Landscaping update

new landscaping around the house
The outside of our house is one thing that we have always wanted to update but have never really found a good time or company in the past. That all changed this summer when EcoTurf came over and updated everything for us.

They were amazing. We gave them full reign on what to update, including walkway design and plant choices, and we were completely satisfied. The best part is that we've been waiting to update our awesome door mat that my mom gave us when we bought the house, so we are proudly able to display that once again with a new one:

updated home plate door mat


another view of the house

Walk In Closet

new walk in closet

Over seven years ago when we were house hunting, we stumbled upon the place where we currently live. When I walked upstairs and saw the closets in the master bedroom my first thought was, "Why would anyone build two closets next to each other like this?" Two double-deep closets side by side made no sense to me and I told Christi at that point that if we ever bought the house that we'd tear the wall down between them and make it a walk in.

Well, it took a while, but we finally did it. I installed shelving throughout and the space that we are using now helped us eliminate one of our dressers to make our room feel even more open now. Below is a picture of what it used to look like:

what the closets used to look like

Maybe I waited all of these years so that I'd have a special helper paint the inside of it with me.

henry helping me paint

Anniversary: Part 9

nebrasketball road trip
Crazy that it has been nine years already. Even more crazy that we have spent seven and a half of those in Connecticut.

Couldn't be happier that all of these years ago I found someone crazy enough to not leave me.

How are we going to celebrate? Taking out the same car that I picked her up in for our first date over fifteen years ago.

8 years and counting

2001 Lake Powell trip
Another year in the books for the wife and I. It's crazy to think we're at eight years already and only two years away from double digits. The picture above is from our last trip to our favorite destination.

I'm pretty sure if Christi knew eight years ago that I'd come home and work for four straight hours since the NFL schedule was released tonight, she probably wouldn't have walked down the aisle with me. On the flip side, if I would have known I found a wife as perfect and understanding as her, we'd be way past eight years by now.

Here's to at least eight more babe!

ESPN.com Redesign

redesign in sc studio
The website has finally launched! I haven't posted in months, so this is definitely a reason to do so.

Everyone battled through sleepless nights over the past few months to produce the site you see in front of you. Take some time surfing around and let me know what you think.

http://espn.go.com

Updating the fireplace tile

new modern tiles
A couple of weeks ago I was getting antsy waiting for the Husker football game to start so I got a crowbar and hammer and started ripping up the chipped tiles in front of our fireplace. What happened next was a much more updated and modern feel to the centerpiece in our living room.

Since the tile saw was out ... well, I've got another post coming soon! Below is a picture of what it used to look like:

old original fireplace tile

Captain Ameer-ica

our captain ameer-ica
I am from Nebraska, meaning I love Husker football and everything that comes with it. Growing up I was also double obsessed with Marvel comics and Halloween every year. Here's how I combined the two to live a little vicariously through my kid.

Last year Christi picked the outfit and this year it was up to me. The way we look at it, when he's almost three next Halloween, he'll probably be making all the decisions on what he wears the rest of his life, so we're having fun right now while we can. We also carved up some pumpkins last night and I decided to go with a more classical route of the academic "N":

for all those academic all-americans!

How cool would this be?

alternate halloween field logo
So I might have stolen this idea from a different team, but with the Blackshirts logo, I'm really surprised Nebraska has never played this up more during Halloween. I sure know I have.

The other night I was watching ECU play their last game before Halloween and they updated their already awesome midfield logo to reflect more for Halloween:



Obviously my mocks are crude as I'm a developer, not a designer, but if someone has an "in" with the marketing department at UNL, let's run with this one! Pumpkin carving starts tonight at the Helge household and after four straight designs of Husker pumpkins (2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013), I have absolutely no clue what I'm going to do tonight!

larger field view


No posts for a couple of months, but looking to ramp that back up soon ...

Summer is here

husker chair for h
First day of summer was yesterday and H spent it rocking out in his new favorite chair.

Props to Gma H for a great gift over a year ago. Maybe we'll bring it inside for games this fall. No such thing as too much red in our house for Saturday's.

TPC River Highlands

tpc river highlands outing
Bucket list: check.

ESPN had a day blocked off at TPC River Highlands, where they hold the Travelers Championship, for employees to go out and hack up the course a few weeks before the pros show up in CT. I've never played on a professional course before, so I really couldn't afford to pass up the opportunity. After starting on the back and slugging my way through some bad holes, I finally ended up on the 8th tee box, my 17th hole of the day. A 194 yard par 3 where I stuck my 6 iron about 10' from the flag and then knocked in a putt. Outside of the only hole I'll ever talk about moving forward on that course, I ended up with a 103, no pars and a birdie on the day.

Let's just say I'll be watching the tournament this year and feeling just a little better each time I see a pro make par or worse on #8.

names removed to protect egos ... i'm the 'H'