Established 10.30.10

Established 10.30.10

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Baby Shower & Nursery

Last weekend I was thrown an awesome baby shower.  It was such a fun night - pretty decor, great food, fun games and gifts - who could ask for more?  Baby Boender is definitely spoiled already and I have a LOT of thank you's to send out :)
 Kudos to ALL my awesome sisters (all 8 of them) for planning and throwing the shower and helping with food etc.  I don't know who all did what but am thankful for everything each one of them did!

 My grandpa made this cradle for me - definitely a special gift that I'll be able to use and will be an awesome keepsake.  He actually had this cradle a year or two after we got married in hopes I would need it sooner than later - that's actually how I told him we were pregnant ... I asked if he had that cradle done and he said "yup it's been sitting there a while!" Thanks Gramps!! :)
getting organized for a fun game :)
Vander Schel family
 Boender family
 Pregnant friends!
 A few weeks ago I had some awesome sisters who called and said they would come help paint the upstairs -- it was so great to have help!!!

 We got all the priming and painting done that day - I was EXHAUSTED to say the least (and probably did the least amount of work...bending low is getting tricky).  While we were gone to New Orleans for work the mudding/taping got done and we painted that weekend.  Since then, my mom came and stained a bunch of woodwork for us (which was a huge help!!) and Karl's been a busy guy getting all the electrical, trim, baseboard, window extensions, doors etc. on and making it look pretty.  We got carpet mid week and  yesterday he got the nursery completed and so of course I started moving stuff in right away :)  Baby is due in 4 weeks and you could definitely say I've started the "nesting" process now!

 He even made this pretty railing for the hallway.  The only thing left to do is put on more "delicate" trim busy that will line the base of the railing and top of the stairs...then it's DONE! :)
With super warm temperatures these past few days and into next week I'm thinking that spring work is going to be starting right away - delivering seed corn, spraying, removing overstock pigs and all other things spring will be here soon enough -- here's to hoping Karl keeps his cell phone charged and/or the baby comes on a Sunday :)  Lord willing my next blog will be about our beautiful baby!!!! 

Sunday, March 8, 2015


We had an awesome family vacation in Jamaica this winter celebrating Steve & Jan's 40th wedding anniversary.  It was an awesome week of time in the sun, fun in the water, sightseeing, hanging out and time with family.  Pictures are worth a thousand words, so here are the highlights :)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Winter Projects

January was kicked off by a great friend having her first baby.  He was a big guy and is very loved already :)  
 Got the dresser/changing table finished for the nursery.
 Um...this is just a really cute nephew :)
 The garage got done as it's going to be for now.  The ceiling got put up and it's been awesome to park in with the cold mornings and snow.  This spring/summer we'll put walls up in the interior - for now we just have indoor tyvek type stuff up covering the insulation.  A work bench is also on the to-build list.

Finished outside - just need a few exterior lights put up by the large doors.
 It was too cold to paint so the exterior will get painted to match our house sometime when it warms up.
Karl's been super busy getting in double-stock of new baby pigs.  Lots of work involved and very thankful for family and friends that help give shots!

Since the garage got done, that means the nursery got started!  The upstairs had exterior walls and ceiling to the point where it was primed.  Karl built interior walls to turn 1 large room into 2 bedrooms with closets.  There is a total of 3 bedrooms upstairs now.  Kurt helped him finish the walls and put in insulation and my dad came and helped hang all the drywall.  It's all ready for mudding/taping now!  We're going to hire that done so hopefully in the next few weeks that will get completed.  After that, I'll move all our "stuff" from the nursery bedroom into one of these 2 new rooms and get started on painting and carpeting the nursery & hallway.  

 Very blessed to have married a handy-man :)
Our baby is 30 weeks and growing!  Still feeling great and doing an occasional grunt when I bend over to grab something and remember that I can't quite bend over like I used to :)  We've got a very busy (in a good way) month ahead - no long drawn out winter for us! :)