Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Family Photos: Bowie at 1.5 years

The lovely and talented Angela Rabbitt took our family photos at the Cold Water Spring near Fort Snelling. We were fortunate to photograph on the last warm day of the season and the timing was perfect for her to capture the setting sunlight. These photos are great because Bowie is at that age where he's just a blur and I'm very glad she was able to capture him as he is at one and a half. What's even more amazing is that throughout this shoot he was actually super cranky and having meltdowns related to wanting to jump in the river. Angela was a pro to work with that. You can't even tell what a stinker he was!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

We got ourselves a bathroom!

If you've been following our adventures then you've probably heard that we did a bathroom renovation. We decided that because we only have one, tiny bathroom in our home that we might as well make it amazing. It took 10 days, rearranging our home, moving Bowie upstairs with us to avoid the dust, showering at Mark and Alyssa's house, some rowdy punk rockers, dry shampoo and thankfully warm weather to bath Bowie in a Tupperware container in the backyard but it was so worth it.

I am semi-mad at myself for not taking "before" photos but just imagine salmon pink tile on the walls (some with a decorative squiggle line and some without), a clunky wooden vanity that held a square sink and filth and grime that has accumulated since the house was built in the 1920s.

We were so thankful to hear about Cory Crust at Upper Crust Finishes through a friend's recommendation. He is the real deal. His attention to detail was incredible, he had great ideas based on his years of experience and he was the nicest person to have in our home. Bowie thought he, his tool ands his truck were the coolest.


So without further adieu here are our "after" photos:

The tile is amazing.

New shelving built into the wall. The tile is, again, amazing.

All new everything. *sigh*
New light fixtures.

Cool custom shelving over the (newly spray painted) radiator. That will keep the hand towel warm and toasty!

In love with these handles.

Awww. Did you ever think a toilet seat could be so cute?

We took an awesome door from our basement and moved it to the bathroom. So pretty.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Reading Lately

I have been keeping up with my reading but honestly it's been more misses than hits. Here are my most recent reviews.

 Season of Storms. Ugh. So melodramatic and written for what I can only assume are low functioning people. I got bored really fast. This is supposed to be a romance novel with a mystery or some level of creepiness or something. I seriously got halfway through this book and there was still no romance, mystery, creepiness or substance so I gave up. Not worth reading.

I FINALLY read His Dark Material Trilogy. Seriously! What took me so long? These three books were absolute perfection. I enjoyed every second and they just kept getting better. I felt the same as I did when I read The Lord of the Rings or the Narnia books and similar classics. This story has kept with me since finishing the books and I find pleasant reminders and comparisons almost daily. I can't look at people anymore without imagining their daemons. Mine is of course my orange cat Rocket.  Please do your favor and read these IMMEDIATELY. So good.

Nope. Three modern mysteries in one book. All boring and confusing. I appreciate the effort to be new and take a different approach but unfortunately I felt these failed. The mystery was how confusing it was to even understand the mysteries. And then to add insult to injury they never really got solved. Frustrating.

Depressing start to finish. Everybody is talking about this book and I found it to be a total bummer. There was little to no payoff at the end, too. I actually felt that the closer I got to the end the more depressing the plot got. I don't understand why people feel the need to take actual depressing factual life events (in this case the holocaust) and create a story that adds additional stomach turning grief. Wasn't the true situation sad enough? Don't bother unless you want to feel shitty about humanity.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Goodbye summer. We loved you so much!

I'm writing this as Bowie attends his first day at a new day care and I am preparing to go back to work tomorrow. I cannot believe how quickly the summer flew by. I am excited to be starting my new position at Lionsgate Academy as their Support Services Supervisor and acting as their on-site Mental Health Specialist. My LPCC should be coming in the mail any day now, too. I think Bowie will enjoy being around other kids and having more structured learning, reading, art and outside play throughout his day. Never the less today is sad. We had a great summer and I feel that (almost) three months of time together has bonded us even more than before. We did everything we wanted to do and have a few adventures yet to come before it starts getting chilly. Bowie and I went to the MN Zoo, Como Zoo, Mill City Farmers Market, Nokomis Farmers Market, Stone Arch Bridge, camping, visited friends in Bemidji, went to a wedding in Duluth and in the cities, went for bike rides, visited the library, swam in lakes, pools and splash pads, went out to eat, played with friends, had picnics, went to a pizza farm, visited 2 breweries, pet animals at Wild Rumpus bookstore, ate ice cream and popsicles and so so so much more. Here is a smattering of pictures I took. I was so caught up in the fun that I didn't photograph as much as I usually do but I think that is a good thing. 

Here are some great summer fun photos...

The day the tree was removed. All the trucks and tools were so cool!

Lake Superior from Duluth.

Lake Nokomis.

Minnehaha Falls.

Our neighborhood kiddie pool.

Wild Rumpus Bookstore.

St. Anthony Falls from Stone Arch Bridge.

MN Zoo goats.


Hanging with best buds: