Hello, Hello! It's been just over a month since we've officially taken over the 'ole Black River Lodge and I thought I'd throw out an update on the blog today! Sorry for such a delay between posts, but the honest truth is that I haven't quite decided how to use this blog yet! I'm sure most of you are keeping up with us via Facebook and have seen all the excitement over the last few weeks! (And, thanks for all the support by the way!!!!! If you haven't liked us yet, visit us at: www.facebook.com/blackriverlodge) As most of you know, Facebook probably not the best place to share too many details of the lodge and things going on. I'm still trying to figure it all out, but thinking this may be a good place to give you a "day in the life of a lodge owner" type of posts and of course updates on us and the kids.
So, I thought I'd start off with some Q & A for this one. The biggest question we've received so far from the locals and guests is "What in the heck made you come all the way up here and to do this?!" (... and honestly, people ask us exactly like that!!) The best response I can give is: Our Kids. We just wanted a different life for the boys then what we were currently living. Granted, the way we were living was not bad by any means... we were able to give our boys a safe place to grow and food in their little bellies. We just wanted something different.... more of a backwoods and relaxed community to raise them in versus the hussle and bussle that we've grown to accept as "normal."
You should all know that Cody is in absolute HEAVEN here. If you've never met him, he's your typical rough and tough little boy who LOVES the outdoors and anything on 4 wheels. He's totally fearless (which can be a good and bad thing!) and more independent then any other 2 year old that I know. He's learning his boundaries around the property and has been such a good little host to all the kids and their families that come and visit. I would say he's even had his first little "girlfriend" come and go. Our little Kanon is growing so fast and his best buddy is definitely his brother. I just love the looks and smiles Kanon gives Cody...... Cody just eats it up too ;) You can tell Kanon is just taking it all in. He is mesmerized by the river and waterfalls near us! It won't be long and he'll be crawling all over the lodge.
Just about every evening, I take the boys for a ride down by the river on the golf cart (about 3/4 of a mile) and it seems like their favorite time of the day. We've been able to take them to some of the most beautiful sites in the world.. places that kids are lucky to see before the age of 17.. and ours get to call it their "backyard." These were the kinds of things important to us for our boys and the biggest reason we decided to take a leap of faith into this adventure. The last month has definitely not been easy... in fact, we've had very long and exhausting days since arriving. It's the little things though, like taking our kids down by the river every night, that make this all worth it.
So now it's your turn! What other questions do you have for us? Maybe your contemplating a big move kind of like what we did and need some advice... Maybe your another lodge owner... Or maybe you just a friend with a general question... no matter what it is, we'd like to hear from you! Leave us a comment below with your question or feel free to email us if you would like to remain anonymous. I'll do my best to answer all questions in the comments or future blog posts :)
Thanks for catching up with us!
~Brittany & Justin
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