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Saturday, September 29, 2012


This is the new gym where I work!  Our church had a dedication service last Sunday.

More progress 2....

 This is inside the missionary living are looking toward the door that goes to the garage and the missionary kitchen.  The small closet looking area is where our stack able washer and dryer will go for the missionaries.
This is looking at the living room towards the front of the house and right out those windows is the front porch.

This is looking at the future stone archway for our stove area in the kitchen.  Pantry is in the corner.

This is looking toward the kitchen...outside the double doors is the back porch.  Small window is the pass through window from the kitchen sink to the back porch.
This is looking from our master room into the "sitting area" under the arch.  This may be a future exercise room or just a sitting room for quiet times.  The space on the right is our closet---I know I's big!!!  I guess I need more clothes to fill it:)!

 View of game are looking toward the stairs that go downstairs
view of future game room looking out the window above the garage.  This room is enormous!!!  I can see twin beds along one side for sleepovers!!

More progress...

 Front view with Melissa again---she comes out to the land with Mark more than the other kiddos.  Katie wants most of it to be a surprise!!
 Garage view.  Stairs go up to the game room...they will be inside the house, not the garage.
 Our framer made some cute accent pieces on our posts for our front porch.
 back porch with hardy plank on it is not painted yet.
 John is caulking dormers on the roof!!
This is in the garage looking into the missionary suite---the room on the right is the bedroom.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

More roof...and porches!!

This is our gabled living room roof.
Even more house....
The open part is our garage; the white part is the missionary side of the house.
Blue roof paper!!  Gotta love it!  Melissa---shorts and boots...only in Texas!

Back porch beginnings...and middle---Gabled cedar....

And that's all I have for now.---this last one was last night...we have windows...and the trim is painted!!!....still lots of work to do.  By the way, outsides of houses go up fast...insides---slower...especially when two working people are doing some of the work--John and I!!    We plan to move in in Spring...and slowly get the missionary house ready as mula and time allow:). progression.

This was the first day we had walls...we all went out and walked our house.  It was so exciting to watch it come up!  Second photo is the kids' rooms.Third photo is the next time we visited...even more walls...and roof!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sunday, September 23, 2012

My days...

Since starting my new job, building our house, and life, I am finding I am busier than I was even in Russia--that was when I just thought, "I've never been busier!"
Well, our house is coming along...I still must figure out how to upload my photos from my phone...the progress is amazing to me, and so is my husband!!!  He has painted, caulked, worked and worked more!
My job---it's hard, but  I love teaching.  I love being by my kids and even teaching two of my kids!  My kids are loving "school."  If they didn't, what I am doing would be too overwhelming!  I am learning new things every day about life science and earth science.  The math--nothing new so far, except something called "casting out nines."  It's a method of checking your math problems to see if they are correct.  I find that checking takes as much time as just redoing the same problem and checking for the same answer!  Hmmmm.  I have wonderful students---they make me smile:). 

My day---wake up at 5:30---I love waking up early---I love the me--"my father's daughter" or just plain weird?  I do laundry, fix my coffee, take a shower, have my quiet time, put dinner out on the counter in c-pot or just to have ready,  check my email and even facebook, if I have time and then, we are all out the door at 7:30!  I teach from 8:30-2:30, then I have an off period.  I usually stay till at least 5 with my kids...working on my lessons or grading or copying.  Somedays, I get nothing done after school b/c of the girl's volleyball playing.  I come home, cook or just have dinner ready from the lovely crockpot.  At 8, everyone makes their lunch.  I prepare my coffee, get dinner out to thaw, and relax if I have the time!  Bed by 10!  Rinse, know the drill....this goes on till Friday---on which I start relaxing til Saturday night or afternoon---work 3 hours on school and take a Sabbath rest---til Sunday evening!!! 
There you have it!!  My days!  Oh, and somewhere in all this, I go see our house in progress and help John work on it on the weekends and clean house and do more laundry!!

Spoki Noki for now!! (sweet dreams in Russian slang!)