Monday, May 30, 2011

The Graduates

Ellis and Owain graduated from their 4K program in Menomonie on Friday. Little did we know that "Pomp and Circumstance" would be played while the graduates marched into the overheated classroom, wearing tiny caps and gowns. It was awesome. Our boys are growing up!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

May 23

Renovation: Deconstruction Phase!

Get your muck boots on! Excavation has begun for the walk out basement and we have an awesome mud pit for a front yard.

Peanut Gallery

Retaining wall block & holes in the foundation for new windows

The addition on the north side of the house is almost complete as well:
Looking through to the hallway & kitchen

Laundry/mudroom & kitchen add on.
And in other news, the chickens have been in 7th heaven, free ranging among the new grass and dirt:
Spring is finally  here - now that summer is just around the corner. We still have very cool weather, but the plants are coming along despite the delay. It's a fevered and fleeting time of year with many projects and chores to keep up with, but we're grateful to be outside in it.
A ride through the monster rhubarb & dandelion field

Apple Tree & Cottonwood

Probably not the smartest spot for a Robin's nest, but perfect for spectators!


Thank you, James.

Our cousin James has been staying with us for the past week and not only has it been great to spend some time with him, but his willingness to help and unwavering 19 year old energy have been enormously helpful.

As if the deconstruction and construction around the farm in addition to the usual fevered pitch of spring haven't been enough going on, James jumped right into project after project bright and early every morning. Here are a few of the reasons we have him to thank...

Steps to the Greenhouse

Retaining wall behind the hoop house

Wood. Seriously, he cut all this wood in a day. I know.

Framing and insulation in the walk in cooler for market produce

Monday, May 09, 2011

Addition 5-9

Some photos of our new addition - a 10X20 mud room - in all of its glory! You'd be hard pressed to find people more excited about a mud room, let me tell you...