Woodland Themed Nursery

Woodland Themed Nursery

My Pinterest board included classic, modern, and vintage styles With a mixture of a couple themes But when I found the rug, I knew woodland was the direction. Kevin and I spent a half day setting the vinyl stickers on the wall Birch trees (my favorite!) would match the view outside the window into the … Continue reading

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Birth Plan & Hopes for Our First Birth

Birth Plan & Hopes for Our First Birth

Last month we attended birth classes: 3 nights, 2.5 hours each. What we took away was eye opening. We realized that we can control the process by overcoming our fears, pain, and tension and we learned more about our options and preferences. Nearly as soon as we found out we were expecting, I knew I … Continue reading

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Welcome, Our Niece Sofia

Welcome, Our Niece Sofia

Last week we welcomed our new niece into the world! A few texts from the new mom and dad, and a couple pictures kept our interest peaked, and we made a quick day trip down to visit on Sunday. We came bearing gifts: Kevin worked for weeks on a mantle clock for them with a … Continue reading

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20 Week Ultrasound

20 Week Ultrasound

We took the day off today and made it a baby day! This morning we had an appointment to tour a daycare center. We really liked how it had a welcoming, family feel with a great curriculum to give our baby-on-the-way lots of varieties in activities and interactions. This afternoon, we headed to the doctor’s … Continue reading

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Hopes for Baby Lind

Hopes for Baby Lind

A list of my top 20 hopes for Baby Lind: 1. I hope you break gender barriers – that you aren’t afraid to play with dolls, legos, matchbox cars, or construction trucks, no matter the color! 2. I hope you learn to have empathy for other people who may be worse off than we are. … Continue reading

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Joys of Pregnancy

Pregnancy has been one of the most amazing parts of my life! Sure it has some trying times but they are completely overshadowed by the joy in bonding with this new little person. Give that joy to someone who thought having children was a lost cause and you have one happy soon-to-be mama! About a … Continue reading

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Surviving the First Trimester

On my last day of the first trimester, I want to release a large exhale! The prenatal community really talks up this right of passage in the pregnancy journey. The first trimester is a time of survival, waiting, fear, surprise, hope, eagerness. Previously hopeful mothers left our discussions daily, but now our chances of miscarriage … Continue reading

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A Special Announcement

A Special Announcement

Sweet baby, we’ve dreamt of you! When we’ve look around the rooms of our house, they felt quiet and lonely, missing teddy bears and smiling cheeks on the wall. When we first heard the happy news, I felt instant joy, relief, and love, my heart beating quickly with happiness, and when I told Kevin, he … Continue reading

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In Vitro Fertilization

In Vitro Fertilization

In vitro fertilization was something that took months of mental and financial preparation. We were beyond the point of realizing we needed help to bring our dream to reality, but it was a commitment to put my body through the weeks of appointments, injections, blood drawls, anesthesia, and possible heartbreak with failure. But as we … Continue reading

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Infertile

Infertile

Kevin and I were married after 4-1/2 years of dating and purchasing our first house together. We had a beautiful wedding on July 21, 2007 with about 100 of our family and friends in my hometown. That November, my dad was diagnosed with GBM, a stage 4 brain tumor. On one of the 5-hour trips … Continue reading

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Kevin’s Surprise 30th Birthday Party

Kevin’s Surprise 30th Birthday Party

Being the older woman in our relationship, I had to experience crossing into true adulthood (turning 30) two years before my husband. Though I had planned my first day as a 30 year old taking new adventures like learning to ski and riding a mechanical bull, Kevin had smaller dreams. Though I bugged him repeatedly … Continue reading

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Kitchen Update in Navy and White

Kitchen Update in Navy and White

The kitchen was the last major room in the house I’ve touched. Honestly, I was ok with the late 70s cabinets since we moved in. Once I started looking for update ideas on Pinterest, it didn’t take me long to make a plan to spruce up our living quarters. Check out my kitchen refresh board. … Continue reading

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Sunrise

Sunrise

I was in West Virginia before my senior year of high school – Five weeks with a group of 6 other students from across the U.S. – Building trails in the New River Gorge parks, We made plans one night to wake up early, Drive to the top of Kate’s Mountain To watch the sunrise. … Continue reading

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Pooping in Public

What I wish I learned at an earlier age. (This would have saved me many sprints from the bus stop to the home bathroom while I was growing up.) Scene 1: You walk into the restroom and someone is in one of the stalls, but another stall is open. At this point, you have two … Continue reading

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Vacation Part 2: Boundary Waters & ER

Vacation Part 2: Boundary Waters & ER

I can easily break our vacation up into 2 halves: before and after the accident. Maybe I am being dramatic, but since I’ve been cooped up for 4 days, it is what it is. Let’s start with before. With the gear all packed, Kevin spent hours the morning we were to leave for Ely, MN … Continue reading

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Vacation Part 1: Chicago Wedding

Vacation Part 1: Chicago Wedding

I’ve had a close friend since 2nd grade, and through the years distance has only made us closer. We’ve talked at times that in college we realized how similar we are. And although we live our separate lives in separate cities, and don’t talk as much as we’d like, I still know there is anything … Continue reading

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Gear for the Boundary Waters

Gear for the Boundary Waters

I wasn’t planning to write another boundary waters prep post, But planning the trip has been a lot of fun from practice canoe sessions on the weekend (this weekend was spent exploring some shallow water on the Cannon River) to buying gear and researching the best tips online. Today I shared canoe paddling tips with … Continue reading

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Preparing for the Boundary Waters

Preparing for the Boundary Waters

I’m not sure if Kevin finds my odd whims amusing or annoying (<– this one), but when I made the suggestion that we spend a few nights in the boundary waters rather than pampering ourselves on our time off this year, I know that he gave me one of those looks like I was insane. … Continue reading

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Pre-Harvest Veggie Garden

Pre-Harvest Veggie Garden

I’m in no way a photographer, but I like to capture the world around me, especially what I’ve invested a lot of time in. This year my garden has been a little slow to grow, but started taking off about 4 weeks ago and I expect I will have ripe veggies in just a couple … Continue reading

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Laser Tag, Kayaking, and Tie Dye

Laser Tag, Kayaking, and Tie Dye

I’ve been giving some thought to family/work balance and realized that mine is unbalanced. And then trying to determine why this matters, why it is, and how I can change it. Growing up I always wanted to do something with my career that I loved. I thought since most of your day is spent at … Continue reading

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Farewell, Grandma

Farewell, Grandma

My grandma, Helen, passed away on Wednesday night at 84 years old. She was known to be ornery, often cursing and speaking her mind. Aunt Shirley told a recent story when she gave Grandma a bit of her soda. Grandma spilled most of the drink on herself, looked at Aunt Shirley with a look of … Continue reading

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How to Make a Dog Bed

How to Make a Dog Bed

I’ve been browsing for a new dog bed for some time. Looking for a Made in America, big enough to hold a sprawled out German Shepherd male and shorthaired pointer with long toothpick legs. Oh, and it has to look pretty and match my decor. With these requirements, one could easily spend $100 or more. … Continue reading

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New Years Resolutions

New Years Resolutions

I’m not typically big on making a new years resolution. When a coworker asked me if I had made any this year, I jokingly said “you can’t improve awesome”. Though that is true, there are certainly goals towards continuous improvement. And there are plenty of goals for this year. Just thinking about projects that are … Continue reading

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Our New German Shepherd, Jasper

Our New German Shepherd, Jasper

For months I have been talking to a German Shepherd breeder in St. Peter, Minnesota, following her tips and beautiful photos on Facebook, and emailing questions and updates from time to time. Mostly I was impressed with the quality of her dogs, which are imported from Germany, and the many photos of her young boys … Continue reading

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A Partly Heirloom Garden

A Partly Heirloom Garden

When I was a little girl, living on 2 acres outside of town, my dad and mom would grow several raised beds of veggies from lettuce to corn to potatoes to my favorite: cherry tomatoes (which I would eat by the handful after plucking them right off the vine). When I moved into an apartment, … Continue reading

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MS150 Bicycle Ride Duluth to Twin Cities Recap

MS150 Bicycle Ride Duluth to Twin Cities Recap

This weekend, Kevin and I participated in the MS150 ride from Duluth to Minneapolis for months in advance, we worked on our fundraising strategy wanting to be creative in the ask method I sought advice from my sister, who easily rattled off a few ideas that could serve as sponsorship opportunities and a list was … Continue reading

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Painting the Woodshop

Painting the Woodshop

With our heads in the clouds, dreaming up multiple projects to tackle, we heading for Menard’s to gather supplies for the weekend: a paint roller, cedar wood, screws, electrical conduit. All this would finish up a garden project to trellis tomatoes and melons. Though as the weekend wound on, it became clear we would not … Continue reading

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Art-A-Whirling in Northeast Minneapolis

Art-A-Whirling in Northeast Minneapolis

With friends in town, I woke up early, while they were still asleep to get in a quick bike ride before our day’s adventures Choosing to ride a different path, I wandered further away from home and the quick ride turned into 5 additional miles than was planned. After a shower and running some errands, … Continue reading

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MS 150 Bicycle Ride Sponsorship Opportunities

MS 150 Bicycle Ride Sponsorship Opportunities

Jennifer is now accepting your sponsorship requests for the MS150 bicycling event on June 9 & 10. She will be riding with Team Andersen. To sign up, submit your donation by donating to Jennifer at: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Bike/MNMBikeEvents?px=10573737&pg=personal&fr_id=17515. Purchase sponsorship for the MS150 Ride where your name could be seen by thousands of other riders and supporters! … Continue reading

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Iowa Mini Vacation

Iowa Mini Vacation

Kevin and I broke a Friday record by heading out of work by 1:00. After a Star Wars May the 4th party at work, I had to close up last items and grab a tauntaun gut for the road. Kevin swung by the local lumberyard for some project material, and we met up around 2:00 … Continue reading

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Spring Project List Phase 1 1/2

Spring Project List Phase 1 1/2

This time last year, we still had several feet of snow and only ventured outdoors in a heavy coat and gloves. This weekend, you would have found me soaking up the sun and spying on my peonies and hydrangea poking out of the ground, putting two wheels of rubber to pavement, or walking through downtown … Continue reading

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Making Multiple Sclerosis Personal

Making Multiple Sclerosis Personal

Kevin and I are planning to ride in the MS150 bicycle ride this June from Duluth to the Twin Cities. Though fortunately, neither of us knows anyone with multiple sclerosis, we feel the ride is important for building community. We will be riding with Team Andersen so not only will we meet and connect with … Continue reading

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Roadtrip to Wisconsin

Roadtrip to Wisconsin

550 total miles, a quarter of the way to San Francisco, instead, that is round trip to our destination just Northwest of Madison, Wisconsin. Crossing the Mississippi, through the military forts, passing stained red cranberry fields and buzzing by the Dells waterparks. 75 degrees outside in March with the sun beating down, sandwiches and sodas … Continue reading

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Weekend with Parents in Town

Weekend with Parents in Town

The warm, early March Minnesota weather brought the two people who know me better than anyone they traveled from the south five hours through miles of rolling fields and open highway. We spent 3 1/2 short days together sharing frustrations over heartache felt separately but simultaneously from family members who moved away, and enjoying great … Continue reading

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Framing and drying in the Lind Woodshop

Framing and drying in the Lind Woodshop

An update on the Lind Woodshop from November 2011 to date (written by the non-builder in the family): Four men (two fathers, two brothers) built the framed structure en-likened to an Amish barn-raising: in one weekend we went from concrete piers in the dirt to an entire framed wood building. The family joked and looked … Continue reading

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Lind Winter Family Photo Session

Lind Winter Family Photo Session

Getting the whole family together can be a challenge. With siblings spread across the country it’s important to take advantage of the short time we have to laugh, smile, and talk face-to-face. To some, professional pictures may be a silly, frugal thing to do, something that is ordered and society has encouraged only when you … Continue reading

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My Lovely Valentine

My Lovely Valentine

Last night was Valentine’s day. Kevin surprised me with tickets to the Guthrie theater to see Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, staring Emily Swallow as Margaret . Since we moved to Minneapolis, we have been awed by the Guthrie’s architecture and also the great views of the Mississippi river from its deck. We have … Continue reading

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A Guide to Turning 30

A Guide to Turning 30

Step 1) Skip the Pity Party! The day I turned 30 years old I did not cry or throw a fit I didn’t even study my body in the mirror, looking for signs of wrinkles or gray hairs as others have suggested. Step 2) Be Open to Encouragement from Others Who Survived Their 30s That … Continue reading

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For My Nieces and Nephews

For My Nieces and Nephews

My family is currently separated from my niece and 2 nephews. I pray they are safe and remain strong. I know we will see them again soon. In the meantime, here are a couple words that I wish for each of them, that they use each of their talents to both question their situation in … Continue reading

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The Aftermath of Christmas

The Aftermath of Christmas

On hands and knees, I cleaned up the needles woven into the corner. Kevin must have picked the tree up and shook it in place! I unwound the garland from the deck posts. Finding a large nut that a squirrel had placed underneath for spring awakening. Kevin drove my car to work Friday to drop … Continue reading

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Remembering Sweet Willow

Remembering Sweet Willow

You were a ball of fur in my arms, we couldn’t wait the two weeks to bring you home. You had already made your mark on us by falling asleep on Kevin’s shoe as we looked over the litter. We researched names, the best dog foods, the best toys for you. Soon after, realizing you … Continue reading

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Christmas will soon be here!

Christmas will soon be here!

The air feels brisk, the oven is warm with sugar cookies, icicles hang from the roofs, and candy canes dip from the pine trees. Silver bells, winter wonderland, and silent night fill the air, the crack of the fireplace draws in the cold air and blows a kiss of warmth over the little ones’ toes. … Continue reading

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