Welcome handsome boy! 

How fitting for this post today …. a year ago today we found out we were pregnant!! We were sooo excited and happy after trying for awhile. The first couple weeks were great no morning sickness or anything bad until we went to on vacation and then on the way home morning sickness struck! Having that on a plane is never fun! 16 weeks hit and it went away thank goodness! 



Boy or girl in a couple days we will know!!!

** Time got away from us and 22 weeks was my last picture until 38 weeks. Oops!! We will try better next baby but then I think ya right haha! **

In March we found out we were having a boy!!!! My husband and I both found out at the ultrasound appointment but we kept it from our family until that weekend and we had a gender reveal! I ordered a 3 layer cake with the middle being blue. Everyone thought it was gonna be a boy and they were right! 



The rest of the pregnancy went good! We went in for our 39 week appointment on A Tuesday for another ultrasound to check measurements. They estimated him right under 9 lbs. my doctor decided to induce me that Thursday, only 2 days before my actual due date! We started the induction at 6 AM and by 6:09 PM our son Briggs was born!!! He was healthy and that’s all that mattered! He weighed 9 lbs 10 oz and was 22 inches long! So much for under 9 lbs! 😬 



He is one loved little boy and our whole world. We don’t know what we did without him before, except have a full nights sleep! 😊

Ashley

2016 … has come and almost gone! 

Where did 2016 go?! Hi everyone, wow it has been way too long since I last posted. Please forgive me that it has been too long. I have been spending time offline and in the moment with my family and friends as much as I can. Even though Facebook and Instagram still seem to get me a lot of time but what can ya do! So let’s catch up now and hopefully will have more separate posts of each great thing that happened this year. 

Well November 2015 we found out we were pregnant due in July! In the beginning of December we went to the Dominican Republic for a week with our group of friends and it was a lot of fun even though all I wanted to do was lay by the pool and have fruity frozen alcoholic drinks but couldn’t. Oh well! We spent Christmas time with all of our family. 2016 started and we finally got to tell our family the great news that we were adding a family member! In February I went on a first girls trip with friends to the cities (Minneapolis, MN) while the guys went snowmobiling in the mountains which they do every year. Us wom {as the men call us} have decided it will now be a yearly thing just like their trips! 
Spring flew by with planting and spraying and all of a sudden we were 39 weeks along and it was time for baby! I delivered a healthy baby boy! {more about him later} 

I took off 2 months to spend and get to know him and now daycare is back in full swing and it has definitely been an adjustment but we are getting things figured out with this new mom status of mine! This year has had its up and had its down but I wouldn’t change it for the world! 

As we are entering the holiday season, I cant be more excited to finally have a little one to enjoy my favorite time of year! In this crazy world at the moment I hope everyone gets to slow down, even for a day, take a breath and spend time with their family and friends or whoever is important to them and remember there is always something to be thankful for. 

Much love, 

❤️Ashley 


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The Remodel …. The Finished Project!

Master Bedroom!

Spare bedroom

The old dinette area.

After all the blinds were put up!

The kitchen. It sure doesn’t look like this today!

When we first moved in this was my favorite spot of the house and really the only thing decorated!

Looking into the dining room/kitchen.

Closet … At first they only wanted to do one row of hanging clothes and I said that would not work! My husband and I both have more clothes then we need. P.S. This is now overflowing with clothes.

Finally!!!! We made it through a whole house remodel! We started the beginning of June and ended at the end of August! It felt like it went really quick! So here is the finished project!

The Remodel … Part 2

Our Old House … The Remodel Part 2 ~ The put back together…

FINALLY … after all the demolition of the house, it was finally time to put it back together! WooHoo!

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The built in for the tv where the fireplace used to be.

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Framing where the door used to be from the master to the kitchen.

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Sheetrock is up in the living room.

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Dinette put back together.

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Built in for the tv.

If you noticed the big hole that was once there is now patched in and the reason we couldn’t keep the awesome wood floors. We ended up choosing carpet for the living room.

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Master bedroom closet under the stairs.

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Master bedroom – there used to be a door to go to the kitchen. 

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Spare bedroom built in and the new closet.

With lots of mudding and filling in screw holes it was finally time to texture!! One step closer to being done with the remodel! I did chose an orange peel texture

The texture is up and its time to paint! My favorite part!!!

The texture is up and its time to paint! My favorite part!!!

Now that the texture is up I had to pick paint colors! I remember being very overwhelmed having to pick paint and flooring!

Flooring and Trim

soo many colors to chose from

Since, Dalton and I both had full time jobs we would not have gotten the painting done in a reasonable time without the help of his parents!!!! His mom is an awesome painter!

Check out next week to see the final touches and finished product!

 

Our Old House …. The Remodel … Part 1.

Our Old House … The Remodel
Part 1 ~ The teardown and gut!

You first saw the pictures of the house right after we bought it. At first we didn’t plan on gutting the whole house and starting over everything from walls to the electrical. We were just going to take off the wallpaper and paint and fix here and there so we could get out of the parents house and live in our new home! Well, one thing led to another and as my thought and my father in law’s you might as well just do it all at once and make sure its right! So in started the gutting and tearing down! We found some really interesting things while we tore down walls, fireplaces and chimneys, 2 of them to be exact! We did all the work ourselves with some help from friends and family. We also had a little help from the plumber {we replaced the pipes and added some for the washer and dryer downstairs} and an electrician.

And so it began...

And so it began…

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living room

We went to work during the day and would come home and work on the house. Very long days and lots of hard work, mostly by the husband and his father.

From the kitchen looking into the dining room.

From the kitchen looking into the dining room.

We completely opened up the kitchen and dining room area. We got rid of the dinette area because it was useless space for us so we just decided to open it all up. We saved the awesome wood and glass door that used to open into the dinette area and decided to use it as the door for going upstairs.

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The old dinette area completely gutted no more walls closing it off.

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Remember this archway from the last post? You won’t believe what we found in it! We had to take it down because the hubby couldn’t walk underneath it without having to duck! hahaha We decided that this archway was put up later and not the same time as the house was built because…. the dates on these!

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We found empty alcohol bottles in the archway walls! Haha they even still had a Kessler’s sticker from back in the day! I think the carpenters liked their Calvert Reserve! If only the walls could tell stories!

Here are just some remodeling pictures!

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Look at that gorgeous fireplace 😦

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Old dinette area

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dining room

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looking into the living room. Can you see where the old cabinets used to be.

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Looking from the living room into the hallway at the bathroom (or what used to be)

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spare bedroom gut… still rocking the blue and black shag carpet

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master bedroom closet under the stairs (used to be a chimney in the closet too from top floor to the basement taken out)

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the bathroom – there used to be a window as you can tell but that was already covered up by the shower and newer siding.

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master bedroom

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As you can see my fireplace is now officially gone. It went through all the way to the basement and the guys took it out brick by brick.

After we got down all the lath and plaster we finally could remove the nasty dust filled carpet! Check out the gorgeous wood floor we found underneath!!!

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Living room completely gutted and carpet removed. Finally on the upward swing!

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Soo awesome!

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looking at the spare bedroom

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From the hallway looking through the master bedroom to the kitchen thought the old door.

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Our Old House …. Before the Remodel

Now that I finally have a computer I can finally share our house remodel!

Spring of 2012 we bought our 1st home! It was definitely a small house that needed some major work! Let’s just say it looked like it was from the 60s and 70s! We bought it from a couple who were older and wanting to move to Aberdeen. According to our neighbors back in the day, this house was ordered from a magazine and all the pieces to put it together were sent here and then they had to put together. Interesting!!!!

Here are some of the pictures of the house the day after closing on it!

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Walking in from the front door into the living room.

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My favorite part of the house was the fireplace and mantle and unfortunately we didn’t keep it in the remodel.

Check out that lovely GOLD shag carpet we had! We actually to this day still have it in the front entry way since we didn’t end up remodeling that with everything else.
I don’t know if you can tell or not but from the wall to the ceilings its curved! There weren’t any straight lines in this house and this really bugged me I like straight lines and straight walls! I know this is a cool feature in older homes and if Nicole Curtis from Rehab Addict saw what we did with this remodel, she would not like me very much!

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Windows in the living room

Looking into the dining room.

Looking into the dining room.

If you go left it leads into the 2 bedrooms and bathrooms and to the right is the entryway! If you see this house had so many doors into small rooms. You can’t see in this picture but there’s a door to the kitchen on the left and to the right there’s also another door! Don’t worry I saved all the doors! (Even used some of them in our wedding decorations)

Built in Cabinets!

Built in China cabinets.

These were built into the archway on each side! We ended up taking these out and they are still being used in the in-law’s house.

The kitchen!

The kitchen!

Looking into the dinette are next to the kitchen.

Looking into the dinette are next to the kitchen.

Notice the lovely yellow flower wallpaper… on the ceiling. Now we didn’t really do too much remodeling in the kitchen at this time, to my dismay but it’s still holding up now. We will see if I ever get to do anything to it or not.

Old Stove that still works.

Old Stove that still works. {still available}

Fun Fact: he owner’s bought a newer stove and they said it didn’t work as good as this one so they went back to using the old one!

Windows in the dinette area.

Windows in the dinette area.

Old school fan and light in the dinette area too!

Old school fan and light in the dinette area too! {We still have this if anyone happens to want it 😉 }

Now to go to the other side of the house. If you take the hallway from the living you can go upstairs or the master on the right, bathroom and spare bedroom on the left!  I don’t have full pictures of each of the rooms but have some of the details in them!

The bathroom!

The bathroom!

More lovely flower wallpaper this time PINK! This was also on the ceiling. With lovely pink tile surrounding the bathroom!

Master bedroom.

Master bedroom.

You can’t see it in the picture but there is actually a door there on the right that leads into the kitchen! We closed that door up and have only 1 entrance into the bedroom.

Spare bedroom.

Spare bedroom.

Now this was a lovely room! Blue and black shag carpet and more wallpaper! In this spare bedroom closet the other side of the fireplace was taking up most of the room. I was for sure there was gonna be some kind of dead body behind it once we took the fireplace out! 😉

Bookshelf in the spare bedroom.

Bookshelf in the spare bedroom.

I think this came straight from The Brady Bunch house!

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Upstairs.

The upstairs in the house we didn’t redo either but, here’s what it looks like minus the very very heavy sofa sleeper that the guys had to haul down. The chimney is no longer there either.

That’s all I have! Here are some other pictures I had taken of cool things/things that the old owners left for us to take care of.

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The cool old fridge and freezer that was down in the basements.

Can’t wait to show you the remodel!!!! Coming up next week, so check back!

Well…. Time sure got away from me.

Hey everyone!

So turns out it has been pretty crazy around my house lately! There has been a lot going on that I will be sharing with you in the next couple months!  The husband I just got back from our mini honeymoon, yes a mini moon! We decided to get away to the cities, Minneapolis, MN, that is. We left on a Friday morning and came home on Monday. We had a great time and it was nice to just get away since in the next month, possibly two it’s going to get even crazier with planting. I can’t believe it’s almost here! Don’t get me wrong I hate winter and can’t wait for it to be done but, at the same time that means a lot of alone time! Which can also mean lots of home projects I can come up with! I usually have to do those when he is gone otherwise it tends to be a lot of no, you can’t do that, now its like too bad so sad, can’t change it now!

So what did we do on our honeymoon you ask! Well we spent quite a bit of time at the Mall of America, where we ate most of our meals there since it was within walking distance from our hotel. We stayed at the Fairfield Inn & Suites – Bloomington, and let me tell you for how reasonably priced it was compared to all the other hotels right next to the mall it was pretty awesome! It was just kitty corner from the mall and you could walk there otherwise they had a free shuttle to take you there at every hour and will even pick you up. The room was very modern in colors and I loved it! The breakfasts were pretty decent for free continental breakfast! So, if you are looking for a great place to stay close to the mall and don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars definitely check this hotel out!

While we were there we took in our FIRST ever NHL hockey game! It was sooooo much fun! We watched the Minnesota Wild take on the Colorado Avalanche. Wild won 1-0, and we had 4th row seats and could see everything! We can’t wait to go back especially to the Bud Light Fan Zone before the game! That place is awesome too! It opens at 5:00 and then closes 30 minutes before puck drops! Tap beers were only $4 bucks, cheapest drink we found but, that is to be expected we weren’t in Cresbard anymore! You can also order food like cheese curds {amazing}, nachos, burgers and more! We had been to other hockey games like the Aberdeen Wings and Rapid City Rush but the Wild game topped all!

Here are a few pics from the hockey game!

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Just got to our awesome seats!!!!

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So the other question that is usually asked by our friends when we go somewhere is, where did you eat?! Me I love food and to try new things! The main places we ate included, Bubba Gump Shrimp, Kokomo’s Island Cafe {they have really good Pina coladas 😉 } and our final meal was at Famous Daves!  If you like seafood definitely check out Bubba Gump Shrimp, you can even get souvenir glasses to take home!

Our Lunch at Kokomo’s {these are really the only photos I have other than the hockey photos}

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On Sunday we were both pretty tired of the MOA, so we decided to go to the Albertville Outlet Malls about 45 miles away and we hit the jackpot there! They have Nike and Under Amour Outlet stores and on top of the low prices already they had an additional 20-40% off trying to get rid of their winter stuff. Another good deal they had at Columbia where if you bought 2 items you got the 3rd FREE! How cool is that! If you need new winter coats for next year for the family that’s a perfect deal!

The last place cool we went was IKEA! Well, I loved it he didn’t so much! I wanted to go there to get some good ideas for the new daycare area upstairs that I plan to start on once spring comes around {if you remember what i said earlier 😉 } I also came home with some new plates, bowls, cups and silverware for the kids! Each came in a 6 pk and were $1.99 each! I was all about saving money this trip! haha that usually isn’t the case I like to spend my fair share and probably his too!

So that was our honeymoon. Hopefully next year we will get to go somewhere warm during the winter!