A Beautiful Day

I had two really awesome days in a row.

Read about my Friday here: http://www.thepinkshoelaces.com/friyay/

Read about my Saturday morning here: https://www.joscountryjunction.com/busy-day-2/#more-58843

So now that you’re all caught up, I’ll tell you about my Saturday afternoon now!

So mom watched the boys so I could buzz down to Sumner – a town about 20 minutes South of us. Sumner has two of my favorite stores, Grain and Thread and Maker’s Market. I needed to get some Christmas shopping done and I totally nailed it! I just love the ladies who own these stores and look forward to visiting with them along with shopping.

I’ve committed to shopping LOCAL this year – I will not order anything off of Amazon or big box stores! Our local businesses took quite a hit this year and need our support now more than ever – I hope you consider shopping local as well.

While I was helping mom, Craig called and said he was getting off of work early! We wanted to fit ONE MORE round of mountain biking in this year. We got to Decorah just in time and we learned the trails were not ideal for trail riding. So while we were at the store to rent bikes, we looked around. I knew I wanted to get Carver a NICE bike – a real bike – and we found it.

In the meantime, Craig and I (as you know) LOVE mountain biking and we want to buy our own e-bikes. The price is hefty, not gonna lie. The average e-mountain bike is $5,000. I talk more about biking in this blog post: http://www.thepinkshoelaces.com/a-date-with-craig-%E2%9D%A4%EF%B8%8F/ and this one: http://www.thepinkshoelaces.com/anniversary-adventure/

Craig and I are set on investing in bikes and today we finally pulled the trigger and got a DEAL on a Rail 7 – the bike Craig has been renting and riding all Summer and we are so so thrilled. Here it is:

That’s an old picture but that’s the exact bike he bought! They were going to retire it to rental only when Craig made an offer at our favorite local bike shop and we also got Carver’s bike for Christmas but don’t tell him 😉

We did a quick lap around Decorah – an 11 mile trail with a complimentary fitness hybrid e-bike rental! It was COLD but BEAUTIFUL and we still got ride time in today which is exactly what we needed. The facemasks were for WARMTH and not COVID protection!

We got up to 28 mph on the e-bike which is just stellar. I would recommend e-bikes to ANYONE – if you are an experienced biker you would love it to go longer and harder. If you are a novice biker, you can easily navigate many trails with little effort. I can’t imagine any other way to mountain bike!

Pork Nachos

We ate at Craig’s favorite BBQ restaurant – Old Armory BBQ and our favorite ice cream shop – The Sugar Bowl was just hours from closing their season so I snagged my favorite ice cream for dessert!

Please excuse my helmet hair!

Now we are snuggling in bed watching our favorite vlogger: The Minnesota Millennial Farmer Zach Johnson. The plan detailed in last night’s blog post where Gannon goes to bed first and Carver next TOTALLY worked and they both slept in their rooms all night for the first time in months.

What an awesome day – so grateful for so much today.

I hope you all have a great Sunday! Thanks for reading!



  1. Elle
    November 22, 2020 / 5:59 pm

    A fabulous day for sure! Great job on negotiating the bike purchase. Cheers to favorite foods. It is kinda sad ice cream season is over right? Our shop is summer only: Memorial Day through Labor Day.

    Cheers to a wonderful Sunday ?

  2. Kim J LeMere
    November 22, 2020 / 11:09 pm

    So glad that you are shopping local this year. It can be a huge difference to so many small businesses. Its so nice that you could rent the bikes and try them before pulling the trigger and buying one. It makes one so much more comfortable on the purchase. Good fun for the whole family whether its mountain biking or just a leisurely ride with he kidos.

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