Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Our Anniversary

 Thirty-One Years
and he is still the only one for me!

Just a heads up.
 We are going to Moroni's Quest this weekend so come back and visit to read all about it. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

It's Been A Little Busy :)

  I think to really get the full scope of how very busy it has been around here I need to make this one post. 

We have lived here for almost 6 years (July 2006).  Well, not this house. We lived in Mark's mom's house next door for 2 years while building this house. We moved into this house August of 2008 and this is what it looked like.  Still a ton of work to do.

A year after we moved in, we had the stucco put on.  I think it was plain stucco for a year maybe?  Maybe longer. It's all a blur.

It has looked like this for probably 2 years with the stucco painted and the rock work completed.  Look at the front entryway.  Not supposed to look like that. We had no garage floor (just gravel).  No driveway either. No landscaping.  It was fine right?
 It's not the end of the world. 

And then this happened.  Michelle got engaged!
The planning of the wedding began and we then had the perfect excuse to do the landscaping, finish the stairs inside, put in a garage floor, a driveway, tile our shower, plants, get the baseboards painted in a few areas and the list went on and on and on. Oh and finish the fireplace.  There was a lot to do!

Neal never wants to use the tamper again. Way too much vibration and a feeling of no control.
The garage floor was 1/3 part cement, which was over the shop downstairs and 2/3 gravel. 

We had to engineer it so we could park the cars partially over the shop without fear of caving in.  Plus, we now have the option of taking out the gravel under the garage floor and having a huge space for future use.  This was no small feat to find someone who knew what they were doing.  It was a BIG deal!
The front part of the garage has in floor heating which will be nice in the dead of winter.

Look at all the rebar.  Different sizes going "everywhichway" and in a very sophisticated manner.  It was BIG deal!  Oh, I already said that, and very stressful to make sure this was done properly. We now have 8 inches of solid concrete in the garage. It still feels funny to step down only 2 inches and not 10 inches into the garage from the house.

Yep, the big pour.  The first of 5 pours within a 4 week period.
In the middle of all this work we took a break for the wedding.
Michelle and Jordan were married May 17, 2012 in the Salt Lake Temple.
After the sealing and reception we headed back home to complete our projects. 

I wish I had a picture of the drywall fireplace because the "after" picture would be more dramatic.  After seeing this with plywood I would have been happy with a coat of modge podge.  

This looks much nicer in real life.  We love it.  The mantle is a piece of birch that was taken out of the old Ellison Grain Mill nearby.   

So here we have the cement poured and ready for the plants and flowers.  I cannot even tell you how GREAT it is to have a flower garden again.
And you can see that the pillars in front are in.  We are really happy with the way it turned out.
Oh, and we had 8 dump truck loads of 3/4 crushed gravel delivered and spread out past the driveway from the highway to our house and what a difference.  Maybe someday we will pave it with asphalt.  Maybe. 
Brad was being HeMan, just like the bed sheets he had when he was just a little boy.  We actually ended up rolling the rock over coats to get it in place without ruining our new cement.

We also poured the back patio.  That was 2 days before the Open House.  

I don't know what Rio was thinking . She loved laying in the dirt. 

We all had jobs to do after the kids came home.  Clark spraying and cleaning the back patio in between other projects.
And in the midst of all this business, Laurel was out being a missionary.  She is so happy.  She just got transferred into a Spanish speaking area in the Spokane Washington Mission with a Spanish speaking companion and is still waiting for her VISA to come through.  Hopefully by the next transfer (July 17) she will have it.

Jordan washes windows every summer and he offered to wash ours.  Super sweet I tell you, super sweet!
He and Michelle are washing windows all summer in Utah and really enjoy working together. 
Michelle is busy putting the vases together for the Open House.  They really turned out cute and exactly what she was picturing. 

Fun and casual. 

Two weeks married.

This picture doesn't do the area justice.  It is really pretty and such a contrast from before, believe me and look at my fountain.  It has been waiting 6 years to be placed in my flower garden. 

This shows the whole front from a little distance. MMmm look at the mountains. We look out over those 
Clark has a cool photo of the whole house he took on his iPhone but it was blurry when I transferred it so this will have to do.  We even have doorbells hooked up. What in the world were we waiting for?
Rio's house is now in a more picturesque place now if only she used it more. 

So there you have it, a house update that was long over due.     

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's Day

 Daddy and his two perfect daughters-
that's what he tells us all the time. 
Sure, why not.

This is the night before Michelle got married.  They are practicing for the father/daughter dance. The girls remember dancing with their daddy to Natalie Cole, Unforgettable CD when they were just little.

  This was taken about 4-5 years ago.  One of my favorite pictures of them.

 Rexburg days!

Mark the master roofer teaching Clark a few things on the doghouse roof. 

 Para Sailing in Montana.
Very fun!

 Brad and Mark share the same birthday 30 years apart.
Last year's birthday ride.

 I'm sure they are watching a basketball game, probably BYU. Everyone except Neal of course, has graduated from there.

And last but not least, a daddy sending off his daughter on a mission! 

Mark is a really good dad, just ask the kids. 
 I think the kids take after Mark in so many ways except the silliness and blue eyes & blonde hair. 
Gotta have balance in everything right?

Happy Father's Day!