This is one of our summer projects. Colby told me she wanted a loft bed. So, Kevin and I found some plans and made her a loft bed.
It looks pretty cool now that we've put together a reading space underneath for her with a blanket covering the front like a fort and I've fixed the pictures around the top of the bed as well.... The whole project turned out really well and Colby seems to love it.
For mother's day we redid our deck. Well, kinda. We had found that a creature was digging under it and then found some water in our basement that wasn't there on previous rains. Apparently bunnies like to dig trenches so water can pool right along the end of unsealed basement foundations.
So we lifted the deck, added some drainage pipe/stone. We dug a trench on both sides of the walkway and then lastly pulled up the walkway to find... another walkway. Our wooden walkway was built on top of a concrete walkway. Thank goodness for brother-in-laws with sledge hammers.
We then moved the dog's lead so he could also enjoy the deck and that meant we had to move the grill so it wouldn't get knocked over. Here's our new patio area using patio stones we found around the yard. (If you come and visit, there will be no talk about how level it might not be.)
And, here's about the final pic. There's still a few boards missing in this pic, but we replaced those today. Now, we just have to borrow a pressure washer and stain it.
I'm thinking that I'm just going to put down some mulch around the outside. I also have to figure out if I'm going to put chicken wire around it to keep further critters out or let them be and just hope the drainage pipe works.
The architech has called and will start on our house May 13th!!!!!!!!! While he makes plans for our house, I think I'm going to work on plans for a "treehouse". I use quotes because as the kids tell me, it's not really going to be in a tree... it's more of a freestanding, really big (hopefully) fort.
Today is our first Science Olympiad. Results and hopefully pics to follow. Mason is doing Water Rockets!
Results: HE WON FIRST PLACE!!! Though the cute pics of him with his medal are on Glynda's camera.
Here's the winning rocket launch. We were thinking that time continues until the rocket hits the ground but I guess the rules state more until the rocket stops moving toward the ground. Either way, they had the best height and this launch gave them longest time as well. Their first launch got great height but the parachute didn't deploy. And then the second one got stuck in the tree. Imagine what their time would have been had the wind gone the other way and down the hill...
The kids set up the rocket on the launcher and tell the guys what pressure setting they'd like. Then the official people set the pressure and hit the launch button. (Taking the job the kids like most!!! But, it's all about safety nowadays.) As of now, I'm not sure anyone has rescued the winning rocket. (Oh and I also took video with our camera, but this one from Kevin's phone turned out better.)
Here's him at the awards ceremony:
(Apparently I was a little excited... this was right after they announced them as first place, or right after they announced the second place and we all realized they had won first.)
And, Mason going back to his seat with his first place medal!!
Well, I've transferred to UM's emergency room. I ultimately think that it's a good move. I'm really enjoying all the added critical care stuff I get to learn. I have kind of an odd preceptor though and in some ways it feels as though I never really left. Though, I do find myself missing my friends and the atmosphere of 8C... but... mostly the people. If any of you read this... I MISS YOU! And for any of my ED peps, it is nice to work with you again. =)
Oh and Kevin is now working a 24 hr car in Saline. I think that he's liking it so far. The fire dept there has been feeding him very well.
Colby's birthday party will be Feb 2... still waiting on a time. The dog and I have class from 2:30-3:30 so I'm not sure if the party will be before or after.
Ok, so party is Saturday at 5pm at Glynda's. Come join us for a pizza party!