Friday, November 24, 2017

A Little More "Real" Snow

This one actually required the tractor.
As Christopher could tell you, there's nothing like a face
full of snow when a gust of wind kicks that spray right back at you!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The End of the Window Project

To celebrate Thanksgiving, Bob decided to complete the window project today.  Since the finishing was all done, that just meant getting it nailed in place on the window.  First came the sill:

He used Matthew's services to hold the sill in place for measuring...

...then screwed it in place.

Looking better already!

The other three sides fit together like a picture frame with pocket-hole screws and were centered on the window.

With Matthew holding the frame in place, Bob nailed it in place.

Beautiful!  Now every window in our house opens as it should.  Yay!
Definitely worth the wait--beautiful job as always!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Baking with Kristin

Kristin exercised great patience and made rocky road fudge brownies with James.  He had a great time and only broke one egg when he dropped the egg carton.  Of course, licking the beaters is always a perk, but he also got some great lessons in following directions.

Eating them was even better!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Fun in the Snow

Good thing Helena is a strong little thing, because James isn't exactly the lightest cargo to be pulling.  It's easy to tell that once they got to a slight incline.  They had a blast playing in the snow, and stayed outside till it was almost dark.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Our Crafty Girl

So, Helena is definitely addicted to crafting.
The Eiffel Tower may have appeared when bookwork
was supposed to be happening, but I'm sure that 
won't happen again.  Hmmmm.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

First Real Snow

I know it sounds silly, but we don't consider it to have really snowed until we have to move it.  Our patio seating got a nice blanket and we fired up the tractor for the driveway, so that makes this a real snow:)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Playtime with Kristin

Kristin, Helena, and James enjoyed an afternoon 
game of Forbidden Island.

Monday, November 13, 2017

A Beautiful Sunset Pre-Snow

This was an amazingly beautiful evening.  I was wishing 
Bob could have been home so we could have gone for a walk

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Recital Surprise

Everyone thought the ladies were ending the recital, but this year they had planned a little surprise for their students--they had prepared a piece to play together for their students and the audience.

They played a fun arrangement of the Batman theme for piano and cello.  It was really fun to hear them play together again--it had been a really long time.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Costume Recital 2017

It's always interesting for the students (or maybe panic inducing) to find out who is going to go first.  This recital the order was picked randomly so no one knew who would be next.

This is one of Emily's newest students so she got a little help.  She was able to play the Twinkle A theme on two fingers--it was so cute :)

James soldiered through his cello piece with Kristin accompanying.

He did so well on his piano piece.

Emily's youngest student was just adorable.  She was so serious showing the audience what she could do.

Benjamin played Rohan from the Lord of the Rings soundtrack.  He was happy not to be last this time:)

Helena was accompanied by Emily on the flute, and she played a beautiful piece from the movie Cinderella called "Who is She?"  It was so beautiful!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Sewing Challenge

The challenge was to finish Helena's recital costume before the
recital day.  Mission accomplished--by the way, that's quite an
interesting hair style ;)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Dueling Birthdays

Let's just say the birthday dessert didn't exactly turn out
as planned so we shoveled it into bowls, called it a mousse,
and ate it anyway.  We still had fun celebrating .....

Kristin's 24th and....                                 

Helena's 13th.

Hope you had happy birthdays ladies!
We love you!!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Window Trim on the Way

This is where Christopher's involvement with the window ends.
All pieces are cut, sanded, and ready to finish--Dad will take it from here.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Playtime with Dad

Here's something Dad doesn't usually have much of--time.
But, he was able to take the time to do some Erector set assembly
with James one evening and as you can tell, he had a lot of fun.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Summer's Last Hurrah

We had some really beautiful weather right before the school year began this fall and I thought a picnic at Iroquois Point was the perfect thing.

I actually thought it would be a nice cool place to have dinner since I assumed there would be a nice breeze down by the water...wrong!

It was a beautiful evening anyway :)

We may need to let James know that it's easier to 
skip the smaller rocks :)

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Christopher with a Servant's Heart

Jonathan was having more than his share of car troubles this summer and less than his share of time, so Christopher got to help him out with one of his little problems.  (no it didn't involve stacking chairs)

The problem:

Jonathan has a car with a cover over his battery so unless he removes it, he can't see any problems going on with the terminals.  A little cleaning and terminal replacement and everything is good to go.

Put the cover back, and what a nice surprise for Jonathan :)

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Summer Family Pic

This was our last chance to get one of these in the foreseeable future
so our pastor's wife obliged and we got one that was actually decent!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Little Creatures

This sight always makes me smile--Helena and James on the quest for some new find in nature.

Today's best find was a "peeper".  These little
toads make such a beautiful racket during the warm
summer evenings.  They also make excellent playmates:)

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Window Installation--Christopher's Turn

Well, obviously we found out that the window we ordered was the right size and much to Christopher's delight, it's time to take out the old window.

Window replacement is a messy business and in order to be able to continue using the kitchen without eating insulation, wood splinters, and sawdust, Bob and Christopher made a nice cardboard shield to keep the mess outside.

Christopher is getting ready to take out the old casements.
You'll notice our very creative scaffolding :)

Cutting out the old frame is always difficult, but  it's made easier by the cordless tools.  We've had a lot of trouble with moldy wood around the other windows we replaced so it's almost a given that there will be some wood replacement needed.

Getting all the framing done and then adding in some extra pieces to keep the window from "tipping in" when it is placed in the opening.

You can see those extra pieces all installed as they lift the window.  It would have been a shame if they had gotten it in the opening only to have it fall through and onto the kitchen floor.

Okay, it's up there--now what....

Well, I guess we could just leave Christopher out there holding it in place or.....

...have it fastened in place. Fastening won since Christopher 
has other responsibilities too.  So, here it sits awaiting trim.
I'm hoping soon to be able to post a final picture with trim.
Until then....