1 Year Favorites

Posted August 15th, 2014 in Warner by Janelle

Just a few of our favorite photos from Warner’s 1 Year shoot at the Lyndale Park Gardens.










Giants Ridge—Vacation on the Iron Range

Posted August 12th, 2014 in Family, Life, Outside, Trips by Janelle

Last weekend we spent some time on the Iron Range with the Tubbs/Blake family. We rented a house on Sabin Lake in the Voyageurs Retreat neighborhood of Giants Ridge near Biwabik. On Friday, Josh, Matt, Brie, Steve and Ryan all hit up the golf course, while Debbie, Christine and I stayed home with the little ones. We spent the afternoons down at our private beach and night up around the fire making dessert pies and other pie concoctions (ahem, Ryan).



Saturday, after a bust at the Biwabik Market, Brie, Wynn and I headed to Virginia to check out Mine View in the Sky.


This is looking out to Virginia over the mine. They also had a large truck on display.


I think everyone had a great time, including the kids!

Warner – Thirteen Months

Posted August 5th, 2014 in Family, Traditions, Warner by Janelle



Looking back:



Posted July 17th, 2014 in Events, Family, Janelle, Outside by Janelle

On Sunday, I ran in The Color Run at the State Fairgrounds with Shelby, Logan and Erika. Their website says it’s “the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality.”


There were 5 zones of color. In each zone you get doused in colored powder.






And this is after:

I don’t like running, but it was actually really fun and 3 miles wasn’t SO bad.

Warner’s Birthday Smash

Posted July 6th, 2014 in Events, Family, Traditions, Warner by Janelle

We had Warner’s first birthday party today at Beard’s Plaisance Park. It was hot and very humid, but it turned out well with lots of family and friends. We enjoyed good food from C&G’s BBQ and cake from Wuollet’s Bakery. Huge thanks to Josh’s sister, Christine, for creating Warner’s cake which he thoroughly enjoyed.





Warner—Twelve Months

Posted July 5th, 2014 in Traditions, Warner by Janelle




Looking back:


IKEA Hack–Water Table

Posted June 30th, 2014 in Family, Handy-Crafty, Warner by Janelle

For part of Warner’s birthday present, Josh and I made a water table.


The red table portion is the Utter kids table, and the green tray is part of the Trofast storage collection, both from IKEA.

When I say “WE” made it, it’s more like I bought the materials and Josh cut the hole in the table and placed the tray in the table. At any rate, it was a really easy project, and Warner really liked playing with it yesterday in the yard.


Office Project

Posted June 23rd, 2014 in Front Room, Handy-Crafty, Home by Janelle

Well, we’re finally back at it. I mean we’re back to doing a project, that is.

Since moving in, pretty much the only thing we had accomplished in the office was changing out the blinds, and hanging a new light fixture to replace the terrible ceiling fan.

That was last March, and if you read the end of that post it says “Hopefully, before Tubbaby comes, we can get the walls painted and maybe hang some window panels in here too.” Our child is now only 2 weeks away from being a year old, and we finally have the walls painted and some window panels hung!

Here’s a picture from last April:


And you’re probably thinking, “Oh, that looks pretty nice.”


First, you look up and see that over a year later, we hadn’t finished painting the ceiling.


Well that’s because we didn’t know what to do with the water-damaged spot on the wall between the windows.


Then if, we’re going to repair the wall and paint, we have to move these shelves, which…should be secured together and finally secured to the wall with a very mobile baby. Oh, by the way, those things weigh about a gazillion pounds each.


But wait…don’t forget about all the junk I have laying around on the other side of the office.


So one night I just finally starting clearing stuff out, and Josh was all like, “So we’re going to work in there then?” and I was all like, “Yeah, why not. We can close the doors to keep the baby out. We can just work at night after he goes to bed,” and then Josh was all like, “OK.”

That was 3 weeks ago.

Josh did an awesome job repairing the wall. Warner watched.


So…Josh repaired the walls, we painted the ceiling and the walls, Josh installed all the hardware to secure the shelves together and then to the wall so it won’t tip over.


Then I found some window panels at Ikea, and we hung them.


I think that would only have taken us a long weekend before baby. (I guess it takes about 7 times longer with a baby.) But we’re glad to have the room looking more finished and feeling a little more safe too.

Warner—Eleven Months

Posted June 5th, 2014 in Traditions, Warner by Janelle




Looking back:


California Golfing

Posted May 12th, 2014 in Golf, Trips by Josh

In an earlier post, Janelle wrote about all the awesome stuff we did while on our trip to California last month. She left me to write about the true reason we were there—to play golf! The trip was all planned in celebration of Matt and my 30th birthday. For such an important occasion, we needed to play somewhere special. What we planned was just that. We played three days in a row while we were out there at courses ranked in the top 100 public courses in America. The highlight was our last round at Pebble Beach Golf Links which is ranked #1. Spyglass Hill is #11 and Links at Spanish Bay is #60.

Our first round of the trip was at Links at Spanish Bay. Both Matt and I had played there before when he came out to visit us in 2009. It was a blast to go back and play here again. The course was familiar and just as challenging as we remembered. We both played fairly well despite a light drizzle for 13 of the 18 holes. This was a great way to warm up for the next two days.

Saturday we played Spyglass Hill which along with being #11 is also the 8th hardest course in America. It did not disappoint. I had played there in 2009 on my first trip to Monterey. I was so happy after adding up my score to see that I had improved my score by 1 from that first round in 2009! Matt started out hot with two birdies in the first three holes. The way he played was truly impressive given the narrow fairways and super-fast greens. We had a great time but our minds where still looking ahead to playing Pebble the next day. Matt and I had been counting down the days for months and we were only 1 day away.


First shot on the par three third hole. Hit the green and 2 putted for par.

The day was finally here. Our tee time was 9:20am, and I had a hard time sleeping up to the 7am alarm. We made it out to the course an hour early to take advantage of the new practice facility on site. We hit a few balls at the driving range then went across to the practice putting green between the clubhouse and the Shops at Pebble Beach. The weather was perfect with no wind and a temperature in the low 60s.

This day was different than prior days because Matt and I weren’t playing by ourselves—we had a complete foursome. Our friends Matt and Erica Forsman planned a trip out to Monterey to meet up with us so Matt could play at Pebble with us. Brie completed our foursome. Janelle and Erica walked with us taking photos.

The first 5 holes where inland and got us ready for holes six through 10 which overhang the Pacific and are some of the most iconic holes in golf. We all used the first few holes to steady the nerves and get into the groove.

The 6th hole is a long par five that requires a you to hit a second shot to the top of a steep 50ft hill. Brie did this perfectly.


The 7th hole is one of the shortest holes in golf. It’s only 100 yards with a severe elevation change and the ocean to the right and behind the hole. I hit a great wedge shot to 20ft, 2-putting for par. This was one of the shots I really wanted to hit well.


The 8th hole is arguably the signature hole at Pebble Beach. A blind tee shot of 240 yards up the hill sets you up for the best second shot in golf over the cliffs to the green below. We all hit great tee shots to the edge of the cliff with Matt T., Brie and I hitting the green. These two shots woke me up at night in the months leading up to this round. I so badly wanted to hit two good shots. I could not be happier that I was able to pull it off.



Hole No. 8, Pebble Beach, www.golf.com

Holes 9 and 10 are long par fours that sit on the cliffs above Carmel Beach.



Holes 11 through 16 go back up the hill away from the ocean.

The 17th hole is a par three that shoots back out to the ocean. This hole has seen two of the most famous shots in golf history (Jack Nicklaus’ 1 iron shot that hit the flagstick, which lead to a win in the 1972 US Open, and Tom Watson’s chip-in from the tall rough, left of the green, in 1982 to win the US Open over Nicklaus). I hit a great 1st shot that flew just barely short, and ending in the front bunker. Then, I hit a nice bunker shot and made a 10ft putt for par.


The 18th hole is a long par five with Still Water Cove down the entire left side of the hole. This is one of the best closing holes in golf and a great way to end an amazing day.


Janelle, Josh, Erica, Matt, Matt, Brie on the 18th tee.