Christopher has been having a great time getting to
know our outdoor equipment a lot better :)
This time it was time for some service since the machine wouldn't keep running. Ultimately only a carburetor clean-out was necessary which meant it only cost us a $4 can of carburetor cleaner and some elbow grease. Not bad!
We had a really fun celebration day on Sunday. After worship we ate a hurried lunch and headed out to the falls for a brisk hike on a beautiful day. The only unpleasantness was the amount of mud on the trails. We brought home a good bit too : ( Thankfully Emily had made Helena's "Frozen" cake Saturday night since there is no way we ever would have had time on Sunday. It turned out pretty cute too!
Since this was her twelfth birthday, Helena got some
Today is Helena's 12th birthday! Since we're not officially celebrating till Sunday evening, Jonathan took her out for a special birthday treat. Bigby is a favorite spot for treats so that's where they went. Big brothers are great!
So…Kristin turned 23 today! We celebrated on Sunday so everyone could be there with her.
This year she chose to have sundaes as her special birthday treat, and I think everyone enjoyed the change. It did make blowing out the candles interesting, though. They wanted to fall over and one didn't want to be blown out :)
Kristin found this fun shirt a couple of months ago.
It is so appropriate for her! She is a truly wonderful accompanist.
I've witnessed her make many a save for musicians who suddenly
got lost or didn't count correctly. So if any one is in need……
Christopher got his summer projects completed just before
school began this fall. He isn't exactly fond of woodworking,
but those were his projects this year.
This one pretty much sums up how he feels about
this particular project :)
First he worked on some wood trim pieces to cover up the heatilator on our basement fireplace which isn't usable.
His other project was a small, wall bookshelf to hold
Assembly is almost complete.
Now begins the fun part…staining and finishing.
Using water-based products can be really tricky. They like to leave bubbles if you don't know what you're doing. It's great to have a dad around who can show you some tricks so as to ensure a good finished product.
…ever the enthusiastic student :)
Close to being done!
Feeling good! It's time to hang it on the wall!
Can you believe it? Dad wants it to be level too! :)
Now the fun part of hanging the little wood panels.
This is where the saying "You can never have too many clamps"
really plays out.
The finished product!
All the pieces have been stained to match the oak mantel.
No, Christopher had nothing to do with the other large pieces--