Thursday, January 19, 2012

November in January (Catching up!) - by Brad

November usually starts out with Lindsey going to her family's "Girls Weekend". So that means I get a "guys weekend" with my boys. We went on a walk and got to play on the railroad tracks since Mom wasn't around...




You can't have fall in Wenatchee without boxes of apples filling your house. So we dry and eat a lot of apples this time of year. Of course Spencer wanted to get in and use the tools...

Peeling


Slicing


Serving


Weird random picture...


Fall is also a good time to go to the park and take a few pictures...






Leaf fight!


Leaf Angels?





We picked out our Christmas tree and decorated it the last weekend of November...



Tuesday, January 17, 2012

October In January - by Brad


Here is my attempt to catch up on several months of blog neglect. I decided to start going through my pictures and choosing the best ones from October. Maybe I will get around to November and December in the next couple weeks.

We have more pictures of Spencer right now because he is always hanging around Lindsey and I. He plays with his brothers, but his attention span for them isn't very long. He would rather hang around with his parents and get into everything around them.

Every time I go to the garage or outside to work on something, he wants to follow me. When I cleared our irrigation lines, he wanted to help, but he didn't like the noisy air compressor. I gave him some ear protection, but he had more fun playing with them than using them...





The boys celebrated Aunt Gail's birthday by making her a banner and emailing the picture to her down in Papua New Guinea...


We also celebrated my grandmother's 99th birthday!


Then comes Halloween and carving pumpkins...



One of my rules is that if you want to carve a pumpkin, you have to clean it out and get your hands goopy. Wesley doesn't like that rule, but since I am stronger than he is, he gets his hands goopy too...



He eventually liked it... kind of...




Sunday, January 15, 2012

New Church Facility Remodel - by Brad

Well, that was the longest hiatus I have ever taken from our blog. Three months! Yikes. No promises on what the future holds here, but our family is now back to cruising altitude and I can find a few minutes here and there to blog... or at least take pictures of our kids again.

Toward the end of October it became apparent that our church would probably be given a new facility. We had a lot of meetings and discussion to figure out how the possible transition would play out. The biggest question was would we remodel before we moved into the new facility or would we wait until we were already in. Since there were good points to both sides of the issue, we came up with the idea of pulling off a remodel in 40 days and having our first service by Christmas.

The remodel entailed tearing up and replacing the old floor and stage, tearing out a couple walls and rebuilding them, sheetrock, stone work, new stairs, new carpet, painting, completely rewiring the sound equipment, installing a new projector system... and a lot more. The contractors we talked to thought we were crazy. God must have thought otherwise... or maybe he thought of our "crazy" as faith.

Anyway, somehow I ended up as one of the project managers for this remodel. I took off vacation for almost two weeks in November, and then didn't work more than 4 hours at my regular job until after Christmas. Most nights I was there until 10... many nights it was later than that.

The real work of this job was done by more than 75 volunteers from our church who came to work long hours and do work that their bodies weren't made to do. There is no way this project could have been completed without the excitement and labor of the people in our church. It was amazing to see the man power our little church could put together and to see everything fall into place. We relied on a few contractors to come in when they said they could and they relied on us to get out part done. There were 100 things that could have gone wrong to throw a wrench into the timeline. Nothing did.

Anyway, here are some pictures and links to 360 images from the process...

Before:



During:



After:



The remodel was finished in time for Christmas morning and it was quite the event. Our church typically runs about 150 people per week, but on Christmas morning we had 350 people attend to show their support. The past two weeks we have run over 200. We hope that our enthusiasm for outreaching to the neighborhood will continue.

I am proud of my wife who was basically a single mom throughout this process and she still had a huge roll in the remodel and outreach projects.

Here are a few pictures of the process that didn't turn out completely blurry...

 All the pews were removed the first morning. From this picture you can kind of see how the floor sloped down to the middle and then back up to the front...


Tearing the carpet out was a nightmare. As you can see the way we ended up doing it was to scrape up a corner, attach to a truck out the front doors, and pull it off...


Once the carpet was up, we tore out the sloped floor...



We had hoped to be able to put the carpet down directly on the sub-floor, but it wasn't stable enough. We had to lay down a new floor on top of the old floor and then a new stage and front wall were built...


Rock on the stage and starting the paint...


We built the cross out of maple, and we found out that maple not a very easy wood to stain. It's so dense that it doesn't take the stain well. It's good that we have people who know what there doing, because it still turned out looking great! Also since maple is dense, it is very heavy.


Now that we are back to normal life, hopefully I will get a chance to catch up on posting some pictures of the kids!