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2024 Year in Review

This year was more house projects and adventures.


Scott's birthday at the cottage.

Looking good at 37. Think I may have put on 10 pounds since then. That's life.

February - the snowiest winter ever

Brooke don't mind, I'm doing the snow blowing. If we've learned anything a year later, maybe somewhere between a deluge and no snow would be nice.

March - backpack camping at Tettegouche

The hike in with a very heavy sled? Not my favorite. Snowshoeing up to Mount Baldy? Priceless.

April - we refinished the 3rd floor

Rather I finished rehabbing the attic. Only one gas leak near catastrophe and it's looking great.

May - we got all new furniture in our house

I became a Facebook Marketplace antique sleuth.

June - canoe camping on the Cloquet River.

Paddling along the river was great. The mosquitos on shore were out of a horror film.

July - exploring our own city

I know, I know, Brooke was digging never being home, but Summer in Minneapolis is pretty great.

August - campervan west coast trip

Best vacation ever?

September - Theo started kindergarten

You'd think I'd have more time to get work and projects done, but really the house is just much quieter.

October - family M&M halloween costumes

We were a huge hit around the neighborhood.

November - ice skating at Titletown across from Lambeau Field

The start to the winter of skating.

December - wild ice skating at the cottage

No snow, no problem if it means (sorta) wild ice.

Things We Hoped to Accomplish in 2023

1. Get 10,000 steps a day at least 20 days a month. I only missed February when I had Covid.
2. Stretch daily. I have gotten really stiff in the last few years. That's still a work in progress.
3. I'd still like to lose 10 pounds. I seem to fluctuate within 5 pounds.
4. Visit every library in Hennepin County. We checked off a lot but still have more to go.
5. Get back into knitting and sewing. Maybe when the kids are older.

1. IDK Definitely, SMH.
2. Paint the Outside of the House. Well, I got two sides done. Also ended up with a free new roof after the only thunderstorm of the summer. A win.
3. Buy another rental property, though I'm thinking that might a 2024 goal, tbh. That'll have to wait. Need to finish all the projects in our unit first.

1. Make another cooking video No
2. Read more Warriors books Yes
3. Swim in the deep area without a life jacket Sort of 

1. Learn to ride a bike.  He's got the balance down, still needs to work on pedaling and steering.
2. Ice skate without a trainer. He skates pretty confidently without one.
3. Be brave and talk to other kids. He's made so many new friends at school. Makes me so proud.

Things We Hope to Accomplish in 2024

1. Continue with my goal of 10,000 steps for at least 20 days a month.
2. Learn to drive the pontoon.
3. Learn to steer a canoe.
4. Finish our list of visiting every library in Hennepin County.
5. Get my ears repierced. 

1. Finish painting the house. I'd say paint the garage as well, but first I've got some siding to repair.
2. Get the backyard rink up and running before Thanksgiving. Not sure if I can control this.
3. 4 bike rides per week? Probably can't happen since Brooke always has to go for walks.
4. Go on at least two big camping road trips.

1. Finish the Warrior Cat series.
2. Get a cat.
3. Play with friends a lot.
4. Swim in the deep end.

1. Learn to ride a bike.


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