March 8, 2008

Museums and Messes

Museums -

March 1st was our son Micah's birthday. As birthdays should be a day to celebrate, that is exactly what we do each year on that day. No matter what is going on, we drop everything and spend the whole day, just as a family, doing something fun and celebrating Micah's life. We always talk to the boys about what the day is and why we are doing something fun together. It has become something they look forward to every year. We have already come up with many different things to do over the last few years. This year we headed down to Bismark and ate at the Texas Roadhouse for lunch (yummmm!), then went to the Heritage Center which is basically a museum of North Dakota. From there we made a quick stop at the mall then on to McDonalds and the playland. It was a great day and we had tons of fun! The boys loved the Heritage Center and there was a whole section for kids to play. Here are some pics of our good time there.


The buffalo outside the museum.
The boys got a little horse riding in.

Here was a place you could design your own car. This is the car Caleb made.

Here they are making the car.
The little man woke up and thought he should have a ride too.


Messes -

We have been doing some demolition and new construction in our basement. It is coming along very well and we are extremely excited about how it is turning out! Here are the different phases of the basement so you can see what has been done. I was just down looking at it because Todd just finished gutting the last nasty room down there and everything is open now. It looks so much better! I will show pix of that end later.

Here is part of the laundry room area when we first bought the house. It doesn't quite show the nastiness of it and all the junk that was in there. The shelves to the left were loaded with stuff!

Here is what will be part of the family room and a store room on the end. You can kind of tell here that the cement is very heaved. Todd was jackhammering here.

Here is the same view after some walls have been framed, all the cement hauled out and a trench dug for the drain tile. Also, to the right is the forced air furnace, that is new as well.

Here is the first area again and you can see the one window Todd did and all the lumber waiting.

Here is the new cement just poured and the wall to the right has been torn down.

Here is that first area again with missing wall and all the shelves gone, but huge mess from doing the cement. This was definitely the worse before it gets better stage.

Here the cement is dry and the rooms to the right are framed up. Now there is also a wall at the end of this room for a store room.

Here is part of that first room. This endwill be the laundry room.

Here are the boys' bedrooms. This was the other part of that first area you saw.

10 comments:

Stacie said...

What a good idea! You guys are so creative. The basement is looking SO MUCH better! How fun!

Susan said...

WOW!!!! I can't get over the difference!!!! Congrats guys, I know that has been A LOT of work!!

Susan said...

Hey, forgot to comment on the museum, that looked so fun. Neat idea to design their own car. Special day to remember for sure.

Debbie said...

The boys are looking so big. Looks like the basement will be great when your done with all the work.

Tracey said...

I'm with you about the Heritage museum ... I enjoyed as a kid and an adult. I'm sure they've updated it just a bit over the years. Also, the basement looks like it's really coming along. We just finished framing our basement this past week. Nice to see the renovations progressing, isn't it?

Drifters said...

Enjoyed all the picture's...the boy's are getting so big. Can't wait to get home and see the basement. That was a big job!!! Looks like it is really coming together.

Movers4life said...

The museum looked really neat! That was a good idea! Way to go on the basement, I love that feeling of accomplishment as things move along!

Drifters said...

Enjoyed all the picture's...the boy's are getting so big. Can't wait to get home and see the basement. That was a big job!!! Looks like it is really coming together.

Stacie said...

What a good idea! You guys are so creative. The basement is looking SO MUCH better! How fun!

Debbie said...

The boys are looking so big. Looks like the basement will be great when your done with all the work.