Friday, December 12, 2008

The Tiling has begun

Somehow these pictures always go in the wrong order. Anyways, this is the ceiling & the niche tiled.
The niche-it was very time consuming for builder Mike & Professional Tiler Aaron.
Placing 12 x 12 tiles on the ceiling was a little scarey-hoping they would stay tight, & they did.
Professional Tiler Aaron applying the mud to the ceiling. He first had to cover the entire shower with this stuff called KURDI. It's a waterproof layer. We couldn't have done this without his help. 
The KURDI is all in & ready to go.

Grandma's Girls November 2008

I think Reese has had enough of getting pictures taken!
She has the cutest chubby cheeks.
Cousins! Gracie would sit next to Reese & just pat her.
I think Gracie wants to be a model.

Pink is her color!

Grandma's Boys November 2008

Maddox at the schoolyard near Rebecca's house. This was right after our Thanksgiving dinner.

We were very happy that we had great weather this time of the year. All the kids were able to play outside. I don't know when we will all be together again, with Elizabeth's family now in Arizona and Jennifer will always be in Oregon.
This how Jack shows he is NOT happy with something. He folds is arms, pouts and doesn't talk to anyone!
He will even turn his back on you, especially if you're trying to get a picture.
This is curious Griffin, he looks so serious.
All the kids, except Reese, playing on the swings in our backyard.

Paint choices

This is our bedroom with the closet removed, it was work! The carpet came out, we are going to be laying hardwood flooring. Hopefully that will help with the allergies. We had the room textured also. If you read my previous blog from the first of November, you will know what we went through with the painters. It looks terrific now.
Our bed is in the family room. I'm glad there is enough room. It is kinda weird to have your bed in the family room. When I get tired of watching tv, I just jump into bed, builder Mike stays up & watches all his tivo'ed shows. 

Our bedroom. This picture makes it look really bright & shiny & it really isn't. It's a deep red, we bought the paint from Home Depot(our home away from home), it's a Ralph Lauren color.

This is our front room. It's hard to tell the color, but it's a buttery pale yellow. Jennifer has a room painted in this color & I really liked it. We are going to be putting up white beadboard eventually, & hardwood floors.


2008 Halloween
Gracie the fairy princess, Rebecca the black fairy, & just Jack-he wanted to be himself.

This is Count Garrett(scarry!)

Here's our fairy princess Gracie-she like to pose!

Maggie & Heath going to a Halloween party as Miss Flash Dance & Richard Simmons

this is our front room that has just gotten textured.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The end is near...

Hi friends;
I know it has been a while since I have posted anything. I have had no ME time since we got home from Oregon 6 weeks ago. Elizabeth & her 3 kids (Garrett 7, Gracie 3, & Jack 2) have moved into the demolition/reconstruction zone, & there is very little open space. They will be here until the day after Thanksgiving, when Richard flys home & all of them will move to their new adventure in Arizona. I know once the kids leave I will miss them dreadfully, so, I bite the bullet(or at least I do try) & enjoy all this time with the kids. They can't hurt too many things-but they can get into all kinds of construction stuff, wet paint, etc...
The remodeling is coming along.....we, or rather I made a major mistake with the paint. I found what I thought was paint from our previous project (an off-white, just so subtle), but really the paint I found we have no idea where it came from, anyways, I took it to Home dePot & had 5 gallons of SEMI-GLOSS WHITE paint made up, & all the other paint to a SEMI-GLOSS to match. WHAT WAS I THINKING... anyways, after the painter painted the whole project with this SEMI-GLOSS paint, the rooms GLOWED with shine. The painter also screwed up... he used a cheap roller & left nap all over all the GLOSSY walls. Anyways, to make the story short...the painters friend came out to the house today & saw the bad walls & told us they would fix it. So, I bought new egg-shell finish paint for the bedroom & front room walls, & corrected satin white paint for the ceilings, moldings, & bathroom. So this mistake cost me more paint & a little more for them to respray all the white, & they will sand the walls of the front room & bedroom for free(it WAS the painters fault, he made the mistake by trying to finish fast by using a crummy roller-leaving his nap all over). So the next time I post I will have finished room pictures. This project is so close to being done, & we want it to look as good as the family room (we finished that a year ago). At this rate, I think maybe the main floor might be done for next Christmas. We have left to still do is- tile the bathroom, insert the tub & toilet, cabinet, install the wood floor to our bedroom & insert the closet we are having built. Oh my, it still sounds like a lot of work. I think we will need a vacation to Lake Powell the first of the year just to unwind. It's my one of my favorite time of year to go-no one is there, why should they, it's not really warm, but it's QUIET!

Sunday, September 28, 2008


Maddox & Griffin are doing a lot of wrestling, poor Griffin usually looses.

The boys looking for bugs in their backyard.

Griffin is trying to get back at Maddox-attack while he's coming down the slide!

Saturday, September 27, 2008


Now Griffin is getting his hair cut, he's watching Bugs Life & needed the lollipop to keep him in the chair.

Curious Griffin


While I was taking pictures of baby Reese, Maddox jumped in & wanted his picture taken also.
Maddox is getting his haircut & doesn't like the sound of the clippers & is afraid of his ears being buzzed.

Doesn't he look handsome?

Reese, Reese, Reese...

Reese is 12 days old in these pictures. She is so alert, just hangs out & doesn't even flinch when her brothers are wrestling or Angus barking.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

more of Reese

I know I said I would try to post every other day, but it's hard to put down this sweet baby girl to post anything. I'll work on it.

Just hanging...

This is Reese's gang hand-she's saying "Hi".

Grandma helped her find her finger-Yum!

I got the boys some Halloween lips with a sucker on the other end- they were a little big for their mouths, but had fun trying to eat them.