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Unbeknownst to me I’ve been writing in invisible ink this past month.  I think I’ve fixed the settings now so you all should be able to read the ones from here on out.

We’ve made huge progress on the house.  The back porch looks so great, it doesn’t even look like the same house!  I can’t get enough of it.  It’s not done by any means but it’s already just a huge transformation.

Here are a couple of transition pictures.


June 2009

June 2009

5 years later we have a porch, deck and stone pillars.

5 yrs later...Porch, deck and stone pillars!

5 yrs later…Porch, deck and stone pillars!

And this past weekend we started on the rustic siding!


Saturdays Progression

Saturdays Progression

Sunday's Progression

Sunday’s Progression

We love it so much that we stay outside more than we stay inside.  We set up a makeshift table out of an old door and saw horses and used it for several different things this weekend.  First it held all the old fencing we were using.  Then it held all of our buckets to wash dishes, we had a dishwashing assembly line (seen here after the fact turned upside down to dry).  Then we grilled fajitas and used it as a table to eat at.  And of course our squirrel fan to keep us all cool.

Fan, "doing the dishes", dinner

Fan, “doing the dishes”, dinner

Our little air compressor died so we haven’t finished the siding project – we didn’t have the right materials to finish with hammer and nails – so hopefully we’ll finish that this week some time.

The kids enjoyed being outside all weekend too.  They looked like filthy little Orphan Annie and Andys every night but they loved every minute.



I can’t wait to show you more pictures as we finish even more projects!