on my shoulders and face… getting myself ready to get back to work tomorrow. Wish me luck!

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