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Old Man Tuska's Birthday and an Unrelated Sled Party


For Scott's 33rd Birthday he requested cheesecake in a Bundt pan.

It was supposed to have Kahlua in it, but we never picked it up. It was going to be great regardless.

We had record low temperatures this week so I wasn't stopping anywhere.

Theo loved his first taste of cheesecake. He even got mad when he finished his right away and we were still eating.

It was really good. You can't blame the little fella.

Brooke got me a new camera bag from Oliday. Well, actually, a camera backpack. I can fit a camera or two, a few lenses and my drone. This is a pretty great present.

"Are we done already"?

Yup, that's it. We did go out for dinner at Cleveland Wok, but  I forgot my camera.

On Saturday Meadow made some dresses with her play silks.

Theo made some silly faces at his sister.

Meadow wanted to play outside. I caught her playing with the neighbors drain pipe.

Eventually she did get brave enough to ding the neighbor boys' bell.

Then we headed over to Hudson for their hot air ballon festival. I've always wanted to go and this year the temperature was very warm to be outside all day.

When we arrived there was a peculiar lake of hot air ballons. I was also disappointed to find out it wasn't along the scenic riverfront, but instead at one their grade schools. 

We had some time before the next balloon launch, so we wandered the craft area. We lost Meadow to the caricature stand.

G.G. would've loved looking around here.

One last watch before heading back outside.

We confirmed our fears that there wasn't going to be any balloon launches. Apparently it was too windy.


There wasn't much food at the hot air balloon fest and I had skipped breakfast. When we got gas, I got some Kwik Trip bbq sandwich. It would do.

Someone threw a tomato on our car at some point and it froze. With the mild temps we gave our car a bath. Theo didn't know what was going on.

Since the hot air balloon thing was a flop we met up with Shannyn and Brent for some sledding.

Our friends Allison and Tom were also there with the kids.

Shannyn's dad is a snowbird so we crashed their house to use the backyard for sledding.

It was a darn good sled hill.

I wasn't really in a sledding mood with a nagging cough, so I stayed inside and watched Theo.

Theo got to take his first ride. He didn't find it very fun.



Meadow had plenty of fun to make up for Theo.

Back inside Theo ate everyone's leftover pizzas.

These girls were surprised to be eating cupcakes or something.

Loving that pizza.

On our way to Eden Prairie we stopped in Eagen to pick up my new winter workout. With our recent Wii Fit addiction this is going to take us to the next level.

But Wii Fit is fun. I'm not so sure about this.



There was a music on ice event at our nearby skating rink. Meadow and I headed over for some ice skating before calling it a night.

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