Tuesday, January 26, 2010

We're buying a farm!

The closing is (finally!) scheduled for next Thursday, which seems a bit unreal since we've had a contract on it since October! We are also still trying to sell our current house in this ridiculously slow market--if you've got any clout with St. Joseph, put in a good word for us, mkay?

Here are some shots of the outside:

The front, obviously

The back

View from the front steps (big front lawn)

Partial view from the back of the house--
the fence separates the back yard from pasture

Our "shed," or outbuilding, or whatever it's called

The back pastures

The whole property is 17 acres. It's been used as cattle pasture until now. We have a few plans in the works for it down the road. For now we're going to focus on getting into the house and making some repairs/updates. The property also has a huge pond; Henry can't wait to get in "Henry's Boat," which is a half-sunk little fiberglass dingy that has seen better days. Maybe when it warms up a bit...

As we work on the inside, I'll show some before and after photos so you can keep up with our progress. First items to tackle on the to-do list: remove layers of wallpaper, repair drywall, and replace 32-year-old royal blue shag carpeting (we're pretty sure there's no wood flooring under there--it's likely original to the house). Feel free to stop by and help out if you've got some extra time on your hands!

Snow Days!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Baby sister!

Henry wants everyone to know that Baby Sister is doing well!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Henry's 3!

Some belated birthday pictures:

3 Chatham boys ready for the cold

Henry's Ernie and Bert cake, specially made by Grandmom

The birthday hat lives on!

Henry's big present was a play kitchen made by mommy and daddy!
(We had help from Uncle Tim and Doodah, too--thanks, guys!)

Notice that he managed to rip off the curtain within 5 minutes.
(Daddy fixed it, though.)

Unfortunately I don't have any pictures to share from Christmas--we drove to Louisiana without a charged battery for our camera. Mommy and daddy fail.