After finishing up the plumb and line of the first floor we started climbing the walls on Monday and setting the big beams in preparation for joist on the second floor.

The Kitchen has an enormous beam that is set flush in the ceiling and it was spectacular and crazy for us to move it. Even with four men we had to roll it on stickers and use leverage to get it up onto the wall and rock it into position between the center partition wall and the outside staircase wall.


Here I am BEAMING with joy… get it?


Duane using a stringline to check plump & line


The view from above…


When the walls were just wee things that couldn’t yet stand.


Jude being his innovative self and making a riding toy where once there was none.  He is obsessed with Rucks!


Gigi plays house while we build one as well


Daniel walks like a cat across the staircase wall with the big beam.


WOW!!! This is amazing. Barry is wondering if having your table saw back would make your job easier!?!

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Gigi Said

  • Topless Tapas 2012-11-03 18:44:52-

    Tami was leaving to go out with her friend and the kids begged to go with her. I said, "you don't want to go with mom, she is going to the Tapas bar and we are going to stay here and play games."

    Gigi stiffened, "That's weird", she said as she blushed. I processed fast and realized the problem. "TAPAS bar. It means 'small plate', not TOPLESS bar!"

Jude Said

  • Nicknames 2013-01-04 21:30:33-

    The checker at the store asked our always conversational little boy what his name was. He replied "Jude" then added "but sometimes they call me pumpkin brown". LOL.

    And they are right. We call him that after the folksong that we sing sometimes.

A long time ago…