My Pop’s

July 14, 2013

His name is Max.

He likes to build things.

A lot.

He always has.

I grew up in a Three Bedroom, One Bathroom Ranch with a One Car Garage on a Crawl Space.

This isn’t the house I grew up in, but it is in the same neighborhood,
and this is what our house looked like.

My mom and dad and brother and myself moved into our house before my first birthday. I don’t remember exactly when all the building began, but by the time my dad sold that house in 1999(?), it was a Three Car Garage House (the one car garage was now two deep, and an additional garage on the side of the house) with a Family Room on the back of the house the entire length of the house, and I think 15 feet Wide? I think the only thing my dad didn’t do in building on that family room was pour the foundation. He’s always been creative and he’s always been a worker bee!

The family that bought the house from him and my stepmom in 1999(?), have enjoyed the house so much, that when thier family started growing, they built a second story on top of the existing house!!

This is it!

They are now literally digging out from under the house to pour a basement! It’s just a good house!!
(See the third car garage on the side of the house?)

🙂

Now my dad and stepmom live here. It’s four blocks away from the old house. He had his eye on this house for a long time!

This is the back.

It’s super cute inside! When they bought the house, it was 95 years old. They spent the next five years repairing, renovating and redecorating. It has some pretty amazing things inside including the old stove and refrigerator in the kitchen and the player piano in the dining room. After five years of hard work, they celebrated with a huge 100th birthday for the house! Cool, huh?

This is the garage that sits behind the house. My dad has done a ton of work to it, and you would have to see the inside to really appreciate it. He wallpapered it with old newspapers he had collected over many, many years and the top of walls are lined with shelves holding his toy truck collection. Just come over, he would totally give you a tour!

This was my playhouse that he built for me and my brother when we were little, minus that back half.

It was a 4’x8′ building that sat on top of one clothes line pole and a support beam that he built. Then for a few years it sat in the backyard on the ground and me and my friends played in it and had lots of sleepovers!!

When Tess, my daughter, was about three years old, my dad brought the house to us for her to play in! When I sold that house and married Mike, the play house had to stay in the family, so my dad hauled it to the house he lives in now. It’s been a busy little house and it’s had a good long life!

He has now decided to turn the playhouse into a small replica of the garage at his existing house!

Isn’t it soooo cute? He was working on it when Tucker and I stopped by Saturday morning.

The real thing….

While there, we visited with his ducks. Yes. He has ducks. The White Ducks are Dot and Dash (named for the markings on their heads), and I can’t remember the dark ducks name. Clyde??

Tucker seemed un phased.

This is one of my dad’s most recent projects.

He likes to make miniatures of actual things he has, but this time, he went BIG!

(I will have to do an entire blog one day to show you the miniature, and absolutely incredible, model he has made of his house! It is amazing!)

He wants to pull this over sized Radio Flyer Wagon with his tractor in the downtown Overland Park, Kansas parade at the end of September. He would like for me to sit in it dressed as a doll. He would like to pull THIS regular size wagon, that he just renovated, behind the BIG wagon, with a doll in it. He would like for me and the doll to be dressed alike and sitting in the same position.

I’m not making any of this up.

When we left, Tucker said….

“I just can’t believe I’m a part of this family. I need a drink!”

Who can say “NO” to that??


Breakfast

Un pictured Coffee with milk, Banana and Greek Yogurt

Snack

Lunch

Snacks

Tortilla, Turkey, Carrots, Bell Peppers, Greek Yogurt Bar

Dinner

Snacks at a party…..

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate and it’s PPV

Breakfast = Coffee with Milk and Greek Yogurt (4)
Snack = Leftover Salad (4)
Lunch = Chicken Salad made with Tzatziki Sauce with shredded carrots (6)
Snack = Turkey, Tortilla, Cream Cheese, Carrots, Cucumbers, Yogurt Bar (8)
Dinner = Cottage Cheese, Blueberries, Strawberries (2)
Snacks at a Party (10)

Total = 34

Today’s Exercise……

Walked 4 Miles
Strength Training

How many glasses of water I drank today = 12
Activity Points Earned Today = 6
Activity Points Earned This Week = 6
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 37
ALCOHOL consumption = NONE!!

Create Something Today!!

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

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