Thursday, March 13, 2014


I really did rake on Saturday 

Friday, November 01, 2013

Halloween Recap

Our family got really into Avatar the Last Airbender the animated show earlier this year.  Infact we decided on our costumes back in May, and have been growing Zephyr's hair since then for his costume.  He got really tired of his hair hanging down in his face.

The above picture is the characters from the show

Prairie as Toph

Zephyr as Sokka ( we did shave the sides of his head, his hair is just so dark, it is hard to tell in these pictures)

Autumn as Katara (I broke the necklace pendant when I was trying to thread it, thank goodness for super glue)

 Toph, Katara and Sokka

They have a lot of fun together

Zephyr with his stash

Prairie with her staash

Autumn with her stash

the kids name Grandpa, "freakazoid" for his costume for trick-or-treating

Monday, October 07, 2013

Zephyr's First Day of Preschool

Zephyr is doing a preschool through Provo High School.  The only problem with the preschool is it limited schedule.  It starts in October and only runs until Thanksgiving and then has a 3 month break, and runs in March and April.  Oh well, it is a great price, and it is a great preschool.  Zephyr is going with two other neighbor kids, which will be great for carpooling.  We took on of the boys today for the first day.

Zephyr and his friend Asher

Walking into the school

Hanging up his backpack by his cubby

Zephyr with his name tag.  Also the high school student that was passing out the name tags is a teenager that lives in our neighborhood and has babysat him before, so that was really exciting.

Zephyr is such my buddy.  it was a little hard to drop him off.  It is a little weird to not have any kids at home, but our kitchen is a DISASTER so I can get that cleaned up while he is gone.  He was really excited, and I am glad that he was excited.  This is a big deal for him.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Playhouse Day 6 Progress Pics

Grandpa stayed up until 1am the night before, never ate dinner, and once he woke up the next morning he started working again.  Grandma had to make him come eat breakfast.  He had a list of things he wanted to get done before I took them to the airport at noon.

Working on getting all the siding finished on the dormer window

Got the little wall heater all wired up and working (Prairie was VERY happy about this one)

Me and Grandma moved all the wood into the playhouse because it was forecasted to rain.

Grandma trying to leave it as clean as possible

The dormer window siding all done

While Grandpa worked on the siding, Grandma and I measured, cut and lay the new flooring upstairs.  Now there is just two small pieces for me to do on the bottom floor, under the stairs and at the foot of the stairs

This is how Ben weather proofed the door.

It started raining while I was driving home from the airport, and it hasn't been dry enough to work on the playhouse again.  I am really hoping that saturday is a dry day so we can get the shingles on, and prime the door and get a handle on it so it will stay closed and be protected from the weather.

We soooo appreciated all that Grandma and Grandpa did on the playhouse.  Though we decided that this is too large and to nice to be a playhouse, it is really more like a play-mansion.  The kids are so excited to get to use it.  They loved playing in it for a few minutes wednesday morning before school.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Playhouse Day 5 Progress Pics

This was the last full day that Grandma and Grandpa were going to be here, so there was a lot we wanted to get done.  We needed to get the rest of the roof boards on, felt paper across the whole roof, and again the dormer windows cause a lot of problems, put down the new floor boards, so the door could be installed, lights installed, doorbell, you know the works.

The left side of the roof complete

The right side still needs to be done

 The work area

Getting ready to start measuring and cutting roof board

Then we remembered that some of the siding had to be puzzle pieced so there are no spaces once the roof is on

installing the last roof board

Applying felt paper to the roof.  The dormer window was really tricky.  Tom put steel things in the grooves, so the roof would say water proof.

 My mom and I worked on cutting, laying and installing the new floor boards.

Here is the new  floorboards in front of the doorway.  Now Tom can work on the door, because he knows the height of the doorway.

More floorboards down, and all our supplies for working

Grandma puzzle pieces this one around the railing of the stairs

This is the kids playing "hobo land" in the back of the van, we had it pulled up on the front lawn, so it would be easier to unload the wood

My mom and I installed and wired the downstairs light.  Here is Grandma and Prairie installing and wiring the upstairs light.

Ben worked hard when he got home from work.

Ben worked at installing trim on the roof.

We got a solid wood door, so we could cut it to size.  Here is the door cut to size, in the lower picture you can see the two upper panels that we cut off.

Working at installing the doors from the inside and the outside.

Good thing we got the lights in, now Grandma and Grandpa could both be working late into the night (1am infact)

The door is in!

Grandpa installing the doorbell.

The battery operated doorbell hung HIGH on the wall so the kids can't take it down and put it wherever they want.