August 24, 2014

The Minnesota Renaissance 2014


The Minnesota Renaissance 2014
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for August 24, 2014


On Tuesday night, we celebrated Miss Sheri's birthday with my mom and our friend, Robin, at Red Robin.  Yum.


My friend, Nick Forga, and his wife, Jessie, make really nice custom created CornHole sets.  I had them create me a version with my favorite football team and am very excited to start tossing some bean bags with it!  If you're interested in a nice set for yourself, let me know.  I'll connect you to them.


It's hard to believe, but summer is nearly over.  And this means it's football season again!  On Friday night, we had our annual draft for Steve Cuddihy's "League To Be Named Later..." Fantasy league.


Steve "Cuds" Cuddihy is an incredible Fantasy Football Commissioner.  I'm thinking one of these days he should quit his day job and go full time with it.


My team includes Adrian Peterson, Doug Martin, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, DeSean Jackson, Percy Harvin, Torrey Smith, along with several other studs.  Smells like another championship coming my way this year!

On Saturday morning, we drove to Jordan, Minnesota to attend the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.  Every year we go there for a couple of hours and realize we've pretty much seen all this before and leave early.  So we decided it would be fun to do that again!


This lady volunteered to take a picture with us, but I really think she just wanted to lean on Avery's head for awhile.  Those stilts have got to be tiring!


Luke insisted he wanted to try to climb Jacob's Ladder.  I tried to tell him that it was a lot harder than it looks, but it took a couple of flips unto his back to convince him.


Avery didn't fare much better!


The Danger Committee entertained us with their feats of courage and stupidity.  They were really funny plus threw a lot of knives and other sharp objects at each other which is always fun to watch.



On Saturday night, the boys had some friends over so I decided to whip them around the lake for awhile.


Because of the flooding we experienced earlier this summer, the entire lake had been under no wake restrictions up until just a couple of weeks ago so we didn't get to do nearly enough of this this summer.  So we had to make the best of it while we could! 


Most kids are saddled with a father that really cramps their style around their friends.  My boys are lucky that I just make them seem so much cooler.   I'm hoping they thank me for that some day.  Instead of curse me for it like they do today.