Saturday, December 2, 2017

WINTER IS.... arriving? On its way? Drawing near? 

So, as we prepare for winter, there are a few signs you might recognize...

first, there's the white stuff. 

FIRES in the stove. 

There's adventures with outdoor gear...

Which we sometimes hate...

But once we're outside, we're okay.

And with good friends. 

There are crazy new character to talk to at the stores...something about Christmas shopping?

In general, it's been a pretty lovely month. One of the most amazing things that's happened is that Orion's vocabulary is expanding all the time. He has some really recognizable words, and some non-understandable phrases, which he emphasizes quite a bit. A few of these are "ap-pl", "di-no", "boo" for book, and "maaaooo" for the noise a cow makes. A cow often can be "bow" as well. We had a wonderful Halloween, and a terrific Thanksgiving...

More on those soon! But for now, here's a few more photos. 

do you get the theme here? It was all Paul! 

THis adorable youngster lives right up the road! 

who puts their feet on the table at Thanksgiving. Seriously?! He must get that from Grandma Marie...

And just in case you think that life's a dream, here is the child in his literal incarnation of a god of Chaos.

Monday, October 9, 2017

A new collection!!

From the Fall!

We had a wonderful weekend in Montreal; Mom and Dad took Orion for the duration, and we escaped to delicious meals, lots of walking, sleeping in, and general non-toddler activities. It was awesome! 

AND here are some from his trip to Wyoming to see the Eclipse with the Eleys:

AND some of his trip to California, with Mom and me, to visit our friend Jeffrey Anne! 

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Real Story of the Floor

So, I'd like to share with you how our floor project has gone. First of all, it's not done yet. 

Secondly, we took two weeks off in July, and Mom and Dad spent the better part of 7 or 8 of those days with us. We built a plywood and 2 by 4 subfloor....over the slanted garage floor.
Each stringer had to be shimmed by hand with multiple shims and glue, and then a rock garden to affix it all to the concrete.

We took out a door and added a new sill.

Leaving a conduit for propane and electricity for our eventual kitchen island.

Yay! We put the table and chairs back, because it felt amazing. See the rock garden?

We made a play area for a few weeks.

Now the second half of the floor...

 We had to wait a few weeks for the new flooring to arrive. But when it did, we were both back at work. So once again, Mom and Dad stepped in to save the day - they came down on a work day and brought Mike (a handy friend to have!) and this was the result: 

Then we spent 1 weekend while Paul and Orion were away - and we got another 11 or so feet done.

And then one more  back-breaking weekend and here's the result: