Thursday, January 21, 2010

Slowly Organizing

It is taking me awhile, but I am slowly getting organized for the baby to come. I cleaned out my vanity so that I can move some of the hand lotions/soaps/body sprays that I store (hoard) in the baby's closet into the bathroom.

I have been storing my jewelry in two slim drawers in my vanity and I would have to dig to find whatever I wanted to wear each day.

Last summer I found 2 antique real wood frames at a garage sale for $1 each. I then got some free message boards from a business that is leaving my building for free. The project has been waiting to happen for the last 6 months and I finally pulled it out and got it done last night!

I don't know if I love the paint job that I did, but I can always change it. I'm happy that I can now find my earrings and pendants without spending 5 minutes digging through the drawers!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Clean...sort of

Today for Project 365 I took a picture of before I cleaned the craft room. My craft room isn't the most glamorous of places, but it is functional and when clean, I can really get a lot done. I thought I would post the before and after pictures.

It isn't perfect, but it is a lot better! I found a couple of unfinished projects buried under all of my stuff!

I hope to get these done soon. I don't know if they will be cards or tags.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Nelson Christmas

The Nelsons finally got together to celebrate Christmas this last weekend. Jeremy and I got to LaCrosse on Saturday around 2pm and Kristi had a bunch of fun activities planned for us. We mostly shopped, but it was fun to just bum around town with them.

Matt and Tessa got delayed milking cows, so that gave us an excellent chance to do some errands that we needed to do before the party on Sunday. We had to pick up some appetizer stuff at Festival Foods and they actually had an expectant mother parking spot...and Jeremy didn't use it!! We have been looking for one of these spots for the past 5.5 months and have never been able to find one. Do they have any in Minneapolis??

Festival also had the new throwback Pepsi and Mt. Dew packs. I took a picture just because I thought they looked cool all stacked up together.

We met for supper at around 6:30pm, but by the time we got to the restaurant, it was already dark, so I didn't take any pictures. Kristi had heard great things about a new place called Boot Hill Pub. I tried to see if they had a webpage, but it looks like they only have a fan page on Facebook. Boot Hill Pub (it looks like today's special is beef stroganoff for $5.95) The prices were crazy cheap and tasted great! We all got steak and none of our meals were over $10. I got the Prime Rib and it came with soup and salad bar, potato, vegetable and a roll. It was $8.95. By the end of the meal, which included 2 orders of gigantic cheese curds as appetizers, we were all stuffed. We went back to the house and watched a little bit of tv and then went to bed...or fell into bed.

Sunday morning we went to church and then out for brunch. I think LaCrosse must have the best independent restaurants of almost anywhere in the country! We went to the LaCrosse Family Restaurant (no website), which was also really cheap and really good! I ended up getting the Belgium waffle with apples and whipped cream. (I am really going to miss not being able to eat all of these yummy things without feeling super guilty)

After eating, Jeremy dropped me off at Olive Juice Quilts which is a fabric store that opened up right next to their church. I had been planning in my head on what kind of a theme/colors that I wanted to go with for the baby's room. WoW! This place would impress anyone! Even if you aren't a sewer, this place would inspire you to become one. The colors and patterns that attack you as you walk in the door are amazing. I had a hard time coming up with just one color scheme because there were so many different lines to choose from. I think that place might be a regular stopping spot when we come to LaCrosse.

These are the fabrics I ended up getting. I have a specific pattern for the quilt in mind and I still need to pick up a couple more (less expensive) pieces that will match. I am hoping to have enough fabric to do all of the linens for the nursery. If I don't have enough, it looks like we will need to make another trip to LaCrosse!

I am disappointed that I didn't get more pictures of the actual Christmas party. We met in the afternoon and Katie skyped in for awhile, but the connection wasn't very good and we kept getting dropped. I think I kind of forgot about my camera during the present opening time. It was fun to have Macy and Anna there to get excited about their gifts. They are so goofy and fun!

This is Matt and Katie talking.

Matt and Tessa

Kristi made an awesome meal and we stayed until about 7:00 and then headed back to the Cities. It would have been really nice to be able to stay another day to get to hang out with the girls, but we had to get back for work. It was a great weekend and a lot of fun to see everyone.

Kristi and Jerry are going to come help us get the nursery together sometime in February, so it looks like we have a lot to do before then! It will be good to have their help.