Monday, June 25, 2012

Building Our Nest {House Progress}

Some friends pointed out to me that I hadn't really updated with the house in a long time. Which is true, it was a foundation and walls for a long time but here is some of the pictures... This is looking from our backyard, there will be french type doors from the master and the eat in kitchen onto the patio.  One of the things that took so long in framing out our house was the amount of windows we had.  The blocks had to be fitted around and then framed out before they could fill in with cement. 

Our house is being built with a product called Fox Blocks, this is what they look like in a cross section--they are then filled with cement, making the house very energy efficient!
  one of our major splurges was putting in in floor heat throughout the whole house.  But after a winter of below 0 temps for a month or so, it is worth it.  This is the view from the front door of the tubing being laid in--then cement over the whole thing and then they can start the roof and interior!
  This is a view looking at our master, a french door, a large window, and then windows flanking and above the bed. And Elle proudly carrying a fox block around.
  This shows most of the back patio(and Kevin's shadow), the retaining wall we plan to make into some sort of seating bench type thing for when we entertain.  We put it close to the house instead of further back to define that space, then we have a ton of area for grass and possibly a gazebo type set up.

We have also chosen and ordered windows--again emphasis on the energy efficiency! They have a Sun Smart coating and in some we got a prairie style grid installed.  The bathrooms will have frosted obscure windows. 14 windows in all. And we want to get some solar tubes in the laundry room and guest 1/2 bath where there is no windows.

 I am still pinning like crazy and collecting paint chip after paint chip...

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Elle's Book 2

Nothing like a coupon to get your butt in gear to finish Elle's book. I had a coupon to save 50% on a photo book plus free shipping--Elle's book was going to cost 80 bucks and I got it for 35! In 3 days, I scrapped these final pages.

And here is the final result:
Shutterfly photo books offer a wide range of artful designs and embellishments to choose from.

As we race into year 3 with some party planning, can't wait to scrap some more of my girl's many adventures!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

scrapping {gymnastics}

This summer, I signed Elle and I up for mommy and me gymnastics classes--they were a hit!

Monday, June 4, 2012

scrapping the spring festival

Our hometown has a Mike the Headless Chicken Festival in celebration of a real headless chicken who lived here way back when--google it!  We took Elle on the 5K run and then hit the booths.  She loved the jump house after getting a hang of it and then we had her ride a pony.  We weren't sure how she would react, but she loved it.  She rode Tucker a very gentle horse, she kept petting him and saying, "Good Tucker".  She was all smiles and giggles.  A great afternoon in Western Colorado!