Wednesday, August 06, 2008

"Barn Raising" in Bremerton?

"Marna and Papa" told the kids months ago that they would build a clubhouse in their backyard in the summer. Once you tell the kids something like this, they will keep asking until it happens. Well, we started construction on Saturday and called in the help. We had Sarah and Josh, Rick and Vicki, and our family. We did quite well. We paired each child up with an adult so the kids could supervise us. It worked well. We all had a great time and no one got hurt all day long. Maybe a sore thumb or two, but nothing that required an ER visit.

The walls went up pretty easily which is always nice to see so early in the day. Mark was the one in charge since he still shouldn't be lifting anything and t hat seemed to work really well. At least one of us knew what we were doing.

After lunch, Aunt Sarah took all the kids to see a movie, which allowed us about 2 hours to get some stuff done without distraction. Sarah was designated movie goer since she is due in September. She happily agreed so she could take a nap in the movie.

Sue and Vicki manned the saws. Don't mess with them. They know exactly what they are doing. This is not the first nor the last time sue has been around a saw. Sue and Rebecca are a lot alike. They look at everything as a challenge. Want to get them going, just tell them they can't do something.

Uncle Josh can be used for many things, but all we needed from him on this day were his brawn and brains, in that order. He was the first on the construction site to draw blood. nothing a band-aide couldn't fix.

Rick was quite the agile character, even though he is much older. Ha ha. He was hopping around on the ladder like he was 30 years old. We really used his help well. I also think he had a great time.

Jacob, in perfect form, broke from the grind, and made a rocket ship out of wood scraps and duct tape. Of course, it was amazing.

Rebecca giving tips to Jonah on how to use the crow bar. We tried to harness the energy from the the boys' and put it to good use. Jonah had a great time and was a big help.

At the end of the day, we had four walls up, the roof on and the black paper around the building. Not bad for the first day. Window holes were present and we were all exhausted.

I was allowed to go on the roof, which wasn't the most stable place to be, but it had to be done. It was fun to be up in the trees. Since that day, the tar paper is up on the roof as well. Getting close to completion. I will take some more pictures when all is said and done.

Here is the picture of all the crew minus Sarah and Josh. We all had a great time, but were exhausted at the end of the day.

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