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That Time We Biked to Get Some Canoe Paddles and the Next Day We Went for Another Ride

We planned on canoeing at this point, but we first needed some paddles. Brooke made us pancakes to prepare for our big ride.

Griddle cakes for our Pancake Bear.

Before we could leave I put crown molding in the bathroom. This room is almost done. I feel like I'll be saying that for a few months.

Meadow has suddenly shown an interest in going potty. The last couple of days she's only needed a diaper at night.

Finally.

During 30 Days of Biking it becomes a habit to find someway to get a ride in.

We had nothing else planned for the day so I figured the fresh air could do us some good.

It was very windy and chilly out today. The past few rides I had been overdressed. Today I was underdressed. Even with my gloves, my fingers were freezing.

I found it to be just fine, but no two people feel the cold the same. I started out chilly, but had warmed up by the time we made it to the West Bank.

We went to Midwest Mountaineering to pick out paddles. The salesman was super helpful. We couldn't decide a bent paddle and straight shaft.

Even after doing some research we were still overwhelmed. It really helped to have an experienced staff member to help.

Meadow was very excited to see canoe paddles in her size. While we were indecisive on our choice she tested hers out in a kayak.

We both went with some bent paddles from Bending Branches. I originally wanted a Sanborn paddle, but at least these are from nearby Osceola, Wisconsin. I also wanted to get good quality paddles right away instead of getting something cheap for now and upgrading later.

That's the first time Brooke has ever done that other than when we bought our car. Now she needs to let me get a nice new bike.

The paddles fit in the trailer good enough. If only there was someway to tow a 17 foot canoe by bike.




On the way home picked we up few items from Whole Foods.

Our puzzle queen has moved onto doing jigsaw puzzles on her own. 

For dinner I made some sweet potatoes latkes to accompany some classic mac and cheese.

I feel like we have been having so many good meals lately.

I think it's just the whiplash from our freezer meals. Boy, did those get old quick.

I guess Meadow has moved on from ballet and now wants to do yoga. This is probably a good thing for me to do with her, I am definitely not as flexible as a I used to be.

The next day I tried something new for breakfast. This may be my new go to breakfast: breakfast tacos. Roasted sweet potatoes with scrambled eggs, bacon and avocado.

It could use some refried beans, but it was mighty tasty.

P.S. We also have a hard time figuring out which day we should blog about, so why not both days?

"I want Papa."

"You want me to hold you?"

"Yes!"

What a sweet little girl.

Meadow still wants us to restring our antique mandolin. This would be a great birthday present.

It seems that every year my seedlings grow really quickly and then stop. This year we are trying the grow light to see if that will help since none of our south facing windows get great light.

I made play-oatmeal for Meadow's kitchen. She helped me paint the blueberries.

You knew we were going to go on another group ride.

We didn't know exactly where we were going.

At some point Alexis took us down a one way...the wrong way.

We got our bearings back and managed to turn a good ride through downtown Minneapolis.


Meadow was all like, another bike ride yay...

We followed the group until they stopped by the Midtown Global Market.

We had a paella pan calling our names.

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