Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Great White Hunter

Today was the last day Joel could hunt before the season ended and so he braved the 50 mph gusts and headed out. He said that his goal was to get to his stand after lunch and be in his pickup by 4pm with a deer.... He actually had his doe before 3! Not often does the plan actually work "better than planned". We are happy to have the meat for the freezer.

He also finished up the ceilng sheetrock in the basement and started on the remaining walls. As happy as we are to be "in" the house, we are still pushing to get DONE!

Talk to you later!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Moving OUT!

We moved into our big house on the 13th of December but we didn't really move out of the trailer. I have carried a few boxes since then, but today I enlisted the kids. I came to the conclusion that I did not do enough packing... I had the idea we would just carry stuff over from and it would be a few easy trips. Ha Ha Ha - the laugh is on me :) It was a good day though, temps in the 40's and I would say that we got the kitchen and living room 75% cleared out. We need Joel for the heavy stuff like the desk and filing cabinet etc. I am really looking forward to that trailer being EMPTY! I am also looking forward to a big trip to the thrift store - maybe more than one and maybe one after the kids are back in school and I have free reign over some of their "not so precious" possessions :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas Pictures

Here are a few pictures of the fam from Christmas morning. It was quite a happy day!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Merry Christmas!

We had a great Christmas! It was relaxed and that was nice. Hope you also enjoyed the day and had a chance to spend some quiet time thinking about the "reason for the season!"

We have had overnight company last night and so that was fun. Today we got a few more things out of storage. The above is a picture of the mud room. I am really happy with how it turned out. I want to get a metal trash can for the pet food, but other than that, I think my mudroom is pretty much taken care of! It is so nice to have a place for everyone's stuff!!!! Hopefully everyone else will share my enthusiasm for a place to put thier shoes, mittens, hats and coats.... The wardrobe is a Hand-me-down for Joel's family and the little dresser is from my side. Both need some TLC - but I'm the kind that likes the old stuff. Joel just had a birthday and is complaining about feeling older so I guess the fact that I like the "old stuff" is good news for him :)

Monday, December 22, 2008

A Few Lights and Flooring

Here are just a couple of pictures that show the light in the great room and a couple of the pendants over the peninsula. Ben was a big help with the flooring. He would take the pieces to Daddy. He was pretty proud of himself!

"Guess that one's Hot!"

I know that I have been pokey about posting pictures! Here are a few - our camera cord has been over in the cold trailer and Jayne went and got it this morning. I was over there too and when we touched the bathroom shower curtain it just crumbled away - it's so brittle - it is just SO cold!!

The kids have gotten right to work in the new kitchen and made cookies. These pics are from last week. Last night they made MORE cookies, so we are packing away the sugar. If we were hibernators, we could make it through to Spring!!!

Hopefully I will post more pics later - Joel is putting up lights today. He has been doing lights and switches/outlets for the last few days and I have heard "Guess that one was hot" a couple of times :)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

In the Nick of Time!

We are all in the "big house" now! My folks came down this morning and worked hard hauling very large loads out of storage. (THANK YOU MOM AND DAD!!!!) Thankfully we only had a mile or two to drive because I think with the chair and mattress pile we really looked like the Beverly Hillbillies! :) The kids are very excited and we are too. I got most of the kitchen put away today and I have EMPTY cupboards and shelves.... WOW- that is just so cool to me :) I don't have any desire to fill them though, you would understand that if you could see the boxes of "stuff" I have to stash in other spots. We have the floor in the bedroom, greatroom and kitchen and trim left upstairs and then almost all of the sheetrock left to hang in the basement, so this is just another step but we are going to enjoy it rather than think about all that lies ahead! Believe me, we will enjoy sleeping in our own bed for the first time in 7 months and even though our furniture is on the very worn side, it is so great to sit down on a couch!!! We had just made due with one recliner and a little wooden rocker which was fine, but you really learn to be appreciative of a place to sit when you go without for awhile.

Joel is over here in the trailer turning off the water. It is forecast to be much below 0 tonight and for the next few days. Praise the Lord that we were able to get moved today with the great weather (it was in the 40's). The pipes froze here in the trailer when it was 20 degrees, they would be doomed at 20 below! Hopefully the big house will stand the "cold test" coming up :) Our phone is still hooked up to the trailer, so hopefully they will get the temporary line moved this week. Obviously there is still a lot of house building ahead, so my blogging will continue...

Oh By the Way... My date for moving into the house? December 16th, 2008!! Just say "Wow. she must be a genious" :)

Talk to you later!

Better run - have more to haul!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Pecking away...

Well, Joel is just finishing up the edging in the great room - it is very exciting to see it all come together! I made a concerted effort to stay in the trailer today and clean, do laundry etc. I told Joel at lunch that a bomb going off in here would have made it look BETTER!!! I have 6 1/2 baskets of laundry waiting to be put away, the washer and dryer are full and probably another 4 loads to go.

We have also started the process of getting all of our boxes from camp. I would say we are over half finished with the boxes and will do furniture next weekend. YAY - that is the plan but we know how those plans can change...

Tomorrow we are expecting snow, so maybe the kids will be around and they can help with the loading and unloading of boxes. Matt is my master packer, the other day he would come back from the van and say we have room for ____ big boxes or ____ small ones. He is really growing up and seems to be the happiest when he's helping.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Busy Days

Just a quick update before we head to town. We're going to Madagascar II and the boys are already out in the van. We aren't leaving for 10 minutes... :)

The Great Room is textured and will be ready for primer/paint tomorrow. The kitchen sink is ready for garbage disposal installation and the countertop is attached to the cabinets. I shop vac-ed the floors but that is about all I contributed - Joel says that my sanding technique is lacking. He says I sand like I am trying to unearth a fossil. (very slowly, carefully and methodically...I enjoy it!)

Joel adds that he has been working like a mad-man with very little appreciation from his wife or anyone :) (Poor baby)


Monday, December 1, 2008

Houses Will Rot!

We had a great/wonderful/fantastic Thanksgiving! So good to see so many family members and we enjoyed the together-time. There is a new baby on each side of the family and it was funny how every eye just seemed to fix on those little faces :)

On Friday we had both sides of the family down to see the house progress. That was fun. My mom brought down the leftovers from Thanksgiving and we sat around in camping chairs and mud buckets and had a great little lunch. Then on Saturday Joel and I left early and went to Menards. I calculated my weekly mileage and it was 200 miles on Tuesday, 300 Wed., 150 on Thursday and almost 300 on Saturday! Lots of going... At Menards we picked up our orders and also shopped for odds and ends. I said to Joel a couple of times "I am done... I can not shop any more..." His reply was "Get tough! You can do this!" I have never ever thought of shopping as an endurance event! (Menards needs a little coffee bar...) We were there for about 4.5 hours so that was ENOUGH!!! Then we had to go all over the yard to get our vinyl, countertop and refrigerator. We got everything home safe and sound so that was the important thing.

I had a phone call from a friend today with good news for their family. I had been feeling a little "stuck" on house progress.... Seems like everything is going slower than I want it to, but their answer to prayer just made all that frustration vanish. I can tell you that God answers prayers and has the power to do anything. The eternal things are what really matter - houses will rot, but lives will not!
Thank you Jesus on behalf of my friends - you are always at work behind the scenes!