Thursday, May 29, 2008

A Roofing Milestone

Today was the end of an ongoing project. All the tar paper is now on the log home! It is almost ready for shingles now. Kris and Dad finished before lunch and are now working on vents, trim, and a few other jobs. At least the roof is now protected from the elements.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A week in review

It is hard to come up with some great theme to link all the pictures in the previous post together except to say that it has been a busy week! Susan came up for the weekend and took the kids to Youngs'. While she was there I was going to work and Kris was trying to figure out how to extract a live racoon from a 3 inch space it apparently was trapped in for 5 days. With some lovely days over a long weekend we got the bikes all ready for the summer. Our helmets have now replaced the winter hats and it is delightful. Isabel even got to ride on the trailing bike for the first time. Wesley and I had so many fond memories together in FL on that bike and it was fun to see Wesley now coaching his little sister along on the same one. As I am writing the dormers are continuing to take shape.
This weekend made it feel like summer is already here. It was a relaxing and enjoyable one spent with friends and family. Kris celebrated his birthday and also a clean bill of health from his doctor. He is able to return to all his activities without any restrictions. I expect that these two pictures with Kris and his brace will probably be the last ones posted! :)

Pictoral Post

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


It's back to conventional construction techniques! I think Kris and his dad are appreciating a change of pace as the dormers are going up. Enjoy the progress!

Monday, May 19, 2008

A full moon and a scared raccoon...

We had an eventful night last pm. I took Smudge out before bed and noticed a full moon. In Labor and Delivery you tend to hate these evenings and remembering that I was on call that night made the sight even more disquieting. As I was looking at the sky Smudge spotted something else. In one of our lumber stacks a raccoon was hiding! Smudge as a few scrapes to show for it now but he is OK despite scaring an animal much bigger then he.
I am posting pictures of our house about to loose it's harlequin look! Dad and Kris are hoping to finish the roof and begin the dormers this week. We will have to see how the weather cooperates with this plan.
Kristianna had Middle School Awards today. Isabel and I got to eat lunch with Molly, Kelly, and Kristianna and their moms. It was fun and always enjoyable to eat cafeteria food! :) Isabel enjoyed the pink milk.

Happy Birthday, Wesley!

Wesley celebrated his birthday with 4 of his friends at the Air Force Museum and watching Prince Caspian. It is so hard to believe that he is 9 already! We had a fun day.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

Just a quick little note to wish my mom friends a Happy Mother's Day. I will be at work tonight helping a few more people join the mom group! :) Enjoy your special day.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The back portion of the roof now has insulation, OSB boards, and heavy ice-guard tar paper on it. It looks similar to the previous pictures but all of this has taken 3 days to accomplish. We had our second inspection this week as well. All is looking well. In the blur of working consecutive nights I missed out on a highlight this week. I made dinner and left for work. Dad and Kris were worn out from putting in a days' work on the roof and anticipating all the OSB boards that would have to be moved from the lawn to the roof the next day. 4 guys from our church showed up and in that hour and a half made this all happen! Thanks so much Jeremy and whoever else came with you. The back of the roof is shingle-ready! I pray our home will always reflect all the kind and hospitable hands that helped to build it.
Oh...Wesley was Chicken Little last night at a school performance. His beak broke before the picture!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Getting ready for a garden

Pictures...Isabel with her new pink sand (photo by Wes), another sunset (by Kristianna), Coach King rototilling our garden spot, Dad W. putting up the boards to hold the roof insulation in place, and Kris "supervising". The porch floor boards are up. Another huge thanks to Dad W., Eddie R., and Pete G. for helping Kris stay busy without lifting more then he should. :)

other quotables

I knew there were other quotes when I posted last but they escaped me at the time. I'll post two of them now before I forget again.
-When walking by the deli section of the grocery store Isabel exclaimed "Oh, look Momma! It's a Ferris wheel for chickens!" (rotisserie chickens)
-Apparently we watch Extreme Home Make-over a little too much. When we were looking in the log home at her room, Isabel stopped and said "It's going to be so sad when they tear the garage down." :)

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Keeping Kris busy

I don't have any fancy pictures to post just an update to let you know we have been weeding, doing little odd jobs around, and trying to keep Kris occupied! He is having a hard time staying away from building when it has been his life for 10 months. Pete G. is over again today. The tar paper has had to be nailed down a few more times in all the wind and rain we have received. Our grass we planted is getting greener and taller.
Isabel's cute comment on looking at constellations at night...
-"Oh, look! There is Ryan and the Apple Dipper"!