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An M&Ms Halloween

Theo's been on a Mario spree recently. Mario Maker 2, Bowsers Fury, Mario Odyssey. He's also been getting a bit riled up by the challenging moments.  It was crunch time for me to get these costumes done before Halloween. Meanwhile I once again ended up in the northwest exurbs. This time I purchased a used Iron Sleek backyard rink setup. The kids are going to have the best winter ever.  Somehow I managed to haul all the hardware and 19 long 2x12s. The kids Christmas present had made it home safely.
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St Nick and a Duluth Christmas Weekend

St Nick Day! Pitty the fools who don't celebrate this Wisconsin tradition via the Netherlands. Kirby! Cat ornament! Pretty good St Nick loot this year.

Christmas Time is Here in the Year 2023

Earlier this week we were invited to an open house at the new apartment building behind us. Meadow was sick and Scott didn't really want to go but I convinced him. Hey, I can see our house. Except there's the part Brooke is leaving out where we went on the tour and then got stuck in an elevator with like 14 people for an hour. Still nice to see the new neighbor. The first thing Theo does when he wakes up or comes home from school is play the Switch. Can you blame him? The new Zelda is rad.    I made a rare breakfast for the family. Well at least part of it: sweet potato latkes. Meanwhile, I whipped up our egg sandwiches.

Fox Valley Thanksgiving 2023

Brooke wanted to skip it, but the rest of were raring to go to the Fox Valley for Thanksgiving. I wanted to leave on Thanksgiving morning but Scott said that was too late.    Leave it to my mom to always spoil Meadow. She got her a cat ornament. This year I made actual homemade pumpkin pie since I was poopooed after making it from the can last year. Same recipe , just substituted pureed roasted pumpkin. Ended up making two pies since I had so much filling. I don't make pretty pies, but they taste good.

Farmers Markets and Backyard Rink Building

Everyone ate whatever they wanted for breakfast. Theo picked mangos and eggs. I think he could eat that every day. Kid loves mangoes. We finally framed Scott's family sausage recipe.  Hungarian Sausage if you're curious. Along with a recipe card of my Grandma's.  We thought we'd check out the downtown Minneapolis Farmers Market one last time this year. I was expecting there to be a lot more open vendors but the stalls were already full of Christmas trees. 

Boring November Happenings

  We went to Ikea and got way more than we were planning. Since we were across from MOA we had Theo get Meadow's Christmas gift. We finally got frames for the Tuska family Hungarian Sausage recipe. It's big pancake day. Earlier this week, Theo came over and whispered to me that he wanted a friend to come over to play. I wrote a note for his mom and asked Theo to give it to him. A few days later and we were having him over. We told Theo that we had to clean up when we have guests over. He put up a fight but eventually vacuumed the living room.  Covid set Theo back a little socially so it makes my heart so happy to see that he's making friends at school. A year ago he was still afraid to go to a playground if other kids were there. Theo also believes that since he was born in the winter he doesn't need to wear a coat or shoes outside.  We finally got new house numbers and debated where they should go for a good while.

Early November and Not Many Photos

  German apple pancake for breaky.  We still had some apples left from apple picking.