Wednesday, August 31, 2016

More on the house - it's coming along !

The front sidewalk, and steps into the house (3 places) are done.  Also Grandpa D had some cement poured down at the Property by the shed, and there was a little left over to pour a 3 x 3 slab out the garage door to the South.  It looks great !
Zac made this nifty hollow mantel (light in weight), that will hang  on the wall.  He is going to distress it, it will be stained a darker grey (I think), and distressed by pounding with hammer, burning with torch, nails, etc.  We are excited to see the finished product. 
The siding is coming along.  We all help out.   Thank goodness for the sunshade !  Roger cuts, Zac measures, and attaches, Grandma D hands to Zac, the boys haul the boxes around, I clean up.  
This picture doesn't show it, but the entire South side of the home is done now, along with the back and North side.   We are still working on the front. 
The painters have been here, and they are mostly finished I think.  
We finally get to see the "shake" siding, which is in the dormers.  It is really hard to put up compared to the vertical "board and batton", but it is more "forgiving" if a mistake is made.   
Some of the vertical is done on the front,
Roland set the septic tank, and dug the drain field.  It will be inspected today by the health dept. 
They hit some groundwater. 
The front porch is a PAIN.
It will be SO good to get it done.  I think the plan is to finish it up this weekend.
We took a break from the siding during this week, and concentrated on tiling the bathrooms.  Tagg is a big help. 
Zac even trusted him to work the tile saw !
The pantry
The can holders
The lockers
More tiling. 
Everyone gets in on the action.  Even Grandma Ben helped to "back butter" the pieces of tile !
Quite an accomplishment for an 8 year old I would say. 
The pieces of slate/tile? for the fireplace are hard to cut, but we are almost finished with the cutting, and will hopefully be able to set some tonight, and hopefully get it finished up by the weekend, so we can get back to siding.
The bathroom tile was all grouted last night. 
The drain field is some new fangled thing that I need to have explained to me.  I wish I could have seen this put in place, I would probably understand it better if I did. 
Some of the tile for the fireplace set in place. 
The boys are usually pretty good, and make due with the "garbage" that is laying around.  It's probably a good thing football practice takes most of their nights.  I think we will all be glad when this is over, but it had been a fun journey !  

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Fun week with the Littles

Landon and Kacey went on an Alaskan Cruise with Kacey's family, and we were able to have Payson and Brightyn come and stay with us for a few days.  We had a great time.   Now that they are gone, I miss seeing their sweet faces, and hearing their cute voices.   Every night, we had bathtime - they get pretty dirty in the barnyard, and over at Zac's house. 
This sweetheart wasn't feeling good some of the time, and had to go to the doctor.  We put her on medicine, and she perked right up !
Zac's house - climbing on the scaffolding.......
Moving some wood - riding on the trailer.
Grandpa brought home a treat from work. 
Wild animals - ROARING !!!
After I tried to get medicine down her.......   Totally unsuccessful !
Scootering around
Payson had his first Soccer practice on Friday.  This was basically a get to know your teammates/coach type of meeting.  Ashley Phillips is the coach, and he is cute with the boys.  Payson is the tallest, and fastest, and oldest on the team.  He loves it. 
Brightyn played on the toys, and made a couple of new friends. 
We watched the septic tank being set.
They were entranced with the trackhoe !
Corndogs for lunch !  Thanks CJ !!
Muddy FUN !!
Oh how they loved it :)
Soccer game on Saturday - Megan Phillips (coach's wife) filled in.  Payson scored 3 goals !! (see video below)
Missy with her umbrella
Then we watched 1/2 of Treyson's football game, dodged bees, and tried to stay cool in the shade of the umbrellas. 
Chicken catcher !  Notice the cleats and shin guards !
He didn't want to take them off :)
Back to the house (seems we are always there)
Tonks Family Reunion
These kids are so good about buckling up, and Payson and Thatcher can do it by themselves, so that is a BIG PLUS !!
Riding the lawnmower back to the shed to put away - blades are off.  
Picnic - Isn't Brightyn's hair lovely ?  haha

Sunday, August 21, 2016

House Building - 3rd month

Boards to go on the outside of the house (between the siding) - need painting. 
Vents in. 
Drywall up and taped 
Rotomill in - Thanks to Wardell Bros.
Mark Evans helped to get back patio ready to pour
Outside door hung. 
Driveway poured
Interior doors and shelving delivered. 
Working on the siding on the outside. 
Landon was a big help. 
Two cuties
Interior doors hung
Power hooked up. 
Helper Thatcher
See what I mean? 
One day he climbed out the window on to the scaffolding........
Crazy kid. 
Roger makes me nervous !
Zac checking his Dad's cuts..... haha
They do round corners differently than we did 20+ years ago. 
Working on the interior finish work. 
OK - now I'm really nervous !!
Happy with his closet shelves
We are keeping Nebco in business. 
Finally !!  We get to see the VERTICAL STUFF !!
Looks GREAT !!
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