Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Fireplace is in!

I allowed John to do this post ;)  He originally started this blog, but I have kept up with it, but this post is all his !

When Nola and I were house hunting about 7 years ago there were two things on our wish list.  A master bedroom big enough from our king size bed and a fireplace.  A real fireplace, where you chop the wood, carefully build a fire and then get to watch it burn.  Nothing smells like a woodburning fireplace.

The house we picked had room for the bed and many other things going for it, but it didn't have a fireplace.  We assured ourselves that we could just add one.  While it only took 7 years but now we have it.  Here are some pictures of the build.

We started out by knocking a hole in the wall


Then we built the enclosure for the fireplace


Then Nola talked me into painting most of the upstairs


Here is the unit sitting in the middle of the living room on the day of the install


Here it is installed in the hole


Last Saturday Dad and I laid the hearth and put up all the stone.  Cutting stone sure makes a mess but I'm really pleased with how it turned out.


Our first Fire.  Mom and Dad brought us some wood from the cottage to get us started.  Thanks.


Here's Hudson checking it out


One last picture.  Note the coal pail on the hearth contributed by Nola's dad.  As a kid he actually used it to shovel coal.  Now it will be used to bring in the wood.  All that's left is to buy the fireplace tools.


Thanks to Dad for his help in every step of the build.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Super Hero Party

Video #1 from our party of singing Happy Birthday, the 2nd video is at the end!

 Hudson and Oliver turned 4 on January 13th.  These are highlights from their Super Hero b-day.  Lots of fun with family and friends.  They requested meatballs, perogies,and hotdogs.

 Many superheros at the party, Robin, Batgirl, Super-Cute, Green Lantern, Batman, Wolverine, Thor, Spiderman, our household was BUSY

 Hudson you look so maxed and relaxed in that green lantern costume!

 Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and Wolverine
AKA Hudson, Mommy, Oliver

 So excited about the Sonic game from Josiah and Jessie, they have been asking for this game since Halloween - they couldn't stop talking about it this morning!

 Taking a break to smile for Dad

 More xbox games, so exciting!!!

 Checking out the gold coins in a treasure box from Grandma and Grandpa Bowering, they can't wait to go shopping with their treasure!

Wonder Woman and Clark Kent - I think they make an excellent couple ;)


Friday, January 13, 2012

Happy Birthday!

My boys are 4 years old today, I cannot believe it!
Oliver, you are so sweet, always giving me hugs, always concerned about mom, taking care of me!  You have a sneaky side to you, and you love to joke around, Happy 4th Birthday!
Hudson, you are my protector, you are TOUGH and I mean TOUGH- you are very strong willed and want things your way, I still see that cute gentle side slipping thru, something you probably don't want others to know you have :)  I know you will always have my back!  Happy 4th Birthday!
More pics to come in a few days from their Super Hero Party

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Don't Mess with Us!

 We're 3 tough dudes!
 Watch out -
Don't mess with us!

Friday, January 06, 2012

 Christmas was a wonderful time in our house this year.  Our holidays were so much fun and relaxed, I enjoyed every minute of it.  Above is Jackson at his Christmas concert for school.  Click on the picture to see if you can find him.  He loved singing in French about gingerbread cookies!


 Having fun with their new transformers!!


 Look at their smiling faces!!  fast forward to about 4 hours later, they boys were running around having a great time, and bam - Hudson tripped and fell, cut his lip open and came home with 3 stitches, poor guy.  He was a brave trooper and enjoyed every minute of Christmas dinner!


 Jackson may not looked thrilled with his lego - but he LOVES lego, he cannot get enough of it.  He has been building away, I've promised him I will post pictures of all the things he has built with his lego!


 Just your average Christmas morning.  Our family room is in remodel mode....as you can see from the backwall, we are installing a woodburning fireplace.  We can hardly wait.  Soon it will be here, can't wait to show you the finished product!



 Christmas dinner, Oliver hid behind Grandpa, so you can't see him.  What a great time, the food was delicious - lots of fun!



Getting ready to head out for bowling!