tonight we went out to the lake one last time. it had been almost a year since our last visit. we ate dinner at the token tourist restaurant, which offers cheap food with a spectacular view. i have a soft spot for that place. it is just touristy enough to be kitschy and fun, but far enough off the beaten path that it's mostly locals who dine there. i will miss the lake. we went there often to walk last summer when i was very pregnant. it is calm and beautiful and just far enough out of town to feel like a special trip. every time we visit we take family pictures in the exact same spot.
this is the 3rd time this week we tried to visit the lake. the first 2 attempts were thwarted by tornado sirens, heavy storms, and power outages. the 3rd time really is a charm. i'm glad we made it because i did not want to seek shelter in the nearby mall again. target is awesome and all, but being trapped there while sirens go off is not as fun as it sounds. thank goodness the weather is supposed to stay clear for the remainder of our time here.
i'm off to have a glass of wine and continue packing up our life. the pressure is on!