An Early Christmas

Danielle and I opted to spend this weekend having an early Christmas celebration.  I took an extra vacation day this past Friday, and we enjoyed a nice long morning of working out, followed by a showing of the new movie “The Hobbit”. 

Saturday, we volunteered at a local school that our church has partnered with.  Dani helped in the daycare while I helped with guest directions for the Affordable Christmas program, which helps parents buy gifts for their kids at affordable prices.  We had 94 family units come through in the 2 hour time span, and let me tell you, what an awesome feeling it was knowing these families would be able to have a good Christmas.

Of course, all of that morning was tempered by the events of Friday in Connecticut.  Out hearts and prayers go out to those families.  We won’t even try to imagine what they feel, because we have nothing to begin even conceptualizing their grief.  But we pray the peace of God is on them.  Our Saturday evening was ended with the Christmas at Crossroads music concert.  Good music, good message, and a chance to see a few faces I hadn’t seen in awhile. 

Sunday we had a very lazy day.  And I do mean very lazy.  Started with a holiday tradition of homemade egg/sausage/cheese casserole, gift exchanges (my wife fed my Star Wars addiction!!!), and then lazying on the couch for most of the morning.  Smile  A good 2.25 mile walk in the afternoon, and a glazed ham with veggies for dinner ended the day. 

All in all, it’s been a great Christmas so far.  We wish everyone a wonderful and blessed Christmas season, and a Happy New Year. 

A wonderful start to the Christmas season

Okay, so this is a few days late in coming, but I wanted to share a great time Danielle and I had this past weekend.

December first was an odd day from a meteorological standpoint, as the weather was in the 70s, sunshine, and very, very comfortable.  Given that this is southern Indiana, we expect colder weather.  But hey, we didn’t complain.

Danielle and I wanted to do some walking so we started our day in Newburgh visiting one of our favorite small businesses, Mulberry Jeans.  A cup of freshly brewed hot tea for each of us (and some loose leaf to take home!) was a good way to start the trip. 

While we were there, two individuals in Victorian-period costumes came in.  He was an older gentleman in properly gentleman fashion, and she was an older lady in proper civilized dress.  “Classy” is how one lady later described it.

We were also introduced to the scavenger hunt going on downtown.  Several of the downtown shops were participating in an Elf on the Shelf hunt.  Some stores had a point value of 1, others were worth 2 points.  Contestants were challenged to locate the elf in certain stores, then have a store employee sign off a check list for them.  After getting 15 points, you could turn your sheet in for a chance to win a $200 downtown shopping spree.

Yeah, we joined the hunt.  I’m not sure if I had more fun hunting for the elf or visiting several small businesses that I would not have ever considered stepping foot into while in Newburgh.  We even found and purchased, thanks to this little adventure, a new door ornament for Christmas; a hand made Christmas star, made from tobacco sticks and a heavy gauge wire.  Goes perfect on the front door.

We ended our wonderful day by going to see the Icemen hockey game.  Danielle scored some tickets for free, and since it was Star Wars night, we had a blast seeing all the costumed actors.  Some really nice outfits and costumes were there.  And the Icemen won their game.  Smile

At the end of the night, we asked each other what the best and worst part of the day was.  It was unanimous that the best part of the day was the entire day, and that there was no worst part of that day. 

Walking it

So tomorrow is the Bob’s Gym See Bob Run 5K run/walk.  Danielle and I will be doing this together.  It’s our 2nd 5K together, and should be fun.  I suspect it’ll be a bit cold, but it’ll still be fun.

Expect some pictures, as we are going in costume as well. 

A little home improvement

So, we recently (okay, a few months ago) had a small problem of a busted pipe in a wall.  The result; a moldy closet that needed cleaning out.  WP_000250And I do mean cleaning.

 

So, we had a company come in and help us clean the closet.  Okay, they actually did all the cleaning, I just mainly let them in the house and watched while they worked.

 

Once the wall was done and the crawlspace was clean (stang, no pictures), it was time to finally put the wall back up.  My brother in Christ Kevin Naas came over after helping me get the drywall boards from Lowe’s.

WP_000355That’s Kevin in the side of the picture, and that’s the first board to be going into place.  Measure, cut, re-measure because the studs aren’t exactly right (okay, they’re way wrong!) and soon the closet looked like this.                                       WP_000356

A little bit of taping……  WP_000357  

WP_000359followed by some mudding,

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and the closet looks pretty done.  Well, sorta.  That was day one.  Day two included mounting our new pantry shelves.  After dusting myself by sanding down the mud in a confined space (note to self, mud dust will tend to float into the office and coat EVERYTHING), it was time to mount the rails.

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Then the shelves….  WP_000368

WP_000369I discovered that it was a lot easier to put the support arms on the shelves on the floor, then mount the whole thing.  Eventually, it the closet looks like this; WP_000370

 

 

Project, done.

Home Improvement

Well, the latest portion of our home improvement is completed.

What was the last portion?  I guess I forgot to update you on that one.  We had a busted showerhead pipe that ruined part of a wall in a closet.  Of course, we didn’t’ figurer that out until we had the drywall removed and finally found the source of the leak. 

So, we’ve had a ruined wall torn out, a busted pipe joint replaced and repaired (two days of no showers wasn’t a lot of fun), and we’ve had the crawlspace cleaned of debris, some mold removed and treated for, and a vapor barrier put down.

Now to fix a ceiling.

A Return to Reality

Danielle and I are back from our honeymoon.  We had a very relaxing week in Florida; weather was perfect, no rain, excellent temperatures.  Got a lot of good food (okay, probably too much good food), got see see a lot of beautiful places, even got time to visit with some family that wasn’t able to make it to the wedding.

The house was great, although there was a minor issue with the pool when we got there.  But it was really minor, so nothing to complain about.  Spent time on the beach, got to see a few sharks (even got to touch one that someone had hauled onshore then returned to the waters). 

And now we’re back in town.  Got Dani’s information changed over yesterday so that she’s officially Danielle Rub!!!  (I love my wife, in case I hadn’t mentioned that before.)  Just one last thing to do today.  And lots of cleaning at the house.

Tomorrow, we go back to the reality of our normal work schedules.  In a way, I’m looking forward to it, and in a way, I’m not.  this honeymoon vacation has been too nice. I feel more relaxed now than I have in a very long time.  Hope this state doesn’t disappear too quickly once we return to “reality”.

Final Countdown

It’s Sunday, which means in just over 24 hours, I’ll be getting married to the most amazing woman I know.  Everything is in order, no changing anything now.  Rehearsal tonight, rehearsal dinner this evening, marriage tomorrow.