We visited our friends the Carlsons for the 4th time in Emilee and my 13 years of friendship.  It is crazy how much I love being with that family. Wait, It actually isn’t crazy at all.  They are hands down my favorite family to be around.  I have previously posted about our visits there on this blog!  Here’s a post and another post from our second visit there.  Here are 1, 2, and 3 posts from the third time we went.  It was certainly due to visit again after it being 3 years since our last visit!  We have already planned to go again next year.

Here’s a cute comparison picture of us from our second visit and from our latest time there.

Christian, Emilee’s husband, is what I like to call a marine-life fish/coral expert.  He is really getting in on creating fish “taxidermy”. . .where he makes lures and fish that aren’t fish to look just like fish and is soooo talented at it.  He used to teach about coral and such at a college in Maine too.  Seriously check out his work.  The Carlson children and our children are all homeschooled.  They are more into “unschooling” there.  Christian showed the children about fish (I am sorry I can’t recall what he taught them about, but they were really engaged).
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We went to an Alpaca farm. The owner talked for a long time about how the place came to be and gave insight about the different ways that the females and males live individually and how the females long to have babies.  It was really interesting to learn about what she had to say.  The kids all got to pet some female alpacas.

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I feel like this visit was so short compared to the others, but we probably just did more this time (and got there later because of the Thoreau house search) it was so much fun and the boys loved it so much and it was the most peaceful time we had in a while.

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The oldest daughter (same age as Leto) made Leto a cheese omelette for breakfast and he said it was the best he ever had!

I was asked by the two older girls to give them vintage hairstyles.  They loved them!

We had never met their youngest before. She was in Emilee’s belly last time we visited! It was amazing to see her funny personality!
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As for these two. . .Christian used to have a much larger beard but he recently trimmed it.  Barefooted bearded minimalists are great!

When we left, our sons cried.  They didn’t want to go.  We didn’t want to go either, but Rob couldn’t have more vacation days, so we had to go.  I love it up there very much.  We love the memories we make with this family. I love Emilee so much.  I always dream of being closer in location to her, but I am glad our hearts connect and that we have always stayed in touch and bond easily.

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About Victoria / Justice Pirate

Victoria. Anabaptist, Wife of Rob, Mom of two boys, minimalist, quilt maker, Resources Adviser/Social Media Manager for anti-human trafficking awareness organization Justice Network (justice-network.org).


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