Look at my little Maddie- she was so proud of herself!!
Monday, June 30, 2008
Look at my little Maddie- she was so proud of herself!!
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Maddie is good to go withher life jacket...she starts swimming lessons on Monday!!
Little Paxton, what a cutie! Don't worry guys, I got my baby fix today and I've moved on...I don't need another one:)
Here we are trying out a new place in town, Cabana....and also celebrating our friend/fellow chiro Tim's birthday.
Me, Suzie and Stef in all our monochromatic-ness!
Friday, June 27, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Still lots of work to be done...all of this open space will be covered by a cedar deck that stretches from the small porch to where the photographer is standing and then around the back of the house.
Our stairs and our kids! The retaining wall will be going in next week (to the left of the stairs) We also now have to finish that post so that it looks presentable and figure out how to wall off the right side of the stairs...still with the end goal of getting grass in the front yard!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
My boys getting geared up to race!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Uncle Eric is so fun!!
(this is Eric and Mikayla)
Eric bought Mikayla this book...We still have it:)
A few years ago, Eric joined the Air Force.
I love you little brother! I hope you have a great day and a blessed year!!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Mike's Dad and his sister Shelley are regulars at the Saturday morning run. A few patients come as well.
These pics were taken at the end of the run...I suppose this was our cool-down!
Friday, June 20, 2008
Today we slept in a bit (for my children that means 7am) and took our time getting ready. Our first stop was the library. The girls signed up for the summer reading club and checked out piles of books. Mikayla checked out 9 chapter books, two Ramona books that I am sure I read a dozen times when I was little, a handfull of books about horses, and some others I can't remember. I have no doubt she'll have them done in less than a week. Mailee checked out two beginning chapter books from a series called the Tiara Diaries (I think?)....they are right up her alley! She also got a few picture books. Maddie checked out a bunch of picture books. Mikayla checked out a Thomas Train book for Caleb which he seemed quite thrilled about! The big girls are stokked about the summer reading club and I must agree, it is an excellent way for them to stay busy over the summer- yay for free fun that is educational!!
After this I shuffled the children to the craft store, the fabric store and Walmart. It is a challenge to take 4 children to a store!!
All in all I think the day went pretty well and I am thrilled to have a few months to spend with all the kids and focus on investing into their precious lives.
"So let us concentrate on the things that make for harmony, and on the growth of one another's character"
Thursday, June 19, 2008
We REALLY enjoyed having guests come to visit. We sure would love to have you all come up.
-It is beautiful here
-we are nice
-I can cook
I am really baffled why you haven't made your booking with us!?!? The spots are filling up quickly, act fast!!!
-we wanted underground irrigation for the lawn, that had to happen first
-upon inspection, the landscaper informed us that the wall the neighbor had put up to retain his dirt was on our property...in the exact spot that he wanted to lay the irrigation
-when asked, the neighbor politely declined the opportunity to split the cost of taking down his wall which retains his dirt and putting up a proper one, revealing 2 feet of our property that was at that point, under their wall...
-this brought feelings of frustration towards our brand new and quite nice neighbors...we dealt with that and moved on
-under deeper contemplation, Mike and his dad decided it would make sense to pour cement stairs on the side so that we can get from the front yard to the back(makes sense)
-once the new wall is done and a house is built on the other side, there will be no possible way to get a digger in the side where the stairs need to go so we decided that had to be done before the new wall.
-this brings us to the point of the photo I posted the other day...
-and from there, here is a photo diary of the events that unfolded....
The guys removed a few of the large boulders from the side of our yard which the builders (let's heretofor call them MVV which stands for Mid Valley Ventures) had placed there as a cheap alternative to the logical thing which would have been pouring stairs in the first place. It became clear to all of "the guys" (we'll call them "the good guys" from here on out) that the sonatube was not properly supporting the house and the cement steps off our back door(directly above the sonotube pictured above) and the cement slabs in the backyard sidewalk were all poured directly onto shifting, soft sand...placing tremendous weight on the improperly placed sonotube which holds up the back door porch...removing anymore large rocks could create a problem. The good guys came up with a solution and set to work bracing the deck and preparing to make a new, properly placed sonotube. In the meantime, various members of MVV continued to peek their heads around the corner to view the happenings. They are working on a new house 3 doors down. They appeared to me to be quite nervous....hmmm...
Apparently this is not what you want...that is an inch gap between the dirt and the cement sidewalk.
Again, not a good sign. At this point, the good guys had hooked the problematic cement walkway slabs to their digger and pulled them out revealing this dirt. Notice the shovel...one of the good guys stuck this shovel in, with just one hand, to the dirt that had been supporting the cement walkway. Not good.
So where there once were steps and a sidewalk to the backyard off the back door, this was the new scene...a gaping hole and the deck being supported by wood braces the good guys put in. Today the good guys poured a new sonotube and as I understand it, once that is ready, they can continue with the stairs. Most likely we will be putting in that cedar deck right away instead of next summer due to the gaping hole:)
On a side note: this view is from our backyard, looking toward the front of the house. In a few days, from here you will be able to step down into the front yard!
Second side note: see the right hand edge of the sidewalk? Now do you see the higher bank of dirt further over to the right? That is the property line as it should be, now that the rock wall has been removed. Previous to the removal, the rock wall was touching the sidewalk.
back to the point....
Today the head hog from MVV duh-dum-tee-dumped over and got all in Mike's business telling him that we shouldn't change the structure of the house, that we had the nicest house on the block and that he would gladly buy it back from us for the price we paid and easily flip it for 100grand more. This comment made a whole lot of nonsense on more than one level but that is beside the point. My unsolicited completely unprofessional opinion: MVV is nervous because they know they did a crappy job and they really don't want to get stuck with higher insurance or whatever might become of them if we decide to do hold them accountable. Oh we'll be holding them accountable allright. check out all my incriminating photos above...I have a folder on my computer full of even more!!
So dear readers, don't feel sad for us, that is not the intention of this rant. Feel informed and up to date on the latest upgrades to Banmanland. This is a great place to live and the good guys are helping us make it even better!!