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Stillwater Waterfall and MN River Valley Hiking

Scott had to take some sunset photos in Stillwater. 
A fall color aerial 360.
I hadn't been there in awhile so we tagged along. We left as soon as Meadow was done for school and headed for the St Croix Boom Site. I had heard there was a hidden waterfall and wanted to check it out. There's not a specific trail to it. From what I read you go down the stairs and take a left following the river. 
I think it's an old state trail that isn't maintained and has way too much graffiti. 
You basically just take the staircase down and then follow the bluff north along the St. Croix.
Some parts were a little tricky. The kids have way more fun on hikes like this. Meadow usually becomes disinterested in trails that are flat with little scenery change. 
The fall colors were popping just north of Stillwater proper.

A Tire is Flat, Let's Shop

I got up pretty late today. I'd worked until well past ten and got home around eleven after we put air back in our right front tire of the Insight. 

Our low tire pressure light comes on whenever it is cold outside. I ignored it since it always does that. On Saturday I noticed the front tire was looking a little lower than normal. I made sure we "aired it up" pronto. 

The next morning it was once again quite flat. 
Despite our need to get the tire patched or replaced, we still had plans for Sunday.

One year Scott's dad gave me a candy making set. It's basically a fondue pot that you plug in. It does come in handy for keeping chocolate warm for dipping. 

We had to make some Oreo truffles to continue our month long Christmas cookie extravaganza.
We'd already had peanut butter cups last week.
(Scott just took this picture because of my Christmas pajamas.)
Along with linzer cookies mid-week.
While Brooke melted the chocolate and mixed the truffle filing we had oatmeal r…

With Spring Comes Biking

Whenever daylight savings changes I flip the mattress. (I know I'm a little late)
Every new season I change the duvet cover. 
Scott actually helps me this time. Yup, I'm cool like that.





I was a little worried we had too much dough so we got out every pan that could be used for muffins.
I was wrong, we only needed two pans.


By the time we actually eat "breakfast," at least that's what Brooke calls it, Peanut has already finished most of his Organmix. I know, we spoil the little runt. Speaking of Brooke's fascination with breakfast, she will not eat anything that resembles lunch for her first meal of the day. So, even on the laziest Sunday, breakfast comes before lunch.


As you can see Brooklyn really loved her muffin-fast -- even if it was already 1 p.m.


While I finish up some dishes Brooke cleans the kitchen. Did you know that Brooke is a cleaning expert (really, she'll clean your house or cook for you. HINT: she's looking for clients). She always spends…