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Our First Family Bike Ride of 2022

  On Friday night Meadow and I started a game of Monopoly. I couldn't remember exactly how to play so I read the directions. Wow we were playing all wrong as kids. I thought we'd actually play by the rules.  Waffles for breakfast this week. Meadow built a house for Theo out Magnatiles. A very fragile home. For some reason the kids love to climb on the old compost bins. 40 degrees and no more snow on the streets means bike ride season is back.  We needed to go to the library and thought we would bike over to the Lake Street library via the Midtown Greenway. Getting to the greenway isn't as easy as our old place but that should change this summer.    Right now the bike lane in front of our house is only one way. By June it will be a two way curb-protected bike lane all the way to downtown.  We've been wearing masks again in public places since Omicron. It feels like the only thing that survived Lake-Hiawatha during the riots was the library. Still snow on the southe
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At Home in March (And Ice Skating in Maple Grove)

    The kids asked for crepes for breakfast.    I have to get my crepes between batches.  Our main cast iron skillet has gotten to the point that we can actually use it for crepes!   We found tenants for our downstairs rental and after 6 months of working and house projects we were ready to take a break and just play. Our unit needs work but it can wait.    I think we were playing hide and seek before Brooke and Meadow decided to go an adventure.   With ice skating still on our minds and only one rink still open we had to get one last skate in.  Just Meadow and I went up to the ice skating loop in Maple Grove. Because of the late season and warm weather there was hardly anyone here.  Always trying new tricks. I told her I would sign her up for classes. When the zamboni came out we took a playground break.  Only kid at the playground too. Once the ice was ready she was back to doing her tricks   This kid always wants to do her tricks.     Theo and I built some epic Lincoln Log cabi

Big Bog-Warroad 37th Brooke Day

This years birthday cabin trip took us up to Warroad. To break up the drive we decided to stop halfway and stay in a yurt at Cuyuna Country Recreation Area . Once we arrived it was already pretty dark out. I also didn't realize the park was so big and we entered in the opposite direction of where we needed to be. The yurts were all walk in and we ended up in the one that was the farthest from the parking lot.  Scott also didn't realize the yurt was heated by wood stove only. Let's just say he wasn't too pleased with this surprise.  I was a wee bit crabby. I had totally forgotten that yurts are wood fire only heat. On a cold night it was going to take a while to heat up our cozy confines. After a mild few days in Minneapolis the temperature here was 5F.  We made due while waiting for the place to warm up.  The yurt never really warmed up until about 4am. We all went to bed in our snowpants and coats and slowly shed layers while we slept.    Going to bed is a bit of a str