Anniversary Trip — Iceland

Posted May 14th, 2017 in Events, Family, Janelle, Josh, Trips by Janelle

The last leg of our trip was to Iceland. This wasn’t originally part of our travel plan, but when I booked award travel on Icelandair, I decided to extend our trip just a bit to do a stopover.


This was the VRBO that we rented for the 4 nights we stayed in Iceland. If I could do it all over I would have not had Reykjavik as our home base, but rather traveled to other places to stay. Going back to the city made for a lot of driving which prevented us from getting to a couple places I wanted to.

The first evening we found some dinner, found our VRBO, and found a grocery store. Right away we had complete sticker shock of the cost of food in Iceland. We paid $10 for a dozen eggs, a small box of Cheerios was over $10, just 1 orange was $5, and a $5 footlong at Subway was $13. All food was at least twice if not 3X more expensive than here.

Our first full day we toured the Golden Circle. First stop was Þingvellir National Park.


The park sits in a rift valley caused by the separation of 2 tectonic plates, and the oldest existing parliament in the world first assembled there in 930 AD. Þingvellir has for this reason been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Next stop was Efstidalur. It’s a farm with a hotel and restaurant. We stopped for ice cream and it was literally the best thing I ate on that island.


It was pretty fun to sit and eat your homemade ice cream and look out the window right at the cow that produced the milk.


On to our Brúarfoss adventure. This waterfall is not very public and you kind of have to hike a little ways to find it. We found it and the blue water was so amazing.



Strokkur Geysir is the geysir for which all other geysirs are named after. It’s the original.


The sheer size of Gullfoss is what is most impressive.


Last stop of the day was at Secret Lagoon/Gamla Laugin.


The next day was more driving to Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Some highlights included:

Gerðuberg Cliffs — The cliff is made of basalt columns that form geometric patterns.

Gatklettur, Arnarstapi




Hvalfjarðargöng — A road tunnel under the Hvalfjörður fjord in Iceland and a part of Route 1. It is 6 kilometers long and reaches a depth of 541 feet below sea level

On our last full day, instead of driving out to South Iceland, we stayed in Reykjavik. First we walked past the sculpture Sólfarið – Sun Voyager.


Then to Harpa, concert hall, which was a beautiful modern and geometric building.



And we wandered up to Hallgrimskirkja, a church, and one of the city’s best-known landmarks.


It was Good Friday, so we weren’t allowed inside, but we came back Saturday morning before leaving town to head inside for a peek.


On Saturday, our last day, we headed out of town. We took the long way to the airport and stopped at Krýsuvík Geothermal Area.



After 10 days of celebrating 10 years, we were totally ready to get back to the boys (and girls) at home. We had a great time in Europe but really missed the family we created over the last 10+. Looking forward to the next 10!

Some favorite music from last year…

Posted March 12th, 2016 in Janelle, Music by Janelle

I think these types of lists are usually compiled in December/January, but that didn’t happen this year. I guess life gets busy with two little kids.

Anyway, nothing formal, it’s just fun to look back and see what we were into for 2015.

The Arcs | Put a Flower in Your Pocket
Hippo Campus | Suicide Saturday
Ryan Adams | Bad Blood
Tame Impala | Eventually
Houndmouth | Sedona
Bad Bad Hats | Midway
Charlie Parr | Over the Red Cedar

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!!


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.

Arcade Fire Reflektor

Posted March 9th, 2014 in Janelle, Josh, Music by Janelle


Last night, Josh and I went to the Arcade Fire concert at Target Center with our good friends Hannes and Liz. The show was AMAZING! We had such a good time up in the cheap seats and Arcade Fire played so many good jams from not only Reflektor but The Suburbs, Neon Bible, and Funeral.

Janelle’s Jam, Normal Person, Reflektor

IMG 0920 from jvtmpls on Vimeo.

Josh’s Jam, After Life, Reflektor

IMG 0921 from jvtmpls on Vimeo.

6 Month Favorites

Posted January 28th, 2014 in Family, Janelle, Josh, Warner by Janelle







3 Month Favorites

Posted January 28th, 2014 in Family, Janelle, Josh, Warner by Janelle

Since we got our 3 month photos back a little late and right before Christmas, we never got our favorites posted. So, here you go:





First-timer at the Patch

Posted October 19th, 2013 in Family, Janelle, Josh, Traditions, Warner by Janelle






Our New Mama Class

Posted September 19th, 2013 in Janelle, Warner by Janelle

Over my maternity leave, I attended a new mama class with Warner at Amma Parenting Center in Edina. There were 8 moms and the babies were between 2 and 5 weeks old when we started 7 weeks ago.


Last week was our last class together, and this is a picture of all the babies together. Warner is in green and then clockwise are his friends Max, Lucy, Elsie, Cooper, Collette, Remy and Tobin.

Our Maternity Photos

Posted June 27th, 2013 in Events, Janelle, Josh, Outside, Pregnancy by Janelle

We got our maternity photos back this week and we definitely got some good ones! We had them taken by Scott Haraldson (he and Laura did our wedding photos too) up at Lake Harriet. At first we weren’t going to take any, but I decided I didn’t want to regret it later. I just wish I would have had that thought before 36 weeks! Better late than never I guess!

This is my favorite:


It was a Wednesday, so all the sailboats were out on the lake for sailing school. I love that texture in the background.

And here are some others…





You can find all of them over on Flickr too.