"If you are still in the process of raising children, be aware that the tiny fingerprints that show up on almost every newly cleaned surface, the toys scattered about the house, the piles and piles of laundry to be tackled will disappear all too soon and that you will—to your surprise—miss them profoundly."
-Pres. Thomas S. Monson

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Don't be fooled.

Don't let the folded arms fool you. This girl was doing everything BUT trying to be like Jesus.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Curly- Haired Queen

My baby knows what she wants in life, and she doesn't back down! Paige is as stubborn as anyone in our family (oh my!), and she is not afraid to make it known. It seems she is Queen these days, the rest of us scrambling around at her every command. The third baby will definitely make you eat your words (if the previous two haven't already); Paige is nearly two and still has a bottle twice a day!

The terrible twos have come early, and her tantrums include slapping herself in the face and flailing in the ground. She has figured out how to use her plane as a step stool and has found herself in many precarious positions! It is terrifying for her mother! She spins circle after circle as she dances and sings, and is constantly hollering to play a game. Her crazy, curly hair fits her personality and makes us laugh daily.

Paige is also polite- always saying "thank you" and "you're welcome"- and as sweet as the come. After months of trying she will finally say "love you." She first said that to her Daddy. She is our baby and everyone's favorite.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Aig and the Big 6-4

We all got together for the Wilson Birthday Bash the day before my Dad's actual birthday. We stayed later than we should have visiting, and my Dad (called "Bumpa Aig") put Annie to sleep tickling her back. This is a common sight when we visit. I snapped a picture and sent it to him on his birthday with the title "Happy Birthday Bumpa Aig!"

His response:

"I stayed in bed watching 'Let's Make A Deal', had cake for breakfast, listened to the Beatles song 'When I'm Sixty Four', and put this picture on my PC background. Love, Aig"

Life is simple, and life is so so short. I believe that is whey we have such a hard time with "aging"- we can't fathom that time has actually moved that quickly! Each stage of life brings new joys- from having your back tickled, to watching your daughter have her back tickled, to being the grandparent that tickles the backs.

I hope I get to reach 64 and enjoy similar things. For now, I am thankful that my parents are still alive, and that I get to share time with my kids with them. I am lucky. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

52* in January?! I'll take it!

Week 22

We all pushed hard this week and were able to truss the Monson's house. We got that house framed and trussed in only 8 days! We are definitely getting faster at this house building business.

The Monson's house has giant trusses- twice the size of the other homes. It was crazy to move them, and even crazier to see them craned up. It's always a relief when we finish and no one is injured. 

The walls on our house are completely sheeted, and the trusses are braced and ready to be sheeted as well.

Next week we hit our 4 month mark!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Week 21- Truss!

We had a beautiful sunny Saturday to fly trusses on our house! Our roof is more complicated than the other plans, but everyone did great.

Doesn't the house look great? It's surreal. We are making great headway over the last couple of weeks. The last 4 families that are finally seeing progress on their houses (us included) are putting in extra hours to get things moving and it is paying off. 

I have been framing a lot lately and I really like it! I spent lots of time on Saturday putting up exterior walls at the Monson's house. It's such a good feeling when you know what you are doing on a task.

We had a pretty big storm at the beginning of the week that dumped a lot of heavy wet snow. I spent 3 hours shoveling snow out of my house on Wednesday. I'll tell you what- nothing will make your house feel plenty big than shoveling snow out of it!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Week 20!!!

I must say, this was my favorite week of building so far because this happened:
We have a real house! It is all buttoned up and ready for trusses, which will be happenin next Saturday. We walk through it constantly and love giving tours, so let us know if you would like to visit! The more we work on it the more we love it. Lots of great features to be excited about- like our mudroom!

The weather was great this week. No rain or snow and it was warmer than usual. We were able to make great progress on the other house as well. We are at a great point with lots of visual progress happening- it makes us want to work harder!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Happy 55th Kristie!

We got to celebrate Kristie's 55th birthday with her! She comes down once a month to watch the kids while we build, and this month landed on her birthday. Liesel came up too, and we had a great time playing cards (and eating cake!) together. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Once There Was A Snowman

Annie is a persistent little girl. She was determined to build a snowman one day.

In the morning she woke up, tested the snow, but it was still too frozen so she had to wait.

Right before school she tried again. No luck! It wouldn't form a ball. Did she give up? No!

After school it was finally ready. She refused all offers of help, and this sweet 5 year old built a snowman all by herself! I dare say I have never seen a cuter snowman, or a cuter 5 year old in my entire life.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Week 19

This past week has been awesome as we have seen lots of progress on our house. Dallas and I put in some extra hours thanks to New Year's Day, and we were able to finish framing all of our exterior walls and move to the inside.

The other big story for the week has been the bitter cold. Tuesday night Dallas and I worked in sub zero temperatures. At one point I nearly burst into tears because my hands became so painfully cold. A kind neighbor saved our lives with a cup of hot chocolate! We moved slow, and the tools had a head time functioning in those temperatures. Thankfully it warmed up slowly as the week continued. 
Shayne and Dallas are not amused with the cold. Crystal humored me with a smile. Brrrr!