Monday, September 8, 2014

June 2014

This girl just wants to go down the slide all the time. She's almost able to get up with the rope ladder but the last step up is still too far for her legs to reach so she usually goes up the ladder on the other side.

 June 5, 2014

Ashton loved his kindergarten teacher Mrs. Kubinak. She was great with the kids and he learned so much this year.

 June 6, 2014

We went up to Silver Lake to walk around and there was still snow! The kids liked climbing on it though.

 June 6, 2014

Whenever we walk past these stumps I make Ashton take a picture because it reminds me of how much he's grown.


Grown and thinned out. He was such a big baby! Although he still has his cheeks. This is from September 2008 when he was 7 months old.


And here's one more from July 2010.



This was the only section where the snow was on the trail.


Olivia would have stayed here all night throwing rocks over the side. She was so mad when we pulled her away to keep walking.


Olivia stole my uncles slush, sometimes she's too cute to say no to.

 June 7, 2014

After Sunday dinner we had a little photo shoot for my nephew for his birth announcements. At first he was awake but after awhile was too hungry to be happy so after a feeding he was fast asleep for more pictures.

June 8, 2014



The night before this picture we were at my parents house and Ashton had fallen asleep in the other room with Kaleb. Ashton comes walking in later that night and had just woken up and is standing there and we all start laughing. He wanted to know why we were laughing and then Kaleb walked in laughing too. He had drawn a mustache on Ashton while he was asleep. Kaleb is always up to something.

 June 10, 2014


This was on a quick mid-week hike to look at a cabin we were looking at buying. (More info. on that later)

June 11, 2014

My mom and I tagged along to the One Republic concert with my aunt, her niece and my sister. They love going to concerts and it was a really good concert. We had a fun time although it was unusually cold that night.

June 14, 2014

The Sunday before Kaleb's birthday we celebrated his 10TH birthday! I can't believe he's 10 already. He's always such a good boy and always is helping out with Olivia. He always has his nose in a book and is really smart.

June 15, 2014

Although blurry it shows his fun personality. He's always being silly and here he was dancing while we sang to him.




On his birthday he wanted to go to Leatherby's for ice cream.

 June 16, 2014



More slide time for Olivia!

June 16, 2014

Ashton played coach pitch and he did great. He hit it almost every time and only had to use the tee a couple of times all season. He has a good, hard swing and I think he's going to enjoy playing more baseball in the years to come!

June 19, 2014

Kaleb buried himself on the playground and when we went to get him after the game Olivia decided to help bury him too. But she kept putting dirt on his head and Kaleb couldn't do anything about it.


A little more info on the cabin...

I had found a foreclosure cabin in Oakley and that night we went up to look at it. We couldn't get in the gate so we hiked up the road to look at the cabin to make sure we were interested before contacting the realtor. I had been looking for the last couple of years at cabins but they usually cost more than our house so I didn't think it would ever happen. We spoke to the realtor and we knew it possibly had foundation issues and it was also pretty much gutted when it came to the kitchen and bathroom. The only thing in there was a toilet that was broken. We love projects and we were excited to take this one on. It had been listed since January but cabins don't really sell during the winter and each month they dropped the price $5-$10k. At first they said it qualified for Fannie Mae financing and after accepting our offer we learned they were wrong that since it didn't have a working kitchen and bathroom they couldn't finance it. So we scrambled and were able to come up with other financing because we knew there were other offers also still on the table. To make sure one of the other 2 bids didn't get it we raised our offer some and we ended up getting the cabin and closing June 30, 2014. Turns out one of the offers was from a friend of the guy who has a cabin next to us that bid about $5k less than we did.

It's a great gated community of cabins and it turns out one of the guys over the HOA is the guy we bought our house from. It was his parents house that he grew up in so he knew who we were when he saw the address. And another lady on the board lives right by my grandpa plus, Ashton, over labor day weekend ran into one of his friends from school that has a cabin up there. So we already are getting to know a bunch of people up there. And there's always deer and moose all over which are fun for the kids to see. I'll stop rambling but it's definitely been a big part of our summer. We've gone up there every weekend to work on it and it's finally getting close and looks completely different inside and even outside.

Another trip up to the cabin to show family the cabin and there were 2 moose right next to our cabin and a couple of deer. The lot to the corner of us has a big water trough for the animals to drink from so they're always down there.

June 21, 2014

This is what it looked like when we bought it. The drywall portion is a bathroom that they were expanding to make bigger, the kitchen would be to the right and the living room to the left with the stove. Behind the stove are stairs leading up to the loft and behind the stairs is what they were using as one of the bedrooms.


Here's a view from the front door area looking into the living room. We took out the drywall and that area is opened up except for a small 1/2 bathroom and then the kitchen starts after that making the kitchen and living room area much bigger. The bedroom on the main floor is now the main bathroom with a tub/shower in it. We were going to have washer and dryer hook-ups but ended up changing the plans and moving them to the basement. The loft has one bedroom and a loft area and the basement eventually we'll finish too. It also needs a deck built. It was build wrong (they didn't use concrete footings) and so it came down a couple of years ago from the snow. We're always so busy I forget to take pictures but we've had many tinfoil dinners and spent a lot of time this summer up here. I have a couple pictures of during shots and I'll try to get more pictures taken this weekend.


Such a happy girl all the time!

 June 25, 2014

Here's a picture of the outside of the cabin right after buying it. It's crazy to look at these pictures now because it seems like this was so long ago but it was really only 2 months ago that it still looked like this. We've since stained the outside, fixed and water proofed the foundation, back filled the dirt that had been dug out to get rid of the "plank walk" entrance and made a fire pit area behind the cabin.

June 30, 2014

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