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Colorful Bedrooms

When they painted our bedrooms, we were that much closer to living in our bedrooms. We still needed carpet, lights, switches, trim, doors, and a whole lot more, but the rooms were very colorful. Which made all of us beyond excited!     ... Read More »

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Chicken Board

When we were building our house, the stairs were some of the last things to be built, and it's hard to jump up a three foot wall when you're carrying things. So Lucky built us what was affectionately called, "the chicken board". First it was on the side of the house, when they were framing the walls. There was an opening where there were going to be windows, and it made a nice doorway. When we were commuting and had to bring the dogs with us, we would take them up the chicken board after the ... Read More »

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Framing the House

A lot of work went into the house - clearing the land, digging the basement.  That was cool to watch.  But the best part was when they started framing it. That was when the new house became real for me - when we had walls and rooms framed out.  That was when I realized, "we are going to have our new house!" After they poured the basement walls, framed out the interior walls, and put the beams in place, they put down the plywood basement ceiling/first-floor floor.   Then they were able to ... Read More »

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Goofing Off

Construction was a very serious time. Every day, there were decisions to be made that would impact our farm forever.  So there was a lot of talking to Lucky, sitting down with plans, magazines, and paint colors, and thinking hard about what we wanted. But it wasn't all serious.  We had a ton of fun during the entire process! Hewitt goofing off behind Brandyn, probably plotting to do something to him: All of us holding our noses in the family room of the house, pointing at Emery - (he probably ... Read More »

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Talking to Lucky

Lucky, our contractor, is absolutely amazing. From the very beginning, he's been here to help us make our property the best it can be. In order for him to help us with that, we have to talk to him a lot. I made it my personal mission to take as many pictures of Lucky talking to people as I could. This is the face I got when I told him that: I didn't get as many as I thought I would, but I did get some! Indigo was telling Lucky she was cold in this picture, so Lucky got her a ... Read More »

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Playing on the Piles

The Jonas children love when something is being built, because construction means that there are lots of piles. Dirt piles, rock piles, concrete piles -  they don't care, as long as they're allowed to climb them. And slide down them. (I'm just glad that they each do their own laundry - the Youngest Person Rule strikes again.) We don't have any pictures of them playing tag on the piles, but it happened all the time - we had two or three dirt piles next to each other ... Read More »

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Chicken and Buck Barns

We've already given you the tour of our main barn, but that barn is only for the female goats (does) and baby goats (kids).  We had to build two smaller barns for our bucks, dogs, chickens, and rabbits. This is the buck/dog shed. The concrete walkway leading to it is now lined by the female goat pen. The overhang on this building houses several outside feeders* for our does. The inside of this shed has two small stalls, one for the bucks and one for the dogs (although most of the time they ... Read More »