Well in case you were wondering what’s been happening on the home front with Mom off in Oregon, one of the answers is “Lego”.  Davison continues his quest to keep building models from the Tub-O-Lego purchased at a garage sale a month or so ago.  So without much further verbiage, here are the pics of the Sith Infiltrator (which incidentally ended up being quite a bit bigger than we expected).


Davison and the Sith Infiltrator
the Sith Infiltrator and Davison
lots of hinges and hatches
a larger engine compartment than most Infiltrators

Heidi has recently been enjoying baking gluten free desserts, most often without any prompting.  This afternoon she cracked open a couple of cans of cherry pie filling and made a bunch of cherry pecan individual pies.  They were cooked just right and were delicious.


Able Baker Heidi
Cherry Pecan Pies

A couple of days ago Davison was leafing through the Lego Star Wars minifig book that we got with the tub-o-Lego.  He recognized the wings on the picture of a set associated with the General Grievous minifig.  Upon closer inspection, the cockpit cover and one of the missiles were familiar as well.  So Davidon proceeded to build the set.  Pretty much everything was present, except for General Grievous himself; uh, I’ve heard that he um, fell into shadows in uh, the planet Endor…

Here’s some pics:


Master Scrounger Davison
the foldout wing cannons

Good news everyone! Today the house purchase was finalized! Our possession date is October 1st, although we are hoping to get access earlier. All the main reno’s are done, but we will be looking for some help to do some painting (hint hint, siblings!).

Since some people have had problems accessing the pictures, I’ve added them here! I’ve added quick captions so you can understand what you are looking at a little better. (In no specific order:)


This is a small nook with a little light above it, to the right and behind the gas fireplace . . .


The gas fireplace works,  but the remote is pretty busted, but can be turned on manually. The wood top is classy, and the stone face is pretty cool.



The eating bar! I’m really excited that we have one of these, and that it’s so cool! The stone facing on it is really nice, and the counter top is an interesting wood that I haven’t seen again. You’ll see a close picture later. Also in this picture you can see the hardwood flooring; not laminate.


A full view of the kitchen! Love the location of the sink. Allows for washing the dishes without having to stare at neighbors, or the wall. All new appliances, and lots of storage space. Tile backsplash, and under cabinet lighting wraps it up.



Here you can see the right side of the kitchen, and how the open layout works. The counter top isn’t stone or marble, but is nice enough. The cabinets have a lot of drawers compared to doors. You can see the dishwasher at the end, as well as the pantry door. There is a fair amount of space in there, with a really pretty door. Also on the far side, just to the left of the pantry is a ‘coffee nook’. (Pictures farther down.)


There are currently tenants in the house, and they didn’t clean up very well, but here you can see the detail of the wood eating bar, along with the tiling along the wall.




The Coffee Nook! The same hardwood as the eating bar. Not a great view mind you, but still, light and good place to work, read and hang out.


The floor of the coffee nook. Detail of the tiling. This tile is in all the bathrooms and the kitchen.


Another funky little shelving area, on the opposite side of the dishwasher.


All of the bathrooms in the house are large. This is the half bath on the main floor!


The stairs up to the top floor. Nice carpets that they agreed to professionally cleaned.


The main upstairs bathroom. The home inspection revealed that there was moisture behind the tiles, but the sellers agreed to replace the tiling and the drywall behind it.


A nice bathtub.


The cabinets are nice and spacious, with lots of drawers and shelves.


The main bedroom. See previous comments regarding tenants.


Two big closets, and then the ensuite bathroom on the left.



The ensuite bathroom has a really cool shower made out of tile with multiple shower heads.


All the bathrooms were renovated at once, so have the same tile, sinks, and cabinetry.


The floor tiling. Needs a clean, but still super cool. No moisture behind these!


Downstairs, the laundry room. It has laundry room things in it.


The basement. Mostly just a big room. The floor is just painted concrete, but that’s ok. Needs a lot of plastering and cleanup, and a paint job. I’d also like to put in some new light fixtures. To the left, you can see the door to the storage/furnace room.


Our shared back yard. Big deck, then grass then bushes and trees. Behind that is a big green space/walkway/park area, so super private.


The external siding, brick, and deck.


That’s all for now folks! Our possession date is a long ways off still, but at least this gives you a taste of what it looks like.

Layne & Elissa

We have finally (it took about a week and a half) completed the large Republic Frigate model.  Technically we have about 10 pieces missing, but we’re declaring it done (and will add the final pieces as they show up).

the Republic Frigate


After church on Sunday, we stopped by a nearby water park area.  At one point there were some stepping stones down the creek, possibly involving a little wading.  It wasn’t until all of the kids except for Brock had gone that Mom arrived and noticed the rather large snake sunning itself on the rock nearby.  Brock didn’t go wading.

the snake is on the rock to the right of Daelynn

the sunning snake
We’re not sure what type of snake, but based on descriptions it was likely a water moccasin.

This morning I picked most of the peaches from one of our peach trees.  The peaches on this tree were larger and did not seem to attract as many bugs.


I picked 8 peaches, 5 of which were ripe (although with a couple of spots to cut off) and were eaten immediately. 

these three were not quite ripe


One of the sets in the tub-o-Lego is the Imperial V-Wing Starfighter.  This one came with instructions, and possibly was a late addition to the tub as the sticker sheet was still intact and hadn’t been applied yet.  We’ve been working on building the Republican Frigate, a rather large model, but Daviaon decided to take a break to knock this one off.


the Starfighter
Davison and starfighter with noir filter

When we bought the tub-o-Lego a couple (Daelynn, that means two) of weeks ago, the one set that we knew was present was the Millenium Falcon model.  Davison did a great job of finding and assembling all of the pieces.   

Davison and the Millenium Falcon

a roomy spaceship
Brock is more of a player than a builder