First Annual Family Vacation

November 15, 2010 | My Jottings

Now that we’ve had our first significant snowfall of the season, my mind drifts back to a couple of months ago when we went for a long weekend in the Brainerd Lakes area. One of the great things about Chris and Sharon and their family living so close by now, is the possibility of family vacations together. We rented three “cottages” on Lower Cullen Lake in Nisswa, MN, and we’re hoping to make it a family tradition. Here are a few photos from our weekend:

Two of our cottages were adjoining
This resort had a wonderful beach, a playground, and a lot for families to enjoy
The two oldest grandchildren on the shores of Lower Cullen Lake
One cottage living room, looking into the adjoining cottage
A view of one of the kitchen/dining areas from the stairs
This resort even offered interesting seed pods to contemplate
Mrs. Nisky kayaking for the first time
Sharon and Mr. McBoy on the paddle boat
Clara – a happy kayaker
Audrey and daddy Jeremy and their excellent kayak adventure
A good place for a good book
Horsey giddiness
Bocce ball was fun!
Sharon and Little Gleegirl
Sara, Audrey, Chris at dinner
Carolyn and Sharon making tacos

We read, roasted marshmallows, shared meals, took naps, swam, boated, biked, played games and talked about going again next fall. And maybe the fall after that…

I thank God for my family, for our times together, and for the hope of many more weekends like this one.


  1. Ganeida says:

    That looks so lovely. Beautiful family, beautiful cottages, beautiful scenery. One could hardly ask for more. ?

  2. Just Julie says:

    Thank you Ganeida! xxoo

  3. Dorothy Sooter says:

    What a great time you all must have had – it looks like a dream vacation and pray you will be able to do it yearly or whenever. How far from Duluth is it? Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, we all have so very much to be thankful for – Savannah is so excited about being there and wish we did not live so far apart. Love to your beautiful family.

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