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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!

 

 

Materials:

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

Tools

  • 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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Time keeps marching on. It won’t stop as much as I really want it to.

It has taken me way too long to even sit down to view and edit these images, but I don’t even care anymore, because that means I am soaking in my time with my littles. I won’t get this time back, and it’s just moving along way too quickly.

 

To our 8 year old daughter –

 

I’m glad we captured your 8 year old you. Please don’t grow up too fast…

I love when you laugh so hard you can’t stop – you show your big space in-between your two front teeth that I (your momma) used to wear. You’re a part of me, and I adore it on you.

I love when you fill me in about school and then role play the teacher role perfectly to your two younger sisters.

I love that you pick an extremely large handful of chips for your dessert. You are such a salt lover, and you know what…? It leaves more chocolate for me. 😉

I love when you kiss and hug me as loooong as possible. I’m not sure if you are really enjoying saying goodnight or just trying to prolong bedtime.

I love how you don’t care about getting dirty. You are such a great helper with tasks around the house and with the animal chores. You do your task, and you do it well.

I love that you are a dreamer like your daddy. Keep dreaming about your big horse, girlie. How many pictures did you need to paint? And how many lemonade stands did you talk about doing?

I love how you help lead devotions every morning and show such a desire to pray and read your Bible. Keep growing in Him.

We are so thankful for you, and I love walking hand in hand through life with you.

 

 

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Hey all!

 

How have you been? It’s been some time since we have visited our blog. We have been truly enjoying family time. And yes… we are still working on Roots Ranch. Thank you to all who have asked for updates. We hope to update you! The big projects that stand out since writing last: painting our house and barn, putting in a new pressure tank, and working on our master bath. I am hearing plumbing pipes being cut right now as I type. Hoping to get our vanity in soon!

 

Celebrating this guys 1/2 year birthday this week. Half birthdays are a big deal, you know. Especially for a summer birthday. You get to actually celebrate at school. His request… lunch date together at school and Krispy Kremes for his class. I think I can manage. I’m looking forward to hanging out with this young man!

 

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It’s a new season for us… with a lot of changes.

 

Numbers-02_3First off, our business name has changed 

from

Roots Photography & Design, LLP

to

Roots, LLP

Our vision down the road with our business is to not just be solely photography. We hope to have branches under our name like farm life, products to sell, photography, and so forth. We will see where it leads.

 

Numbers-03_3Next up, projects and house changes

 

This was my Mother’s Day present made by Tater and the kids this year. I was not allowed to go into the barn for an entire week. They kept it a good secret. I had to close my eyes as they walked me out to this beauty:

 

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It’s a 20′ 1″ table with two 18′ benches… all on rollers for easy movement. It works great for our big family. The kids left me little notes that already washed off from the rain. We plan to paint it someday and set it out on the back patio.

 

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We have finished adding the sills and casings in our home and have spent hours getting splattered paint off our floors.

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Our son’s room

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We got rid of the extra closet to make his bedroom a bit bigger.

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Numbers-04_3Many new babies were born this week

 

Roots Ranch has had a change of pace lately: A combination of taking care of our sickness indoors and special announcements coming from outside in the barn.

 

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One of these things is not like the others…

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Found our cat nestled in amongst the chickens with her own little one.

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The girls checking out all the activity going on in the barn and coming in to let us know of all the updates.

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Numbers-05_3Lastly, we have decided to take a break from photography for now. This will hopefully be for just a season. Not sure how long the season will be. We will play that by ear and let you know when we decide to pick it back up. The main decision for this is to focus on our kiddos right now and really invest in them. They are at such fun and impressionable ages and the days are passing quickly. Photography is something on the side that we can put off for now. We thank all of our faithful clients and will miss each and every one of you!! These past 7 1/2 years of business have been fun. We will still try to blog and keep our skills up with random updates and post. And, we will still be honoring sessions with those who have gift certificates with us, so please don’t be shy to still contact us! We look forward to completing the sessions that we have scheduled!

 

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Thank you to all our readers. We love you!


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No more peeping toms when trying to go to the bathroom. Our knobs are installed, and we can actually lock the doors. It’s the little things that get us all excited, but I have to admit… I did love seeing those little eyes and smiles peek through. 😉

 

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Hallway BEFORE (during first day demo actually).

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The hallway has 2 round skylights. We love the natural light we get coming through those openings. http://capturingroots.com/blog/2015/02/27/peek-a-boo-doorknobs-and-hallway-before-and-after/Before they had a simple bulb with a frosted round bowl. We removed the bowl when renovating and later decided to add hanging lights to add some interest.

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