Sunday, December 13, 2009

November Update - 13 December 2009

Well, it's half way through the month of December, so I had better fill all of you in on what happened in November.

We have had a very busy month, but it is a good kind of busy because we have been able to be with family. So it has been wonderful!!

First of all we decided that we needed a bigger room for all of our family to congregate in, so we decided to knock out a couple of walls in the basement.This picture shows the absence of the two walls that we knocked out--from the post to the wall on the left and the post to the wall on the right. (The opening between the two rooms was between the two posts.
Because it is a bearing wall, we needed to put in a steel beam to hold up the house. Roy spent a lot of sleepless nights and talked to a few people before he decided it was good to go!!
Gavin was part of the crew that helped with the beam!! Roy and Gavin helping put the steel beam up on the two steel posts at each end!! It was a good job to have done!!Now you can see how the steel beam overhead sits on the steel posts at each end. And look how big the room is!! Here they are putting in the new carpet! Roy built two cabinets on each side of the far room for toys and games and such! It's great!!This is how the basement looks now! We have a family room now that we can all fit it. Roy has done a great job with the building of the cabinets and doing all the finish work. That's our Christmas for this year and we just love it!!

Just before Thanksgiving we went to Zillah, Washington for the funeral of Uncle Judd. I was able to get a picture of the sisters that were there-- Aunt Shirley, Aunt Beth, Aunt Kathryn and Mother. Being at the funeral was such a spiritual experience for each of us and we were so glad that we were able to attend.

After the funeral they had such a wonderful dinner for the family and we were able to visit with all of the Allsops. It was so good to see all of them again!! At the table is Aunt Kathryn, Mother and Dad. Standing are Uncle Ross and Aunt Jo and Sharon Day.

We were so glad that we have been able to visit Uncle Judd and Aunt Kathryn on our way to visit Aaron and Kim. We will surely miss those wonderful times we had with them!!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of family here. Aaron and Kim and their family were able to make it down from Washington, along with Kenny and Michele and their family. Clint and Megan's family came too, and also Gavin and Kara. We had quite a group and we loved every minute of it. We missed the Wellings and the Woods!! Grandpa and Grandma Nicholas were also here along with Grandma Welling. We had about 18 pies for the group, which we ate all weekend!!After dinner we all sacked out on the couch!! Grandpa (asleep) and Grandma Nicholas, Anne (asleep) and Kara. It was a wonderful weekend!! We are so grateful for all of the wonderful blessings we have received this year!! It is good to have family around us again!

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