As of today, I’m no longer stacking laundry baskets in the hallway. It’s one of those little things that piss off your spouse and you never really knew it. It’s good to figure out those little things about your spouse so you can change your quirks or habits early. Well, typically people find out about those things when they’re dating or newly married. Seven years in, we’re still finding out about each other. I love it though, because we make a huge joke out of it.
On our honeymoon in Fiji, I told Ross I was pretty sure the tide came in and out at the same time every day. Knowing I was wrong, he said “Oh, you know a lot about the tide?” So now, whenever I’m talking out of my ass he says, “You know a lot about the tide?” and it makes us both laugh. Or sometimes, we just get all grumbly mumbly when we disagree…like on where laundry baskets should be kept!
Ross:”Why do you always put the laundry baskets in the hallway? There’s plenty of room in the laundry room.”
Me:”I don’t really know. I guess I just got in the habit of stacking them in the hallway.”
Ross.”What? Oh, I just said I love you.” –lands a big kiss on me–
This was our flight to Fiji (yep my hair was almost black here). This was the newlywed aisle and we all got free champagne! I heart Southwest.
Don’t eat Spanish mackerel. No matter what the locals tell you. Just don’t.
Poolside at our house in Savusavu…dreamy!
For a few years there, my dermatologist scared me away from the sun. I’ve since recovered, with a normal level of caution regarding overexposure, but was slathered in sunscreen the first few years of our marriage. 😉
I’m way overdue posting about George’s 4th Birthday, but it was great weather and we went to the greenhouse again like last year. The greenhouse is quickly becoming a tradition because they have so many fun things for kids to do and it’s a beautiful time of year to be outside.
George and his girlfriends in the gazebo at the greenhouse
I love the boy George is becoming. He loves being around other kids – boys and girls equally. When we were trick-or-treating, he ran up to a little girl dressed like a princess and said “Wow – I really love your costume; it’s so pretty!” My heart just melted because of the sweetness…!
George and his friends riding on the train (Julius didn’t want to go!)
We bought a PJ Masks birthday cake edible frosting top on Amazon for like $9 but it ended up being kind of a fail because it needed to chill overnight even though the directions said 3 hours. It was still kind of sticky and tacky so I was pissed. I’d totally try it again but it’s going in the freezer for an entire day and night before the party next time. I managed to salvage the characters off it and the cake still looked decent – just not as nice as if the entire cake top was intact. Ross laughs at me because I always try crazy shit to save money and it usually bites me in the ass. It either takes more time than is worth the savings or it’s just a total fail. It makes for good stories though. One time we bought a shower curtain at a dollar store and put it up and it was as thin as saran wrap…no lie. It wrapped around your legs instead of actually staying put because it was so thin!
We invited George’s friends from preschool
I know George enjoyed his party, and that’s all that matters. He didn’t know the difference with the cake and I think as parents we put too much pressure on ourselves. All he cared about was the fact everyone was there to celebrate with him. ♥
When the kids went stir-crazy they could go on the playground equipment
We had a blast last night carving pumpkins. To put Ross in a chipper mood, I turned on Pandora “Hello I Love You (Doors)” Mix – that’s actually our song ♥ and it brought back a lot of memories! It got me feeling pretty good too. George picked out a pumpkin bigger than himself (of course) and Dad agreed to carve it, so we went with it, and even carved a spooky face on it.
We had a little more fun with Julius’ pumpkin because we got to decide the design for him, so we did Lady Liberty! Because #landofthefreehomeofthebrave. We even showed George pictures of the Statue of Liberty and did a brief history lesson because he wasn’t sure what it was. We had way more fun than previous years – George still doesn’t like to get his hands gooey but we hope that will change soon. Julius is all about the goo – but he was absolutely terrified of George’s spooky pumpkin – mommy had to hold him to calm him down because he was not sure what we were up to exactly. Also, the pics are really dark but it was actually dark when we took the photos, so yeah. Happy Halloween from our fam….!
Daddy and Georgie carving his monster pumpkin
Gooey hands and silly faces!
George and Daddy with the masterpiece
Calming down baby Julius (yes, I’m wearing Ross’s boxers because ‘dat baby belly)
Every once in awhile we let George play “Go Go Thomas” on our iphones (it’s a racing game) if we need to distract him to clip his toenails or something. I love how he tries to repeat and understand what we’re saying even if he’s not really sure what we’re talking about:
I hardly ever question anything Ross is doing over at the house, but I did poke a few inquiries his way about his plans for outside. It was pretty innocent questioning because one time I tried to talk to him about when we should lay grass seed and his answer was pretty much “Don’t ask me about GRASS SEED right now.” So I just asked him…”Now that the inside is so nice…have you thought about the outside of the house at all?” And we honestly didn’t discuss it much, outside of the obvious fact that the garage needed a floor, and Ross insisted the front steps needed to be straighter and the front driveway should be redone due to bad cracking.
Of course, being a chick, I pinned a bunch of cool walkways and outdoor patios that I liked on Pinterest, and when we were in bed he would glance over at the iPad and ask if that was the look that I liked. It worked out great, because that is exactly the look we achieved with the walkways at the house and I didn’t even have to stick my nose in it! The driveways are kind of boring to me personally but those are worth a post too. Have a look!
Our new front driveway spans all the way to the back patio so you can park on the side of the house and go in the back door
New garage driveway
Future walking path from the house to the garage
Making the pattern on the concrete walkway with a stencil
The epitome of my relationship with my mother is her trying to make me just like her. Maybe this is what all moms do to their daughters (cringe!). Sons seem to want to be just like their dads, while it seems like daughters usually do the opposite of whatever their mom wants.
She always wanted me to become a librarian, so I’ve always done just about anything I had to do never to become a librarian. Bah. Joke’s on her. One of our recent conversations sticks out and made me laugh today (as it does many days) so I had to share:
My mom: “I can’t believe you wear those ridiculous tennis shoes. Those provide absolutely no support for your feet.”
Me:”Mom, these are Vans, which are unisex, so they have a wider toe box which are typically only found in men’s shoes, and they don’t cramp your toes like women’s shoes. Plus, I can wear my insoles with these.”
My mom:”Oh, I’m so thankful that you wear insoles. They are the absolute best thing for your feet. You don’t even know how happy I am to hear that you wear insoles.”
She’s hilariously bipolar. And has no idea about shoes.
Half jokingly, I asked Ross if he knew what stepwise refinement was. He was on his phone, and I assumed he wasn’t actually listening to me, but then he looked up and said this gem:
“Usually the less I know, the better.”
Besides being hilarious, isn’t that the truth sometimes!? I play the dumb blonde card more than I care to admit, because it saves time, energy, and frustration and when people underestimate you it’s a good thing in my experience. More reasons to love that man. There’s a genius behind those muscles.
We went with my brother and his fiance to a cabin at Elbow Lake Lodge outside of Ely. It was perfect weather and the weekend went way too fast. We had a lot of fun without the kids but of course we missed them the whole time, too!
Elbow Lake Lodge from the huge dock
My favorite part was mini-golf. They had the most insane, coolest, most creative mini-golf course I’ve ever seen. We were going to do a few rounds of golf, but it was so challenging we ended up running out of time!
Taking a break from mini-golf
I was secretly hoping my brother would propose at the lighthouse. After encouraging them to go out there, I was hoping he would suddenly pull out a ring and just do it, already. But of course he had his own plans for a proposal that we weren’t witness to at all. I’m sure we’ll hear all about it soon!
My brother and his now-fiance walked out to the little lighthouse
We brought Ross’ boat so we took that out a few times. It was fun to drive around and check out all of the neat properties on Elbow Lake. Some were perched right on the rocky shoreline, and we all loved the fact that they were literally on the water.
The shoreline from the boat
Apparently I was the only one who didn’t know how to play 500, so they taught me how to play and I started winning pretty quickly! It was a lot more fun than I expected, and we played that pretty much every evening.
The beach at Elbow Lake
We had a great time at Elbow Lake Lodge and hope to go back soon.
I was making something in the kitchen and I heard George mumbling to himself in the living room. Of course I was curious what he was talking to himself about, so I stopped what I was doing and went over to eavesdrop. This is what I hear…so adorable!
…”The team races to the lighthouse…this is a job for the Paaaaw Patrolllll….!”
We had a date night recently and as per usual, we used it to work on the house. At first, I held back and did some work on my laptop while Ross worked on the hex tile. However, I got bored pretty quickly and asked Ross how I could help. He said the best thing I could do is pre-cut tile to the specs he provided. When he didn’t need a half piece of the hex tile, he would draw on the tile with a permanent marker and I would cut it.
I learned a lot about cutting tile. Incorrectly, I assumed you had to slam the handle down on the tile and it would actually scratch the tile a tiny bit. Ross didn’t really notice, but eventually he came over and told me I didn’t need to slam it down but just very gently tap the tile, after it is cut. Low and behold, tapping the tile after cutting it was really slick! We were a great team and the tile looks great. I kind of appreciate chipping in and rolling up my sleeves alongside my man.
Using the tile cutter
We cut a sheet at a time
1/4 x 3/16 V-Notch Pro Trowel and tile adhesive
We installed 1/4 in. Georgia Pacific DensShield on the floor and 1/2 in. on the wall
Hex tile being installed in the downstairs bath
Downstairs bath hex tile finished
View of the bath from the downstairs hallway
Subway tile being installed on the walls and shower!