Tuesday, May 28, 2013

the end of procrastination...a swingset is finally up!

i shouldn't laugh but i can't help it. we are finally getting her "playground" as she calls it put up after having it in the garage for over a year. justin got so frustrated with it last summer that he couldn't work on it. no offense to any Menards lovers out there, but justin can't stand them. he's a contractor. he buys from the local lumber yard for the best quality but thought perhaps for the entire set it'd be better to get a kit....WRONG. the boards were so warped and nothing labeled and instructions in a foreign language that he cursed and cursed and gave up. he even tried buying other 4x4s from the lumber yard (hence those shown in a different color) to try to get it to work better. so this year we said we just had to suck it up and do it and get it done with.
the slide is at too much of an incline so justin tried to raise it up for her but she still comes down so fast and then flies into the grass face first. every time she gets back up and announces "nope, not good yet, fix it Dad." poor girl, gonna break her nose on the ground, but i couldn't stop laughing. initially when the slide bottom was sitting on the ground she would go over the first curve, go airborne and then land really hard on the bottom. so he tried to raise it so that wouldn't happen. now she doesn't go airborne but she still has too much momentum to stop herself at the bottom. he ended up switching it out to the right of where the slide currently is and moved those pallets/wall to the current slide opening. works much better now. when the kids are older and can stop themselves without doing a face plant justin will switch it back. 

Monday, May 20, 2013


lexi, liam, and i went out exploring on saturday in the big metropolis of hustler, wi. the one and only in the world. if you're from the area, you'll know i'm being sarcastic and it is the farthest thing from a big metropolis. i am always eyeing up places to take picture, but didn't realize how many cute areas there was in the little "town" (if you can even call it that). i've been trying to find time to take lexi's three year pictures, but my vision of following with the woodsy theme from her birthday just wasn't working with all the rain we've been getting and the mud and trying to get out in the woods - not to mention the other bipolar weather of 40s or snow one day and 90s and melting the next. i adore many of these fun impromptu shots we got this weekend that i'm pretty sure i'll be blowing some of these up for the walls soon.

a few more favs from recently.