Monday, October 25, 2010

What Used To Be Our House

When we first moved to Rice two and a half year ago, here is where we lived.

This is what that house looks like today. Trees were snapped, the house was blown off its foundation, the roof is messed up, and windows were broken.

Our house was a "mother-in-law" house to a big two story house that sat about 30 yards to the north of it. It had a big detached three car garage between the big house and our little house. Here is what's left of that house today.

The lady that we rented from had just recently sold the property, moved out of the big house and into the little house where we used to live. The new owners had moved into the big house. The owner took shelter in a closet under the stairwell. That was all that was left standing of that whole house.

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Today we went to Wal-Mart and to the gas station before church. As we were pulling out of the gas station, I noticed a funnel cloud! This is what we saw.

We could tell the tornado was far to the north and headed northeast, away from us. But we were sitting in the parking lot of the gas station with our small children so I decided that we should probably head some place a little safer. We drove to church and parked and continued to watch the tornado as it got bigger. It looked like it was in the Rice area and near the house where we used to live. We found out later that Rice Intermediate School (brand new school) and the house where we used to live sustained severe damage. Luckily no one was hurt.

This is a picture that a friend sent me. It was taken from the Rice Bank.

We are very thankful that everyone is okay, but saddened by the damage done by this storm.

Monday, October 18, 2010

7 Months Old

Max is 7 months old! He is a very busy boy, scooting all over the place. His favorite toys aren't his toys, but anything that isn't a toy that's left on the floor. He LOVES Ava, and she loves him most of the time, but is starting to get annoyed by him getting her toys and other stuff. Max is at Mother's Day Out with me on Tuesdays and Thursdays and is finally starting to settle in to the routine. He loves to eat any veggie, but still does not like fruit. He's waking up at least once a night still and usually sleeps around 3-4 hours during the day. He laughs easily and in pretty happy as long as he is fed and well rested.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Ava and Max's Bathroom

Our master bathroom is done enough, so we have moved on to Ava and Max's bathroom. This is what the bathroom looked like when we bough it. Yes, it is hard to believe we paid money for a house that had a bathroom that looked like this.

Here is the bathroom after minor renovation. We had to make it more livable than what it was.

And here is the bathroom today. We have separated it into two rooms, that way one kid can be taking a bath or using the bathroom and the other can still use the sinks.

We have a new tub and subway tile surround that goes all the way to the ceiling. It makes it look so much bigger.

And pretty white floors. I'm sure they won't stay this clean and white for long.

Micah is painting and doing the lights today, grout goes in on Monday, then we will be ready for the sinks (2 pedestals), toilet, and fixtures to be installed hopefully Wednesday. Then we will once again have two functioning bathrooms in our house! We are still missing cabinets but will get those soon!