Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Project #1

Some of you may know that over the past few weeks, Cornell has been working SO hard at putting in our hardwood floors in the kitchen. Well, he is finally finished and I am so excited to show you the final product! Alot, and I mean ALOT, of time and energy went into these floors.

The before picture shows the vinyl floors that tried to look like tile(many people didn't realize it was fake until we told them)....

(Don't mind Charlotte, it's the only pic I could find of our floors)

And then after going to MN for a couple days at the beginning of May, I came home to a house where the living room looked like this...

As you can imagine, I had numerous flashbacks of my childhood-growing up in a constant construction zone. I think I had a few nightmares that week.

But Cornell worked hard everyday on those floors...

And here they are now...
(Don't mind the air compressor, it was borrowed and going back to the owner soon!) :)
I love them!! It just makes the whole room so much better...and we still have a whole bunch leftover so Cornell is going to do another area, we just haven't decided what yet.
I also took a few pictures of our living room(I promise Meg, one of these days I will take pics of the whole house for you to see!)
We are still not sure how to decorate this room. It was supposed to be a dining room/living room but we chose to do just one big living room. So there is this random chandelier and the chair railing that only goes halfway around the room? I need HGTV to come and redo our room! hehe :) And we would like furniture that doesn't match the carpet...if only money grew on trees!
Let me know if you have any decorating tips for us! And ps-notice how in almost every picture, you can see a piece of Charlotte? She is by my side at all times! So needy! LOL

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

"Who cares? We're on Vacation!"

Happy Tuesday back to work everyone...hope you all had a wonderful 3 day Memorial weekend! I have been feeling kind of guilty lately about my blog, like I was neglecting it or something?! I haven't really been "too busy" to update it, just a bad blogger. I still need to post pics from my parents trip...forgive me!
So this past weekend Cornell and I went on VACATION! Yesssssss. If you know me at all, I absolutely love love love to travel. And any type of vacation has been on the back burner, since, hmmmm...I guess since I got married! There just never seems to be enough money for anything when you get marriend, and I can only imagine what happens when you have kids!! My travels include Austrailia, Mexico, Hawaii, etc and poor Cornell has never been anywhere except where he lives! Never even seen the ocean! I was talking to my girlfriend, Erin, at work and she told me that a great spot to vacation down here in the South is Charleston, SC. So that day we researched hotels and decided that this past wknd was a great time for us to head down there. I discussed it with Cornell and he agreed, so it was set.

Thursday, I worked and Cornell ran around Charlotte to do all the errands. One item that we knew we would purchase this summer,before our road trip home to MN, was a GPS(my parents got us hooked on their trip here.) So we decided that this weekend a GPS would come in handy(probably because one of our main sources of disagreements for our marriage is finding out directions and getting lost in the car.) So to avoid any arguments, Cornell ran and bought a GPS and to Charleston we headed!
We arrived on friday afternoon, and checked into our hotel(fyi, we brought Charlotte with us and stayed in a pet friendly hotel) and layed by the pool for a bit before heading downtown.

Here I am, just a little excited to be on vacation....

If you don't know anything about Charleston, it reminds me of "Gone with the Wind." It is exactly what you picture the "old south" to look like. The HUGE homes with the HUGE beautiful porches. The main street, King Street, has all the major stores for numerous blocks. I stopped in Louis Vuitton but didn't find much that I like. *wink wink* So friday evening, we just browsed around, stopped for ice cream, ate dinner, and headed back to the hotel.
Even on vacation, I couldn't escape the Cavaliers basketball game...
(we don't normally let Charlotte on the bed, but what the heck, she's on vacation too!)
Saturday morning, we decided to do the horse carriage ride around Charleston and learned alot about the history of the city.
The spikes on the fence of this home were so the slaves didn't try and escape back then.
This mansion, the Calhoun mansion, is open to the public for tours(even though a family really lives there.) We took the tour and saw only about 8 of the 35 rooms that it has.
Across the street to the Calhoun mansion was this home. Apparently it was the "wedding present" to the former Calhoun mansion owners daughter! And I thought our flat screen was a great gift from my parents! LOL (just kidding mom and dad)
Stopping for a little photograpy session...
Everything in the city is just beautiful. I mean, who has a driveway like this?
Also, all over the city you see these...

Guys that pull you around with a bike in a little buggy. We didn't do this, I don't think Cornell would have fit. :)

Here is a picture of us at the Harbor.

Picture for my grandma, she loves Rhett Butler.

Walking around all day makes me work up an appetite. We stopped for lunch at a little cute cafe with great food. Here is our appetizer of Fried Green tomatoes.

One of the most well known attractions in Charleston is Rainbow Row. It is a row of homes painted in pastel colors.

My favorite was the pink home of course.

More random pictures...

On Sunday we headed to the beach. Charleston is on the Atlantic Ocean, not the prettiest but at least Cornell could say he has been "to the ocean" now! Here are his and Charlotte's first encounter...

And they decided that was enough...
I laughed pretty hard. Charlotte wasn't a fan of the big, loud waves. And Cornell DID NOT like that he couldn't see his feet through the water. He swore a shark would bite him if he went any farther than his ankles.

It was a wonderful weekend. My photos' don't give the city enough credit on how gorgeous it is. We decided that when we win the lottery, we're going to buy one of the homes in Charleston. I laugh thinking about Cornell this wknd, everything I asked or said, his response would be "who cares, we're on vacation!" He had a blast "on vacation."

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Twenty two

Shoe model?
It's just this guy on the rights' birthday

just so cool.

And it makes me feel real old. you would say, "Ham son."

It makes me proud to watch you work SO HARD in football and school.

Friday, May 15, 2009


Dear Abe,
It's me, Charlotte, your best friend. I sure wish you would come back and play with me. I had so much fun with you.

I swam for the first time ever because you encouraged me!

I know I was kind of annoying at times, but I was just so excited to have someone to play with.

Even your water tasted better than mine.

Thanks for the new toy you left me, I play with it everyday.



PS-you can even bring that guy with you when you come back. He was nice, always played with us and took us running everyday!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Noah Alan

Could this little guy be any cuter!!
I went home to Minnesota for a few days last week to see my new nephew! And I couldn't get enough of him.

He gets so excited after he wakes up and you are there to talk to him. I think he already has grandpa wrapped around his fingers!

How about those blue eyes!?

Relaxed with his momma...


Noah is still not sure what to think of bath time...he lays there quietly but sure doesn't enjoy getting out of the water and being chilly! :)

Mom and Dad after bath time!

And so precious sleeping...

I had the best time with the new Wick family. Thanks to Josh and Kel for letting me invade their home to get some special time with Noah. I had a blast!