Thursday, September 4, 2014

visitors from Orlando: Labor Day Weekend

For the Labor Day weekend we got to see Curt's grandparents and uncle as they came up from the Orlando area to visit.
Unfortunately for them their visit was marred by car trouble, starting when they were around 20 miles away from our home.
But hey, we were really glad to be able to see them.

{Evie and her great grandma, looking at one of our family picture books}

{Grandpa creating delight by being a ride}

Friday we all headed to pick up Andrew from the airport and Curt from work to have a quick lunch at the original Chick-fil-a. 
Andrew was kicking off a long weekend of attending sporting events with friends, but we were happy to see him before he was off.

Friday night we did a quick trip to Stone Mountain. Evie and I stayed in the car as she was sleeping (neither child took a nap earlier), but it worked out perfect as I was able to pick everyone up at right as the extended Labor Day fireworks were ending and we skedaddled out of there before exiting traffic got bad.

Saturday Curt took the visitors up for a trip to the Varsity while the kiddos napped.
Curt brought home hats for the kids and flowers for me.

 {the flowers weren't from the Varsity, but from a farmer's market on the way home}

{Evie and the humidity ultra curls}

There was some phase 10 playing and lots of reading of books.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

two trees down...several more to go

Our lot is really wooded.
It's one of our favorite things about where we live.
But there are some drawbacks...several trees are in spots that are nuisances (making mowing harder than it needs to be, inhibiting grass growth, dropping pine needles all over the roof), and a couple are even endangering the house (a big storm could knock them into it).

A good friend with much more tree felling experience came over and helped Curt take down two in the nuisance category.
Most of the rest will need to be taken down professionally, but it does feel good to start on the long list of yard improvement we have ahead of us.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

new roof

So, we needed a new roof.
From ground level it was stained and showed its age, but the real problems were a few small leaks, a roof that was so degraded and slippery that even professionals didn't want to get up there, and of course our bat problems.

We were aware before we bought that it was only a matter of time, but we were hoping for two to three years, not one.
Oh well, it was time.

{picture from last can see some of the age stains}
{area where the biggest of the slow leaks was coming through, an upstairs bathroom, after removing some of the drywall to check it out}

{roofing supplies delivered}

{large tarps laid down to receive the debris of the old roof as they removed it}

{two of our roofers, one excited to be in a picture}
If you look closely you can see some of the foam Curt used to seal up the top edge of the fascia board, one of the two bat entry points.
That brown part at the bottom right? Yeah, dirt and oil from the bats as they crawled behind the gutters and up under the shingles. So engrained it doesn't come off even with pressure washing, it will have to be painted. 

That big, black, circular thing you can see at the top/center of the roof line was a large attic vent.
We had them take it out, repair the roof deck, and replace it with ridge venting for a much cleaner look. 

{old attic vent after being thrown to the ground}

After the layer of felt paper is down. Please note the sun, not a cloud in the sky...

...and then a huge thunderstorm rolled in out of nowhere.

But then it cleared up and it was back to work.

{tarps out drying in the field after the rain}

Now I am glad that it is done.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

brief visitors

Also on Friday, same day as the bat cleanup in the last post, I briefly got to see my cousin Brian and my uncle Kieth.

{pictures from years past, unfortunately I didn't catch any of them on Friday}

Since we got the Expedition back in March our Explorer had just been sitting in the garage.
Its registration expired in May and we had to decide whether or not we wanted to pay to register/insure/upkeep a vehicle we never use anymore.
We chose not.
But, I didn't really feel comfortable selling as its history is kind of a family car.
It started as my uncle Scott's, he passed it on to my grandpa, grandpa passed it on to Melynda, and then we got it from Melynda when we needed a second vehicle when I started staying home after Desmond was born.
So I started feeling out family. Immediate family didn't want/need it (obstacles of it being a gas guzzler and sort of being located across the country from anyone contributed).
So on went the search to extended family.
Thus the happy ending of Brian flying out to drive it home with him, Keith coming to help with the drive as he was on his way home from a work trip anyways.
Perfect solution, and it was really good to see them both, even if it was only for a morning.
And they made it home by Saturday evening.
Whoa, that's almost 30 hours of driving with little to no breaks.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

visitors from Gainesville: bat cleanup

We were really excited to have Curt's brother, Jeff, and family come up to stay for a bit last week.
Des and Riley are only four months apart and they have baby Taylor to squish and kiss and cuddle on.

Thursday Alison and I just hung out with the kids as Curt had work and Jeff spent the day job searching.

 {Evie is in love with baby Taylor}

 {showing Riley 'the rock'}

{so, so cute}

Friday we all got to hang out again as the boys (Curt and Jeff) were on bat cleanup duty.
We had bats in our attic. A part of our attic you can't get to from the attic access. And bats are gross and poop a lot.
Luckily they vacated on their own so we didn't have to get on the roof to install a bat door (which lets them out but not back in).
But we needed to take the ceiling down in our bonus room to clear the guano and seal up our house.

{see all that daylight? yeah, not impressed with the contractor who put on the addition. openings like that should not be there}

 {the boys taking a break in their gear...suits (with hoods), goggles, respirators}

{Evie wanting to be like the older boys and hang from some swinging handles, she actually did pretty awesome}

  On Saturday we went to a ward lake day.
The kids had fun playing in the sandy mud.

{Evie and her pen art on her legs}

Sun + play = zonking out on the way home

 Sunday we went to church and then our visitors headed back south.
We had a great time.

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