Monday, April 27, 2009


This is an email I got today from Andy at work.

Great Horned Owl. They’ll Get up to two feet tall and have a wingspan of five feet. Our visitor was only about a foot tall. Two weeks ago we had his brother in the foundry. Today this guy kept the maintenance workers from getting to their coveralls.

Yes, they were really in the foundry. The first one was captured and taken to one of the vets in town. The second was able to get out on its own. What an exciting day.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The 3rd is done (almost)

In December a water feature place here in town had all of their fountains on a great sale so we bought one to put in this Summer in the front of our house. We have always wanted one and decided the front would be the best place for it as we were sure Brinkley would think this was her new bath and water fountain had we put it in back. Here is what the front used to look like.

Here is the beginning. I am so glad to have those green bushes gone. We added the bricks and started digging.

The pillars were unbelievably heavy, but the guys got them in and set.

The beginning of the end.

Completed project...almost. I still have to add in the plants and will post another photo when that is all done. We are very happy with it and enjoying the sound of the water.
So there they are, the three planned Summer projects complete.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Finished Covered Deck

Andy finished the covered area on Saturday. I am so excited about this newly finished project as it was the one I most wanted. We have been spending as much time as we can out there already. We will get a ton of use out of this area this Summer. We do still have a few pieces of trim to finish it all out, but overall this project is done.

I snuck this photo...this is completion day.

More snow

On Tuesday (4-14-09) we again woke up to snow. This was not predicted and what was the funniest thing is that if you went about 10 blocks South of here there was no snow. We ended up with about 3 inches.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Second Project

Our next project is covering the deck. Our little covering worked okay last year, but after all the snow...well you can see the left overs on the ground...lets just say it did not fair to well. I am so excited for this covering as I love to swing and simply be out on the deck and this will be so much better. Thank you Andy. I also know Brinkley will love to have a little more cover. This will be prefect for BBQing.

Easter in Colville

All the kids getting chances to hit the pinatas.

The goods from within

Andy and Micki

We had a great time up in Colville. The weather was a little cold, but we had a wonderful time with family. We ate a ton of wonderful food, had a great Easter egg hunt, and smashed some candy filled pinatas. We hope everyone had a great Easter.

My how he is growing

He is smiling all the time now and drooling like crazy. He is such a wonderful baby.

Dad snuggling Blair

He still holds his hands in little fists most of the time, but is starting to opening them more often.

I just love this photo as he was snuggling with Andy and here I am again with a camera in his face.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

We are done!!!!

The shed is complete. We are very excited with how it turned out and it can hold so much of our stuff. Again I am so very thankful to have a husband who not only can build, but design. You might ask why we chose this color when our home is yellow....well you are now seeing the future color of our house, we don't know when we will get to that project as we have a new house project already lined, up (actually two)...stay tuned.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

What have we been doing?

Andy has been wanting a shed in our backyard since we moved in and he decided he would build his own. So for the last few days we have been building our shed. Through wind, rain, 2 ' of snow, and a very small moment of sunshine our shed is coming together wonderfully. Andy sure has a talent for building. We actually did most of the work ourselves. My dad helped with the siding and his friend Jason helped with the roof. We are getting close to completion. Here our some photos of our fun.

If you are standing on our deck this is in the far right corner of the lawn.

Heavy load for the little truck.

We will be using this for all of our garage storage needs. I think it is going to be perfect. I am very thankful that Andy has this wonderful ability.