Thrift Shop

When I was in high school and college I loved going thrifting as much as I could, and I bought a lot of my wardrobe at thrift stores. I loved the treasure hunt! I also bought jewelry to break up and make new jewelry with because my primary craft hobby at that time was making jewelry. I also bought a lot of CDs back then. I had quite the collection…most of them are stored in tubs in my basement now! Man oh man did I proudly display that collection!

It’s been a while since I’ve spent much time at a thrift store, but recently I’ve been having a lot of fun going again! It’s great there are so many options for me within a 15 or 20 minute drive pretty much any direction! There are a couple within 10 minutes away as well. Serena loves going thrifting with me! She waves at everyone she possibly can and now says hi to everyone too. I mostly buy clothes for her and have bought a few fun toys, but I’ve also found a few things for myself. It might be junk to most people but sometimes things catch my eye and I can’t say no!

This week Serena and I went to Bibles for Missions, Value Village, and Goodwill. Here are my fave things I bought recently.

I bought this old cigar tin for $1.99. I thought I could either put stuff in it on my desk or by my scrap stuff, or put it on a bookshelf. I love the colors!

I think I paid a quarter or less for this letter opener. It made me consider collecting letter openers! Ha! When I was a kid I had lots of collections! I collected dolls, post cards, stamps, souvenir spoons, troll dolls, etc…Right now I have a lot of bird decor but want to get away from that…It would be fun to find something new to collect, but it can’t be anything too big! One might say I collect scrapbook products, but I don’t have room for anymore of that. πŸ™‚


So, here I am, photoless

I had hoped to be working on my Week in the Life album this week, but that hasn’t happened. I just got a chance to order prints of some of the photos and it was quite the ordeal to do. When I imported photos over to Costco from Flickr it copied multiples of photos for some reason and changed the order they were in. Disaster. In the end I decided to order one 8×10 photo from each day, and then a random assortment of 100 4x6s since I have a coupon for 100 free prints in store. Last time I ordered prints from Costco I could pick them up the next day. This time I can’t pick them up for 3 days. So, I will have some prints on Friday afternoon from Costco, and will print some others at home. I have a Selphy printer, but have had problems with it so am hoping I can get it to work ok again….So hopefully I can work on my album this weekend!

Serena and I have both been under the weather. With the amount she is drooling I am still thinking teething is part of it for her. I have a cold. Today we did nothing but sit around and play. We didn’t leave the house, which is nice every once in a while! We’ll leave tomorrow to at least pick up a humidifier for our room. Serena has one but we need a new one. Being sick is no good, but having Serena around keeps me in good spirits! I dressed her really cute today even though I knew we weren’t leaving the house. It’s the little things, right? I have tried a couple of times now to do her 10 month photo shoot but have failed. She is so mobile now that it’s practically impossible. She is NOT interested in sitting for photos. Guess I will try again! It’s just this one and two more and the monthlies will be done!

I actually have plans with friends the next couple of nights, so I need to rest up! I’ll have some more things to blog once I’ve left the house again….Thanks for hanging in there!

Week in the Life: Sunday

Today is my last day taking photos to document a week in the life of me! The project doesn’t end here though. The next step is to chose and print photos, and then put together my Week in the Life book! I’m excited!

Sunday has been a busy day, with less photos than the rest of the week.

Woke up- Serena let us sleep in.


Serena was in the nursery during the message today.

My taco dip for the party.

Watching the game/playing with toys/chasing the baby/eating food at Jake and Mindy’s.

Farewell open house for Nathan and Shelly with live children’s music and lots of kids and babies everywhere. It was nice to talk to some people I went to college with and talk about mom stuff with moms.

I was sad to say goodbye to Shelly. She and her fam are leaving the country so I know I won’t see them for years. She’s a good friend from college. Can’t believe we met 15 years ago!

Us after putting a super tired nap-deprived baby to bed. I think I’m going to have cereal for dinner, and fold laundry.

So glad I took all these photos to document what my life is like right now. I realize I need more time to myself. I realize I have a lot of great people in my life. I am comfortable in my home. I love being a mom. Life is good. I’m sure as I look back on the week more I will learn more. I might do this again someday. If you’re thinking about it, try it.

Week in the Life: Saturday

So I was wrong last night. I didn’t go to bed early. Serena woke up and stayed up for a while screaming and crying tears. I hadn’t heard her that sad since she was a little baby. It was so heartbreaking! I gave her Tylenol, teething gel, and I also tried to use the aspirator because she was so congested but that super freaked her out. I put her humidifier in her room and the plug-in vicks as well. I rocked her and played some soft music. Eventually she calmed down, not long before her dad got home. Of course he missed all the screaming and got big smiles from her!

We were up early this morning to head to the Minnesota Zoo with our across-the-street neighbors and good friends Nate and Martha and their two boys. It was Serena’s first trip to the zoo!


His and hers coffee to go.

Part 2 of breakfast on the go.

Milo and Serena looking at the monkeys.

Serena liked the zoo a lot more than I was expecting. She was actually quite interested in the animals!Β I got a zoo membership today so I can take Serena there as much as I want!

One of my fave things to see there. This is a sea dragon. It doesn’t seem real. It seems like something from a fairy tale. I love the sea horses too. Serena actually really enjoyed watching the sea horses, or any fish, or anything that was swimming actually!

We were there until after noon (we got there at about 9:15). Serena totally skipped her morning nap! She zoned out by the end.

Back home and ready to play after some lunch.

Trev went over to Nate’s to bottle the beer they are brewing and he took some photos for me. πŸ™‚

I’m tired.

And it’s raining.


After I put Serena to bed I headed right to the store for party food for tomorrow’s events.

And it was still raining. A lot.


Blogging. Another free Shutterfly book to finish. Seven layer taco dip to make. Then sleep!

Week in the Life: Friday

TGIF! My only plans for my Friday were to buy dog food and get some time to relax! Serena ended up waking earlier today than usual (6 AM instead of 7:30) and didn’t nap as well. I think she is teething. Poor baby! We still had a pretty good day anyway. On this day I am thankful for the past couple days of seeing friends, clean laundry, Β the weekend ahead full of plans with dear friends, a mostly happy and very friendly baby, and a God I find rest and hope in.

I got up with Serena at 6 AM, nursed her, played with her and gave her breakfast. She was not interested in her oatmeal this morning. She refused to eat it after two bites. She ate some banana and yogurt but not much. Poor Sere Lu must be teething! Not long after this she was down for her morning nap.

The bag I’m using now for my meter and insulin pens. It’s from the Target “One Spot” just like my last one was. I like it.

In the kitchen. Mom, Dad, and I collected these this summer!

Cash. Poor buddy needs some more attention, and a haircut.

Bathroom selfie!

I love this stuff!

While Serena napped, after I got ready I brought up the laundry to fold, but only folded hers (and put it away once she was up). Hers is way more fun to fold. πŸ™‚ I had my second cup of coffee, washed dishes and cleaned in the kitchen.

I might just have to give up on Candy Crush. Level 275 is ridiculous. I hate the 3 move bombs!

When Serena woke up I cut her fingernails. I’ve discovered that right after she wakes up is the easiest least squirmy time to accomplish this.

Then we headed out to run errands. We left North Minneapolis via the Lowry Avenue Bridge. I can’t even tell you how much I love this bridge after living without it for three years.

We stopped at a thrift store we were driving by. When we got there two elderly women were getting out of the car next to us. One of them pointed at the furniture in the window and said “That’s grandma furniture. We don’t want that!” The irony. Also while we were there we happened to run into Jesse, who Trevor and I went to college with and Trevor also went to Bible school with. He actually manages the store! I had no idea. I took this photo to text to Trevor. Jesse and Serena hadn’t met yet and she was so happy to meet him! While we were shopping in the store an old man smiled at Serena and then told us a story about his sons when they were young and about how one of them excelled with computer skills but then didn’t do very well once he and his wife (the boy’s mother) divorced. Random and sad. (Sidenote, I have learned when you walk a dog around the neighborhood you should expect random people to talk to you and tell you random and sometimes sad things, and when you have a baby and go shopping in thrift stores to expect the same!)

Then Serena and I went to Chuck & Don’s to pick up Cash’s dog food (Fromm Duck & Sweet Potato). This was the last bag we needed to get a free one. After the free one we will make the full switch over to a similar food we can get for much less at Costco. The other photo above I snapped on 35W crossing over the new part of the bridgeΒ (I honestly rarely drive here without thinking of September 1, 2007). I caught part of downtown as well as the Stone Arch Bridge. This is a lucky shot I caught when I snapped a bunch lomo-style.

Back to North.

Home. Happy mail! This is my stack of free prints from Shutterfly.

This has been on my mind a lot lately.

Hanging out in Serena’s room with her.Β She’s dancing to the music her “Jesus Loves Me” book (from her great aunt Judy and great uncle Bill) is playing. So great!

She took a short afternoon nap at some point but woke up twice screaming. I think it’s the teething. I gave her teething gel and Tylenol and a frozen mini waffle to gum.

We left and went and picked Trevor up from happy hour by his work downtown. I encountered a lot of frustrating North Mpls driving including a woman running across the street in the middle of the street in traffic, no turn-signal slow and turn into a business drive, and a motorcycle passing a few cars stopped at a red light by using the bike lane, then speeding up in the bike lane on the other side of the intersection and moving back to the traffic lane….That was a first.

We picked Trevor up downtown and then got McDonald’s (by the time we decided, our only option) to bring home for dinner. Serena and Cash shared a happy meal! Haha! She had 2 chicken nuggets (minus the breading) and apple slices. He had 2 chicken nuggets and the fries. What can I say? I feel bad for the ole pup so I spoiled him tonight…

Serena was so ready for bed she only made it through 3 pages of Harold and the Purple Crayon. Trev headed out to socialize with other dudes. I am home with my sleeping baby, my laptop, my dog next to me, and a glass of wine. I don’t think I will stay up very late. Serena will be up early in the morning and we have a fun day ahead of us!

If you made it through to the end of this post I applaud you. I’m much talkier today.


Week in the Life: Thursday

This week is flying by. For a while I was thinking that it was Wednesday, but realized it’s Thursday and tomorrow is Friday. Friday is my one other day this week with no plans! Today Serena and I had so much fun and she chattered away. We met up with Becca and Cora for lunch and some shopping.

As I was doing laundry tonight I realized that this week really is so different from what my norm used to be even just a couple of weeks ago. I feel like I need to note somewhere for others, and for myself, that it was just last week that Serena started taking 1 1/2 to 2 hour naps once or twice a day. Life has been so different with these naps! Before last week, she fought naps a lot, and when she did nap, it usually was a half hour nap! Now that she is taking longer naps, I am able to do a lot more stuff around the house, and work on all these photos.

I took all my photos with the iPhone today.

Serena grabbed my phone this morning and next thing I knew Siri was talking. So funny.

Apple cookies I bought at IKEA yesterday.

Lunch at Pizza Luce with Becca and Cora. Becca and I ordered the exact same lunch special and Cora shared some of her food with Serena. πŸ™‚

Serena and Cora looking around the table at each other.


After lunch we hit up the Goodwill nearby. I bought some 50% off clothes for Serena and a couple baskets.

When we got home Serena took a nap and I got some things done around the house. When she woke up Cash was asking to go out, so we went outside with him. The weather was just so perfect and Serena was so happy. It was the best moment of my day.

We played for a while until Trevor got home. Then I made spaghetti for dinner, gave Serena a bath, nursed her and put her to bed (and Trevor read her a book).


DVR’d TV and laptop time with my sweetie.


Week in the Life: Wednesday

Wednesday was a good day. Serena and I laughed a lot today. We also got to spend a few hours with Betsy and her boys Ben and Sam. Serena is definitely a social people person and the happiest when we leave the house and she gets to see people. I’m guessing I’ve got an extrovert on my hands! Today she waved goodbye for the first time (to Ben) and also held a blanket in front of her face and moved it away over and over playing peek-a-boo with me. It was so cute!

I took most of my pictures today with my iPhone, and just a few with the Rebel.

Serena’s awake!

Good Morning kisses from Cash.

Cash waiting while I nurse Serena in her room. He usually lays by my chair but I think he really had to go outside!

The date on the milk is today’s date…

My breakfast. Serena ate a lot of these blueberries though.

We played for a while after breakfast and then Serena took a nap. I took a shower, got ready, read blogs. Then she woke up and we headed to IKEA.


We ate lunch with Betsy, Ben, and Sam.

Ben took this shot of us. “Say pickles!” We walked around the showcase floor and then around the marketplace as well. I picked up a few things to take home with me, of course!

Saying goodbye!

IKEA was tiring…

But we spent the rest of her waking hours playing since she had been stuck in her stroller and car seat the last few hours. She laughed and laughed. Trevor got home and she played and laughed some more.

Decided to make today’s supper for tomorrow instead and Trevor made frozen pizza while I worked on my Shutterfly book of our Door County trips and we watched Netflix.

Another day is done!


Week in the Life: Tuesday

I survived another day of documentation! Tuesday was an exhausting day. It was full of mom and homemaking stuff. I was super tired by supper time.

I took photos with both my iPhone and my Canon Rebel, and also used my gorilla pod lots! Love that thing!

Tuesday was awesome because Serena “danced” a lot. She waves her hands around and bounces to music. She also started waving “hello” unprompted for the first time when Trevor got home from work! She was so much fun. πŸ™‚ Documenting my day makes me realize how full my days are now and how rewarding and tiring they are as well. Looking forward to seeing some friends as the week continues!

Here’s Trev giving Serena a kiss goodbye before he leaves for work. He rode his bike to work today and showered there.

Play time. They’re like, “Mom, what are you doing?”

Coffee in my Starbucks Baltimore mug from Katie. It’s even more special to me now that I’ve actually been there to visit her! It makes me smile.

He hasn’t been hiding as much this week. Maybe he wants to stick around now that Serena has decided she must share everything she eats with him every time she eats!

We listened to this record of mine from my childhood.

Unfortunately, when I was putting the record on Serena was discovering the dog’s toy basket!

Then Serena took her morning nap and I got to take a shower.

Cash was taking a nap too. πŸ™‚

Daily vitamins and just a bit of makeup.

mosaicdcceff552098aa53921dc4113411280b7180b737Got some laundry going, clipped coupons and made shopping lists on my phone, checked my e-mail.

Then Serena woke up from her nap and we ate lunch. Then we headed out to run errands.

mosaic792d67e47dc906022f757e7b86011f6eb2cfdb7cSerena is a great little buddy to run errands with. She plays and laughs in the car and loves shopping! She looks around at everything and smiles at anyone she makes eye contact with. Today she made several friends at the grocery store and played peek-a-boo with the person behind us in the check-out.

She won’t look at me for pictures when I have her in the shopping cart…ever!

What we bought + her stroller and beach blanket that are always stashed in the back.


When we got home I put everything away and then nursed Serena and she took her afternoon nap. While she napped I made dinner, did dishes and cleaned up. I continued on with the laundry as well.

Trev got home from work and we sat down for dinner right away. It was Serena’s first time having tator tot casserole/hotdish! It was also her first time having beef (grass-fed). She loved it!

Then Trevor left for pool leagues and Serena had some fun bath time. I don’t give her a bath every day. I give her a bath about every 3 days or so…whenever it works out, basically!

She did not feel that she had time to do any posing in her cute towel after her bath however! She was obviously tired. She gets really busy and hyper curious and grabby when she is ready to sleep.

Then I read her a book and nursed her and put her in her crib. It took her like 30 seconds and she was out! She loved the book by the way- she touched every page and turned some of the pages for me too.

After she fell asleep I changed the laundry loads, put away the leftover dinner, did dishes, and then worked (for hours!) on a Shutterfly book I need to get done before a free book code ends 9/11! A full and delightful day!

Are there any details of my life I am missing out on showing, as far as stuff around the house? Any suggestions?

Week in the Life: Monday

I’ve made it through day one and so far I am loving Week in the Life. I felt really productive and happy, and I really appreciated the life I am living, even though I didn’t leave the house! Since we were gone in Fergus Falls all weekend and Serena’s sleep schedule was thrown off, and since there was a heat advisory all afternoon, I thought it would be best for her if we didn’t try to run errands or see friends. She ended up sleeping in until almost 10 AM! She is usually up by 7:30, so that is definitely NOT the norm! We had a nice day of playing, organizing, cuddling, dancing, laughing, snacking…

Here are some of my favorite shots from Monday:

This is what I woke up to. Cash was sleeping in with me while we waited to hear Serena. After a while I got up and took a shower and got ready for the day, and then I heard her wake up.

Nursing Serena in her room right after she woke up. Sometimes I take her out of her sleep sack and change her diaper, but this was one of those right to the chair mornings.


Breakfast/Lunch with Serena. Oatmeal with mashed bananas. She ate cheerios while she waited for her cereal to be ready.

This is after the hour and a half nap she took. I love how happy she is to see me when I get her from her nap!

Always on the move!

Selfie of the two of us. :-0


low blood sugar, Serena’s shoes, peach, Serena eating pasta for dinner while reacting to seeing her daddy get home from work

Dinner: Veggie burgers and Caesar salad. Serena already ate dinner and is now munching on a few yogurt melts.

Story time and bed

Relaxing with my new book and some DVR’d TV.

Today I only took photos with my iPhone. Tomorrow I am planning to try and get more with my DSLR and also to take more selfies and self-timer photos. I’m hoping to get some use out of my gorilla pod this week.

I’ll be uploading all my photos to a Flickr set this week so that’s where you can go to see all of ’em!

This House

Now that I’ve been at home a lot more lately, this house is kind of driving me crazy. I can rattle off a list of things that bug me about this house. So I decided to tell you about this house, and tell you the things I like about it.

Trevor bought this house eleven years ago in 2002 when he was a 24-year-old bachelor wanting to make a good investment. He lived here with one of his cousins and a friend to start out, and a few people came and went. It was a bachelor pad with all dirty white walls and dirty old lady curtains until I changed that when we got married in 2005. It’s just over 1000 square feet, and next year it will turn 100 years old. Trevor did not think he would ever be living here with a wife, and especially not with a family. We’ve put money into this house, mostly maintenance, and due to the economy, our house is also worth less than when Trevor bought it. Right now, we’re stuck.

I love that I “re-met” Trevor at this house when I came here for a party. I love that he asked for my number here, and that I met a lot of his friends for the first time here. I love that we had an impromptu engagement party with friends here. We’ve had many birthday parties here. We have celebrated some holidays here. This is Serena’s first home.

I love that this house has character- coved ceilings, wood floors, lots of windows. I like that we have some storage space in the basement and a large garage.

I like that the baby can have her room in the middle of the house and it’s so convenient no matter where in the house you are to go check on her, or grab something from the room, or go in there to change her diaper.

I like that I have done some gardening here (even though it’s a mess now.) I’ve learned a lot more than I knew about it before I lived here.

I like that we are surrounded by diversity here, even just in the few homes on this corner. I like that we have some great neighbors just a few steps away looking out for us. I like that a few of the homes right by us are being updated and flipped. I like that we are only a few blocks from the parkway, close to downtown, not very far from much of anything.

I am thankful we have a home of our own, that keeps us warm in the winter, and that has air conditioning on a hot day like today where it is 95 degrees/feels like over 100!