Saturday, September 21, 2019

More Deck and other things

Deck is completely done, inspected and we are using it daily!

We got everything cleaned up and the grass back to as normal as it's going to get this year! All the wood laying around and the clay and dirt took a toll on it but we're hopeful it will all come back in the Spring!

I took this past week off of work and we spent one night in Traverse City. The water levels are still pretty high right now as shown in these pictures. Part of a board walk on a canal is closed because it's under water!

We also took a drive to Leland and Fishtown. This normal little flowing dam was raging and the water was threatening to come over the boardwalk into the little stores!

I also painted our front and back doors a beautiful blue.  I only took pictures of the front door though. 

And of course I spend as much time as I can with these two adorable guys!

Maxwell is 2 years 8 months and what can I say? He's a 2 year old and tries his mom daily! But he's talking up a storm and so darn cute. He doesn't try me because I let him have pretty much anything he wants! He's so sweet and loving and laughs all of the time. He loves trucks of all kinds;  the garbage and recycle trucks especially! Shauna and Brad had a big tree cut down in front of their house and new landscaping put in and Maxwell was over the moon for a few days watching all of the happenings around his house! He is my heart!

Levi is going to be 1 year old next Friday the 27th already! He's just starting walking a little and takes 4-5 steps but if you crouch down for him to walk to you he gets so excited he falls down right away and then crawls like crazy to get to you!  He's incredibly affectionate and loves to be held and cuddled  and reaches out to me as soon as he sees me! He gives kisses and says "uh oh" and "wow" and "mama" and looks more and more like his dad the older he gets! He is my heart also and both of these boys make my life worth living!

Anyway, that's all for now.

Until the next time...

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Part3-Oh look! It's a real deck!

EDIT: The inspector came and the deck passed with flying colors!

For all intents and purposes, the deck is finished.

The inspector from the Building Department is coming on Tuesday. We have to leave the bottom open so he can see underneath it but we are not anticipating any problems. We built it as close to code as we possibly could!

One of the last things to do was putting this handrail on.

After the inspector looks at it and declares it good we can finally close up the bottom and put our table and chairs on it. Not that we haven't been sitting on it already, it's just that according to the city you're not supposed to do that until after the final inspection.

Each phase of building this deck had it's own set of problems we had to puzzle out. The easiest part was by far the railings between the posts and the balusters! I helped as much as I could but Rich did the majority of the work while I was at work!

Kudos and all the credit goes to my hard working husband!

I'll post a final picture at the end of this week when it's all closed up on the bottom.

Until then.