Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Operation basement remodel began. After waterproofing anything and everything in everyway we could think of we framed in the wall. Notice the shadow of the studs, you can tell how not straight the cement wall was.

We had to get creative on this wall. It was partially finished with drywall but what was already there hadn't been framed out enough for us to use traditional studs to frame it. So we got a 1/2 inch piece of plywood and made our own studs. The biggest problem was that the cement wall was so hard to drill into that we decided to just liquid nail the 'studs' on. Did you know that when you cut 1/2 inch ply it tends to warp a bit? After sitting there holding the wood against the wall so the liquid nails would dry for a while we finally rigged up a way to hold it until it was set.

Ta Da!!! Check out the new wall! I had fun learning how to hang drywall and mud it. Now I'm working on priming everything and getting it ready for paint!

Raingutter Regatta

Brandon had his Raingutter Regatta this past Sunday. He did well, especially considering him and Daddy didn't get their boat made until the day before. Brandon won 3rd place in design and 2nd place in speed and qualifies to go to districts for both.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Riding bikes

Ethan was up on his bike for the first time since his surgery!!!! It was great to see him back on the bike.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

New Braces

Ethan got his new braces this week and we're working on breaking them in. He wore them for 3 hours yesterday and we can keep adding about an hour a day until he can wear them all day. We're still working on endurance and stairs are still very hard but he has improved greatly! It will be nice to be able to run again and get exercise.

As you can see, he was very proud that he could run again.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Playing in the dirt

We had a fun weekend playing in the dirt.

All the way down to the foundation.

A new layer of tar sprayed on to help with the waterproofing.

Thats a lot of dirt.
Skid loader driving lessons.
Add gravel.
Lots of gravel.

Ethan's turn to climb in the cat. He was very confused when we called it a caterpillar. He kept thinking it was a furry little bug that turns into a butterfly.