Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Graduate...




Well today was Will's last day of school and his kindergarten graduation and recitation. They all looked so cute in their cap and gown. I have to admit that as I sat there watching him on stage, I had a tear in my eye and a pain my heart as I thought about the next time I'll see him in a cap and gown. I know that day will come before I know it and long before I'm ready for it. But for now, I sat back and proudly watched this little boy who has learned and matured so much this year. He has learned to read, add and subtract-even in double digits, how to tie his shoes, can make his own lunch, has memorized numerous verses and passages of Scripture, and most of all, has developed an even more obedient and sensitive heart. We pray the Lord will draw him to Himself when the time is right and that Keith and I would be faithful stewards of this life He has entrusted to us for a short time. These pictures are not great, I will post more when I get the pictures from my mother-in-law's camera.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Shop update part 2...



As you can see above, the shop is making huge headway! Unfortunately, Keith goes back to work tomorrow, so tings come to a halt. From here on out, he will have to work in bits and pieces. God has been so good to give us wonderful weather to work in and wonderful friends who were willing to come out and help with some heavy lifting. We couldn't have done it without them! Thanks too to the wives who gave up their hubbies on a Saturday to let them come work!

Well, Jack calls...rather loudly. I'll try to post more tomorrow.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Shop update...

Thought I would give you an update on the shop. The wood was delivered and Keith and my dad immediately got to work building the walls. The trusses were also delivered this week. We have assembled a group of 8 men to come help us put them up tomorrow. It will take most of the day, but hopefully will go quickly and easily with more workers. After that, Keith can do the decking, and even put up the siding.





Also this week, Will lost his first tooth!! It was pretty funny. It had been so loose and we kept telling him it was going to fall out any minute. He was having chocolate cake for dessert and I noticed a "dark spot". I thought it was cake at first on his tooth, then I realized his tooth was gone. Keith asked him if he was missing anything, to which he said no. I ran for the video camera. We turned it on and asked him to show us his loose tooth. He reached up to wiggle it and was shocked to discover it was GONE!! Not only did it fall out without his notice, but he swallowed it without noticing. Guess I don't have to decide what to do with the first baby tooth.


Thursday, May 1, 2008

busy, Busy, BUSY!

In case you were wondering, we are still surviving. This week has been crazy busy. Not only do we have a newborn, which translated means "sleepless," we have also had lots of visitors, no less than four roofers making bids (on multiple trips) on our roof which was ruined in the hail storm a few weeks ago, and we have a new concrete slab in the back for the shop. We also went and purchased all the lumber needed for the shop, it should be delivered tomorrow sometime. Here are just a few pictures of the chaos.

Monday night, the Graffiti Bandit hit again leaving his mark...literally. This time, it was a red crayon to our white wooden garage door. We'll see if the magical spray can take this off.


Wednesday, we woke up to a LARGE pump truck in front of our house at 7 am. They began setting up to pump the concrete to our backyard to pour the slab for the foundation of the shop.

The crew arrived around 7:45 am and by 8:30, they were pouring concrete.


After the concrete was poured, we gathered all the kids to put footprints in the concrete. Unfortunately, it had already gotten a little hard, so they didn't turn out as good as we had hoped, but they are there. We even got Will out of school for a few minutes so that we have all 4 kid's footprints.Will



Charlie


Katie Beth



Even little Jack


Finally, at 5:00 pm, the lot was quiet again and the concrete was done!


Jack continues to grow and change. As of his 1 week check-up, he was already at 8# 6oz, 3 ozs larger than his birth weight. They don't expect them to reach their birth weight until 2 weeks, so he's doing great. Now if he'll just sleep at night...