Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

With no real plan except Thanksgiving at my Aunt Carolyn's our Thanksgiving Weekend ended up being pretty busy. We both had Wednesday off, so Patrick spent the morning cleaning up our bushes that collapsed because of the heavy snow a few weeks ago. Lucky for me our friend Adam came over and helped Patrick load it in his trailer to bring to the yard waste site. That night went to the play "The 39 Steps" at the Guthrie downtown.

On Thursday morning we headed to Mankato for Thanksgiving. My mom wanted a four generations picture with my grandma, her, my brother and Ben. Eventually that turned into a picture with our entire family and grandma. We took a ton of pictures, but apparently it is difficult to get us all to cooperate at once.

Traxler Family

And here is Ben. He is getting so big. His facial expressions are pretty funny. I can see his personality starting to develop.

Ben - 6 months

The rest of our weekend was filled with cooking, Christmas decorating and furniture shopping. Stay tuned for updates.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Viking Packer Game 2010

Last Sunday, Patrick and I were lucky enough to win tickets to the Viking Packer Game at the Metrodome. I got really lucky and won our company tickets for the second time this year. We saw the Vikings play the Lions earlier in the season. Our seats were in first row on the 10 yard line. This time we sat by a crazy lady who paid $500 for her seats and was a member of The Official Brett Favre Fan Club. Apparently 40 of Brett's biggest fans had an invite only party the night before.

Vikings

Packers

Patrick and I at Packer Viking Game

We were once again entertained by the Street Team. These guys get pretty excited about their halftime picnic. The half hasn't ended and this guy has his food in hand just waiting for picnic time. They sure worked up an appetite with all those Viking points.

Street Team Lunch Time

Aaron Rodgers

Donald Driver

Packer Run

The Vikings started off with the first points on the board, but it just went down hill after that.

Victokr & Sydney Rice

This is the disappointment after the field goal was taken away from the Vikings.

Viking Man

And then the "Fire Chilly" signs and chants came out. And as we all know, Brad Childress was fired as the head coach the next day, so they must have worked. Or maybe it was the fact that the Vikings got destroyed by the Packers.

Fire Chilly

Fire Chilly Signs

The game itself was pretty boring on our side as there was only one touchdown in our end zone. The final score was Packers 31, Vikings 3.

The one TD in our Endzone

Viking Packer Score

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sam - One Year

Yesterday afternoon I met up with Sam and his family. Sam was my first newborn session last January and will be turning one next month. He was such a happy little guy and did really well for being a boy on the move. Here are a few photos from our session.

Sam

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Pumpkin Overload

Remember how we had all those pumpkins from my mom and the pumpkin patch. Well, a few of them were pie pumpkins perfect for roasting and making pumpkin puree. With our pumpkin stash I made quite a few good pumpkin treats. Below are links to the recipes.

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Waffles

Pumpkin Waffles

Pumpkin Ice Cream

Pumpkin Ice Cream

Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

Pumpkin Butter

Pumpkin Butter

Pumpkin Granola

Pumpkin Granola

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

Saturday, November 13, 2010

First Snow Fall of the Season

This morning we woke up to the first snow fall of the year. Here is a comparison of our tree at the peak of fall on October 1st to today.

Fall to Winter

Good thing that we finished staining the front porch last weekend as it would have been near impossible to do this weekend.

The Deck with Snow

Maple Tree with Snow

First Snow Fall 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Staining Our Deck & Front Porch

After Meat Fest Patrick had a couple days off so his plan was to take one of those days to stain the deck. Well, the project turned into an all week project and with my help we were able to get it all stained by Friday night.

Here are the before and after pictures. As you can see the water no longer soaks into the deck, which probably means we should have gotten to this project a little earlier than we did.

Deck Before

Deck After

Deck Before

Deck After

Deck Staining Before & After

Deck Before

Deck After

Floorboards Before

Floorboards After

Patrick Staining

Stairs Before & After

Entire Deck Before

Entire Deck After

After it took all week to finish the deck, we really weren't looking forward to spending more time staining the front porch. Last Saturday we realized it just needed to get done before winter came. The weather was supposed to be goregous for a November day, so we took advantage and got up early and actually finished the project around 1pm. The actual staining only took two and a half hours, so not bad compared to the deck. It helps that this wood was a lot less dry and the bars are metal and don't need to be stained.

Front Porch Before

Front Porch After

Front Porch Before & After

Fall Leaves