Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sunday Drive part 2

Here is what I took with the Nikon D3200.  I want to look up how to take night picture too.


A tree through a combine?  How long was that there?


Someone is watching me.


Where is my camera?


The epitome of Iowa, tractors in the field.


Got to stop and take pictures of lawn art.  I think this is a pullman and a boxcar in someone's yard.



My beautiful daughter, her world is so young and new.  She amazes me with her fresh perspective on life.


A cool two track, reminds me of being in Michigan.  


The focus on this Nikon D3200 is really good.  Oh yes this is another train picture, I had a boxcar, I had to find something to pull it...

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday Drive

We got a new camera this spring and it kept saying lens not attached even after taking pictures for a while so I went for a drive to take pictures of these great looking flowers this spring and try to replicate the problem.  I had a our Nikon D3200 and Anna had her dad's Olympus.  Here are a few of the pictures Anna took.



Jon came too.  He wasn't happy we dropped Lilly off at a birthday party at a bounce house and he had to come with me.


Lilly keeps calling dandelions sunflowers.


He got happier later on with Anna hanging out with him.  He is such a cute ham.


We went past places with chickens, donkeys, horses and goats.  We even found a peacock graveyard.  I thought that was too creepy to take a picture of and so did Anna.


There are some interesting things in peoples yards.


And the wind goes through your hair at 30 miles an hour.


I thought this was such a cool train picture off of Mitchell.


Machinery at the local junk yard.


A cool stack of cars.


She was on the other side of the van and took that picture.  This reminds me of the dolphin tree on at the cabin my in laws Lois and Larry have in Manistee.


I will put up the pictures I took tomorrow.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

How to Save Money during Spring Break

I have 3 kids and 2 of them are in school.  When I was young Spring Break ment sleeping in and running around outside.  Now it seems like road trips and Disney Land.  Well that is what I thought but I don't think its as true.

Here are some ideas we are thinking of this week:

Movie Theater - It offers discounted admissions on Tuesday to everyone, Thursday for students and one of the insurance agencies American Family has a special movie for $3 or free with their discount page.

Grout Museum - $1 to each one to get it in or a discount of $60 for a year membership which is ASTC reciprocating program of 350 museums in 20 countries.  We have gone to Shed Aquarium and Field Museum in Chicago with that and the COSI in Ohio.

Projects - Our neighbor gave us a dresser and we are going to convert it to a shelf for the girls for their bedding and towels.

Books - we enjoy reading and Anna is the co captain of the Battle of the Books so there are a few she needs to finish before the end of the week.

Homework - Anna has Math and Lilly gets to work on her Journal which consists of glued in stuff and glitter maybe.  Also practicing her letters.

warm sunday

 Today we took advantage of the warm day to work on building projects.






Monday, February 15, 2016

Kids Hutch - Finished

I got miffed that I didn't get the door to close but yes I did finish it.  Ever work so hard on something and then just kind of give up in the last step?

Turns out it doesn't matter the door doesn't close perfectly.


It won't, too many Legos in there along with dreams, friends and neighborhoods.



 I put my heart into this and I am not perfect but it is ok.



The bottom doors close fine. They hide Lilly's treasured jewelry she got from Aunt Fran and our Cousins Betsy and Kathy.



Friday, December 18, 2015

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Wordless Wednesday - Life with Three Kids







Not Much is Happening and that is OK

Ryan's company was sold in October and he maybe  laid off.

This isn't a normal pack your box and leave thing.

The new company can't really evaluate him until January 1st.

They can make a decision around February 1st and if he is laid off it starts April first.

When we lived in Pennsylvania; that layoff he was told Valentines day his last day was in April.

In Detroit's layoff was a "here is your box, put your life in it."

This layoff gives closure if we knew he was not to work there, but we have no idea, life is in the air and it may not even be a layoff just a change of company.

What we do know is that God has given us peace.  Crazy, un-understandable peace.  We are not selling off everything except the kids.  We are at peace, I can't describe it.  I should be packing and worrying.  But here I am knowing that God has this, He got us though India and though a broken leg.
 There will be pain and confusion but really, I have no control.  I had no control.  I trust someone who knows it all; versus me who thinks life should fit in a box.

Think out of the box and your mind will be blown away.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Hutch Handles

I decided early on I wanted the hutch to have white doors with a blue case.  Easier said than done of course.  I spent days sanding.  Menard's had the paint on sale with a rebate so I put the kids in the car and picked the paint up then.
Wood putty is my friend.  The sides where water damaged the wood were filled with it.  It is sturdy and can be played with, that is what I wanted.   I didn't want to replace the wood on the sides or back cause I didn't have anything that big.
The bottom piece disintegrated on the way home.  We also found a piece of scrap wood 3/4 inches thick for the bottom, shaped it around the support and knocked it gently up in place to just the right spot, or at least what I liked.
Next I/we replaced one of the drawer fronts.  The plywood had broken.  I went to Menard's for a router bit, we had just gotten a used router and table and I ordered the Colet on Amazon.  I found the profile of the old drawer front and then found a pack of 12 different bits for about $30.  It was either buy a cheap set and play around with them or buy one expensive bit to have for ever.  As few times as I have used a router I went cheap.  Ryan had extra plywood and made two drawer fronts.  I chipped one initially and the other one came out looking good and I glued it to the box.


New were drawer pulls.  I wanted blue to set off from the white and knew Hobby Lobby was having a half price sale.  I ran over and found 8 knobs that had close enough color.  

The problem was the shank (metal part) was too long.  Thankfully I had scrap wood.  I drilled a hole and put the pull on upside down.


We even had this little wrench we found at a garage sale this summer.  I came in a hand full of little guys that I cleaned up for only $2.00.

 I enjoy power tools so I got a cut off wheel on the dremel.  I also put a sacrificial nut on the shank so when I did cut it the nut would re thread the shank.


You can see below the cut almost all the way though.  This is where I tell you don't touch the shank.  IT IS HOT.  You will melt your fingerprint.  I know.


I cut all 8 and tucked them away until I was done painting.

Sunday, August 2, 2015