Wednesday, September 24, 2008


On Friday I walked into the Haag residence to hear Kathy say - You are just in time! At first I didn't know what she was talking about and then she said - do you hear them? THEY HAD KITTIES! (Lindsey - this post is for you because I know you won't get a chance to see them while they are this young.) Apparently Bob herad them whining/crying (same difference) Thursday and then on Friday they were even worse so he grabbed them up because he figured the mom abandoned them. There are 5 of them - two that are white and light brown, two that are black, white and grey and then one that is just black and white. They are too cute!!! Anyway - so Alex and I fed them on Saturday and I already have my favorites picked out. That is also how I decide who gets to eat first - by if they are my favorite or not - not by who is crying the loudest!!! LOL Okay, so here are a couple pictures I took with my phone of the kitties on Friday.

Phone Photos

I was messing around with my phone the other day and I noticed that I had a couple photos of Ally on there that I haven't posted. The pictures were taken one weekend while everyone was in Indianola. We were outside grilling and Ally was out there playing so I snapped a couple photos.

Here I was able to snap a picture of Ally sticking out her tongue.

Smelling Grandma Kathy's flowers.

Then riding on the horse. At one point Uncle Alex was riding on the other one with her but of course no photo to prove it!!!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Alex's house

Alex bought a house in Indianola. He actually closed on it at the end of August and is going to do some work to it on the inside so we have been busy tearing stuff out and apart! He is going to completely re-do the kitchen and the main bathroom and then pull up the carpet through out the whole house and repaint. Alex took a week off and I took a couple days off to help and here are some pictures that I took. I will continue to update as new things are done. Here is Alex standing by the sold sign. He didn't want to have his picture taken at all.

Alex walking up to the front of his house.

Unlocking the house.

This is the living room/dining room as you first walk into the house. I think the plan is to pull up the carpet because there is wood floor beneath. This is a little "window" that goes inbetween the living room/dining room. The design plans have changed many times for the house but I think the last I knew that this would no longer exist. Either this area is going to be the new doorway or else they are just going to cover it up. This is standing at the other end of the living/dining room towards the front door.This is the very first room off to the left when you walk into the house. I think this room is going to be used as an office.This is the purple fairy room. This room will be painted and I think the carpet will be coming up also because there is wood floor underneath. I am not certain if he's going to go with the wood floors or if he will lay new carpet.The closet - not the best picture but both this room and the green room have nice closet spaces.This is the green room. Again, it will be painted and the carpet will come up and either he will lay new carpet or keep the wood floor underneath. Yes, the people that lived there before wrote on the walls.When Alex was telling me about the house and told me that in one of the rooms there was a marijuana leaf drawn on the wall and I couldn't believe it. I told my mom and her exact words were "Are you sure? Maybe it was a palm tree." Yeah, seriously! That Mama Cat sure is a hoot! Anyway, here's a picture of the artwork - it's definitley not a plam tree!Closet (hopefully you could figure that one out on your own but you never know!)This is the start of some demolition in the kitchen. The fridge and dishwasher use to be placed in this area and now the counter and cupboards will be on this side of the kitchen. Stay tuned for pictures as progress is made.There will be a new wall that comes from the door here, where the new counter and cupboards will be.

The kithen actually had a lot of room but the way that it was designed made it look little and closed up. This is the kitchen cupboards and counters without the stove. I think the way Alex has it planned now will open it up and make it look bigger.Some cupboards gone.Ha! Ha! Ha! This picture cracks me up - Alex posing for the camera while Bob is taking down a cupboard!Removing the counters next. Alex working on the sink and yes, that is Tinkerbell on his shirt!Everything removed!This was the wood underneath the counters and cupboards. The black stuff is, actually I don't know what to call it. There was tile glued to the wood floor and then the carpet glued to the tile. I think Alex is planning to go back in with tile - or something I don't know exactly I guess!I was all excited because I was hoping to tear out a wall or do something destructive. You see these tiles?There off to the left - yep, I removed all the tiles. I know, not very destructive but that's all I did. I think Alex may have been a little nervous to give me a sledgehammer or anything that could cause a lot of damage!! I tend not to pay attention very well at times!
Honestly I don't know what they are doing to the ceiling but this is Alex taking the drywall off the ceiling.
This is the hallway that leads back to the master bedroom and bathroom.
This is the main bathroom of the house. This is a picture of storage above the bathtub/shower that will be removed.
A picture of the bathtub and that stuff. I believe a new tub/shower will replace the old.
A window in the bathroom that I also believe will be removed. The window looks into the garage. The garage was an add-on and that's why the window is where it is.A big cupboard in the bathroom that has since been removed. The bathroom will be expanding into the kitchen a couple feet. I know it's more than a couple but I don't remember how much exactly. That will be nice since the main bathroom is a little small.
This is the closet in the kitchen, in the hallway on the way to the master room. Alex is going to put his washer and dryer here.
This is the master bedroom after the paneling has been taken off the walls.

A picture of the blue walls.
Alex scraping the padding from the carpet that was glued to the floor. In this room he is planning to lay new carpet.
Hanging the second piece of drywall.
All the drywall hung in the master bedroom.

The blue walls now primed.
The floor in the bedroom completely scraped.
The bathroom in the master bedroom. There was some sort of something where the wall is white but Alex tore that all off. Actually, the counter and the toilet were removed before I had a camera there so this room doesn't really have a "before" picture.Starting to prime the bathroom. Alex is going to put up wood where the old whatever stuff was glued to the wall - underneath the priming part.Priming completed.Alex taking out the floor that was bad underneath where the toilet sat.This is in the kitchen (the new wall will be to the left) and this takes you to the basement (on the left) and into the garage (on the right).Standing in the corner of the basement looking towards the door. In the attached, oversized two car garage. And the toilet that goes in the other bathroom!A little work bench in the garage and the toilet!The outside of the garage.The east side of the garage with the trailer where we are putting all the stuff we destroyed from the inside!A light in the backyard that I thought was neat. The carpet on the trailer is the carpet that was one time in the kitchen. YIKES!
The side door of the house. This actually leads into the kitchen. Of course there was a little bit of fun while working on this house. This is an inside joke!
Alex and Tinkerbell
When Hillery was off work she stopped by to see how things were going. I think she was trying to give Tinkerbell a drink in this photo.
We didn't want Alex to be the only cool one with Tinke (that's what we like to call her for short) on his shirt so we joined in on the fun. The purple fairy room is just the purple room now.