Thursday, March 28, 2013

Plumbing 101

 Maren, the plumber. Push handle up for liquids and handle down for (errr) solids.

The toilet guts had to be replaced.  Maren decided that she would read the directions and install the new DuoFlush device - in her Sunday best. 

Hmmm, let's see now. . .

Surf & Sand

We spent 2 days playing in the sand at Pacific City with cousins.  How did my boy cousins have all these girls?  The weather was gorgeous and the girls braved the chilly water. 

Nicole & Milah

Beach Bums

Squeezing Haystack Rock

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Up in Smoke

The demolition occurred yesterday.  Dad started the process and Scott took great pleasure in lighting the mess on fire. 

Now that the trailer has been "gutted" (really don't like that word) - we can begin the construction phase.  As you may guess, I am considering paint colors and floor plans.  We are planning to "peak" the roof the entire length so that will allow 2 sleeping lofts.  

Friday, March 15, 2013

Mare Mare

Mare has been bumped to level 4 in gymnastics.  It is at this level that she will begin to compete.  She goes 2 nights/week and (surprise surprise) immediately made friends.  Her favorite teammate (in her words) is the girl with the perfectly oval shaped face with matching ovalish shaped hair. 
Maren was student of the month in February and won an exceptional student award for the district.  She met the School Board members and admitted to being nervous.  Her? Nervous? Nah.
The vintage outfit is compliments of the GW.  She wore this to school and was certain that she would be unrecognizable. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Shop Monkey

Last week, while doing schoolwork, Sten mentioned that he would rather be elbow deep in an engine. Wish granted. 

Apparently the 6.0 l Powerstroke engines are notoriously flawed.  He installed an EGR Delete kit and upgraded the oil cooler. 

Just to toot Sten's horn - he scored in the 99th percentile of all 11th graders in the nation on his mechanical and industrial knowledge.  Him's a smart feller (and a very handy creature)!

I know when the gas gets low, you must fill.  Obviously, he didn't get his genius from his mother. 

Teeny Tiny Digs

Isn't she a BEAUTY?  My family is hesitant to agree.  Maren took a zippy tour of the 8x25 former job shack trailer and hollered in disgust, "It's hideous!" 
We need a tiny pad to call "home" at Bucks for the occasional late late night.  A Buck's Bungalow, if you will.  To borrow Martin Luther King's famous words - "I have a dream!" 
Scott has bought many trailers over the years but this is my first trailer purchase. Paid 500 smackers for this ole girl and she's gonna be perfect.  Ok, it's going to take some work, but, hey - it's gonna be awesome!  Right?


Can you visualize the immense designer kitchen and bath?  

Hmmm, let's see if this wiring is gonna work?  Not. 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Cardboard - it's what's for Lunch!

Scott requested 2 sandwiches for the morning.  Turkey, cheese, mayo, mustard & CARDBOARD.  Sure is tasty, but a little rough to get down the gullet

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Smartie Pants

Milah is off to Portland this morning on an achievement awards trip.  She is rockin' the Junior High and her report card sports a list of A+ (& 1 A-).  Way to go Milah!  Keep it up girl! 

I have been shopping at the GW lately (yeah that's news).  Milah is now wearing a women's small and that gives a girl some options for high fashion.  Not up her alley AT ALL, but I'm easing her into it. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Rusty, Dusty and MINE!

I was invited invited myself to peruse a gal's stuff. Her family is moving and she wanted to lighten the load. It was a public service really.  I'm not collecting anymore, I recently muttered to myself.  Nevertheless - I could not resist and I came home with a few treasures. 

The endorphin rush kicked up a notch when she said, "let's go down to our old barn".  Hmmmm, my mind was racing.  Yipppeee, I skipped behind her like a 3 year old.  An ordinary Wednesday morning turned awesome!

A HUGE galvanized mailbox that has survived multiple baseball bat beatings
 And, drumroll please . . .  who could resist an authentic cattle brand?
Especially when it has our initials!  The kids can now have cowbells and brands!  Tattoos are for sissies, we prefer branding!  OUCH!

Not so Sweet!

I'm currently working on a remodeling project. 

We'll get to the before and after photos at a later date (perhaps MUCH later).

The remodeling project is close to home and is personal.  VERY personal.  I'm attempting to remodel this sugar addicted body into a healthy one.

If it seems like I'm being harsh using the term "addict" - think again.  Watch Dr. Lustig's youtube videos, I guarantee you will come to the same conclusion.

If you eat sugar, you will crave more.  PERIOD!  And sugar is a poison.  PERIOD!

What?  I thought those warm chocolate chip cookies were another word for love?  Think again.  They are essentially "telling" your family that you wish they would die young with rotten teeth, possibly from complications of diabetes or heart disease.

So, my name is Lisa and I am a sugar -holic.  But all that's about to change.  Stay tuned.