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Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Inspector Looking to Get Paid

We needed to go with a permit, as much as I didn't want one.  Those inspectors are trouble! We did have some engineering issues knocking out walls and supposedly it is better for resale if you can prove your house isn't going to fall down. BUT, did the inspector have to go snooping around?  He found that our stairs to the right of the entry way were not up to code and he might as well take $45 per sq ft of the whole area. Busted and not awesome Mr. Sir.

Out go the stairs! It does make it handy to toss backpacks our paper towels down to the basement instead of going all the way downstairs.


Here's the view from down below.



One night we passed Micah downstairs through our new not so secret passage. The next day we found it boarded up. No fun.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What we found in our ceiling

When we tore out our ceiling to get to the electricity, we found some nests from our mice friends and wasps friends.  I'm so happy they could cohabitat in our ceiling.  The reason why it was such easy access for these animals was because the builder took a shortcut and just put insulation under the deck instead of a wood board (blocking our animal friends), then insulation.


Here are the remnants of their happy home.



Sunday, April 13, 2014

Laundry Room Tear Down

While I was off playing in Moab, Mat was ripping it up until 2AM in the morning tearing up our laundry room. He tore up all of the bamboo wood floor, and underlying vinyl, to prepare it for the tile we'll have installed. I find it funny that in places where we had wood, we're putting tile and places where we had tile, we're putting wood. Go figure! To each their own to make their own. We have Uncle Curtis coming to put in the tile on Wednesday, so we needed to get this area prepped with hardie backer board (a subfloor of sorts). Honestly, I didn't even know what it was, but I like the name. I would love to invent something just so I could name it.

 Our poor cabinets got ripped up during the asbestos removal. We are trying to decide what to do with that mistake. Repaint? Buy new ones from IKEA? I don't like that they aren't adjustable shelves so that is why I was considering new logical ones.image
 Here's our guest bathroom for anyone who wants use it. image
 Our kids think it is so funny that our toilet is in the hall. Funny grade school humor.image
 Mat has been working on a sliding barn door to go across our middle closet. in our laundry room. The other two closets will be cubby storage. The picture is so dark because that is usually how projects run around here. You start in the early morning and finish late at night. photo
 Okay, I took one the next morning and the picture isn't that much better, I suppose I should slow down when snapping?


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Moab memorial Ride

As many of you know, Mat's dad passed away in the line of duty. The state has gone above and beyond to recognize those who have sacrificed their lives. It's nice to know that they are not forgotten and that their families have a good support group. In the picture below and to the far right is an officer named Brody. He was shot 9 times and was able to survive. They wanted to dedicate this officers ride to him, but instead he felt it should be dedicated to the ones who have fallen. He felt like he was lucky and got to live, these men didn't.

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This year they were honoring Mat's dad Dan. They invited the families the day before the public ride and they placed markers for those officer's they were honoring. Everyone used their rock hopping vehicle to drive and recognize those heros. Dan was number two on the course. Moab memorial ride
 Gretchen doing her Muscleman impression out the window because it was so thrillingMoab memorial ride
Oh! And did I mention cousins? The kids were in heaven and breathless spending time with their cousins. Lots of loaded laughter. Moab memorial ride
Hollywood and Avery were inseparable. They could not be apart even if it was a bathroom break! Moab memorial ride
 Mat unfortunately didn't have enough time to arrange work and he had to miss it, and boy was he missed! I made everyone pinky swear that they would come back next year so he could be apart of it. This is absolutely Mat's world and it was hard enjoy it without him. Pictured: Tom (brother), Bob, Andrea, and Lindsay (sister). Moab memorial ride
 We went on some hikes and played in the sand. Moab memorial ride
 The Harris kids have a lot of complaining to bury, that's all I can say! Man my kids are whiners when it comes to any form of exercise.Moab memorial ride
Of course when you get to your destination, it makes it all worth it. Oh, what's that? No complaining?

Right. Moab memorial ride

 This was a nice shady spot to rest on the way down while the youngers caught up. We called it our Google nap spot and Becket was trying to charge passerbys .50 cents per nap if they were willing. Moab memorial ride
 They hotel we stayed out was so kid friendly and safe. They kids really owned it by the 2nd day. They were off to the playground, swimming pool, personal pancake maker like regular bonafide adults Moab memorial ride
Next year (I hope)

Moab memorial ride