Sunday, April 13, 2008

House, Easter and Much More

Well, after a blazing week of blogging we had a bit of a slow down. So, we will try and catch up in this blog. The house is coming along. Early this week the excavator came and filled all the dirt in around the house. They put gravel all around the foundation, seal the foundation and put in the window wells. Late last week the plumbers came and put in all the below ground plumbing such as floor drains, the water main, and all the main drains for the entire house. Here are a few pictures of the house. Next step is concrete on the basement floor and in the garage and then framing. They are estimating that by the first week in May we will have all the framing, electrical, and plumbing done. The roof will also be on. We will see if they can keep to the timeline.

On Saturday of last week we went up to the Halverson's for a late Easter celebration in between the afternoon session and Priesthood session. It was great to have the entire family together for a nice afternoon. Everyone was there except for Tina. Her boys were able to come. The goal was to find all of your eggs. The kids got candies, trinkets and a little money in their eggs. The adults all had a chance to choose three eggs from a large basket. Then each individual got to decide if and how the group would switch their eggs. After everyone had a turn to decide the switching everyone opened their eggs and there was money ranging from one dollar to one egg that had $100 bill. It was fun to see everyone open the eggs and see what they had given away to other people and what they had received. Here are a few pictures of the party.

Then last Sunday we were able to have the Cannon family up to our house for Conference Crepes and a great day together. Sandra and Grant were planning on having us all to their house for the gathering, but unfortunately Sandra's dad unexpectedly passed away. Grandma passed away from a graceful battle with cancer about three months ago. It was a surprise to have him pass away, but it is great that he is together with Grandma again. My sister-in-law Chris has a great tribute to them on her blog. The link to her page is on the right. Here are a few pictures of our conference day.

We also celebrated Karen's 24th Birthday while everyone was here. WOW, that is a lot of candles.

Lisa and I had scheduled to go to Hawaii for a work trip this last week, but with Grandpa's funeral we rescheduled for the week of April 21st. Grant and Sandra are reshuffling their schedules to help us get away for a few days. Thanks!!!

On Wednesday we packed up the family and went up to Aberdeen, ID for the viewing and funeral. It was an amazing service and really made me think of what a great example Grandpa was of having your priorities straight. He didn't need a lot of material things, but he definitely loved the Lord and served Him with all his might. It was a great service.

Today has been a great Sunday. We enjoyed a wonderful fast day. Lisa shared her testimony with the ward today. I was outside with Josh and missed it, but all the sisters in the ward made a point to tell me how absolutely beautiful it was. She is a great example to our family. Her trust in the Lord and ability to hear his counsel and then follow it is an example to us all.

We enjoyed a nice spring day out in front of the house with the neighbors. We are definitely going to miss the neighborhood.


Nurse Karen said...

Wahoo! The house looks great and is coming along. And thanks again for having us up to your house for conference!

Nancy said...

Wow, you have blogged a lot since I last checked your site. Congrats on the new house. It is looking good. It was great having you in Idaho and seeing how much your children have all grown. Good luck on everything with your new home and the sale of your current home.