Thursday, September 22, 2005

Airport Towing!

My Aunt and Uncle own a tow truck company here in the Seattle area and they just got their internet site up and running. It is really nice. My favorite pictures are the ones of the antique tow trucks. They have put so much time and effort into them.

On another note Sons of Dust played last Saturday at Jammin at the Seattle Center. It was so much fun. There were a couple hundred people at the 3 on 3 basketball tournament so we had a pretty large listening audience. On this coming Saturday the 24th we are going over to Yakima WA to play two concerts for a prison. A ministry that puts on small Bible studies has invited us to play. I am really looking forward to being able to minister in music to this group of people.

Also my Father has joined the ranks of Bloggers with his own blog. Be sure to check out all of the pictures he has posted of his Mount Rainier climb that I spoke briefly of back in July. He is really cool. I respect him so much and I am proud to be his son.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Original vs New Fireplace

In response to Luke's comment on the previous post: I realized that I didn't explain about the two fireplace pictures. Back in May, I took pictures of the entire house before I started working on it. The picture of the wood burning stove with the magenta bookshelves on the side is what the fireplace looked like before we started remodeling. If you look at {The Livingroom "Before"} post near the beginning of my blog you can see another vantage point of the living room with the wood burning stove. So below, from top to botom you can see:
1. Before remodel
2. After removing shelves and painting
3. After removing stove
4. After installing tile

Monday, September 12, 2005

The Holly and the Ivy (minus the Holly)

Here it is, after much anticipation the completed fireplace. Actually it is almost completed. But you hardly notice the couple of trim pieces that still need to be installed.
I also include a picture of Kim Painting that could be duplicated and posted on each of the days I have talked about working on the house. Kim has helped so much by painting molding and touching it up once installed. She is a great worker and for that I am very grateful.

I spent yesterday afternoon trying to catch up with Kimberlee. You see, she went to a 4 year University and at the end they had this very special time called the “Ivy Cutting.” Every student was invited to hold up one section of this huge ring of ivy and then the President of the school came around with a scissors and snipped off a piece for each student graduating. This was to symbolize exiting from school and the entry into the real world.

Well, I obviously didn’t want to be left out. So I had my own “Ivy Cutting.” This ivy was growing up three of the very large trees in our yard. It was getting to the point where I was concerned that it may kill the trees. I didn’t want to lose the shade from the trees or have the trees fall on our house. So I cut the ivy at the base of the tree. The item in my right hand is one of the larger sections of the vine. WOW! It was huge. There were more than ten of these large vines growing up the side of the tree. Above the cleared section around the tree you can see how huge the ivy was. It extends 40 feet into the air. Behind the house you can see the tree in the front yard with the ivy on it as well. That turned out to be quite the project. But now I feel that I am even with Kim. I have had my “Ivy Cutting” as well.


My brother Troy just started a blog too. Be sure to check it out. It has some great pictures of him, his wife and my new niece.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Joy Electric Pics

I know these pictures are really sad quality but they are taken with my pocket pc and it doesn't fair well in poorly lit locations. However, I did want to share the picture of the people setting up because I thought it turned out really cool with the circular light in the ceiling. The other shot is of Ronnie Martin on left playing the keyboard slung over his shoulder and his live drummer on the right.

Friday, September 02, 2005

We Are Finally Moved In!

I apologize for not updating my blog in a while. I do have a good excuse though. Kim and I are moved in to our new house and we have been really busy unpacking and doing all of the small projects that are still left. The tile looks great and we are just waiting on the mantle and legs to be made by our cabinet maker. I will be putting in the grout this weekend. Speaking of cabinets, we now have drawers and shelves so the whole kitchen is almost unpacked. The cabinet doors are still to come but I look at that as a good thing because it make things easier to find in the kitchen while I am learning a new layout. Our bedroom is all put together and everything is in its place there too.

We moved in last Saturday the 27th. Moving our new furniture from the garage into the house proved to be more of a challenge than I expected. I think next time we will move it out of the kitchen sliding door. The corner at the entry gave us much trouble with the couch. The first picture of Al and I with the couch on end doesn’t show Caroline who was trapped in the entry closet because of how we had to maneuver the couch. It was quite comical at the time. After getting them in the room we were happy to sit and relax. Kim was extra tired from supervising the project. The new furniture is extremely exciting to have. It is a special treat we got as a result of living with Al and Caroline the whole summer. You see, we didn’t have a house payment the whole summer so we could save that money and get something special. And that is what we chose.