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.

Warner—Ten Months

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




Looking back:


Back to California

Posted May 4th, 2014 in Trips by Janelle

It’s been four years since Josh and I moved back from California, so when Matt suggested heading out to Monterey for the boys’ 30th birthday, we were totally in.

We flew into SFO, Wednesday the 23rd, and after a crazy long wait for the rental car (the worst part of the whole trip), we made our way to the closest In-N-Out. Unfortunately, we were staving and the line was out the door so we decided on something else, but made a pact to hit it up later in the trip.

We made our way out to Half Moon Bay first. Josh and Matt had golfed there previously and didn’t pick up a souvenir bag tag at the time, so we stopped by the golf course to do so. From the Clubhouse, we made our way down to the beach.


We took Highway 1 all the way down to Monterey. We rented a house right on the bike/walking trail. The location was amazing and the views were spectacular. This was out the living room window looking at Monterey Bay.


Thursday, after a bicycle hiccup, we headed over to Carmel. First, we went right down to Carmel Beach.



Then we hit up some of the shops in Carmel and the Farmer’s Market. The Farmer’s Market. Oh my gosh. Best strawberries we’ve EVER eaten. Amazing. We also picked up some veggie’s for our stay at home dinner that night.

That afternoon, after the bikes had been repaired (from the morning hiccup) we took them down to the commercial wharf to buy some fish for dinner.


It was wholesale, so we pretty much bought the fish directly from the people who caught them. Our dinner that night was really good, really fresh and really inexpensive.

Friday morning it rained. Josh and Matt played at Spanish Bay (Josh will write a separate post about the golf). Brie and I headed to the spa for facials and a steam.

We were able to check into the Inn early, which was great since we had to check out of the Monterey rental house. We had our rooms upgraded for free and they were really nice. This picture doesn’t do it justice, because the rooms were on the top floor and the ceilings were vaulted.


For lunch, we made the trek over to Salinas (25 miles) to get In-N-Out. Josh and I got our usual order and enjoyed every bite.

We took a ride down 17-Mile Drive to see the sights, and couldn’t miss The Lone Cypress.


Friday night, we met up with Josh’s college buddy Matt Forsman and his wife Erica for dinner in Carmel. Then we tried to check out the sunset down at Carmel Beach and ended the night back at Spanish Bay for drinks. Matt and Erica planned to be in California at the same time so that Matt could join the boys and Brie to play at Pebble Beach.

Saturday, the boys played Spyglass Hill. Brie and I joined them for the first six holes that have ocean views. After they finished, we all had lunch at a Mexican restaurant. No California trip is complete without hitting up a Mexican restaurant.

That afternoon we participated in the Lexus Driving Experience. Basically, Spanish Bay has 4 Lexus vehicles that you can sign up to drive for 2 hours. Josh and I spent most of the time just parked at Asilomar Beach watching the waves come in and talk about how we missed Warner!

The Inn at Spanish Bay features a bagpiper every evening at 5:45-6:30. We hung out on the back patio to watch Saturday evening.


Saturday night we did a Ghost Tour of Old Monterey. The tour featured gruesome history from the area with a few stops at historical buildings and a stop at the cemetary.



Sunday, Josh, Matt, Matt and Brie golfed Pebble Beach while Erica and I walked along. After the round, we all went into Carmel for a late lunch, before the 4 of us headed up to the Bay Area for the night.

We made it up the Chinatown for dinner.



Our flight home Monday morning was early, but we were happy to come home to find our baby boy and pups waiting! Big thanks to the grandparents for baby/dog-sitting!

Happy Birthday Lucy!

Posted April 29th, 2014 in Four Legs by Janelle

Lucy is 8 years old and we have loved every minute!