Horse Show

IMG_8358This girl won 2nd prize at her first ever horse show (no matter there was only 2 contestants in her class) and was so EXCITED!  The show was for horsemanship and her class was “mini horse – in hand”.IMG_8334This was where she competed, Wild Horse Mountain Farm.  It’s a beautiful place.IMG_8331 Getting ready to lead her pony through the mapped out obstacle course.IMG_8335Warming up in the indoor arena.  The goal is to have your horse (or pony) go straight down the middle of an obstacle, otherwise you lose points.  You can see here the pony is to the left of center and Sunita is moving the rope at her pony to get her back to center.IMG_8336The other little girl who has the same trainer gladly taught Titus some techniques while they were still warming up.IMG_8338Sunita beginning the first obstacle.IMG_8344One of the more difficult obstacles for many of the contestants – trying to get their horse or pony through the pond.IMG_8349This is Sunita’s trainer, Linda Wagner.  She is great teacher and the girls love her and she loves them – as you can see.IMG_8350

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88 Days

It took 88 days from foundation pour to move in.  We moved in three weeks ago (on Valentine’s weekend) and are slowly unpacking.  I wanted to keep up on the blog through the final couple of weeks and to document the moving in, but obviously that didn’t happen.  These pictures aren’t great – this was a quick attempt to get something up, so please excuse some of the poor picture quality.  I will try to work backward someday, but for now – a look at the finished house.

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Garage (I forgot to get a pic of Hubby’s shop, but it’s full of stuff being moved in still).

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You walk in from the garage to the laundry room/mud room.  This has worked great for kids washing their hands and taking off muddy clothes before coming in the house.

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Our bedroom.

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Our walk in closest.

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The dining room and kitchen (shot from the living room).

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The living room.

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Another shot of the living room.

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Hall bath.

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Girl’s room.

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Entryway.

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Boy’s room.

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Boy sleeping.

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My favorite room – the homeschool room (AKA master bedroom, but we chose to turn it into a 2nd living space).

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Master bath.

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Deck that satisfied county code.  It work pretty well as a outdoor play pen for toddlers and a lunch spot for the kiddos.  All in all, it’s turned out far more useful then we ever expected.

Windows and More

The windows have been installed and siding has been applied.  IMG_7277

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The garage floor has been poured and the garage door has been installed.

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Most exciting, we have the 2nd phase of our schedule and it shows a completion date of February 13th!  Like any due date this one isn’t set in stone, yet we are still counting down the days.  It probably doesn’t need to be said, but we can’t wait!

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Frame

For me, the most exciting part of the build is the framing.  One morning there is nothing but a floor and the next thing you know – there’s a house, or at least the skeleton of one!

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First thing in the morning the framers showed up.

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By 11:30 – this was done.

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Five minutes later – this was done.

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We walked out to the road to take a look at the “front” of our house.  From the road you are actually looking at the back.  We’ve oriented the house so the bedrooms are all on the north side and all of our living spaces are on the south side.

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This is the “back” of the house.  This was all done by 1:30.

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And this… is my framed in PANTRY (and some little goofballs)!

 

Form and Pour

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The forms were set up on clear and cold days.

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It was amazing watching it go up.

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This was the first time I was able to stand at close to floor level and see  our “view”.

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We had to get a pumper truck since it would be difficult to maneuver a wheelbarrow around our property.

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We loved watching this step!

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Finally the concrete was poured and we were able to see our house’s footprint.  It felt small at this stage, but feels larger with the floor joists now in.

Extreme Weather

The end of October and beginning of November here were wet, wet, wet!! It slowed our dig out slightly, but not significantly.  Our smaller seasonal creek was flowing and knee deep in some places.

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Then we had wind.  We had two pretty strong wind storms (for us).   The first knocked down trees with power lines on the roads around us (we weren’t able to pick up our laundry at our neighbor’s).  The second did this….

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That’s our driveway.  There had been a work truck parked right where the tree fell moments before.  The same wind storm knocked down a couple other trees on the other side of the property.

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This was the largest tree that was knocked down – the roots were about 5 feet wide.

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This limb went through our well house roof.

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Then we had freezing temperatures.  Our heater in the trailer can’t quite keep up the temperature when it’s colder and our pipes almost froze.

For the first time since living in Oregon I am wishing for our rainy, grey, mild weather to return to stay until spring!

Dig Out

First, the new septic tank had to go in…

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…then 2 days later the dig out began!

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The first scoop.

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By the end of the day it was starting to take shape.

The rain slowed work down, but 2 days later we had our driveway.

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And our finished dig out!

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The kids have loved every minute of the process and living on property.

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Look closely at Titus’ “hat”.

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