An Extra “Specialized” Christmas at the Prenzlows

An Extra “Specialized” Christmas at the Prenzlows

  It was an extra “Specialized” Christmas at the Prenzlows as Koen’s big gift was a new Specialized DSW SL Comp Allez.  I’m really not sure who was more excited? Koen or me? I cannot wait until next spring when we are both able to ride and race together. It should make for some amazing years to come!...
Christmas in Mankato

Christmas in Mankato

We have never been the type of family driven by traditions, but we may be starting a new one? This was our second year celebrating Angie’s Christmas at the Mankato City Center Hotel in Mankato, MN and it has been a great time both years. The wide-open space around the pool area allows the kids to basically run wild and the management’s accommodating and relaxed attitudes have made it a great experience all around. This would not be the place I would stay if I wanted to get to bed early on a Saturday night, but if you are looking for a glorified rumpus room until 11:00 PM, it fits the bill nicely. I’m so lucky to have such a great group of in-laws to enjoy the holidays with....
Celebrating Moms on Mother’s Day Weekend

Celebrating Moms on Mother’s Day Weekend

Who doesn’t love to hold a new baby? It’s not very often that you have a brand new nephew in the family and they sure don’t stay brand new very long. It was only appropriate that we went down to Sherburn, MN to visit my sister-in-law Nikki and brother-in-law Jake on Mother’s Day Weekend to meet William (Will) for the first time. They had moved into their new house on Fox Lake less than a week ago and everything was wonderfully chaotic and exciting. Although with my sister-in-law Nikki, chaotic meant that there were no signs of empty boxes and pictures were already hanging on the walls :   ) After spending a wonderful Saturday evening with Angie’s side of the family in Sherburn, we headed to Mapleton to spend the night at my mom and dad’s. It’s always been nice for travel purposes that both of our families live in southern Minnesota. It was late by the time we arrived at my parent’s house, but we still had time to catch up and watch a little NASCAR with my dad. After a lazy Mother’s Day morning, we headed to my aunt Cindy’s in Winnebago for Mother’s Day lunch. With so many wonderful home-prepared dishes, the goal is to take small portions of everything so that I am not completely bloated on the drive back to the Cities. It’s always great to catch up with family and hear the latest news about my cousins. It’s always such a fun weekend with family. However, in my book mothers should be celebrated every day of the year.   Brady Prenzlow owns Prenzlow Photography, rides...
What does Oak Flooring, Windy Hills, Braised Rabbit, and Vehicular Manslaughter have in Common?

What does Oak Flooring, Windy Hills, Braised Rabbit, and Vehicular Manslaughter have in Common?

Reflecting back on an uncharacteristically busy Saturday that involved a round-trip to gramma and grampa’s in Mapleton, a 50-mile bike ride in Henderson, and an evening out in Minneapolis, I’m not sure one additional activity could have fit into the span of the 16 hour day? Mapleton with Koen Since Koen is on spring break all of next week, we thought it would be a perfect time for him to spend a few days in Mapleton at grandma and grandpa’s house. With a full day ahead of me, Koen and I hit the road early. I was excited to see how my dad was doing after undergoing his second hip surgery a few weeks ago. I couldn’t believe he was already well enough to rip-up carpet in preparation for a floor and wall refinish of the dining room. This 100 year old Craftsman house is going to look even more amazing with fresh sheet rock and beautifully finished original oak floors. Having grown up in this house since the day I was born, I can’t believe I had never seen the beautiful oak floors that were hiding underneath the carpet. I just hope my dad doesn’t overdo it while working on this project.     Biking in Henderson After leaving Koen in Mapleton, I headed back north to Henderson where I was scheduled to meet up with Ben and Jim to ride the Silver Island Road Race course. Since I arrived to Henderson early, I rode to Jessenland Hill and got a few climbs in before the ride. The last time I had ridden this hill was 2009 while...
Can a Normal Guy Assemble a Weber Spirit Grill is Less than an Hour?

Can a Normal Guy Assemble a Weber Spirit Grill is Less than an Hour?

I’m not going to lie. Assembling this Weber Spirit Gas grill may have been the highlight of my day. As much as I have complained about needing to assemble modular furniture or small appliances over the years, the nine-year-old LEGO lover in me still welcomes a good challenge. The older I get and the more secure our finances become, the less likely I am to be standing over an IKEA box with an Allen wrench in one hand and a beer in the other. Our former gill was nearly 10 years old and it was time for a new rig. We looked around a bit, but actually ended up buying this Weber Spirit grill on Amazon with free shipping for $100 off the retail price. Weber was the only choice for Angie, which is a testament to how much brand equity can factor into a purchase. The heavy box had been sitting in our garage for a couple of days and it was time to put this thing together before the weekend. I hadn’t looked at the instructions or even opened the box, but I felt that I could be grilling brats in an hour or less. Once I opened the box and scanned the instruction book, I was happy to see that there were only a couple of tools required and a total of 26 steps (just over two minutes per step to meet my goal). It took about eight minutes to completely unbox the grill before I was on to step one. Besides my mistakes of initially putting one of the locking wheels on the back of...
Prenzlow’s Take Kauai!

Prenzlow’s Take Kauai!

An urge to travel to faraway places has never called me like other endeavors have. In fact, I’m sure Angie could quickly count the number of out-of-state vacations we have taken together–obviously not enough in her opinion. So, when my sister presented the opportunity to spend over a week in Kauai with her family, I knew this was a chance that may never come up again. Since Danielle had been to Kauai three times before, I really allowed her to plan the week’s events. I couldn’t believe how refreshing it was to not have to think about exactly what we were going to do each day—thanks Danielle. Overall it was an amazing week and one that the entire family will remember forever. Day One: Saturday, April 4, 2015 We knew this would be a long travel day when we booked our trip. Since our flight left at 7:20 am, we needed to wake up around 3:45 am to get out the door, get to the park-and-ride, and arrive to the airport to get checked-in. The anticipation of the trip had finally set-in when we rolled out of the garage at the crack of dawn. It was a completely seamless travel day until we arrived at Phoenix for our connecting flight to Kauai. The relaxing 60+ minutes we thought we would have to connect to our next flight turned into 5 mad-dashing minutes when our pilot couldn’t find an open gate to disembark. Koen will remember this moment of the trip as the only time mom and dad “expressed frustration” with one another. We finally arrived at the Kapa’a Shores...

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