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Painting Ceilings, A Milling Museum and Valentines Day Fun

I kept telling Scott when we paint the ceiling in the kitchen either him and Meadow need to go away for the weekend or we need to plan it when we don't want to cook. He went ahead and started anyway making cooking a little difficult.

Things would never get done around the house if I put them on Brooke's timetable.

Despite putting up all the plastic, dust still got all over.

Mostly because we didn't overlap one section well enough.

I made oatmeal in Meadow's kitchen for breakfast.

We're holding on to the Fiala's fancy kitchen while they sell their home.

Then I brought out all of Meadow's puzzles to keep her busy.

So long greasy cracked ceiling.

You don't realize how gross it was until you put down a coat of bright white paint.

Our Saturday was spent running errands, so today I wanted to do something fun. We decided to take advantage of my Minnesota Historical Society Membership and head over to the Mill City Museum. The weather was mild enough to bike there.

I can't say I've biked in February before.

There's always new firsts with climate change.



We went on the Flour Tower first which brought us to an overlook of the mill ruins.

We came here probably 8 years ago with my parents. I remembered it being a lot bigger.

I remember it being exactly this small, but it does have some fun exhibits like the giant puzzle.

We spent a lot of time playing with the scale models of the lock and dam.

I think Meadow enjoyed that and the make your own cereal box station the most.

We didn't see everything since we can come back anytime.


It was chilly in the shade.

When we got back home we had leftover breakfast burritos.

After dinner Meadow danced. She is going to be excited for ballet class coming up in a few weeks.


Valentines Day
I surprised Meadow with a Valentine balloon. I was at work, but I left it out so she saw it when she came downstairs.

She would use pay with Balloon-y for the next week plus.

I'm really bad at surprises, but I decided to make Brooke candies for Valentines. We made it one better by making homemade peanut butter cup hearts.

It took al lot of willpower to not eat any before Brooke got back from work.

The second I walked in the door Meadow yelled, "Mama we made chocolate!"

I was so surprised to see homemade chocolates when I got home. 

A few days ago we told Meadow we would take her out on date for Valentines and she could chose where to go. She picked the library of course. On the way we saw this house decked out for the holiday.


After the library we walked over to the Linden Hills' Sebastian Joe's for ice cream.

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