Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
(PS- Mom & Dad- I couldn't decide on a color, so I had a second one sent to your house :))
We used Glidden's Team Colors line for the Ohio State grey paint in the man room. It was awesome! It only took one coat to cover everything.
(Post-post-script- Cathy & Jim... you too :))
I was on swim team one summer. I went to just enough practices that I got the tshirt, then I quit. I only did it because my cousin Mary was on a swim team and I pretty much wanted to be just like her (also the reason I took piano lessons... it lasted about as long as swim team, minus the tshirt).
These girls aren't like that though- they were having lots of fun and doing a really great job!
I can't say it enough...
I love the Jenkins!!
(David loves them too, he just had to be in class...)
We really want to be intentional in our relationships, particularly with sweet families like these. David and I have become keenly aware of how much we have to learn about being a good husband/wife and eventually parents- and we are SO blessed with such amazing examples of Godly families! Thank you guys for letting us into your lives and teaching us by your actions.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
A few Lebaron stories...
- After having to jump off my battery several, nay, tons of times, we determined the source of the problem. Some little relay box didn't want to turn off when the car did, so it ran the battery out. Thus, every time I turned my car off, I had to pop the hood and tap a little box with my key to make it stop. Yep, every single time. It was awesome...
- The Rhineharts got a Tivo when I was in high school. I loved babysitting or hanging out at their house so I could use it (and because I love them), so they told me they got me a Tivo for my high school graduation. It was actually a Tivo window cling, which I thought was awesome. I hung it proudly in the back window the whole time I had that car. It was kind of my car's trademark. (And the Rhineharts actually got me a REAL Tivo for my college graduation!! They are the best.)
- If you had the exterior lights on, none of the dashboard worked. None of it. Yep, at night I drove without the assistance of a speedometer, unsafe, I know. And because of my dad's insistence that I always drive with the headlights on (this was before he knew I'd be driving a car that made this little safety lesson actually unsafe), I was frequently unaware of how fast I was going or how full my gas tank was- even in the light of day.
- I got pulled over one time because I was driving with my high beams on, but had no idea. 1) no dashboard, remember? 2) my high beams were dimmer than most cars' regular beams.
- There were hills in Birmingham that the Lebaron just couldn't handle. For example, I couldn't drive up Columbianna Road.
- It maxed out at about 55mph.
- There was a leak in the top (it was a soft top), so when it rained hard, I found the nearest overpass. Or I stuffed my laundry in the crack.
- We replaced the engine 2 times. In 2 years.
- Linda, the manager at Grease Monkey, became a very good friend of mine. She was worried about me moving to Birmingham and having the Lebaron as my only mode of transportation, so the summer before I left for college, she had me stop by once a week so they could check my levels and get 'er in tip top condition. I would take them cookies, they would vacuum out my car, we had a good thing going. One day I was at the bank and my car died (go figure). I called my dad, who apparently either a) wasn't in a good mood or b) was regretting the decision to buy this car for the millionth time, told me to call Linda. Yep, Linda, our good friend at Grease Monkey. So, after I was done crying, I called Linda. She came to the bank, had my car towed to the shop and took care of it all.
- I drove the Lebaron for 2 glorious years. I decided that it was probably not the most reliable vehicle, particularly since I was away at school and didn't have my parents on speed dial to rescue me from the side of the road where I was stranded (regular occurence). So, I bought a 1997 Rodeo in November of my freshman year of college. Some how I ended up with both cars in Birmingham, and no means to junk the Lebaron. I ended up donating it to the Salvation Army, which was pretty cool. Unfortunately they had to come get it because it ran out of gas in an intersection in downtown Birmingham on our way (see point 3).
Lots of good things came out of having that car too:
- My friendship with Grease-Monkey-Linda.
- I became very good at jumping the battery off.
- I became very good at changing tires.
- I became very comfortable with popping the hood and checking everything that needed checking- regardless of what I was wearing, who I was with, or where I was parked.
- Lots of fun memories.
- Driving a convertible was pretty fun in the spring and fall (which, in S.GA is about 1 total month out of the year).
- I learned to appreciate the value of a reliable car. I will never take it for granted!
Yeah, I was frustrated for a while (approx 2 years) about driving that car, but it taught me a lot about life. I'm thankful for it now!
Note: When they turned 16, Ashley got a safety Saturn and Greg got a Jeep Liberty. I bet they don't appreciate the value of a reliable car nearly as much!
SO- what was your first car??
Monday, June 22, 2009
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Matt spent the night with us Saturday and got his fix of AC and clean laundry. Sunday was pretty low-key since neither of our fathers are in town to celebrate the day with. We served in the children's ministry at the second service, which was quite a change from our early morning crowd, but it was fun. After church, we went over to the Chattanooga Market. Need I say again how much I love Chattanooga? This is just another reason living here rocks.
The rest of the weekend entailed staying in the air conditioning so as to not die from heat exhaustion (which almost happened every time we took the dog out to pee), playing spades , selling a tv that we didn't need, watching the movie Sleepers in about 5 different segments (taking breaks for naps, of course) and enjoying the company of my best friend! Gotta love weekends.
PS- Today is David's first day at Volkswagen!! I can't wait to hear the full report on how it goes.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
It's not really this yellowy... look at the next pictures.
The two pictures I have of me and Aunt Louise are on the night stand.
The other parts of the room (which include a short dresser and mirror and a tall dresser) are still in disarray, so I'll reveal them when they are more put together. Don't worry, David's diploma will come off the wall eventually. I'm not sure what kind of decor will go above the bed, but I'd love some suggestions! I'm thinking the shabby chic route... or having my dad or brother paint or draw something... or ?? What would YOU put there?
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
When we bought our house, the space above our 2 car garage was an unfinished attic. You walked through the room that we had made an office/catch all room, through a mini door into the large space. It was awesome for storage because we didn't have much elsewhere in the house. Half of it (the left side) had a plywood floor and the other half just had the insulation and the beams above the garage. There was a large beam running through the center of the floor (about 10" high) and cross beams like a big "X" up to the ceiling (man, this is kind of boring... sorry if you don't care about the specifics... fast forward to the pics). I just thought it would be great storage space for... forever. David, however, had a vision from day one:
- David's vision, hard work and determination
- Keith's expertise
- Dan Lapinski (David's boss at Gordon Biersch- and his friend)
- Lots of Dan's tools
- Jack (another guy from work)
- Raynolds, Mattearley, the Bryant boys and any other people who stopped by our house at a time that David needed help carrying things upstairs
- Harley (moral support, you know)
Installing the air flow panels and insulation. Though I didn't take a "before" picture that was actually after we were all moved in, you can see in this picture that we had installed several rods for hanging things along the sides. In fact, we had sufficiently filled the left side of this storage room up with junk. When we decided that the "man room project" was going to be a reality, we got to cleaning out and reorganizing. It is so nice not to have lots of storage space that just collects junk!
Widening the door. Since this was just an attic space, it had a teeny weeny door. They had to widen it to we'll be able to get stuff through it. Obviously.
Like I mentioned, there was a giant beam sticking up in the middle of the room. When they built our house they never intended for this to be a finished room, or they would have dropped this beam down into the garage (now wouldn't that have been nice?). SO, that meant that the floor had to be raised about 8".
Tons of wood. Tons and tons. Lots of measurements. Notice that we saved the sides of the room for storage. It actually works really well. I bet all that stuff is so dusty now! Dusty has become a part of our family, in fact. We hate him.
Dan measuring the ceiling beams.
The finished floor! There is a step up into the room, and a closet (my favorite part!) to the left.
David and Matt hanging the light fixtures.
Keith building the closet.
Tons of insulation- completed.
Drywall going up!
Raynolds only photo appearance. Thanks, RayRay. Oh, and thanks for your unintentional donation of those black gloves. We've used them a lot.
Measuring, cutting. Measuring, hanging. Yuck!
Proud David! We had someone do the mudding and taping part of the drywall to ensure that it would look professional when it was done.
Being cute and blending in.Paint.
Paint done! (PS- there was dust [go figure] on my camera lens apparently. the paint is fine, really it is.)
Mini door for the storage area. Boys excited about pictures.
Outlet covers on. Baseboards on.Carpet done! It went in yesterday, just after David stepped on a nail :(. Poor guy has been so excited about this day finally being here and he spent all of it in pain! He was a trooper though... we got everything moved in:
PS- If you don't have plans for football season, know that you'll be able to find David right here every weekend and you're welcome to join him :)