Header taken from "Messenger" - Art by Kurt Vonnegut

Well we've been open for a while now & already had our first Art Show. It was a great success & I can't wait to have more! We've got more cleaning up in the back half of the bottom floor that we should be finished with soon & then we can start on the top floor, again. Our goal is to remodel the small bathroom that is already upstairs, so that we can go ahead and move in! So in about 6 months, we should be living Downtown!!

The Loft
Before & After
Our Wedding



Fruits; Running; and other Boring Stuff....

Well, here I sit, eating my 3rd fruit since the last post...which I actually went and got so I could say I'm eating my 3rd fruit...I've been doing Horrible with the whole daily fruit thing. Mostly cause...well cause...fine I don't have a good excuse!! I've just been doing bad with the fruit thing...and the running thing. Its still to cold outside!! It was sleeting today...true not long...but it did. I have done Pilates *once* but the amount of work I've been doing at the building has more than made up for that!!! What I did from 1:30 to 5:30 is worth at least 2 nights of Pilates!!! You remember when I mentioned that Larr & Brian & Joe worked on the floor while all us girls were at the baby shower. Well Joe told me today he thinks I got more done on the floor in my 4 hours alone than the 3 guys did in their 4 hours of working together! Did you get that...I did more than 3 guys!! Sounds like at least 2 days of Pilates to me!! And oh my goodness am I feeling it now. My knee was already feeling tired before I started and at 5:50 I told Joe 'all that really hurts right now is my knee...it hurts worse but other than that I'm just tired'. Well its now 9:40 and my arms hurt...my shoulders hurt...my back hurts...my knee hurts...and my neck hurts...and every other muscle in my body hurts too :( But oh well...I'll sleep it off and back to work tomorrow!! Speaking of tomorrow....I've got a job interview at 9:15!!! I'm kinda nervous, its not like if I don't get the job we are screwed so there's not a lot of pressure, but its a job interview!! Who doesn't hear 'job interview' and get nervous?! So wish me luck!! Well I've got 3 outfits I've got to go try on and decide what to wear so I better get off here now. I'll let ya know how things go! Oh and we forgot the camera at the building so I'll post pictures tomorrow night of what all I got done today.


And here she is...

Sophia Grace Rhea Finally graced us with her presence at 6:02pm. She apparently had to powder her nose first! She was 7lbs 5oz and 19.5 inches long! She is absolutely adorable!!

And here is the mural that her Unc Joe painted for her in her new room.



Sophia Grace Rhea

Well today is the day we have all been waiting for!!
Christi is in the hospital right now ready to have baby Sophie!!
Joe and I have 3 nephews (Larr's boy Adian and Crystal's (Joe's sister) boys Conner and Brendan) and I'm so ready to have a little niece to just spoil rotten!!!!
So keep an eye out for pictures later today on Larr's blog!!
And I'll get pictures up on my blog of Sophie and the mural, that her Unc Joe painted, that she will be coming home to!!


Now you know why...

Wow I go from no posting to obsessive posting....Anyways...

Well I made one of those new year resolution things...you know those things you swear you're going to do but never do...I made two this year...One: To start walking/running at least 4 times a week. Well yeah, I haven't walked/ran once this year. But hey.....now you know why....

If its cold enough to do that...I am not walking out that door!! I'm always cold anyways...everyone else can be sweating and I'll be over there shivering with my jacket still on! So I have a good legitimate excuse of why I haven't started my new year's resolution thingy...

The second one I have been more successful at...Well Joe has been better than me but I'm doing better. Last year...and pretty much every year before that...I've never eaten just all that good...its constant junk food for me. So this year I've vowed to eat better...mainly a lot more fruit (yeah I know there's more to it than just fruit but baby steps people baby steps!) I keep this...

on our kitchen bar to help me remember to just grab an apple sometime during the day. Joe has pears that he eats...(looks like he might need new ones).
So I'll just keep eating my fruit until it warms up enough and then I will get out side and do some walking and maybe even some running! :)

ArtWalk Pictures

Well Click on the loft link under Photo Galleries to the left and you can see some pictures of the art walk!

Cross your fingers and click.... :)


I Did it!

Okay so I finally upgraded to the new blogger....maybe I just haven't played with it long enough but I don't see anything different!!
My stupid pictures STILL wont enlarge..as I'm sure y'all figured out from the post below :( So what makes it so much better...am I missing something? And why wont those stupid pictures enlarge???



I'm Back!!!

Well since Joe is watching Fearless (all I hear are bones cracking) I thought I would finally make time to sit and catch everyone up on the craziness that has been the past 2 months!! Well in the 1st 2 weeks of November we did nothing(those were the good ol' days)...but in the 3rd &4th weeks of November all we did was work on the bottom floor of the building. On the first and second weekend in December there was going to be an Art Walk Downtown and we wanted to have the Gallery open in time to be included. So we went from this....

to this...

in about 2 weeks! I know it doesn’t look like much but Joe painted the floor and we hung sheets all the way around the mezzanine and Joe hung the hanging system for the art work. But the 1st weekend Joe and I weren’t there...instead we were in Oklahoma with my family. It was my mom's 50th birthday and all of us kids surprised her at the cabin. She didn’t know we would be there...so we arrived about 30 minutes before her and dad and hid our cars and surprised her when she walked into the game room. It was a really fun weekend...and a long needed relaxation period for Joe and me! But after that weekend it was back to work. We finished up a few more things, including putting up track lighting above the art for better lighting, for the second weekend of the art walk. Downtown was so busy and just buzzing with people...we had carolers dressed up in Victorian outfits and of course Santa was in his hut right next to the fountain. It was a great weekend...and I was told the 1st weekend was even better! The second weekend we didn’t get many people though the gallery but Joe's parents said the first weekend was busier. It’s already in the plans to make "Holiday in Paris" an annual event. So the 1st and 2nd weekends in December this year you know what we’ll be doing. Wow this is getting to be a really long post....anyways...Well right after the art walk was finished the art was put away in a safe place...the sheets came down...and then the real mess started. Joe and Joy (Joe's sister) pulled the bottom of the left mezzanine down. It became one huge mess!! Then, while all of us girls were having fun at a baby shower for Christi (just 10 more days) Joe and my brothers, Brian and Larr, were pulling up the wood flooring along the top of the mezzanine. By the time I got there after the shower they were already half way done with the first side of the mezzanine!! I was really impressed with how much they got done!! Joe and I finished that leg the next day and started along the middle section. Hopefully tomorrow we will get A LOT more done...Well this post is really really long now...so I'll just leave you with this picture so you can see the mess we have literally gotten ourselves into!!

I really hope all those stupid pictures enlarge with a click after I publish.....

:D Oh by the way...Happy Thanksgiving...Merry Christmas...and Happy New Year!!!!!

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind"

Mahatma Gandhi    

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