Friday, October 31, 2008

A Martian and A Dragon

The kids had a good time tonight - I thought I should post their pics! I only had two trick or treaters this year, the other ones are growing up I guess...

What have we been doing in the house? Mudding, mudding, mudding, mudding... you get the picture!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Color Wars

I knew it was coming....

I like sage green to the gray side. Joel likes sage green to the green side.... I'm not quite sure how we are going to reconcile this one but surely with the CAZILLIONs of color chips in the world, we will find one we both like! Decorating together has always been a painful process, but it always works out when we're patient and wait to find something we both are ok with, it turns out better than either of our individual ideas. It is just kind of a frustrating process!!!

I want to go grayish sage so that I can use barn red, chocolate brown and gold accents here and there. I think too much green in the wall color would make it a little overwhelming and with the cupboards leaning toward red, I think we need to be a little more nuetralish on our walls. I have seen gold walls with the cranberry cupboards and that was really nice, but we will have mounted deer on our walls, and I think they would feel more comfortable with an outdoorsy sage. :) Ha Ha

Last night we got more mud on those walls. It will be a never ending process until Christmas at the very least before we get the whole basement finished. I must actually have arm muscles because they are sore this morning! I wanted to get into a little better shape for softball season this next summer (I'd like to be able to at least throw the ball to 2nd!) so if I can keep up the mudding workout I will be in fine form!!!!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

On the March!

I thought I should have at least one picture of me doing something on the house... Jayne took my picture loading the hopper :)

The lumber co. delivered the blow-in- insulation this morning so we spent most of the day working on that. It was just a perfect day for it, Joel didn't roast in the attic space and I didn't freeze outside. Just enough breeze to keep the dust out of my face and not so much that the plastic wrappers blew to the next county! (The next county is actually just across the road...) We did have a major clog that took about an hour to fix, so that was a drag, but it is all done!!!!

We also worked on mudding - our goal is to get the kitchen, laundry room, mud room, mst bedroom and bath all ready to texture by next weekend. Not a small task but we are well on our way. Joel gave me a seam mudding lesson and I had one really great seam, but I have been going a little down hill... Beginners luck maybe!

This last week was hard. Weather was terrible and everyone but Joel spent some time feeling sick. I came down with it on Tuesday, and this morning was actually the first day I felt like eating anything so it just hung on and on and on!

It has also helped to get back into the goal setting mode. I don't think we've actually achieved a goal yet, but somehow it still keeps us motivated! We would like to move in by Thanksgiving. The day before T-day is Ben's birthday. I think it's kind of funny that I picked his birthday for his "bet" on when we would move in. He could actually get it right "to the day". Amazing! We have a friend who said she was going to pray that we could move in by Thanksgiving and Joel and I both thought that was probably a little ambitious, but now we are seeing a little more light at the end of the tunnel and it might just happen!

THe kids also did a lot today, they worked on cleaning out the garden. I hate looking at a messy garden all winter so they raked, hoed, pitchforked and took loads in the wheelbarrow to "the pile". They worked really well together with no supervision. Their good attitudes were VERY VERY appreciated!!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Heat Pump

I have heard from two people now on my lack of posting.... Sorry! Jon got sick with the flu last Thursday and as soon as he got better three more kids were under the weather. I am flirting with feeling gross too.

Last week our septic installer came and trenched the discharge line for the heat pump. His trencher broke down and so he backhoed most of it. Joel wanted to make sure the heat worked before our weather changes (It's changed!) He spent a long time on the phone with our friend Ron, wondering WHY will this heat pump will not work!!!!!!! It was frustrating but thankfully it came down to the thermostat not being calibrated with the type of heat pump we have. I think it was just a matter of pushing a few buttons! We have to be careful not to generate dust, that is very hard on the unit, so we are mudding, taping and NOT sanding or hanging.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Suprise for Dave!

Just a quick update...

This weekend Joel got the trailer skirted and insulated for winter. I really don't want frozen pipes, so that's a good thing, but hard too since we just want to work on the big house...

Last night Dave and his family came for supper. I made chili and Kristen brought cornbread. Then the guys hung sheetrock in the basement and accomplished an amazing amount of work.

One funny thing happened to Dave. He and Kristen had driven separately so he didn't know she was there yet. When she went into the house and saw our countertop she thought it looked like one of the samples they had picked out. Dave had the sample squares in his wallet so she walked up behind him and reached her hand into his back pocket. Poor Dave, he thought that he and Joel were the only ones in the house and so his reaction was pretty priceless. :)

Pray for us, I personally am getting a little beat down by the whole process. We are at the point where we want to be done!!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


We buried one of our kitties today. Lil' Mittens got sick on Sunday or Monday - we had her inside in a laundry basket and then this afternoon she passed away on the sunshiny front step next to her mother. (that is probably the way to go if you're a cat!!!) The boys had her funeral and Matt even gave her a one BB salute. Jonny was especially sad though because Lil' Mittens was his special kitty. LM was survived by 4 siblings; we don't know for sure if they are sisters or brothers. So at least he will still have some kitties to play with -

Jon said that whenever he felt sad he would just go and get her and she made him feel better. That is probably the perfect eulogy for a pet!

Monday, October 6, 2008

The Mud Men

Kristen was gone yesterday, so Dave brought the kids for lunch and then he and Joel spent the afternoon bedding seams. They got a lot done! Joel and Dave work together every day and I usually ask Joel what they talked about. He says "Nothing, we just worked" Now I know why they don't talk... They have their iPod so loud its like a major rock concert :) I think it keeps them moving though cause they go pretty quick

Thanks Dave - we really appreciated your Sunday afternoon help! (I also appreciated the fact that you did not let my superior nail hole mudding skills intimidate you...)

Thanks for checking up on us!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Pressed Down, Shaken Together - Blessed!

Luke 6:38 "Give and it shall be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into our lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

Today the kids were big helps. Jon and Matt helped to carry the flooring out of the way so Joel could finish hanging the sheetrock in the kitchen. Jayne helped mud nail holes and they just about all have one coat of mud! The sheetrock is now all hung upstairs. We had some Tin Roof Sundae ice cream to celebrate and Jayne said that we needed "Sheetrock Sundae" but I don't think they make that kind...

We also have some friends from Omaha here tonight helping start the sheetrock in the basement. They came to do some work at camp and brought us all their leftover pop, snacks and casserole!

A few weeks ago a gal at church told us all about a family who needed food. I had a small box and a big box and Luke 6:38 kept coming to mind. I really thought, "Man, we don't have a ton of money, how much of our food should I be giving away...." I was honestly feeling a little stingy but I just thought, it's for Jesus, I am going to fill the big box and the verse kept going through my mind..
Since then I feel like we have just been "dumped on" with food, apples, eggs, chips, pike ETC. Lots and Lots of wonderful blessings, so much more than we gave. No one can ever out give God! I am just amazed and very thankful.

Famous Last Words

Funny but sad!

Last night as we were going to bed, I told Joel "The only thing I want is to be done with the house before this mattress springs a leak....

Fast forward 2 hours and we are stuck with our heads and feet sticking up and our "heavier parts" sinking to the floor. NOT comfortable - another ruined air mattress. (Unless we're lucky and can find the leak) I know we both said "this is miserable" more than once! I think the plan is to get Jayne's queen bed out of storage, get rid of the entertainment center and have a real bed vs. a tv. I am looking forward to that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today Joel is going to try and finish the upstairs sheetrock. We have parent's night this afternoon for Beth's volleyball, so we will see how it goes.