Monday, May 20, 2013

Week-end Road Trip and Stuff

Happy Monday, Decor and the Dog readers!  I hope your week-end was a good one.

We were busy.  Shopping.  Birthday celebrating.  Sleeping.  Yard working.  Intense, I tell you.

On Saturday, Nate and I headed to Des Moines.  It’s about 2 1/2 hours from our house.  I really like Des Moines.  They have civilized stores like World Market, Trader Joes and The Tile Shop.

Our first stop in civilization was at The Tile Shop.  It’s a REALLY good thing I didn’t know about The Tile Shop when we were building.  Our lot would be a hole in the ground because I would still be trying to decide on tile.  So many beautiful tile options. We did pick out some tile for our master bathroom.  I’ll share more later this week. I’m pretty darn excited about it. Until then, drool over this beautiful display from the store.  Me likey.  It’s not exactly our style but I still likey.  A lotey.


We made a quick stop at World Market. I was looking for a drink dispenser.  They were out-of-stock.  Lame.  I need to order it on-line.  We then headed to Smashburger for lunch.  Nate and I love a tasty burger.  During the week, we have been doing very well at eating things made only from scratch/not processed.  We’re not quite there on the week-end.  Mmm, burger grease.


Our next stop was our darling niece’s 4th birthday party. 


We played outside, opened gifts and ate cake.  We also dissected Ariel’s brain.  (If you’re in the Des Moines area and looking for someone to bake you a tasty cake, I recommend my sister-in-law!)


While we were there, Nate built me a castle.


Wait, that’s a lie.  We did, however, both shower on Saturday so that was totally worthy of a photograph.  And Nate wasn’t wearing a nerdy t-shirt.  Double win.


Yesterday, Ike woke us up demanding belly rubs.  It’s a good thing he’s ridiculously cute. 


We spent most of yesterday dodging thunderstorms and trying to get fresh mulch put around the house.


Yard work is no joke.  Plus we had a heat index of 86. I like how I was wearing a winter coat last week-end to finish up our vertical garden.  Yesterday I was covered in sweat. Good work, Iowa.  Keep up the warmth!


I’ll share more about our yard progress later this week.  If I get my act together.  Yard work also bores me so I might skip it.  You just never know around here.

What was the best part of your week-end?


  1. I showed my hubby the photo of Ike on IG and he said "OMG is he real?"...he is just too cute. Love the showered photo too and that tile is amazing.

  2. We did lots of yard work this weekend, too! Hope you're not too sore today at work!

  3. Your weekend sounds very similar to mine! We were all over the place and got hardly anything accomplished (at least you mulched...)

  4. Sounds like an AWESOME weekend. That burger looks delicious!

  5. That's a lot of mulch. Eww.

    The burger looks delicious. I like burgers. I also LOVE that display at the Tile Store. Tile stores are dangerous, because they make me want to rip out all the tile in our house and do something different. Which would be bad, because I hate grouting. Hate it.

  6. I LOVE the picture of Natalie on the bouncy house. Love. I am certain Nate will get me the photo link very soon...I am dying to see the family photographer's pictures :oP Claire was looking at Instagram with me last night and said "Ike...Ike...Ike" while emphatically waving at my phone. I think she likes him a little.

  7. Looks like you had a nice weekend! Ike really is so cute!

  8. Yard work bores me too, but I think we're going to have to get around to doing some. Lame. It went from winter to humid summer here. Laaaaame.

  9. I love these posts! And where did you get that dress?!?! SO CUTE! I love it with the belt!

    1. The dress if from Target recently. The belt is from the Salvation Army. I'm quite the fashionista. ;)

  10. I love world market - they always have such fun things!! I really want these mason drinking glasses they have :-D

    Also - love that display also! We are planning on redoing our downstairs half bath and that picture makes me crazy! I want a tile wall!!

    Sounds like a great weekend!

  11. I want to hang out with you for the weekend. You guys are so fun! And that dress is so cute.

  12. What a fun little weekend. When you're done mulching your yard feel free to swing by mine. Can't wait to see what tile you picked out!

  13. May I say you looked adorable in that polka dot dress??? You guys had a busy weekend..mulching and stuff :). I think Mother Nature is in her menopause stage!

  14. shoveling, wheeling and raking tons of mulch I can't imagine why you don't like yard work!

  15. bahaha you dissected Ariel's brain. And here I always thought she only lost her voice...

    I love your dress with the belt!

  16. you guys are too cute! and i need an ariel cake for my party!!!! and i want the inside like body parts.... surely there is a pin for that.


  18. now i want to visit the tile shop too!! and the castle. its on my birthday list.

  19. Oh yard work. We were supposed to lay down mulch this weekend too, but it rained. Boo.

    Also that tile is awesome. Now I want to go to The Tile Shop.

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  25. Looks like a great weekend. I love that tile!! Sooo pretty.

  26. Yeahhhh we need to mulch SO bad. It's actually 85 today, not counting humidity, so my resolve is quickly shrinking.

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