Monday, February 26, 2024

Beyond 100 Parks Redux #3 - Welcome Park - Crystal, MN

Our first visit hear was nearly 3 years ago on March 7, 2021.  The snow was still melting, but we put on our boots and had fun.  Today's visit was over 50 degrees with not a flake of snow or block of ice to be found.
Key Features
Wow, what an upgrade!  This is one of the focal parks in the city with multiple sports fields and a central location.  Our annual city festival takes place here too, so it was a good spot to build a large playground.
Parker isn't quite tall enough to make the elliptical run smoothly.
Jimmy showed off his pull up skills.
Esme saw a friend from church and enjoyed playing with her.
There were so many things to climb and traverse.
Parker even let me go for a ride on saucer swing.
This one jumps from 6 to swings to a full 10!  Definitley earns a perfect rating, we will be back!

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Polar Plunge for Special Olympics MN

My work sponsored a team for the Anoka county polar plunge yesterday.  Out team theme was onesies, so I broke out my Chewbacca jammies.  It raises money for Special Olympics.
Here is out team before the plunge.
This idea was fun in theory, but do you know what happens when cotton pajamas get filled with water?  They were so heavy coming out of the water.
I lost a croc after diving in and hand to run back to rescue it.
We also lucked out with pretty warm weather, so it wasn't super cold coming out.  A fun dip for a great cause.

Women's Almost Sleepover

Our church hosted a women's event on Friday night, the "Almost Sleepover." It was a fun fellowship event from 6-11pm.  We had lots of snacks, board games and puzzles, bingo, pajama fashion show, and lots of karaoke!  A couple of youth group ladies that graduated last year joined us and they made me feel so young!
It was a great night with women spanning over 50 years in age.  I hope to see this one again next year!