Friday, September 19, 2008

Another week...More progress!

Another week and we have once again made great progress! The trusses were put on, roof has almost been sheeted, garage floors poured, porches finished being poured and today the porches are suppose to get their overhangs done. We had another construction worker get hurt. These guys that are the framers climb around in the trusses like they are monkeys! One of them had a nail gun hung over a truss and it dropped down on another guys head! He had 5 staples put in his forehead. We told him that he was just trying to get out of going on his deployment! He leaves for Irac with the Marines in October. Bless his heart...he was back on the job the next day and working as hard as ever! They say that trouble comes in threes, I hope that's wrong. We don't want any more blood at grandmas house!

Jim and I are doing well, Jim loves building houses. He should have been a contractor. Every day it is a struggle to get him to the computer to do a little work. He lives in the skid loader. Every time I go over there he's moving dirt or gravel around! Like a little boy with a new toy! I will have to get a picture of him in his new toy..

We are planning a trip to Disneyland in October with Rusty and Tiff and their children. I am really excited about that. You know it is the happiest place on earth!!!

Dan and April are having a new baby in October and I am going to St.George to help for a few days when that happens. And I am going to stay in San Diego when I'm in California with Russ and Tiff, and meet my sisters for a quick trip to take my sister Mary Kaye to Sea World and then go to Mexico for a drug run. (A few prescription drugs) so October will be a busy month. Here are a few pictures...Love ya Deb

The crane starts lifting trusses on Summer and Corey's House

Without the peak pieces of the trusses, our house looked like a Pizza Hut...I was worried for a bit.

They worked with the crane from 8:00A.M Until about 2:00 P.M. Long hard day for the framers.

It's amazing that someone didn't fall and break a neck!

This is the beginning of the "grandma room" a loft room for my babies!

This is just one of my most favorit pictures.
It just shows a little bit of the furry of activity
that is going on all around us!

Garage floor at Summer's got poured by Dennis and his crew.
His finger is moving and hurting..that's good!

The side of Summer's house with chimney.

Our house with sheeting on .

Our cute little Marine showing off the staples in his head.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Are we having fun yet?

My goal for today is to get something done! Any thing..just something! I feel like all I ever do is flit from one thing to the next. I really get derailed easily. Summer wants me to go get a pedicure with her, my sisters want me to go to a movie with them, Emmy needs some wheat ground, I've been helping Russ move yucky clay dirt out of his yard, Charity and Summer are practicing a violin and vocal duet for sacrament meeting, I would love to go hear that, Jim wants me to go and clean up the construction site and what I really need to do it wash and iron a few clothes, but that has been something on the back burner for two weeks now, so what's new? So what is a girl to do with so many choices?? She's sitting at the computer eating yogurt for lunch and blogging.
Our concrete dude had 5 1/2 hours of surgery to reattach his finger. He has been out at the house supervising his crew. Says that it's bothering him, which I think is a good sign! He has feeling in it if it hurts!
We had trusses delivered this week and the crane will come and put them up on Monday. The framers said it would take all day. I still pinch myself to see if it is really true and do I really have a house being built! Our goal is to get it dried in before winter hits. That means that roof, windows, doors, house wrap, stone, stucco and siding need to happen in the next few weeks. Oh and we don't have garage floors yet, that has to happen this next week or two as well. We should own a cement company for all the concrete that is going into this place!
Love ya all..Chow

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Our First Construction Accident...

Tuesday morning Summer and I were over at the new house inspecting the progress when out of nowhere one of the concrete guys caught our eyes. He had his hand up to his chest and had it wrapped with a brown paper towel. Summer being the quick thinker that she is quipped, "So Dennis, was a trip to the emergency room included in the bid?" I of course, being a little more compassionate asked what happened, at which point he took the paper towel off for a second. That's all it took! We were on the way to the hospital. Dennis was as white as a sheet on the way up there and I kept saying.."I'm not going to loose you now am I?" I was VERY happy to get him to the emergency room! I went and told his wife at the school that she teaches at and then came home. Report as of last night was that he had gone into surgery at 6:30 A.M. yesterday morning to see if they could reattach the finger, his pinkie on the left hand, it is a wait and see thing now. He severed 6 ligaments, the nerve, and clipped the knuckle. How did it happen? He was cutting a piece of sheet metal stuff for the suspended slap front porch cap. His blade broke and it flew off and took his finger with it! He is in a fight with his wife because he thinks that he is going to pour cement this morning at our house. I hope she wins. He is suppose to have his hand over his head for 24 hours. Some of you might remember that Dennis is the guy that Isaac worked for when he got home from his mission. We feel terrible and certainly hope he recovers quickly.

Other news from the Ericksons... Jim officially retired. He is working part time as a private contractor. Most of his time is spent at the house. They made me a V.T. this last week, so I am going out to meet my new sisters today and Crystal is coming home on Saturday. We will be glad to have her home. Wish I had a home...anyway, she will be staying with Emmy as Blake leaves for his deployment to Baharang on the 23rd of Sept.

.This is the back court yard...
Front Porch ready to pour.
This is what Dennis was working on when he got hurt.
Summers House
This is the back of my house. Walk out basement.
This is the staircase to the upstairs boys bedrooms.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Pictures, pictures, pictures.....

Summer's Staircase to nowhere... My House.

The walls going up at Summer's house. Summer's house.
Floors for the Palmer's!

Be Patient... I'm still getting the hang of this..

Foundation waterproofing and french drain. Jim and Corey had to put this protective sleeve on the drain pipe. I would have loved to have been there and taken a picture of that process!

The house is surrounded by french drains except in the back courtyard and that will have a drain and a sump pump. We should be kept dry!

Temporary power has been our biggest headache so far. Corey (really Jim using Corey's name) had to call the power company three or four times....the last time was not pretty! Corey-Jim really lost his temper! Two days later we had power! The framers were celebrating!

Underground plumbing..

Gravelmaster people putting in gravel. Getting it ready for cement.

Dennis Longfellow and crew working on the floors. Alot of cement. We had three pours. Summer and Coreys house one day...ours the next and then the storage areas the next day.

Dennis Longfellow...this ones for you Isaac!

Summer and Corey's basement.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Wow! I have finally learned how to do this..I think...

I'm sorry that this has taken so long for me to get more pictures here on the blog. No excuse except that I never get to sit here at the computer and that if I did, I didn't really know what I was doing. but Russ sat down with me this morning and helped, so now I'm ready to give it a try.
We are excited at the good progress that has been made on the house. Our framers are awesome! They work long, hard days and just make amazing things happen! Yesterday they put up the second story walls for Summer's house and tell us that they will be doing the trusses by next week. I will let pictures tell the real story, Here goes..Noemi and Charity and cute kids!
Tiff and kids...
Fun on a mountain of dirt...
The Supermarket will open shortly...oh wait that's our house!