Closet Turned Nursery

Posted September 12th, 2015 in Bedroom, Pregnancy, Uncategorized by Janelle

We have finally finished converting the small open room off our bedroom from a closet to a nursery. We had never done anything permanent in here just in case we ever needed the space for this reason.

First, we had never painted the trim, just the walls, so we went ahead and freshened it up. Man, was it grimy!


The trim got a fresh coat of the usual, Ben Moore Swiss Coffee, and then the wall got updated to the same creamy color already in Warner’s room.


Next came the new rug. I ordered the Fair Isle rug from Dash and Albert in French Blue and it is awesome. We also purchased another crib. It’s the same crib we bought for Warner from Walmart, however the dark blue had been discontinued, so we went with the white version. Last, we moved the yellow rocker from Warner’s room into the Nursery.

I think that means we’re ready for Tubbaby II!

Finish Basement…Check!

Posted August 14th, 2015 in Basement, Handy-Crafty by Janelle

It’s done! We last left off with the walls having just been sheet-rocked.

Josh primed and painted all the walls. The color is Benjamin Moore Morning Dew and it just happens to be the same color we used in the Upstairs Hall, Office, and Pantry and Basement Stairs. The cool thing about the color is that it looks great with the white trim and the oak trim and it looks different in each space.

Josh then installed both doors—one for the laundry room and one for the storage room. After that he was able to spend one of his friday mornings off installing all the baseboards and trim around the doors. Then I got to help out with the smaller decorative trim on all the woodwork. It was good to work together to make sure we got all the angles right.



Josh and I tag-teamed the finishing work. He primed the woodwork and stained the doors, and I did the finish coats of paint on the woodwork and door frames. The trim is our good old standby Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee.

Then we were finally ready for carpet! It was installed on Wednesday.


Josh’s wood wall is the star of the show.



We moved the Minnesota flag from Warner’s room down here, and we’ll use it to cover up some of that exposed electrical on the east wall.


It didn’t take long after the carpet was in for the large toys to migrate down, and the TV to get set up. I’m looking forward to getting a sofa and Josh is really looking forward to pulling out all his hockey and golf paraphernalia.

BNSF Family Day

Posted August 1st, 2015 in Events, Family, Our City, Outside by Janelle

At the end of June we were invited to the BNSF Family Day in Fridley by Ryan’s step-dad Dave.


Warner was pretty into the blue engine that they applied a face to, to look like Thomas.


It was fun to see some of the trains up close. They had a couple engines open so you could go in them.


Needless to say, we’ve had our wooden tracks up and trains out at home a lot since the Family Day!

So This Happened…

Posted August 1st, 2015 in Life, Outside, Yard by Janelle


Two weeks ago, a heavy storm came through and knocked this large branch right onto our electric and internet lines and ripped them off the house. The power was restored 3 days later, but the internet still hasn’t been reconnected.

CenturyLink has us on the schedule for Tuesday, so I’ll finally be able to post again. Luckily today were at my parents house, with internet, so there may be a few more updates posted later…We have some catching up to do.

2 Year Favorites

Posted July 14th, 2015 in Family, Our City, Traditions, Warner by Janelle











Warner—Twenty Four Months

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

And here we are. The last of the monthly photos for Warner. We hope you’ve enjoyed watching our little boy grow and change over the last two years. Stay tuned to the next installment in about 4 months with Tubbaby II.




Looking back:


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!!