Monday, May 23, 2011

Ben's Grad Party

Proud of ya Ben, We are very fortunate to have such a terrific son!
                                                                                                                                          Lot's of good friends!
A little too much fun with the goats but happy again 5 minutes later.
Jan, All ready for the fun to start.
Dad and my long time friend DJ and Cooper, she got a lot of attention and probably plenty to eat!
and Lots
of rain but it didn't slow any body done from coming.
We had lots of help from Jan's sisters who kept the tables full so we could visit with everyone. This trading works well, all of their kids are younger then ours so we owe them some time. Great to have family close by!
Then comes the clean up, 150 people through the house, pouring rain outside and everyone having a good time, so we had a bit of cleanup at the end. Hours and hours to clean the house, 5 minutes for the garage. By the way all the food was wiped out, I was bummed, no left overs and there was a lot on the table. We had a great time visiting with everyone, lots of great friends, family and neighbors, we are very lucky to live in such a great area.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


25 years ago today I married my best friend.
Jan was 19 and I was 22, I had to marry her quick before she new better.
Lucky if we had a few dollars in the bank but we had it all figured out, well it turns out that we didn't really have to much figured out but we are still having fun with the game of life.  
 I am not sure what Jan got out of deal but my life has been great!
We have experienced so much,
I always liked this picture.We have enjoyed a lot of canoeing, kayaking and outdoor activities.

Our big camping trip to the west coast, this was in a little county campground in Sisters, Oregon. We had the place almost to our selves. This was our first hard sided camper, cost us a small fortune in gas but so glad that we did it, great trip!

We've lived in four homes,
Our first Apartment, we had the 2nd floor, $300/month included everything, should have stayed there, maybe we didn't know everything?
The first home we purchased 6 months later and lived here fore 1 1/2 years
 18 months later we found this gem, there were a few tears over this 100 year old beauty, it needed a lot of clean-up. Ten years later, Ellie and Ben now completing our family, we decided to move to the country but we hated to leave.
 We purchased 9 acres in the country from Jan's parents.
Our new home, it takes a long time to make a house a home, it doesn't mater if it is new or old.
It is the love inside that brings it all together.
We've had countless pets and cars and campers, raised 2 fabulous kids and traveled a lot.
We had a great addition 2 years ago, Isaac, top center, he chased and caught our daughter, actually not sure who chased who but 
we are very happy for them.

I can't imagine having a better life with anyone else!
Jan has taken such good care of  all of us, home schooling Ellie and Ben and supporting me with all my ambitions.  Most of the time you had a smile for me.
Jan has kept me on a good coarse though life and I pray the next 25  years don't go buy as fast as 
the last 25. Jan recently came up with our plan on marriage"She is right and I am happy", I am ok with this plan, except when she needs a hew plan?
I am so excited to get Nellie finished and travel the country with you!
I  hope that god blesses us with a long life because I 
think there is much to be done yet.
Who knows what life will throw at us next (grand kids)??? I look forward to our next chapter together. 
Love Doug

Friday, May 6, 2011

One more piece to the puzzle

Our new to princess stove arrived from Franks trailer Works today.
 Can't wait to day when we can install it.
Thanks Frank!

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

First end cap back in

Installed the rear interior end cap today and gave it a polish too. Great to have the first piece back in the interior! Only been two and half years since I took it out. I was actually surprised at how well it lined back up with the old rivet holes.