Little Bit of Life

“Work, Work, Work, all day long…” We are country music fans up here in Wolf Lodge and this song by Craig Morgan resounds as we press into the task at hand, but if you listen closely, which we must do at times, the lyrics encourage us to enjoy life.  This is the balance we are beginning to find. After two long years of daily work on The Wolf Lodge, our mantra is no so much “Work, work, work”  anymore, it goes more like this, “Balance, rest, enjoy life and the ones you love.”  This summer we found great joy in working hard AND fully relaxing.  Life is short. Life is sweet. Life is ment for glorifying God in all one does, whether it’s work or play.  So, not only did I post pics of the progress on the Lodge, and boy we have made some progress, but you will see some of us just having some good old fun.

 

This was an old barn, 100 years old. One of the oldest structures on Wolf Lodge cr. rd. It will find it's new home as our kitchen and family room floor. Thank you our dear neighbors, the Funks.

This was an old barn, 100 years old. One of the oldest structures on Wolf Lodge cr. rd. It will find it’s new home as our kitchen and family room floor. Thank you our dear neighbors, the Funks.

Truly a labor of love already. Jared spent many hours pulling nails, planing, and evening up this barnwood. he demolished. You can see the variety in lengths and widths that will span our floor.

Proving to be a labor of love already, Jared spent many hours pulling nails, planing, and evening up this barnwood.  You can see the variety in lengths and widths that will span our floor.

A sampling of what the old barnwood will look like in the kitchen.

A sampling of what the old barnwood will look like in the kitchen. Gonna be gorgeous!

Here's prof! I do work on the house. Brent snapped a pic as I got the boys rolling on how I wanted the grout to be applied.

Here’s prof! I do work on the house. Brent snapped a pic as I got the boys rolling on how I wanted the grout to be applied.

Finishing the grout on this wall will bring a completion to the year long process of applying rocks on the front of the house.

Finishing the grout on this wall will bring a completion to the year long process of applying rocks on the front of the house. Sigh of relief.

Brent and Wilson are wrapping up the grout application today! They did an amazing job, it's exactly what I pictured.

Brent and Wilson are wrapping up the grout application today! They did an amazing job, it’s exactly what I pictured.

All I can say is good thing Brent is not afraid of heights. Here he is grouting the chimney.

All I can say is, good thing Brent is not afraid of heights. Here he is grouting the chimney.

The main control room for the house is in the middle of the basement. Dad has spent many hours down here this summer hooking up the radiant heat supply pex tubing to the valves and boiler, as well as installing the air furnace that will help move air around to heat as well as cool the house.

The main control room for the house is in the middle of the basement. Dad has spent many hours down here this summer hooking up the radiant heat supply pex tubing to the valves and boiler, as well as installing the air furnace that will help move air around to heat as well as cool the house.

Part of the radiant floor heating system is to have smaller areas controlled at points like this. This is one for the upstairs commons and kids wing.

Part of the radiant floor heating system is to have smaller areas controlled at points like this. This is one for the upstairs commons and kids wing.

Our Pex tubing was covered with a substance called gypcrete.  It should conduct the radiant floor heat evenly under our flooring of choice.  Sand and a light weight concrete like substance are mixed in with water in the back of these trucks and then pumped into the house.  It took the crew of 7 guys 4 hours to complete all 8000 square feet.

Our Pex tubing was covered with a substance called gypcrete. It should conduct the radiant floor heat evenly under our flooring of choice. Sand and a light weight concrete like substance are mixed in with water in the back of these trucks and then pumped into the house. It took the crew of 7 guys 4 hours to complete all 8000 square feet.

The gypcrete is pumped in through this tube.

The gypcrete is pumped in through this tube.

Once pumped in evenly one of the workers lightly skifs it to even it up.  It is very liquidy

Once pumped in a worker evenly distributes the liquidy gypcrete about 1 1/2 inches thick to cover the pex tubing.  

Jared installed all the newel posts before the gypcrete was poured on the subfloor. This sets him up for the winter job of installing the handrail.

Jared installed all the newel posts before the gypcrete was poured on the subfloor. This sets him up for the winter job of installing the handrail.

spraying the pillars

spraying the columns

Newly painted columns are set are in place and set. You can see the wood for the drop down, stairs, and library in the distance. It's all Larch.

Newly painted columns are set are in place.  You can see the wood for the drop down, stairs, and library in the distance.

Native North Idaho wood, Larch(tamarack) treads arrived this week from our friends at Smiley Lumber in Northeast Washington. Now for the installation, another job for thee winter.

Native North Idaho wood, Larch(tamarack) treads arrived this week from our friends at Smiley Lumber in Northeast Washington. Now for the installation, another job for thee winter.

Study floor, wood sleepers set in gypcrete awaiting some larch hardwood.

Study floor, wood sleepers set in gypcrete awaiting some larch hardwood.

So...One morning I looked out back and this is what I saw.  Brent and dad had strapped a wooden crate to the top of the genie lift in order to prep the top floor of the back of the house for rocks.  It doesn't look all that bad until you zoom out and see how far they really are up.

So…One morning I looked out back and this is what I saw. Brent and dad had strapped a wooden crate to the top of the genie lift in order to reach high enough to prep the top floor of the back of the house for rocks. It doesn’t look all that bad until you zoom out and see how far they really are up.

Um, see...it's a tad bit high for my sight.  As you can imagine I scurried back into the house so I didn't have to see.

Um, see…it’s a tad bit high for my mama/daughter eyes. As you can imagine I scurried back into the house, told my mom to pray for safety and told her don’t ask why and don’t venture into the back yard.  I promptly marched downstairs to Jared to whom I strongly encouraged to get safety harnesses on his workers.  I laugh now, but then, oh no, there was no laughing! 

 

Few, rehearsing all that work makes me tired, now for some summer joy filled relaxing moments.

Liberty turned 13!

Liberty turned 13!

Cousin Lu came for a week. What a sweet heart!

Cousin Lu came for a week. What a sweet heart she is!

A very common view in this house, boys staring at a screen.

A very common view in this house; boys staring at screens.

Jared's stress relief.

Jared’s stress relief.

Jared, dad and Brent using their automotive expertise on Brent's crashed car.

Jared, dad and Brent using their automotive expertise on Brent’s wrecked car. Ouch!

Another driver in the house!  Watch out!

Max, another driver in the household! Watch out!

Another cousin came for a visit. What a tender soul. Zoe and libby went to church camp together for a week.

Another cousin came for a visit. What a tender soul. Zoe and Libby went to church camp together for a week.

Cousin Derek joined the family bball team at hoopfest! Way fun!

Cousin Derek joined the family bball team at hoopfest! Way fun!

Max took a week with his best bud Jacob to attend basketball camp at Whitworth.

Max took a week with his best bud Jacob to attend a NBC basketball camp at Whitworth.

Play time usually includes some sort of sport for these guys.  Here we are relaxing at grandma Joyce's for a spell.

The boys’ playtime usually includes some sort of sport. Here we are relaxing at grandma Joyce’s for a spell.

And this is what my playtime usually consists of, sitting by water with a book in hand.

And this is what my playtime usually consists of, sitting by water with a book in hand. Heavenly.  Yep, that’s Jared with his hair finally chopped off! 🙂

Mom's birthday rolled around and I was able to spend a beautiful lunch with my aunts and cousin.  Aunt Judy is hiding behind the camera.

Mom’s birthday rolled around and I was able to spend a beautiful lunch with my aunts and cousin. Aunt Judy is hiding behind the camera.

More screens...even at seaside. :)

More screens…even at seaside. 🙂

Oh...Seaside. No place quite compares to you on the Oregon coast.  Wilson and Lib are headed in for a dip.

Oh…Seaside. No place quite compares to you on the Oregon coast. Wilson and Lib are headed in for a dip.

Where you will find Jared and I on any given summer evening enjoying our forestry view.  Best. Purchase. Ever.

Where you will find Jared and I on any given summer evening enjoying our forestry view. Best. Purchase. Ever.

The summer season is ending, go to the beach one last time, read that book you wanted to get in this summer or bbq with friends.  Whatever you enjoy doing, take the time to do it before the calendar runs away with your hot summer days.

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4 comments on “Little Bit of Life

  1. Stephanie Stubson says:

    Love the pictures Amy! Everything looks so amazing! Fun times…

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  2. barbara wilson says:

    Great read!!! Loved it!!

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  3. Lynn Roberts says:

    Thanks for the update Amy. So glad you are all learning to give yourselves the permission to enjoy life and relax in between all the amazing work you are doing. Looks like you got an answer for the curved stair treads- beautiful wood! The place must look so different with gypcrete and some finished drywall.

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  4. Joyce Hull says:

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