Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Work Week

Grab a saw, or a hammer, or a crow bar, or a paint brush, or ... well, or just about anything, and you would fit right in with our family over the weekend. Our first project was Josh & Abbey's new house.

Goals on their new residence (which is located just a few miles west of our residence) include new flooring throughout the entire house, and new paint on every wall and the ceilings throughout the house. So, from Thursday through Saturday we spent much of our time over there, tearing up old flooring, priming walls and ceilings, painting walls and ceilings... pulling weeds in the flower beds, mowing the lawn and, in general, preparing the abode for inhabitation by its new owners.

Master bedroom/hallway/guest room - as they WERE. They look very different now, but all the "after pictures" are on Josh & Abbey's camera, which I believe is still over at the new house.

On Monday the men of the family headed down to Grandpa & Grandma's house to rebuild their deck.

Train 'em young, is our motto... so William got in on the act, too. The day was very productive as the men worked, and a few of us ladies drove down to visit for awhile as well.

We are so grateful for our family, and for the blessing of having them nearby. What a privilege it is to be able to tackle the projects of life together!


Dawn said...

hehehe ... 'train em young' ... now thats the way to do it! hehe

Nathan & Jeanine DeLadurantey said...

Can't wait to see the new deck for myself. Bet Grandpa and Grandma are very happy.


Kim said...

The new house looked quite colorful in its "before" pictures.....looking forward to the "after" shots!

Justin Kelly said...

"Train 'em young" - I know that includes the Cubs hat! ;)

Kawell Writer said...

Wow, that looks like fun! We love renevating houses, but it looks like you've got plenty of help! I spotted a Bull's shirt as well as the Cubbie hat! Go Cubs Go!!

Abby K

Rhonda Devine said...

It is such a blessing to have family close--we know--we wouldn't have been able to build our home without Grandpa Devine and Herb's brothers pitching in--great job, guys!

Anonymous said...

This reminds me of how my husband and I did the same work when we built our deck (and our entire house) ourselves. He designed our deck to resemble the elaborate decks on Lake Geneva houses. The week before he died of cancer, he asked me to seal and stain the deck. We had not done this previously because pressure treated wood has to "weather" before staining. So I washed the deck with trisodium phosphate, stained the railing white and the base cedar. I did not finish before he died, but did manage to finish before his funeral. The neighbors looked at me a little strangely because this did not match their image of the grieving, helpless widow. But I found it to be a good diversion from planning his funeral.