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July 25, 2010

Jet skiing on the St. Croix River

On Tuesday, we celebrated my 40th birthday by going out for some Mexican food and taking a trip to the Mall of America.  No one can say we don't know how to party!

The reason we went to the mall was to see the brand new Kinect system for the XBOX 360.  It's basically an advanced camera system that watches your movements and then onscreen avatars mimic your actions inside the game world.  I was so excited to be the controller!  Although I was a bit confused that my onscreen avatar had 5 fingers on each hand and arms of the same length.  I'm sure Microsoft will get that fixed in time for the system's release!

The boys loved the new games.  To quote Luke, "The Kinect kicks the Wii's ass!"  My boys are such eloquent speakers.


Here's some thrilling video showing us in action on this revolutionary gaming system.

On Friday night, we went out for a night on the town with our old buddy, Tim Ashland.  We tried to show him a good time by taking him to all the wild and crazy clubs we hang out in Prior Lake.  Turns out, we don't really know of any wild and crazy clubs in Prior Lake.  Not sure if Tim will want to hang out with us again any time soon, but we had a nice time any ways!

One thing I know Tim had to love was when we took him to the karaoke bar so he could hear me sing live in front of a big crowd of people!  Miss Sheri convinced me to sing Steppenwolf's "Born to be Wild" because the last two times I was at this bar, I sang rap songs.  They didn't go over very well.

On Saturday, we connected with some of our favorite people on the planet, the Zitzewitz Family!  They took us to the St. Croix River for a fun filled day full of activities on the water.

Karl has a real neat jet ski and he gave each of the kids rides on it.  I wanted to ride with him as well, but he seemed a little creeped out by the prospect of me sitting behind him in nothing but a wet swimming suit and holding on to his hips.  So he made me drive it all by myself.

It was fun for the kids to be drug around on a tube behind the jet ski.

Aaron's idea of a good time is to toss his sister off the tube while they're going really fast.  He dances and dances around until she's finally able to swim her way back to it.  Then the process is repeated.

Karl told me that he has Tina ride this way so she can keep a close eye on the kids.  After awhile though, I got the impression that she just really liked riding the thing backwards.

Our jet ski time was suddenly cut short shortly after this photo was taken.  I was snapping pictures of Karl and he wanted to do his Waterworld impression of submerging the jetski completely underwater and then popping back up to the surface.  Apparently the jetski had other ideas though, because the second he went under it no longer wanted to move forward any more.  Apparently the gears broke and then the jet ski had to stay on the lift for the rest of the day.  Sure was fun while it lasted, though!!



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