12:43 p.m. — Friday, May 9, 2008
We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you this announcement: Lily is going to be a big sister!
And oh yeah, I'm due...uh...tomorrow. As in, tomorrow tomorrow. But Lily was eight days late, so we're not holding our breath just yet. Hopefully, this explains why I've not participated in most of the house projects as of late. I'm not sure why I waited so long to announce the news this time around. Somehow, that's just how it happened.
So if you don't hear from us for a little while, you'll know why ;)
In house-related news, Ryan got the shed put up Saturday and it looks FABULOUS. The only problem is all the photos are stuck on my cell phone, so until we can get them off, you'll just have to take my word for it.
1:22 p.m. — Monday, May 11, 2008
We love our new shed! It's roomy enough for all our junk, and it was a snap (literally) to put together. Ryan got the whole thing up himself in one long afternoon, while Lily and I provided commentary, motivational support, and refills on ice water. Quite essential.
First, he put down and leveled a layer of quarry processed (QP) stone.
Then, he edged the bottom of the shed with some of the pavers we took out of the backyard many, many moons ago, filling the middle with more QP stone to the level of the pavers.
Next, he laid the floor and snapped all four pieces together.
Here I am, modeling the new floor:
(I look like I have a bullet in my belly. Or that I'm pushing my sweatshirt out with my hands. Not so, my friends. Not so.)
The front left corner of the shed was the first side panel to go in.
All of the side panels snapped into the grooves in the floor (see above) — some panels took more convincing than others — and were then screwed to each other.
The whole shed came in two large boxes. Here's Ryan unloading one of the doors.
Here's the shed all set up except for the doors and roof.
By the way, we would never, EVER let our daughter play with power tools. Um. Ever. Seems sharp little shovels are more to her liking, anyway...
That shelf running the full length of the back added extra stability. Finally, as it neared nightfall, the shed was done.
The following day, we loaded it with everything that had been sitting around the yard awaiting the shed's completion. We also put up the rest of the shelving and peg boards that came with the shed for hanging tools and storing small odds and ends. We are so happy to finally have a place to store everything! We still have to bring the bicycles, sports stuff, and other junk up from the basement, but in the meantime, it's just wonderful having a home for my garden tools!
5:00 p.m. — Sunday, May 18, 2008
Our little Jacob Ryan was born today. He weighed 9lb 5oz and was 21.5" long. He is our perfect little chubby buddy.
Lily, meet your new baby brother:
Mama and baby are both home and recovering quite nicely.
What do you think? Any resemblance to baby Lily?