Saturday, March 31, 2012


Tryg's vocabulary is growing so quickly these days.  It has been so fun to talk with him and hear what he is learning.  It's also sometimes a bit puzzling to figure out what he is saying.  It's good that we have two of us to help figure it out.  

He loves birds and says "burdie" anytime he hears or sees one.  So, we have enjoyed taking him to the park to feed the ducks and geese this spring. 

Spring on Our Mantel

It's beginning to look a lot like Spring Time...everywhere we go..... (please sing that to the Christmas song tune just for me)

Anyway, I am LOVING this weather.  I can't believe it is SPRING in March.  I think this time last year we still had 6+ inches of snow on the ground!  With all the signs of spring coming outside, I wanted to add some to the inside of our house.  And, since we have a mantel now (and just realized right now I never posted about it -I think we put it up in late December and I stained and varnished it in January) is the WAY BEFORE and now with SPRING DECOR:
Taking down the old brick shelves that stuck out.
Bare brick fireplace.
Making it level.
We have a mantel now!!  (yes, I did test out the Christmas stockings hung with care)
Close up side-view.
Now with stain --you can ask me about the giant spill another time.
Here it is!
First coat of varnish.
Second coat! (you can also see where the brick shelves were -the plan is to cover the top half of the brick with sheetrock)
Finished! (well, halfway --still needs sheetrock and paint)
Now with Spring Decor!!  :)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Como Zoo with Tryg (and the rest of MN)!

It was a packed day at the zoo.  All this nice weather has made everyone want to get outside.  Even though there were a lot of people there, we still had a great time with Tryg and we're glad we went.  He loved looking at the animals and telling us "what a lion says." 

The animals were fun to watch (especially the polar bears and orangutangs!).  We also enjoyed the flowers in the conservatory.  Tryg even enjoyed sitting in the ergo carrier (mainly because it was past nap time and he was pretty tired...but nice to be able to use it still!! --Thanks KJ!!)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Summer March!

So, again, it's been a while since I posted.  I have not been good at this!  Sorry!!
We found a daycare in a perfect location.  It has been going OK...not great.  Tryg had a good first two weeks.  However, all of a sudden, he started crying every morning while dropping him off (after not crying for the first two weeks).  By the end of last week that stopped though and I have not had a report yet today -Erik drops him off in the mornings.  The last week with Tryg crying every morning has been rough on all of us.  Erik and I are just heart broken.  We don't know if it is just a phase or if something happened or if he doesn't like the new daycare.  He's not old enough to talk about his feelings; so we're just at a loss.  It's a icky helpless feeling.  We're hoping over time everything will even out and that he'll like the new place.  It is hard to get used to new people, a new place and a totally new schedule.  I just wish he could tell us how he feels.

I'm feeling like I am getting a grasp on my new job.  It is not nearly as overwhelming now and I still like it!  However, next week and the first 4 days of April, I have to meet face to face with all 600 juniors to make sure they are on track for graduation.  So, that will be busy but fun too!!
The weather......a.m.a.z.i.n.g.....I love it!!  I am totally in a spring cleaning mood and have loved taking Tryg to the park and being outside!  Tryg loves being outside too!  We have done just a couple cleaning/maintenance projects around the house and I hope to do more.  The camera was not charged last weekend, otherwise, I would have taken before and after photos of our pantry clean out and organization.  Also, thanks to Brad, we have a new toilet in our upstairs bathroom, after a jar-candle fell down and cracked the tank of our last one.  
Of course the box from the new toilet was a big hit!
We finally grilled last night after we did some raking yesterday.  I just can't believe this 'winter'!  I mean, they often say March is the snowiest month...not 80 degrees!!  I even saw a speed boat on a lake by our house this weekend!!  Are you kidding...mid-March in MN with a speed boat?!?  Crazy good!
It's hard to believe this photo was taken just two weeks ago!
I'm hoping to get a lot more spring cleaning and projects done in the next few weeks....this mood does not come all too often (ask Erik).  I need to capitalize on it while I have it.  I just hope I do!  It is getting more and more tempting just to "play" outside instead.

I hope you're enjoying the weather too!!