Friday, March 18, 2011

Manuel Labor

A little "manuel labor" never hurt anyone, right? Well, I've decided that's not entirely true. After my most recent home improvement projects, I still have a sore back and neck- even after getting some professional massages. The projects were worth every ache though. Check it out!
I made a growth chart for Pearl. I also included Bry and I at the top, fulling expecting it to be a shrinkage chart for us.Here we have a "before" picture of our laundry room. This is the "after!" Bryan's old boss gave us some hand-me-down cabinets and I sanded and painted them to fit into our laundry room decor. They were a dark cherry finish. This is where I got most of the knots in my back. Sanding was a mother. Bry was key to installing them on the walls. Couldn't have done it without him!
It has been so awesome to be able to have more storage space. We are simply revelling in it. And those sliding shelves... wow!


We decided to go on a weekend getaway to Steamboat Springs back in February over President's Day weekend. We've never been, so our main objective was simply to explore the place, oh, and definately hit the hot springs.
We spent several hours wandering around their tiny downtown area that smelled like sulfur because of the hot springs.

We were super lucky to be able to go cross country skiing while our friends Thane and Annie watched Pearl. The snow was super, super deep and powdery. We had to break trail all the way up to our knees the whole way. Well... my knees, maybe not Bryan's knees.

The parking lot wasn't plowed yet and we decided to take a chance and basically bury our car in the snow in order to park, hoping that some gallant soul would be around by the time we were done to help push us out. It turns out that there were 2 gallant souls who helped push us out in the end. This is a picture of what it looked like after Bryan basically dug out all the side with a scrap of plastic.

Yeehaw! Bryan visited a cowboy store and became inspired to purchase his first pair of cowboy boots!

Pearl loved snitching the brownie batter back at the condo. A girl after my own heart.