Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A Family Effort

Sorry about the picture quality. I had John's camera and he later informed me that I was using the wrong lens.

Here's a sneak peak at how the Schilling "Lodge" is looking. I say "lodge" because with the warm paint tones and knotty pine casing and trim - as well as the log mantle, it really does feel as cozy as an upper-scale home in Sunriver.

Travis joined us as we braved the crazy weather on Sunday to lend a helping hand to whatever needed to be done. They are in such a tight deadline as the construction loan needs to turn over to the mortgage on Feb. 22nd - which means they need a finished house at that point.

In the beginning, most of what I did was clean up - and then I found my groove helping Michael and Travis lay tile in the master bathroom - even tried a little geometry to figure out where to cut for the odd angles. Ironically, Michele and John worked together to do part of the stair case boards - I think it might have been best that way as we all know we sometimes demonstrate more patience when we aren't working with our spouse.

Mom and Dad spent their 2nd weekend in a row up north - creating that handrail (beautiful). And the kids - well, the boys used their Heeleys all over the house and even across the street in the community park - before the snow started coming down, that is. It was refreshing to see the kids all take care of themselves and keep busy and out of the way while we tried to really make some progress.......




5 comments:

Colie said...

Thanks for the pictures! I've been wanting a glimpse for sometime now. That sounds like fun! Although probably a lot of work. Perhaps the memory is fun but the actual day was a bit exhausting and stressful:-).

JustMe said...

I love the picture of your dad. He looks right at home in the midst of power tools and sawdust.

I will be praying that Michele and Michael experience peace and joy in the midst of the mind-blowing stress! With all they've been through to get back to building their own home, I'm sure they are appreciating it all....But don't they know home improvements are one of the leading causes of divorce? :)

Anonymous said...

CHELE said...
Thanks for the prayers Heather - they are appreciated. Yes, the process of getting this house built has been very stressful with so much going on (and the extreme pressure we are under to get it done quickly). I'll admit to having my share of "near-melt-down/I'm-losing-it" moments these last few weeks (and I don't EVEN want to elaborate on the state of our current home during this crazy transition!) Michael and I have also been a bit short with each other and we're very desperate for a time when we are not so exhausted that we can actually enjoy each other's company. But, in spite of all of this, the house is seriously coming along - and with changes occuring everyday, the excitement of it all compensates for much of the stress. We have also been so blessed by all of the help (and the TREMENDOUS deals) that we have received. We will make it!!!! :)
Thank-you Rileys and Whites!

Anonymous said...

CHELE said...
Oops - and of course - THANK-YOU MOM AND DAD (FOR EVEN WORKING ON THEIR ANNIVERSARY!!!!!) The staircase is BEAUTIFUL! :)

JustMe said...

BTW Steph, am I catching a hint of frustration lately over the tech junkie in the house who is now getting bossy about photos and your blog?

;) Don't ever let him get his hands on Photoshop!