Sunday, May 30, 2010

Finished Basement, Family & Birthday

Sorry I have been MIA for the past few weeks. I have a bunch of pictures to share with you. The basement is done, we spent last weekend with family, and I celebrated my last birthday in the forties!

Here is the finished product. It turned out
beautiful and we love it!

The blue couch will be donated soon,
it just doesn't go with the new color scheme.

Last weekend Kelly and I went up to Spooner to celebrate Mother's Day, my sister's 50th birthday, and my upcoming birthday. We had a wonderful time being with family and we are so grateful to my niece Kara and her husband Travis for letting us all stay at their house.

My nephew Kasey's two little boys came over (Carson
and Noah). They enjoyed licking the beaters from the
dessert their Granny Rhonda was making.

We went out to see the horses, but Carson
was not too excited about it. I did get this
adorable picture of the two brothers. I really
enjoyed getting to spend a little time with these
two precious little boys!

Saturday night Kara was busy getting the
campfire started for us.

Mom, Rhonda, Ray, and of course Skooter
all ready to enjoy the fire and the Smores!

Before the campfire we ran out to see Rhonda
and Brent's house. It was just a hole in the ground
the last time I saw it.
We all wondered what happened
to Mom and Audrey and when we looked over
there they were trying to figure out how they
were going to climb up into the house!

With a little pushing and pulling...they did it!!

On the way home Sunday Kelly and I stopped at Zack and
Becky's townhouse in St. Croix Falls. We got to see them and
our granddaughter Natalie.

She just keeps getting cutier and cutier!

She was busy with her stroller going up and
down the patio. It won't be too long now and she'll
be running around without any help.

After all that walking it was time for some
juice and crackers.

For my birthday we went to our first Twins game at the
new stadium. Here is a view of downtown Minneapolis
from our seats. The game went 5 innings and then
was postponed due to rain. It was a very fun
time anyway and I'm glad we got to go.

The Minnie and Paul sign. It was fun to see it
in person vs. on TV. No home runs were hit so
we didn't get to see it light up.

Well, that should about catch you up. We planted all the gardens this week so I'll post pictures as everything starts to grow. What a beautiful Memorial weekend to get it done. On Monday, take a moment to remember why we celebrate Memorial Day. Thank you to all the veterans who fought for our freedom, and thank you to all the young men and women who are still fighting. May God Bless you and keep you safe!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Almost Done!

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile. I was waiting for our new carpet to be installed. Other than that there is not much exciting happening right now. We started to plant our gardens (yes gardens!) but then it turned cold and snowed, and has not stopped raining in a few days! I guess we will still have to wait until Memorial weekend to get it all done.

The ground and deck were covered with snow last weekend .
Good ole Minnesota weather for you!!
I know we didn't get as much as Duluth or Hayward, but any
snow is May is hard to take.

Our new carpet was finally installed on Monday.
You can't really tell by the picture how it looks.
All I know is that old, dirty, smelly carpet we
had is GONE!!!

Here you can see the pattern. It really is

Before the home makeover!

After all the hard work (and mess)!

I have two new storage shelves to help
keep things organized. You should have seen
this corner before...I'm embarrassed to
say it was pretty bad!

We are still working on the living room side. Zack, Becky and Natalie are coming over on Sunday. Poor Zack, every time he comes over Kelly puts him to work. But, it will save my poor back from having to move all the heavy stuff back inside. Thanks Zack!! I'll update you with pictures of Natalie next week. Shane just called while I was blogging. It is always wonderful to hear his voice. He is busy with his schooling. Today they took apart an engine. You should see the size of the vehicle he is working on. Imagine putting it back together!!
Have a blessed week!