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Our Family

Monday, August 4, 2014

House, volleyball, family

The grace of God . . . abounded to many. —Romans 5:15

Today is John and my 18th Anniversary, I can truly say it gets better every year, I respect, admire him more every day. He's my best friend 
I've enjoyed this summer..Lots of mini vacations, house remodel, beach volleyball, relaxing days at home. The little girls and I went to Bishop to attend a friends funeral, she passed away from a brain aneurism at the age of 35. Leaving behind a young son. Shocking to say the least….. Was great to see friends and family, coming from a small town, you know many people, someone is always passing, while others are being born. That's life, hard to understand, especially when people pass so young, in their prime.
Our house exterior remodel is going great, we just finished up with a crew of two, who came to work daily three weeks in a row! I found them working on another job, we got so lucky, blessed with Dan. He was so consistent, and absolutely amazing. We had no problems, the budget was the budget, nothing "came up". Would hire him back in a heart beat. Now we have stucco, railing, and fences to do then front will be done. Although we do love projects, I think we as well as the kids are ready for somethings to be DONE!
Sage has been playing volleyball almost weekly, we've had many, many beach days because of this, which I love, gets me out of the house. Little John has a new job washing windows, not just any windows, mansions!! He was asked to stay on at one amazing house as a waiter (when they entertain), also help clean out a attic! Well see how that goes!! John is working harder than ever, such a amazing provider, couldn't ask for a better husband. Chloe and Sadie are enjoying the endless swim sessions, playdates. So far Chloe learned to ride her bike, do the monkey bars, swim under water. Very eventful! Sadie is reading chapter books, mind craft, any craft…. I haven't had any time to myself this summer usually I try to have girls go to Bishop for a week, hasn't happened yet hopeful in a week or so… MOM and DAD you reading this?!!?! Alright that's all I got. Love Shirley

The progress so far, we hated the curb appeal (it had zero)! The roof line was pitched we wanted flat, there are two other houses next to us that are shaped the same. We wanted out! 
Trying to save where we could we stained the tongue and groove, all the wood 
 Before and semi complete, now stucco, railing next
Inside was dark, no lighting in living room, and dinning. Let there be light"

The crew Every day at 7 a.m 

Our doors, some don't "get" them, we adore them, still need to be stained and sealed, Picture doesn't do justice they are huge! Got to imagine pure white stucco, inside and out, to fully get it.
Our mini vacation to Bishop
On Grandma and papa's boat, Memories, lighting and rain cut it short 
 Had lunch at the retirement home with grandma Joanna
 Papa and the two babies
 Our dear friends came to visit had all three kids for 4 days was so fun.

 Just returned from a  Santa Barbara beach v-ball tourney, we stayed at the Biltmore so amazing the natural beauty of SB blows me away every time, have to wonder why we ever moved from there???? The coach and I drove the 6 girls up, what a amazing group of young ladies, there's hope in our youth after all. The beauty in the middle is coach Noel, so dedicated, sweet with the girls they all adore her!
 Sage and momma

 My girl
 Although they really didn't win these meddles, it was fun to pretend!
 I took this shot of Carrie Walsh at the US world series, amazing talent!
 These two are good sports, cheering their big sis on
Bubba, Kolbe, and Garrette 
 Last night we had a family dinner for Rachel who turned 36!!! Love her
OK the dishes, laundry are all calling out my name, Shirley

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