Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Drew continues to faithfully plug away at the bathroom every available spare moment!
This is the new surround sitting in the hall way awaiting installation. The white is covered with a protective blue plastic that will get pealed off at some point.
Drew put many boards that will serve to brace the tub surround when he installs it. I thought it was really interesting to see what the bathroom must have looked like when the previous owners started their bathroom project. They built a false wall out a bit from the original to fit it to the tub. Drew plans to build some shelves into this little nook! Won't the extra storage be great!
Drew has also gotten underneath the far corners of the tub, where water would collect during showers, and pounded them up so the water will run back into the tub. He put supports under them to assure they don't somehow get pushed back down.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Before things get better they often get worse. Such is the case with Drew's bathroom project. What began as a - let's get rid of some mold turned into. . . Wow, there is a lot more mold than I thought. Which turned into a torn up floor. About a month ago, then, while fixing the floor, Drew glanced over and noticed the toilet leaking. He spent the next week trying to track down the toilet leak. When his dad called from Menards one day to tell Drew there was an American Standard toilet for sale for $50 Drew was ecstatic! Now with the new toilet installed he began focusing on the shower plastic replacement. You must remember, tax season is in full swing. The man is leading his family in morning prayer, and nightly family time. His plan was to remove a small portion of the plastic and replace it. He had the plastic cut and ready to go when I suggested replacing the whole surround. He decided, as long as he was putting this much effort into the project it should be done right. That night he tore off the plastic surround panel (which was cobbled on by the previous owner) to see what he had to work with behind it. The next day we met out at Menards to pick out a new surround! Below are some pictures of what he discovered behind the old plastic molding.
Facing the hall way
In this picture he has already reinforced the shower head side with boards. You can see the old plaster on the adjacent wall. Some of the lath boarding at the bottom is missing so he told me he will need to reinforce this before putting up the new surround.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Models based on some planes he got for his birthday
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Friday, March 05, 2010
Here's Chloe just jibber jabbering unintelligibly away as she flips through a playmobil magazine!
I love reading aloud to the kids. I have long advocated reading above their level. I think it spurs them to want to read for themselves and gives them the desire to read books that challenge their reading level when they do begin to read.
When I was pregnant with Mary I audited a class on teaching literature. This revealed to me the importance of reading aloud to children even when they are yet in the womb. I started up and have been reading aloud ever since. Some weeks and months more than others. I recently read an article that motivated me to read aloud more than I have been of late. My only problem now is - their level exceeds mine! Nice problem to have I guess.
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
We all had such a blast last week at band practice. Yes, our fiddle lessons have morphed into band practice as Jacob has taken up, first the guitar and then the banjo. The last lesson of the month we have a jam session in which each child has a turn on the drums. We have only had jam day 3 times and this is the first one that I would really consider a good jam session. It was really awesome to be a part of it. Baruch and I played guitar together, he on my lap, when the others swapped around with the drumming. Chloe danced in the midst of it all. We played through a common chord progression. All sorts of Psalms came rolling through my mind and I was inspired to put them to these unique tunes that were rumbling there as well. I hope the kids enjoyed it as much as I did.
Abram on drums
Chloe takes a shot at the drums.
Baruch on drums
Abi on drums
I missed a photo of Mary on drums. She, kept a very steady beat. She seemed like a natural drummer to me.