Au Gratin Open 2015

Posted June 7th, 2015 in Events, Golf, Josh, Traditions by Josh

Last weekend, Matt and I hosted our annual golf tournament, The Au Gratin Open. We invite a bunch of guys down to Albert Lea for a 54 hole one day tourney at Wedgewood Cove. The format is “best ball with yourself” where each player plays the course three times and takes the best score on each hole to make their best 18 hole score.

This year’s champ is Matt with a score of six under par. He started out strong shooting one under on his back nine in his first round. We use an app on our phones to keep track of our scores in real time. Below is our champ checking the leader board confirming his win.


Despite some wind, scores were pretty low with three players getting under par.


Every year we have a champions dinner the night before. Traditionally, we have played street hockey, usually resulting in all of us getting too hot and sweaty. This year, Matt bought a Sauce Toss game for us to play. The goal of the game is to shoot a hockey puck from one board to the other. Points are scored when the puck goes into either the one point net or the smaller three point net. We had a ton of fun playing this game. Some of the highlights include; Mark’s game winning three point shot that landed off the board, jumped up and sneaked past Forsman who attempted to defend his net and my dominating performance vs. Matt who had been talking significant trash the week before the event.


Thanks Matt and Brie for hosting. Looking forward to next year!

Oh Yeah, the Basement.

Posted June 6th, 2015 in Basement, Handy-Crafty, Josh by Janelle

You may remember back in February when we posted about moving the laundry room. Remember this?


Well, a lot has happened since then, so I’ll get you up to speed.

In order to start framing up some walls, we needed to move our water heater. It’s not just a simple move, because it requires some light plumbing work. Josh and my dad removed the old copper pipe, and relocated the water heater using new flexible piping. Then, Josh brought the copper pipe to the recycling center where a “fellow scrapper” told him that his load was worth “a lot!”…turns out it was worth $17.


We didn’t move the water heater far, but before it was right in the way, so we moved it to be within the wall and closer to the furnace.

That’s when the framing started. My dad helped Josh get started, but for the most part it was all Josh and he did a great job.


This shows the storage and furnace room all framed up with electrical.

Do you know how nice it is to have outlets? Well we only had 1 outlet in the whole basement. One outlet and I would switch between 3 different things that I would plug into it: the washer, the dryer and an extension cord to a power strip over by the furnace. That probably wasn’t to code.

This is the laundry room:



With all these walls going up, there was one coming down. We had one remaining piece of wall from the old coal room. Josh removed it carefully in two pieces.


Josh used Grandpa Bud’s belt sander to smooth it out and then reinstalled it.


After all the walls were framed up, and Josh had installed all the electrical outlets, switches, and overhead lights, we had the walls sheetrocked professionally. Two guys started putting plastic up at 8:30 in the morning and they left at noon with sheetrock up and seems taped and mudded. One guy came back the following monday and sanded for 30 minutes and we were good to go! Amazing!



Do give you a better idea of the spaces that we created and modified, this is a drawing of the space before and after.

Basement Before and After

We’re getting so close! Still left to do is:
Finish painting the walls
Install and stain the doors
Install and paint the millwork
Have carpet installed
Replace the stair treads

I think we’re all looking forward to the finished space!

Warner—Twenty Three Months

Posted June 5th, 2015 in Warner by Janelle




Looking back:


Tubbaby II

Posted May 25th, 2015 in Events, Family, Janelle, Josh, Life, Pregnancy, Warner by Janelle

That’s right. We’re excited to welcome Tubbaby II, due September 30th.


With Warner, we decided to find out his gender and keep it a secret to ourselves. This time around we chose to have the ultrasound technician write down the gender for us and we kept it in an envelop. Then we opened it with some family, last Sunday.


Turns out, Warner will have a little brother!!

Warner — Twenty Two Months

Posted May 5th, 2015 in Traditions, Warner by Janelle




Looking back:


Happy Birthday Lucy!

Posted April 29th, 2015 in Four Legs, Traditions by Janelle

Our first baby, Lucy, turned nine today!



Lucy and Pippa celebrated with Turducken canned dog food for dinner.



And a snuggle from Warner. We love this girl soooo much.

Out with the Old, In with IKEA

Posted April 25th, 2015 in Handy-Crafty, Kitchen by Janelle

Projects. We’ve got some going on right now, but we have one finished.

Previously, we had a small table in our kitchen nook. Josh and I used to use it, but lately it had just become a place to drop my purse and collect mail and junk. Here’s what it looked like:


We decided to ditch our kitchen table and install cabinets. We purchased 12 15×30 cabinets that are 12 inches deep. Two of the cabinets even have drawers which is quite the treat. I only have 5 drawers in the original kitchen, so I’ve doubled them now!


On the left we have 9 of the cabinets that go pretty much floor to ceiling. I haven’t even filled all the space yet, but most of our back pantry has been moved here (that’s another ongoing project…). On the right, we hung 3 cabinets and created a small counter top. This is where the toaster, dog food, and a couple other small appliances have moved to.


The cabinets have a beadboard finish so they don’t match our other cabinets, but they are fairly close. I also ordered the same hardware I used in the rest of the kitchen, so it would look as cohesive as possible.

The depth of the cabinets is perfect and still allows enough space to access and enjoy the window. We’ve created an area that is so much more usable and functional than before and are so excited about it!

Warner—Twenty One Months

Posted April 5th, 2015 in Warner by Janelle




Looking back:


SoCal Golf

Posted March 16th, 2015 in Golf, Josh, Trips by Josh

No trip to a warm climate would be complete without a few rounds of golf. Our trip to Palm Springs was no different.

With 124 courses the Palm Springs area I had no shortage of options. I chose to play PGA West, home of the PGA Tour’s Humana Challenge. I played the Stadium course, ranked in the top 100 courses in the world and the 4th hardest in the United States.

There was a college tournament going on at the same time on another course on the property. I rubbed elbows with the college guys as I warmed up on the driving range between the Oklahoma State and Stanford teams.

The course was a lot of fun, with water, mounds and views of the nearby mountain range.


My second round of the trip required a two hour drive to San Diego where I played the Torrey Pines South Course. The South Course hosts the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open annually and hosted the US Open in 2008. The Farmer’s had just ended 12 days prior to my visit, and they were still working to break down the tents and grandstands from the tournament. It was fun to play a tournament course complete with grandstands.

The course is perched on the bluffs along the Pacific. If I wasn’t hitting a golf shot I was usually turned looking at the ocean and the paragliders that frequent the bluffs.



On the 18th hole, home of Tiger’s epic playoff forcing putt in 2008, I almost recreated history. I set myself up 12 feet under the hole, (not like Tiger who left himself a slippery downhiller) but just lipped out for birdie. I had my Tiger like celebration all planned out, instead I was left with a tap in par that capped off a great day.


Skating with Warner

Posted March 16th, 2015 in Outside, Warner by Josh

Warner has been really into hockey for quite some time now. Every morning starts with eating a waffle on the couch with Dad while watching NHL Network, by request. Every evening ends with a game of mini sticks in living room followed by a hockey themed bedtime story.

Sometimes we even wear our hockey equipment indoors.


On February 7th, Warner hit the ice for the first time. He loved getting his skates on and wearing his helmet. He can’t take strides or stand on his own on the ice yet, but he had a good time skating with Dad.


IMG 2175 from jvtmpls on Vimeo.

We’ve gone a couple times since then, with each session ending in tears when it’s time to take the skates off.