Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Garage Cleanout




Matt hit the links last weekend and my Dad and I decided it might be a good time to start the garage cleanout project that we have been wanting to do. It's not terribly dirty or disorganized, but we would like like to have a proper place for everything. Our work bench is the great dumping ground! We started by distracting the girls with water (always works like a charm) and then moved onto installing new boards to hang all of our yard tools. Think rakes, shovels, clippers, etc. It's amazing how much *crap* you need when you have a house! We finished the first project - organization - now we will be ready to paint this fall. Note: it's Matt's desire to paint the inside of the garage. I am not knocking him, but I just don't know if it would be a project on the top of my list. PS. Anna was riding her bike, I didn't make her wear the helmet just to climb the ladder!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Elsie in the City










On Saturday, Elsie and I joined my dad for a day of fun in the city. Our main objective was to check out the art fair on Michigan Avenue, but you will see we did a lot more that just that. She was a sweet little companion, smiling and hardly a fuss from her all day long.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Uncle Pat


My brother Patrick was able to join us for our trip to Michigan this year. It's such a treat to be able to spend a week with him because he lives in Colorado and we live in Chicago - and well, it's just not that easy to get together for extended time like that very often! Pat was a great help and buddy all week long for Matt and I, plus he took his uncle duties very seriously. It was like having a third parent around, sweet!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Flower Power


We are freshly back from a great week in Michigan. We did a little bit of flower shopping at the MOST amazing nursery that we found in the town of Hart. I was just totally overwhelmed with the selection, and the prices were terrific on top of that! We got two flats of petunias to plant at the cottage. We thought we would surprise my grandma with those since she will be staying at the cottage for 6 weeks this summer. (I am so jealous of her!) We ended up taking grandma back to the nursery after her arrival, and I ended up buying some things for myself to take back home. I made out with a yellow rose bush (Julia Child variety) and a wall hanging filled with pinkish/purpleish petunias. I'll try to post a picture of those two things soon!