Sunday, November 28, 2010

Vintage baby

Here's the first post of many of Harriet wearing my old clothes. My mom diligently saved all her favorite outfits of mine in hopes of one day having a granddaughter to wear them. I will attempt to dig up pictures of me wearing them 30 years ago, but I make no promises.

This picture is a tad redundant, but I have included it for grandparents, my dad's co-workers and all the baby lovers out there.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Saying goodbye to an old friend

Ha, not my dad (in the above photo), Brett Favre. My parents were up for a visit this weekend (lots of baby time!) and since the Packers were in town to play the Vikings, my dad and I decided to go. I hadn't been to a Viking game at the dome before.

Although there were plenty of cheeseheads, the sold out stadium looked like a sea or purple (at least in the beginning) from our awesome seats. Figured we'd see a tough game because the teams are in the same division, it's a border battle and of course Brett Favre (have you heard of him?). Not so much. In fact after the Vikings field goal in the first quarter it was a romp. Packers looked great. Vikings looked terrible.The Vikings fans wouldn't argue with that assessment.

Can you see all the blue seats in second half? Empty seats + chanting to fire the head coach + Packer domination = good time.

Charles Woodson put it best after the game, "The best thing about a game like today," the Packers' cornerback said, "is at the end of the game watching their fans leave. If you come in and do that, you've done your job. ... That's what happens when you come in and dominate. That felt good." Couldn't agree more. The place emptied pretty quick. My dad and I had a fun time seeing a 31-3 Green Bay victory!

Friday, November 12, 2010

We've got a 14 pounder on our hands. 65% percentile all around for this kid.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Insulation time!

Our family room, first floor half bathroom and mudroom in the back of the house all sit over a crawlspace. Come fall we can tell these rooms are much cooler than the rest of the house. Come winter we repeatedly say we have to do something to fix the problem. After our first winter in the house we decided to open the only entrance to the crawlspace to allow some heat to get in and we installed insulation boards around the foundation on the outside. I was not interested going into the crawlspace that appeared to have less than 2' of head room and a couple old radiators pipes covered in asbestos wrap hanging in the opening. Well... we had an asbestos abatement company come out to remove the old pipes and I climbed in to take a closer look. It was terrible! You can see my foot in the top photo. I took a majority of the failing fiberglass insulation out by crawling on my stomach and back and kicking it out the lone opening. Again, it was terrible.

We filled up two giant garbage bins with the old insulation.

In order to remedy the issue we had several insulation companies come out. They all had different opinions. They all agreed removing the fiberglass batting that hung in the ceiling of the crawlspace (so the floor of the family room, etc) was a great idea. Some recommended vapor barriers and just foam insulation on the interior walls, others, new fiber glass and a heat supply to warm it up from underneath, and a range of these things. One company told us to cover the ceiling and walls in closed cell foam insulation. It would seal out moisture from the dirt floor, and all cold air. When complete we'd have an R30 in the ceiling and R14 on the walls. After checking Angie's List we decided to hire this company.

This is the inside of the trailer they brought to our house. They ran a hose from the trailer to the crawlspace and covered everything in foam.

This is the view from the crawlspace opening. The installation crew said it was one of the tightest spots they've been in.

We also decided to have this company insulate under the soffit of the stairway landing that cantilevered out over the side door. That was another super cold area in our house we knew needed attention.

Here is a photo from right after we put in the new side door. The problem area is right above the door.

After I removed the aluminum soffit there was a layer of old wood, then nothing. Absolutely nothing but the soffit joists; an empty area for cold air. The last photo (on the far right) is after the foam insulation was installed.

The foam was the most expensive option (compared to cellulose, fiberglass, etc), but it is also the best R value and it is a closed cell foam so it stops moisture. Plus because of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, we can get a tax credit for 30% of the cost of the materials up to $1,500.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Countess Palatine Hedwig, 3, died Friday November 5, 2010, from complications from an extreme drop in temperature.

Hedwig, as she was affectionately known, was purchased at the Minnesota State Fair in 2008. She was a silver-laced Polish bantam hen and won 2nd place in her division. She was always the first to get a compliment and the last to get some food. Despite her bottom position in the pecking order, she went about her days with a quiet dignity. She is survived by her friends, Queen Elizabeth, Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of York, and Marie Antoinette. She will be missed.

Her final resting place is, as of yet, undetermined.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Chapel Hill in Wisconsin

This weekend we went to our friends Stephanie and Chris' family cabin called Chapel Hill. It is just outside Osceola, WI and so it was a quick car ride over there. The cabin is situated in a peninsula of (the not so imaginatively named) Round lake. We had great weather and took a long walk on a surrounding trail. We enjoyed a hearty fall meal and had a great time. The babies also seemed to enjoy themselves.

No this isn't the cabin. A pastor used to own the property and he built a chapel (hence the name of the cabin) which comes equipped with a little altar. Currently it stores an inflatable mattress though. It would also be a great playhouse for the kids someday.

Baby friends Nick and Harriet. Oh how they have grown in just a few months.

PIZZA! Local pizza fan Aaron Landry is saving me some time figuring out who has the best pizza in town with his blog about local pizza. PIZZA!

For the record our favorite pizza is Fat Lorenzo's.