Tuesday, January 30, 2018

better late than never~




so, i got a text from my daughter a few days ago that said,

"it's been over a month since you've blogged".

well, alrighty then~

since my busy photography season wrapped up there just hasn't been a whole
lot going on for me. and that's ok. the break feels good and i'm happy to
say that one of the most productive things that i've gotten done is to
go through closets, drawers, cupboards and under beds and gotten 
rid of stuff.

why is this so hard for me?
i'm a packrat. 
there i said it.
i grew up during the depression you know.
; )

i have always loved home d├ęcor and switching things up
in my home pretty often (you're welcome HOMEGOODS), and
when i move on to something new it's hard for me to part with the really
 great things I've switched out, so i shove them somewhere.

but! i did it, i went through a lot of areas and just bravely boxed 
things up and donated them to a friend who has sales in her home and
is a great repurposer.
it felt good. really good.

*i started holding things up and asking myself
"what would Joanna do? would she keep this"?
WWJD

i'm not kidding. it helped.

i am going to paint a couple small areas now and i had to tear a narrow
strip of wallpaper off the hall to get ready.
it took about an hour an a half. in just a little hallway. really?

girls!!!!!
remember this please:
friends do not let friends wallpaper. 
*or get perms.

ok, now that we've got that straight i'm going to share some pictures of
our families Christmas and new years celebrations.

it's pretty much all about our grand baby now you know
so expect a heavy emphasis on cjp.

I've never really thought that much about the term
"grandchild" before.

now it's taken on a whole new meaning and i get it.
whoever came up with that term was a grandparent i'll betcha.

: ))))

these aren't just babies you guys, they are the GRANDEST of babies.






grandson~grandfather









thank heaven for little boys~












uncle cole and colton.
(this uncle can't wait to get this little dude crossfitting with him).



the Christmas birthday boy loves to open his presents.
when your birthday and Christmas are the same day you only get
this pleasure one day a year!



chris and adria ~ eric and Corinne

these 4 sat on the couch and looked at old photo albums and had some good laughs.

*let's review. 
no. more. perms.






this picture of cj cracks me up and below he was just
about ready for another snooze.
holidays are exhausting when you're 3 months old.












sarah and cole with the babe. cole was trying out his new hard hat that he plans to wear  while bushwhacking through the woods at the cabin.

lily was happy to model one of cj's gifts.




it's not easy to get my kids to cooperate for pictures so this was a rare moment of doing what their momma asked. : ) love these boys of mine. 
*as usual, eric was too hot.


"hold still buddy, I'm sure I can make this work".








awww...this little boy is so loved by all of us~


our Christmas celebration ended with a pumpkin roll "birthday cake" that cole's sweetie picked out for him...singing happy birthday, raucous laughter and that was a wrap!
we're messy, we're loud, there's more dogs than I can count under the table or whining from the basement and I wouldn't have it any other way.

 : )


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the following weekend we all drove north to the cabin to spend a long weekend 
teasing each other, eating ridiculous amounts of really delicious food and 
putting on 16 layers of outerwear just to step outside.

you guys~ the thermometer read 37 below zero at one point.
& that was without windchill.

grandpa d thought this was totally dangerous and wrong and the rest of us had to
just say we were going.
he's not only a father now, he's a grandfather and I think he feels
even more responsibility for all these precious humans.
(it doesn't help that he was raised by two of the most cautious/nervous 
parents on the planet).   : }




so... we do a lot of this. 
we play games.
either for prizes which get everyone's adrenaline goin something fierce...
or quarters. we spend less on gifts now and have fun bringing prizes for games that
we hope everyone will want and fight over.
(sarah, corinne and i are taking a stand on less fishing tackle and hunting stuff and more
girly prizes next year!!)











see this cage? this was eric's fun surprise/game prize. he welded this cage and put a bottle of crown in it. there's a door and a lock and it created a lot of excitement. one person won the crown and someone else won the key...hehe now they have to collaborate.





the boys and their better halves had been at the lodge two weeks before Christmas and they surprised me and cut a tree from our woods and decorated it! I squealed in delight when I walked in and saw it because it made the whole weekend seem so much more festive. (love me some soft while lights when evening comes).





lars bought the crab legs for our seafood extravaganza and they were ridiculous. 
ridiculously amazing that is.








proof of the brutal temperatures I mentioned. uff da





lars is always the first one up and the first one to go to bed...






it's good to be one of the 4 dogs here too~




cole makes the best big fires and he didn't disappoint this new years. I didn't get a picture of the fire, but here's one of the big woodpiles that we use to heat the cabin and for evening fires outside. I think every one of us bundled up (except sweet baby) and went out to get some fresh air and stand around the big fire.







here is our Christmas picture...used my self timer and a lot of monkeying around and viola our first family picture since cjp was born in September!

this growing family is my heart's delight,


it's still January y'all so happy new year! 

xo~ b



Sunday, December 24, 2017



it's Christmas week! 
here in minneapolis we have snow but not a lot.
some is better than a brown Christmas though right and the weatherman
is predicting a fresh inch before the weekend!
: )

i'm still waiting for one package to arrive on our doorstep but
other than that my shopping and wrapping are done.
i did the majority of my buying online- did you too?
man it makes it easy, and i saw an idea on instagram that i thought
was so nice. someone put a box full of snacks (water, granola bars etc.) on their front step with a 
little note their child had written that said:

ups, fed x, mailman,
we know how long your days are.
we appreciate you~
help yourself to a little snack as a
thank you from us!

by the time i saw this, my packages were pretty much all here
so i didn't do this too, but next year if i do a lot of online shopping
i'm going to try my hardest to remember to do put out my own box.

*because my hubbie worked for ups for 26 years and helped
deliver a lot of Christmas's, i think the drivers would really appreciate it.






i snapped some photos of our house decorated for Christmas.
like always when i show you my house, these are close photos that shows
you a snippet of the rooms without all the messes that
surround them.

hello piles of papers, vacuum cleaner, clothes that need to be put away and
piles of shoes.



i plunked this birch star in the kitchen window box. lars installed new windows in the
bay this summer and there used to be 2 windows in this middle section.  now there's just one big one  instead and i love the bigger view out the front. isn't our neighbors house pretty?





if you have a kitchen pig, why not light him up?






every year i am more drawn to scandinavian style decor. tomtes or nisse are a form of mythological creature from Nordic folklore that are associated with the winter solstice and the Christmas season. i have a few of them that i like to decorate with.










this reindeer was a $4 target find. he had a white nose and hooves when i bought him and i thought he'd look better with them brown so i just painted them.
bottle brush trees are another big favorite of mine when decorating for the holidays.













i took all these pictures at night so they are pretty grainy, but this is my favorite Christmas card of all time. i found this vintage baby shoe to display next to Colton, our precious 
new grandbaby.













i like having fresh  greenery in the house this time of
year too. (although it does get messy). i use the boughs that
lars trims off the bottom of our Christmas tree here and there.






the family room fireplace got a splash of Christmas added to what was already there. (the pallet MN that cole made, antlers and the plaid thermos and bag). i can't find the larson's Christmas stockings for the life of me but did put up these simple ones i'd bought for our new family members.

our youngest, cole was born on Christmas day 29 years ago.
you've heard me say it before but hey this is my blog so i get to say whatever i want
and i
always have to say it.
he was the best Christmas present EvEr!

(i delivered him in a clean hospital, not a stable- can you even imagine?)































i got this glittered peace sign at pottery barn after Christmas last year and left it
hanging up all year in our dining room.






i put a tall spruce top in a pot of dirt on the deck and worked hard to get it to stand up straight. wouldn't you know it listed to the side one windy night and froze in that way? haha. i haven't been able to get it to stand up straight since so it stands proudly leaning to the side, looking in through the doors and makes me happy anyhoo.


































this joy sign is many years old now but you know how you have favorite things that you
just hang on to? i made each individual letter out of real botanical items.
the J is apple peeling.
the O is a eucalyptus leaf that i cut a hole in the middle of and
then used glued the berries around.
the Y is birch bark.
i framed it in a shadowbox frame and bring it out every winter.






the tree



































i  put a gilded crown on the top this year. you know, king of kings...lord of lords. it's regal and sparkly. a crown for baby Jesus.
















salt and pepper shakers. 
lars picked one up at supper last night and asked if there was
anything in them. "nope" i said, "just like them for decoration".

: )



well, that's all for now but i just want to wish you the most
MERRY CHRISTMAS
with lots of glitter, sugar, warmth and love.


xoxoxo, beth
(and my little friends below)