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Monday, February 25, 2008 by Myself

On Valentine's day we ordered a heart shaped pizza from John's Pizza Cafe. We ordered one from them last year too. Andrew just gets a kick out of the 'special' pizza. It is a kind of cool pizza, and I really like supporting the local pizza place. We have a couple of really good places near us. The local darling is Mama's Pizza, but when I tried to order from them it was a hour and a half wait for a pizza.

April also made a strawberry layer cake (I think that was part birthday cake for her too). It was really good, so good that Nick would not let us throw out the bit he couldn't eat. After eating pizza and most of a piece of cake he was stuffed and couldn't eat any more, so he walked around and tried to get the rest of us to eat it. April will end up making this again, for Andrew's third fifth birthday (another post).

For April's birthday, I gave her the gift of solitude. I took the kids, both of them, to Jellystone resort in Warrens, WI with my mom's side of the family for a 4 day weekend. It was a huge log cabin, it had to be there were 20+ people staying there. The best part is that it had a classic Wisconsin water park (I guess we have them in MN now too). Nick and Andrew both had a blast playing in the water park. Andrew got to play with his Uncle's most of the time, since Nick and Andrew are at different speeds of water play. Having another person to play/ watch Andrew was really nice when it came to the lazy river and wave pool. Andrew is still too small to ride on the tubes they have there so he rode with an uncle each time. Thanks guys for helping Andrew. One of the recently realized benefits of taking Nick away from Mom for the weekend was that he has realized he can be away from Mom for a bit. Sorry, but I really don't have many pictures from that trip. My hands were full just with the 2 boys, and the water park did not seem like the proper place for electronics.

While I was away with the kids April got a bunch of work done on Nick's room (which is almost done)I will post on that once I get some pictures. She fixed up the closet, painted it, and primed all the trim in the room (there is more than you would think). She did get to do some fun stuff while I was gone too. I will let her post about that.

This past weekend, Dan and Nancy came over for Andrew's birthday and to spend some time with the grandkids. Both kids had a blast, April and I had fun too. On Saturday, we went to the MN Zoo. It has been a long time since I went to the Zoo. They have done some really nice things to the Zoo, especially to the Minnesota Trail. You can see some pictures of our excursion here.
February 2008

lets see...

Friday, February 08, 2008 by Myself

My last real post was before Christmas. So that means I owe everyone a family update post.
We got lots of snow in December (some of it is still here. So Nick got his first taste of sledding. With snow covering everything, including half the un-shoveled sidewalks in town, I started taking Kapik snowshoeing at the Como Park golf course. April and I even went snowshoeing once at Cleary park while my Mom watched the kids. Terry, Jessica, Tracey, and Trevor were there too so adults outnumbered kids by more than 2 to 1. From how it was told to me, Andrew wanted to go sledding, so Terry and my Mom took the boys out sledding. Andrew had his usual fun time. Terry took Nick down the little hill at my Moms and now Nick does not like Terry nearly as much.

Andrew had his church Christmas program on the sixteenth of December. His class did not have as many lines this year, but sang more songs. Some of those songs he is still singing now. After the Christmas program, we had Parents and siblings from both sides over for a turkey dinner. We also opened some presents afterward since we were not going to be able to go up north for Christmas. Between parents, grandparents, great grandparents, aunts and uncles, Andrew and Nick received tons of presents. Thank you for all your generosity, the kids have been playing with their new toys almost constantly. Andrew actually told us at one point before Christmas that he would like socks from Mom & Dad since he will get lots of toys from the rest of the family. We bought him socks. And a couple of other things.

I had shop/garage Christmas. April and the kids gave dad a garage heater and a welding mask. Now I just need to upgrade the electrical to and around the garage to use the welder. I found that out by blowing fuses in the garage when trying to start the new air compressor (also a gift) when it was cold and blowing the fuses in the garage. Cub charges too much for fuses, but at 9pm on a Saturday too much is better than in the dark. So this spring I think a bit of a garage update is in order.

Kapik, the new husky puppy we got this summer, has been growing and is like 45 pounds or so now. He has had a disappointing winter. With it being so cold, he has not been getting to go for runs. I was running him up through December, and then was doing some snowshoeing with him, but then it just got too cold.

My Jeep experiment (the one where I drive a 28 year old jeep 50 miles a day) has had mixed results. I found out it is really cold. The Jeep is drafty, and the blower motor couldn't blow out a candle from a birthday cake. I know what I need to do to fix that just been too cold to work on it. I also took out the poor 4 cylinder engine. It always was a bit of a dog, but I just took it for it being a 28 year old engine from a US auto maker when they were not known for good small engines. Fortunately, my uncle Bernie had a good running duplicate of my engine at the yard he works at. After he replaced the engine, I can now out accelerate a tractor. The point is that it starts and runs much better, hopefully it uses less gas too.

I have posted some more pictures to picasa just click on the link to see the list of albums. Some are from as far back as this spring, but they were on film, and I sometimes forget to develop it. I have a roll or 2 to develop still, and will post more on Andrew's birthday soon.

Sorry if this post is disjointed, it just covers too much time, I should post more

taxes...

Friday, February 01, 2008 by Myself

I know this is not the update post I promised, but it was really funny.

The worst thing about taxes is that you’re supposed to compute the total yourself. What if you ate at a restaurant and when you said hey, what do I owe you? They said you figure it out. And you thought about what you’d eaten and said well, I guess that’d be about $7.25, and they said no, it’s $11.40. Plus now we’re going to charge you an extra three bucks for trying to cheat us. If they knew what you owed them, what was the point of making you figure it out? Just to be jerks, probably. Or maybe in hopes you’d miss high, which is basically how taxes work.

--Woot

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