Bruised Knees

Bruised Knees

Friday, January 31, 2014


Brian and I were able to sneak away for a quick weekend get away up to the mountains. It was a nice break from the chaos of building the house.  Many thanks to the grandparents that risked their lives to stay with our brood.

These are the basement walls and soon to be main floor of the house.

Here's the dining room wall with a little look outside.

One of my favorite things in this house is my kitchen window which looks out to the mountains.  I might not mind washing as many dishes if its this pretty.

Still lots and lots of mud everywhere!  We are running out of shoes that aren't destroyed from all red clay.

Here is the view of the back of the house with the basement.

The 2nd floor is going up.  So excited to see everything taking shape.

 Side view

When you get a dumpster for all the trash you realize how quickly it can fill up. It can also become quite pricey.  It was a beastly job gathering all the excess lumber to burn, but Emma and James did a great job.

Then came January's beautiful, white blanket.  

We also got windows.  Don't be fooled though, there was still a lot of snow inside the house.  We saw very quickly how many different places snow, rain, and wind came in.
There were a lot of changes that occurred on the house getting us so much closer to our move in date. Can you tell how excited I am?!

Friday, December 13, 2013


We are getting used to red, sticky clay being a part of us and staying with us wherever we go.

The basement floor, patio and garage were poured this month.  The kids have loved playing out here.

This is the future driveway.  

 Can't wait to have some rocking chairs out here on our front porch one day.

Friday, November 8, 2013


I realize I haven't posted in a LONG time.  In an effort to keep grandparents and family updated on the progress that is taking place on our house I am going to attempt to post some pictures.

It was exciting to finally see something of our dream finally taking shape.  Basement walls going up.
Plumbing lines being planned and laid out.  It is strange to walk around where future rooms be in less than a years time.

Still a lot of work ahead of us, but it is so exciting!
So much to be thankful for.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

I love My Santa

My Santa knew just what I would love for Christmas!  I received my very own iPhone 5.  I can text now! Well sort of.  I am really bad at it, but I message friends, check email, take pictures, and pin things to Pinterest wherever I am.  It is amazing! I also love having a fun camera with me wherever I go.  The first picture with my iPhone was from our church's Christmas dinner. I am not going to win any awards for this one, but it is nice to capture a memory.
Thank you again to my very kind, thoughtful, and generous husband for getting me my favorite, Christmas gift yet.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Abby Strikes Again

What do you do when you can't find yogurt to eat, if you are two years old?  You get some sour cream of course!  And if that sour cream doesn't taste like yogurt?  You paint with it of course!  Invite a friend, of course, to help you clean it up.

Lick your boots!  Lick the floor!  There's plenty more!

Let's slip and slide.

 Quick, Lucy we better hide!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Started Off So Well

Well today was a busy day.  Lots to get done before Daddy got home.  The van was a scary mess, almost as bad as my English teacher's car, but with less papers and more food.  James and Emma tackled that beast of a job without much coercion. 

I love having a clean car before a road trip, especially when I don't have to do the cleaning!

While Emma and James worked themselves to near exhaustion, Jesse and Cate played just as hard.

Where is Jesse?

Speaking of Jesse, he received the first wounds inflicted by Lucy.  He seemed a little stunned that his beloved kitty had scratched him.  I was stunned too.  Lucy has been SO patient in spite of great affliction.  What could Jesse have possible done to make Lucy scratch him?  Apparently, Lucy doesn't like to be put into a bucket.  Go figure!

We had a great day, but it ended on a sad note.  Daddy's flight was canceled so he couldn't be with us tonight.  It was such a letdown after looking forward to it all week long.  I have five very sad kids!  Hopefully we will be able to see Daddy in the morning.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tomorrow Is Only a Day Away

One more day til Daddy gets home and we are all ready to see him.  Abby has asked, "Where is Daddy?"   many times.  Daddy you have missed 20+ kisses goodnight since you have been gone and Abby singing "Jesus Loves Me" at least 5 times.  You have also missed Abby grabbing your face with her grubby, chubby hands and pulling you close to her face to tell you "I lub you."  I know you haven't missed the meals that we have been having, but know that you are loved and missed.

Accomplishments for Thursday:
Jesse cut out one of preschool pictures, but didn't really want to color it.  Cutting is his favorite!

James finished his science homework.  Big accomplishment!

Cate finished her math, Explode the Code, and read 3 Bob books.  She thinks very carefully as she works her problems.

While Emma, James, and Cate went to play at a friend's house for the afternoon Jesse and I had an impromptu cookie time.  Jesse was quite forlorn he wasn't invited, but milk and cookies helped ease his sorrows.

After our bellies were filled with milk and cookies we snuggled on the couch for some quality cinema.
While I accomplished dinner preparations Jesse attacked me with his nerf gun.  The was the first time this week I made a meal from something other than a box.  Shhh, please don't tell.

Then "Iron Man" came to help me finish getting dinner made.

Abby of course accomplished stinking up the entire kitchen at the most inopportune time and then refused to be sequestered to the changing the pad.

 I received smiles all around this crowd for making mac n' cheese, chicken and not so much the salad.

The Macaroni Thief succeeded in stealing some of Abby's when she wasn't looking.  It was a horrifying experience for Abby to find her plate no longer had any macaroni left.

I wonder who the macaroni thief was?

Madagascar 3 to close my day with my sweeties.