Archive for May, 2017


When we had to rip up part of our deck to run wiring for the pressure tank, we decided keep on going with the rest of it.

It was a nice large deck, but we had a few problems with it:

  • Some supports were broken. We knew this when we bought the place.
  • It covered our septic access.
  • It also covered a basement window. Making a nice quiet home for our raccoon that would come every year. It also just made our basement too dark.
  • Kids would get splinters on there feet as they got in and out of the pool.




We worked as a team. Tater would get the boards off and they kids and I worked on getting out the embedded nails. We saved the wood to possibly use for a future chicken coop.






Making progress!


They girls also helped us take off our broken lattice on our gazebo.


The boards are are gone!


Our broken hot tub is gone. Yay!


This is what happens when you take a little break. Weeds take over.


Bottom part of siding is showing now what was under the deck. It was not able to get painted when we painted the house since it was underneath.



It was pretty messed up from being under the deck. So Tater removed the old siding and added new to the bottom.






Now we were able to paint. Thankfully this paint dried to match the previously painted portion. We were worried for a bit that we were going to have to paint the whole back of the house again.


We were getting close to getting a patio poured, but we had a hiccup when our pool reel for the sliding cover decided to officially break. Since this was a safety concern and a more important fix, this caused us to postpone our patio plans for now and focus on that.


Helping daddy make the cover for the new pool reel. The new reel was bigger and didn’t fit in the ground. Tater had to make a box that hid and protected the part of the reel that was coming up above ground level.


Paisley playing by me while I painted the pool reel box.


Here we are getting ready to close our pool for the season. It shows at the bottom of the picture the reel box that was made and painted. We also removed our diving board that was cracked. All of this happened from fall 2015 through summer 2016.

As I post – patio is getting poured! 5-31-17 🙂

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The laundry room door was nonexistent. It just didn’t work in the small space.


We wanted something that could block out the light and noise when we were in other rooms, so Tater made us a sliding barn door. I never did take any pictures of him making it, but here are some pictures of the finished product. It was better than I could have ever imagined. We have been marking the heights of our kids on the back side of this door, so it is becoming even more special as the years go on.





On to fixing our concrete counter. If it only still looked like it did when we first sealed it HERE. Now, the sealer was peeling and nasty. It got so bad that I couldn’t even lay a spoon down with any sort of liquid or it would peel more up. We did a little more research and a company in Peoria, IL helped us pick a new sealer.


We had to sand the smooth surface off of the counter before applying the new sealer. It was not our first choice (as there were other options) but in our situation we knew it would be the best. The counter lost all the shininess, but it did gain more texture and a richer color. We definitely do not have to be careful with it like last time. It is more durable and because of all the imperfections, I don’t worry as much when stains and knicks happen. What a workout it was sanding off the first sealer. We did it by hand, and it created so much dust. Thankfully I had help! 😃


You can see in this picture the difference. The bottom of the picture is the old sealer chipping. The top portion of the picture is showing the sealer sanded off.


All sanded and ready for sealer.


The sealer gave it a bit more color and sheen and has done good at protecting it. So far, so good. 🙂

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Do you guys remember Tater’s first shower experience HERE? Our well pump went out day 1 of living here.

Another problem we had the first several years of living here was poor water pressure. We couldn’t do more than one water thing at a time. If someone was taking a shower, I had to hold off on doing laundry or getting a drink of water from the sink. Here is a look at our poor water pressure. It also made a funny noise.



We needed a new water pressure tank. All we had to do what find the old one that was buried. That seemed easy, right!?! The digging began.


We probed many spots and thought we had found it several times only to find a rock after digging. It wasn’t found until after digging almost 360 degrees around the well. 😬 It made for a unique and fun playground for the kids though.





Did I say it made a really fun playground? I meant REEEEAAALLY fun. We made our own kind of swimming pool.


They slid down the sides and were throwing mud at each other. It was a terrible mess, but wonderful memories were made!


See that blue thing? We found it!!!


We wanted to bring the new pressure tank into our basement and not bury the new one. Meanwhile, we were reworking the electric to go from the barn to the house.


Trace helped us with trenching from the house to the barn. We ripped up a portion of our deck to run the wires.







All ready to switch to the new tank. We were not sure how long we were going to be without water. Good thing we were prepared. 😉

Yikes… see our peeling countertop above? 😩 It looks like another project is coming. Our sealer we put on our concrete counter top didn’t stay. More on that later…


Getting our yard back in order and filling in our muddy swimming hole.





Our new pressure tank has now a nice home in the basement. We are so thankful for running water and better water pressure!!

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We did several wood projects below:

First of all, Landon made a Farmhouse Address Sign for our house a few summers ago for 4-H. We got the idea online and wanted something similar for our place. Here are the details if you are interested in making one!




  • Old barn door wood
  • Stainless steel screws
  • Caulk
  • House #s
  • Plastic bag
  • Potting soil
  • Succulents


  • Table saw
  • Compound miter saw
  • Circular saw
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Pry bar
  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Tape measure
  • 4-square
  • Caulk gun
  • Pliers
  • Awl
  • Rubber mallet


Here is what the old barn wood started as. We used a chisel, hammer, and pry bar to remove old hardware and nails out of the wood.





Then we were able to cut it to the size of our liking using a circular saw and table saw.




Next, he measured the reclaimed wood for the planter box.


He used a 4-square to mark the wood.


Then we used a compound miter saw to cut the wood for the planter box.


He drilled partial holes in old door supports and used screws to make the sign more sturdy as the old nails had loosened over time.



Then they attached the planter box to the sign using screws.


Then he ripped more barn wood to the thickness of the sign.


They used the compound miter saw to cut wood to make a frame.





They secured the frame with screws.


Next up were the house #s. They used an awl to mark the location of the drill holes.



We caulked the back of our numbers so that insects could not make nests and burrow in behind the numbers.


We drilled holes for the numbers slightly smaller than the stud that was on the back of the numbers. After that, we used a rubber mallet to tap the numbers in place.


Looks like a sign! Now the fun part for me.


We lined the planter box with a plastic bag to keep the soil moist after watering and not drip mud onto our house siding. We filled the bag with potting soil and planted our succulents. 


Ready to hang on the house!


It was a fun project, and he ended up getting Best of Class. I love seeing it hung on the house knowing they made it in love for me. 


While working on the address sign, another wood project was going on.  Tater made me a huge planter box for our front yard. You may have spied it in our house painting post. It was not yet painted. He used my parents old siding. We have used their siding to make so many things! The girls enjoyed using it to play in for the day.




He also added a nice wood back to our dinner bell and hung it on the house. 😍

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Our house definitely needed a facelift. It’s amazing what a little bit A LOT of paint can do. We were painting for daaaaaayyysss, but to see the transformation made it all worth while. This project took all summer.

Here is the house before. Shutters are off. Ready to begin.


Here is the barn before. Doors will be painted white.


White trim also needed refreshing.


We pressure washed and removed old chipped paint.




We also found some rotten siding. We replaced it with nice and new siding.


What are these children doing on the roof!?!?  😅


I spy my boys up high ready to get started!


We painted the house first. This took several months. We did two coats.





Having way too much fun with daddy and seeing how high they could go.


We worked into the evening hours on many nights.




We had excellent help, and he added fun to the job!



My dad even painted while we enjoyed the summer day swimming right next to him. What a man!


Finishing up the back of the house.


We had to leave on vacation as a big storm arrived. NOT COOL when you’re painting and all your downspouts are off your house. We tried to collect and dump what we could before leaving. This happened another time when we had the downspouts off. It filled up our basement window well like a fish tank adding nice puddles of water on the basement floor.



On to painting the barn. This took another month. Here we are pressuring washing it first.



I did what I could during the day. When Tater got home from work, we would conquer the high places I couldn’t reach together.




I’m not a fan of heights. I prefer the lower level. One night we worked late into the night high up on a lift with stars all around us. Kinda romantic… kinda. 😉


My parents came to help again. My dad sacrificed his favorite new pair of jeans for us!


Thankful when we finished! Such a beautiful rose colored sunset.


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She’s the youngest, full of life, crazy, fun, and funny! Although she is 6 1/2 now, here are her 5 year pictures in album form. Our Sweet Pea…


















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I have got to admit. I was concerned a little a lot when we started this fire. It ended up being HUGE. You can see how small Tater is, but it seemed even more massive in person. It was a gorgeous evening. A full moon and a big roaring fire made for a miraculous sight.


We have been chopping down trees for 3 years now. We had already done THIS before. Either these trees and bushes were dead or were causing issues. It has led to a 19 tree stump removal this spring (2017)… more on that later. Meanwhile, here are some pictures of the summer of 2015…



Another picture of us burning them.


All cleared out


We also had been having tiling issues. Water wasn’t draining properly. This gave us a nice river in our pasture whenever it rained. At least it made for a fun day of tubing for the kids!


This also backed water up into the neighbor’s yard. They had a lake in their front yard that was not supposed to be there.


Ground eroding away due to the water issue.


Dad Kieser came over to help us fix the problem.


Looking better!


Dirt was filled in making it easier for future mowing. Afterwards, we planted new grass seed and watered… My growing cowboy. 😍

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Time is flying even faster than ever. This was the year I was supposed to catch up on our blogging. We wanted to continue bits of our life and home journaling on here. We get this blog printed, and it’s so fun to look back on.

There really is no excuse. This is the first year that all of the kids are in school… leaving me home with no kids. But somehow, my days (actually 5 hrs) end up flying by and grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, personal/relationship events, house projects, etc… seem to squeeze out any extra time. And now, as I type, there are only 10 school days left until summer break. I can’t wait till I have them all back home with me. But until then, I’ll see what posts I can catch up on. Here is our little Boobug’s 7 year old shoot (in album form) taken on the east coast when we were on vacation in Feb. of 2016. She is almost 8 1/2 years old now. Yes… I’m that behind. 🙂



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