The Maelstrom’s On Vacation

It’s not a regular time when a bunch of the Maelstrom’s are in town for a group vacation.  This year we lucked out.

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A Family Portrait at the Beach (Boone, Ingrid, Bjorn, Arvid and Nils).

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The weather was perfect and the water was refreshing.  Being Nordic we tend to like the weather colder but even the heat of the summer could dampen our fun.

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Nils was all over the place.  This was his first trip to a beach ever.  He doesn’t speak much English but he was having a blast!

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We are a fun bunch that much is true about the Maelstroms!!

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Ingrid did a lot of sightseeing on her own.  She loves all the tourist things like Museums and such.  Here she is at the Cape May Firehouse Museum.

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She also made it to the Aviation Museum.  She said we missed a great time.  You can get in the vehicles and play with the equipment.  I definitely need to visit this one!  I love touching stuff!

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It’s Not Raining…Right Now

OMG…such storms last night.  Kept us all awake.  More storms scheduled for later today.  The Roomie said we should sneak outside while we had the opportunity.  It was a great time.

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She likes to bird watch at this little birdwatching area near us.  She says that April is the best time to watch the birds.

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We saw some great looking birds.

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Sometimes I forget the cool things in the woods.

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She was correct that today was a great day for it.  It’s still cool and windy but at least the sun was out.

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We know the rains are coming back soon.  You know, “April Showers bring May Flowers” thing.  But this little escape was just what we all needed.  Hope you got to go outside today too 🙂

It’s Spring….ish

We got outside today.  Sunny and about 65 degrees.  It was a nice break from the rain.

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Even Mick got out for some fresh air.

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Ingrid was so happy.  She’s been semi-hibernating all winter.  Too cold for her.

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A wonderful day at the Arboretum.  It was a really quick trip but we are all hoping to get some forest time in this weekend.

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No lie…it was an awesome day!

Garden Festival Time!

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The CH Garden Festival was in full swing yesterday even though it rained.  It was still a good day!

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Real flowers against art = Awesomeness!

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The Roomies bought some new Fairy Houses for the multitudes that have gathered at our house.  J is all like “the more the merrier” but that’s because she doesn’t have to share a bathroom with the merrier.  I’m just grumpy today.

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Bjorn digging the stroll.

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Ingrid had a blast.  This was her first Garden Festival.  She enjoyed the May pole Dancers the most.  She said it really reminded her of visiting Teddy in Germany in the Spring 🙂

The crowds eventually showed up and the weather cleared up and we went on to your next activity.  It was a good day 🙂

Springing Into Spring

It’s still a bit cold in our part of the globe but we all got excited when we saw the flowers starting to bloom.  It meant that Spring was springing!

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Thad loved the daffodils!

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Ingrid always loves going to the arboretum.  It reminds her so much of Norway and the Fjords and forests.

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Even with the cooler weather how could one not enjoy such an outing?

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So much fun.  I hope you get to go out and smell the flowers too!

Vegas Baby!

The Gang joined Bjorn on a mini break to Las Vegas, Nevada.  It was amazing!

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We had a layover in St. Louis.  So technically we were all in St. Louis…totally counts, lol.

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Let’s get to the gaming already!
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Shelly got some really good food at Le Burger Brasserie.

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Bjorn atop of the Stratosphere!

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Vegas was a blast.  Like they say…What happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas, lol!

Hey Ingrid Hey

Bjorn sister has come to town and she’s liking it so much she has decided to stay.  I’m just an elf/gnome so I’m always a little leery of new comers but I sure do like her.  She’s such a sweet gal from the forest.

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She arrived just as we were having our 17th snow fall of the season.  It may be mathematically spring but the snow makes me think that Winter just doesn’t want to let go.

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Luckily for the Roomie it was more a “pretty” snow than a messy one.

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I love spring like most folks but I’m going to miss the beauty that snow offers.  It’s like the paint to the canvas of a landscape painting.  The warmth will be nice but from this old Elf/Gnome each season brings with it new possibilities, new beauties and new adventures.  I’m glad Ingrid is going to stick around to share all this with us 🙂