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!
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.
I don’t like running, but it was actually really fun and 3 miles wasn’t SO bad.
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.
For part of Warner’s birthday present, Josh and I made a water table.
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.
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.