Duluth Part 1

On Valentine’s Day, Joe pulled out the romantic big guns and told me that he had arranged a ski trip for us over the weekend in Duluth. I actually cried because I was so happy and excited. (I bet it’s really fun having an emotionally hysterical wife, right?)  It had been three years since we had last gone skiing…

Valentine’s Day is for suckers. And we are suckers.

I consider us people who do an a acceptable job of expressing our love and affection year-round. However, I don’t object to a holiday that promotes putting the bells and whistles on love via chocolate and flowers.  Although we keep the holiday low-key, we do acknowledge it. Below are my step-by-step instructions of how to achieve an understated, yet successful Valentine’s Day at home….

Dated!

  I hope these blurry phone photos capture the delight that was date night. Technically, we haven’t had a date since the summer. It sounds really pathetic when I say it that way, BUT, we do go on family outings frequently, including dinner. However, the last time Joe and I got a sitter and left the house…

Counting Down

  It seems that many people have a tradition when it comes to counting down to Christmas. When Robbyn and I were little we would (somewhat violently) race each other downstairs so we could scoot our little mouse-in-the-house a day closer to Christmas. And it was rather devastating if you woke up too late and the mouse had already been moved. It was,…

Back to School

  (Image via Humans of New York) We have some news around these parts. Someone pretty special to me had their first day of school yesterday. After much deliberation, Joe has enrolled in fire school while still working full-time (or rather, more than full-time. What is it called when you work seven days a week while…

How does our garden grow?

I can literally take no credit for how our yard looks. I would truly rather be inside doing activities such as eating cupcakes, reading some sort of lady novel, and avoiding sunburn and sweat. But since moving into our house last year, Joe (to no one’s surprise) delved into yard work. Between tending to the lawn and the…

Happy 2nd Anniversary to US!

Joe and I have been married for two years today. Here are a few of my favorite moments together. 2005 The year I didn’t have a camera. And the year I really liked tanning beds. 2006 Joe takes me skiing for the first time to see if I’m sturdy enough to be wife material. When…