A short post in honor of Andrea

This last weekend we celebrated Andrea’s birthday, it was a fun celebration, with lots of yummy food.

In belated honor of her birthday, I proudly present a google voice translation of a voicemail she left us:

By all of the Dina on it. Okay. Yeah. Okay, bye bye second fine.
Mack got. It’s a great day. Bye eat so. Okay, back to me. Okay bye.

The actual translation? Listen for yourself.

Just one of the many reasons we love her to pieces!



This is one of the coolest things I have seen in while.


You’ll need to use Chrome to view, but it is so very worth it.  The hardest part will be remembering your childhood address, or at least it was for me.  🙂

I did it with the house I lived in for the first 6 years and the house my parents have lived in for the last 16 years.  Also, how great is Arcade Fire and that song.  It has just made my day!

Babies Everywhere!

This is one of my husband’s favorite things in the entire world.  There is no rhyme or reason to the awesomeness of this ad.  It’s just great.

“Bill, I’m Steve, I’m marrying a girl just for her looks and we’re rushing right into making babies.”


Driving Range

We got together on Friday for a little golf action at the driving range.  I’ve never been before and it was quite fun.  The only golf balls I’ve hit before were on the mini-golf course, so I wasn’t too sure how it was going to go, but it was very fun!  We met up with Greg and Joanie there and took turns taking care of Max while the others hit the balls.  Max totally cooperated and was fast asleep for a good part of our time there.

I had to do a close up of the last picture for you all.  Scott and his dad are very very much alike, and you can really see it in their faces on the last picture.  They literally have the same exact look on their face, checking out where their balls landed.

Scott gave me a few quick tips and I was off and running.  Don’t get me wrong, I whiffed it multiple times, but there was a few times that I made great contact and the ball went sailing.  It was great!  I’m looking forward to trying it again!

I love this picture of Max and Joanie.  They are buds.

Also?  Going to a driving range was on my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days!  Its great that I can check it off.

New Favorite Song.

Go and make a Brett Dennen channel on your Pandora now.  I’ve been a little obsessed this week.  This is my new fav song:

I was telling Scott how I just love Brett Dennen.  He was teasing me about it, but I let him know that although Brett has red hair too, Scott is much cuter and thus has nothing to worry about.  Scott admitted that this song is pretty catchy, but if he catches Brett hanging around the house, we’ll have a problem.  Haha!  Now I’m totally tempted to post my top 5 favorite red-heads.  Scott definitely makes #1 (of course).  But Brett would have to make the list for musical ability alone, and we can’t forget about Cord McCoy, the Amazing Race Cowboy and PBR’er.  He’s great. (and Prince Harry and Conan. There.  Five.  Is it sad that I could keep going??!?  I think it may have been 7 brides for 7 brothers that ingrained this into my mind.  Benjamin anyone??? )

Bottom line?  Listen and love the song above.  It may change your life.  Also?  Redheads are cute.  The end.

Easy $5 Bookshelf Update

We have had this Ikea Billy Bookcase for a couple of years:

I have been wanting for a little while to do something to add some oomph to it.  I was inspired by bookcases shown here and here, where the back of the bookcase is painted a pale blue.  But the whole painting scenerio seemed a little too much for us.

Instead, I went to my favorite store.  Not second favorite or anything.  Paper Source is the real deal.  It is amazing.  It is really hard to go there and not spend tons of money.  I managed to go in last week and just buy a few things, one of which was this $5 roll of pale blue wrapping paper.  The best thing about Paper Source is the quality of all their paper.  Even their wrapping paper is thick and so nice.

Add about 15 minutes of removing books etc, hanging paper and re-filling the bookcase and now we have this:

Can I just say that I really LOVE how it turned out?  (Also of note are my new owl bookends that Andrea got me for my birthday, they are perfect!  I really love the burst of color.  It is a pretty drastic difference from the all black.  I think it is my favorite thing I have done to decorate our little place so far, especially when you think how how quick and inexpensive it was.

(Also making an appearance is our new coffee table!  Mostly only my Mom will care about that, but isn’t it pretty? It’s this one from Cost Plus.  We’ve been waiting for a while and finally got it.  Now we are making great use of our coasters too. )

Patio Upgrade

We’ve had some pretty gnarly weeds growing on our back patio for the last several months.  I finally had enough and tackled the beast.  We also decided to plant some flowers in the empty pond thing.  The only thing growing there before was algae, so its definitely an improvement!

Here is the before:

Huge overgrown plants, and you can see the nasty water puddle in the pond.  YUCK!

Oh man, it was seriously a problem.

Here is the after.  It only took me one morning.  Max was really cooperative and took a nice long nap.  The crazy weed to the left had to go altogether, and I filled the pond with soil.  So much better!

I can’t even express what a difference this makes.  Now when I open the blinds in the morning, I just smile because it is so pretty out there.  Hopefully we’ll have dinner out there one night soon!