1. Mason & Eric started regular team football practice 7 a.m. Monday. They've had weight training, football camp, captains practice, and more all summer long, but from here on out, football season is fully upon us. 5 hours a day so far. It sounds like they've been doing all kinds of wild hill training stuff - "wheel burrowing" each other up a steep hill.. sprinting up a steep hill while giving teammates piggyback rides. Army crawling up a steep hill. Sprinting with dummies over their heads up a steep hill. And yet, Mason & Eric don't appear tired or sore. They've stayed well conditioned all summer. (But they are drinking an extra outrageous amount of milk when they get home.)
2. We formed & poured more concrete early this week. Apron, sidewalk, step. Mitch was checking the weather right up to the hour of delivery - it showed 0% precipitation for our area.
The cement truck arrived at 1:30. Mitch & the boys had about half poured when at 1:45 a dark cloud blew in and rain poured down like we haven't seen in months. Luckily it passed quickly after 5 or 10 minutes, but oh - what a mess. So much water turning everything into soup & slop! Zero % precipitation, whatever. That was quite a little storm system for radar to miss. weather.com did not impress us much that day. But the new sidewalk turned out great.
3. Weds. night we made a late evening trip to Duluth to haul home a heavy trailer of material. The lumberyard is by far our most common date night destination. We stopped for dinner while we were in the area.
4. Johnathan, Lilly, & Beau have a tent pitched in the backyard. They continue to have campfires every evening, and had a special friend over today. We went for a ranger ride deep into the woods. Picked a few raspberries. I pointed out which tree I would live in if I were a raccoon.
5. This evening Mitch raised the first wall of our new addition! (And the back doorway & another wall.)
So far all the framing used is lumber he has made himself from logs & his sawmill. When you buy a 2x6 from a lumberyard or building center, it's not actually 2x6, but 1½ x 5½. Mitch's lumber is of true dimension, therefor a bit heftier. It's very exciting to be moving forward (upward.)
I hope to keep somewhat of a progress log from here on out now that our project is in our hands.
Photos to come!
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