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What a magical couple of days it has been.  I know I get a tad quiet on my blog when Sarah comes to town, but I do my best to enjoy every minute of time I have with her to the fullest extent. I know the blog suffers a bit but I am okay with that.  She is also great about posting all the fun stuff we are up to so if you follow her as well, you will be in the loop as much as I am, LOL.  But on that note I thought I would fire out a nice recap of the past couple days.

@ Wednesday
I picked up Sarah after work from the airport and we bolted to Red Robin for dinner with the kid. I was able to try the bun less burger and it was great. I loved the fact that I didn’t feel super stuffed afterwards like I do when I normally eat one of their massive bugers.

After dinner we dropped Daniel off at my sister’s house and then headed home, after a quick stop at Walmart for groceries, to get our race gear ready and also to try our hand at making Apple Pie Salsa. The salsa didn’t turn out too bad after I over cooked the apples a tad -  it smelled great and the cinnamon tortilla chips were awesome.

@ Thursday (Thanksgiving)
The air was nice and chilly as we headed to St. Paul for the inaugural run of the St. Paul Turkey Trot and our inaugural run together as well.  Sarah and I have kind of decided that this will probably be our yearly race since it was both our 1st race together and the 1st race for the location.

We met up with my sister (cookiegirlrunnergirl) and brother in law (theendguy) before the race and heading to the port-a-potties and start line.  En route we ran into Rachael (rachaelfightsback) but only for a moment and poof she disappeared.  Sarah was shivering from the start and I had a fear she was going to freeze solid in the frigid 20-something temps, LOL.  After emptying our bladders we walked over to the starting area and started moving around to keep warm.  The course for the 5k runs along Sheppard Road near the Mississippi River so there isn’t a ton of room to start with much less when you fire 4,000+ folks down the street.

We had to do a ton of bob and weaving, and the run felt like a Pole Position flashback more than a run. But we prevailed and ran true and finished and someone even PR’d.  I can only imagine how fast they would have been if there wasn’t so much congestion and flip flopping.

After the race, and after grabbing a couple bottles of chocolate milk for the kiddies, we ran into Jen (kickingupthepace), said a quick hello, and then raced our cold sweaty asses back to the car to head up to my parents’ house for turkey.

Shortly after we arrived and had our showers done, I didn’t exactly have time as I had to fire up the grill to get my turkey cooked and then seemed to find job after job to keep me busy until folks started showing up.

It was great to see everyone that made it and we probably had about 40ish at the house so it wasn’t too bad a showing.  I had fun introducing Sarah to all my relatives when I could although I wasn’t the best at it as many times she was just bouncing around and doing the meet and greet on her own. My gal is not a shy one in the least.  But all and all it was a ton of fun and I even got Sarah to walk out on a frozen lake.  Sure it was only about 20ft off shore, but she was not digging it at all, LOL.

After a nice drive home, we popped in “The Santa Clause” and worked on Sarah’s fleece blanket.  It was a nice way to end the day as watching the movie has been a tradition for Sarah for a while and I was glad to be a part of it this year.

@ Friday
Finally a day we could sleep in…  Once we dragged ourselves out of bed, we enjoyed lunch at World Buffet in Apple Valley and then ventured to Target and to Minnehaha Falls to check out a couple possible ceremony locations for the wedding.  The locations weren’t too bad and seeing the falls frozen was pretty cool as well.

After the falls, we headed over to IKEA and did a little house dreaming and wishing.  We ended up picking up a nice new pot rack for the kitchen and then went home to chill before the game. On the way home, we got an added surprise as Rachael (rachaelfightsback) was able to stop over for a while and chill out with us.  We enjoyed a cider and great conversation but before long it was time to go.  We took a couple famous Tumblr selfies and then we made our way out to the State Football Championship at the Metrodome.

I can’t express what a proud Uncle I was to get to root on my niece’s football team as she cheered her heart out on the sidelines during the game.  Although the outcome was not as we had hoped, she and her fellow cheerleaders never showed a frown and cheered on till the final gun sounded.  They all did their school proud.

When we got home, Sarah, I and the kid attempted to watch Hunger Games, but the old man (Me), ran outta gas halfway through and Sarah told me it was time for bed.

@ Saturday
Up with the crack of dawn we finished off the last half of Hunger Games and a light breakfast.  We then all piled in the Jeep and raced down to Lakeville for the 10:40am showing of Catching Fire and a massive bag of buttered popcorn.  The movie was GREAT and I would comment more but many still may want to see it so I will leave it there….GO SEE IT!!!

After the movie, we took another stab at Red Robin as once for this trip was not enough.  We again enjoyed different bun less burger and an endless supply of steak fries.  After we had our fill, it was time to drop Daniel off so we headed out to his mom’s and dropped the runt off and then headed back home.  We made a quick stop off ad Walmart again to get our groceries for Sunday (we really wanted to make nachos!), and then on to home where we got ready to head over and introduce Sarah to the neighbors.

We each cracked a Woodchuck Amber Cider and I packed a booze cooler and we headed next door.   We walked on in and had a blast.  The drinks and shots of Jameson were flowing and before we knew it we had ordered sandwiches and I was eating a tomato.  Before long, it was time to go and we trekked back across the driveway to our house and shortly thereafter called it a night.

@ Sunday
This was slated all along to be out mellow, do nothing but lounge in our PJ’s day.  This was going all well and dandy until the guilt trip police showed up and coaxed we out of our cave and to go to the evil know as “Hot Yoga.”  I am kidding about the guilt trip as the arm wasn’t twisted very far at all to go.

We geared up, grabbed some water, and headed to Edina for class.  Heather (iwillrunforfood) was the ringleader and Sarah and I met her and Katie (katiegirlchasesinfinity) for class.  This class was crazy, the room alone has you sweating like crazy and that’s from just saying hello the person next to you.  Then you bend and twist all over the place and try not to slip and fall in the lake that has formed below you from all your juices dripping outta your body.  Somehow I managed to survive and then the four of us headed over to Starbucks for coffee/tea time.  It was so much fun and I am glad we went.

Afterwards, we headed back home, had a little dinner, and watched a little TV and then started on my fleece blanket.

@ Monday
We had a little breakfast and talked about January’s trip and the fact we still have not made the damn nachos we talk about every trip.  We then finished up my fleece blanket, snuggled a bit and then packed Sarah up and drove to the airport where I put the love of my life on a plane back to the coast where she will be until our next adventure in January.

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