Inside of Grandma’s House – Unfinished

This post is for my mom as I don’t want to send this many pictures as attachments.  : )  This is so she can plan on where to put her kitchen, etc….  There are a lot of pictures so it might get a little boring – except to my mother.  : ) The side entrance that will go to our house. Hallway to bathroom and bedroom.The front of the house. I was thinking of putting the kitchen in the right hand corner but someone had a better idea for where to put the kitchen. Maybe she can have her dining room table where Elisabeth is and sitting room on the other side.This would make a good kitchen area. Ten feet by six and a half or so. Pup, you’re pretty!  Sitting area…  Kitchen area again. The windows are a bit lower than standard so it might be hard to put a sink under the window. Lots of room on these two walls though.   Big bathroom… They forgot to put a doorway from her bedroom to the bathroom right next to Elisabeth. We can have that done as we proceed.  The toilet can go somewhere over there, maybe under the window and washer and dryer stacked in the corner to the left.  The shower will go here.  The washer and dryer (stackable), and bathroom sink will go along that wall.  Grandma’s room, a very comfortable size.  We’ll put a bathroom door near Pup, here.  Two bedroom windows overlooking a new garden in the backyard that is plowed and ready to go this Spring.  Water heater will go in the corner in a closet (or separate closet next to the main closet).  The same wall…  Bedroom doorway…  Down the hallway from her bedroom. She wants flat ceilings.  Looking through the bathroom to the kitchen area… 

The side door again. Pup is ready to get out of here so she can continue her game of Hide and Seek with her siblings. I used her in the pictures for perspective of the size of rooms and walls. Nice sitting area, unless Grandma wants a kitchen over here.  … or we can do sitting area here.  Nice and open towards our house. She can see the kids playing or working with Dad.  This is where I had originally thought of putting the kitchen when I shared it would be small, Mom.  A nice window in the hallway. We wanted lots of natural light. A nice, wide hallway too. I could see her putting up a couple of pretty pictures here.  She only paid $14,000 for this structure from here:

Grandma’s House

My mother’s house is here. I have some pictures of the process to the arrival of the house the other day. Now it will be time to work on the inside.Lots going on here…

Preparing for the pouring of the foundation. A local Amish family business putting down the foundation.

This walkway will go to the backside of the house where we will have a nice ramp installed to the side door. Here comes the concrete…   And this little Pup wanted her picture taken.      Scraping it to make it smooth…  Once the concrete poured, they worked hard and steadily without a break until it was all set… 2-3 hours or so. Now for the walkway…  Felty’s wife here, we talked for a while. She is the sweetest woman, she looks very peaceable here. I could tell that she liked me as much as I liked her. I love meeting new people here in Missouri. They are one of a kind. 

Finishing up… Mother and daughter working together.     After the concrete was dry, the kids and a hired neighbor with a tractor came to put back some of the dirt around the house to level it.  The house came last Tuesday. I kept looking out the window until I saw it coming down the street.  I loved it and the colors right away. We did a good job! They did a good job!  Mom’s two bedroom windows, bathroom window and living room/dining/kitchen…  

It looked funny and out of place when Mom’s house was parked in the street. The twins laughed about it.     Here, he’s moving the house with a fork lift type of machinery. See the wheels on the other side?

Putting it in place…The front door.

Now we have skirting to put around it, a front porch, side porch with ramp, interior…  The paint here is Sherwin Williams – Herbal Wash for the house and Cottage Cream for the Trim. There’s much more to do, I’ll update as we continue.

Recent Pictures and Events

These are more recent pictures of Benjamin. He turned two in July. He likes to steal Mommy’s chair and rock in it.  : )

He loves to meander to the flowers in our yard. We love these pretty tall flowers that have been blooming since we moved in. They are our favorite. The people who were here have good taste.

Early in the morning, up for the day. Tabby (right), you look especially darling in this picture with your hair falling slightly forward.

Precious Hannah our animal lover. We just love this little kitty that they asked us to take. She blesses us with little loves.

Last week… the Mayor of our town digging for the water panel box for the meter that the water lines will go to my mother’s house. If I sound a bit ignorant of all this, it is because I am.

Two or three days ago… the water and electrical going to where the house will be in a couple of weeks.

My wonderful friend Judy (seen on our blog last Christmas Eve before Maine), made our kids aprons and the girls bonnets. Benjamin’s apron is put away until he can fit in it and Matthew, I don’t know where you put yours offhand. Does Elisabeth look sad? That’s because Hannah picked out the pink one first!  : )  I had to take this picture when her husband was here visiting. They are in Kansas city taking care of her mother and settling her in her new home and will be here around January 1st. We can’t wait! We’ve gotten close this past year since finally meeting. She found us through our blog 4 years ago or so… isn’t that something? Thank you for blessing our family with your love Judy. You are precious to us all.

A couple of weeks ago I took the kids to a Rock, Gem and Mineral show in Springfield. They love finding the fossils in our yard so I knew this would be a treat. I didn’t tell them where we were going until we were in the car. They each received an egg carton and could fill it with whatever they wanted from the table. It was fun.  They had different rocks and such from different countries. We will go again next year… only a dollar a kid for admission.


The kids in grandma’s yard again and she’s not even here yet! They made a pretend campfire and were pretending to roast marshmallows. I had to run inside and bring them a real bowl of mini marshmallows. They screamed with delight.

A very pretty Autumn day. Don’t mind our upside down strollers and such… Benjamin likes to spin the wheels.

Across the street from us…

Now I’m finally all caught up to yesterday… Leah’s birthday. You all have a wonderful season of Fall… my favorite time of year. I finally feel settled in so I will be posting regularly again. We’re so blessed and happy to be here! We’ve never been so happy!

Catching Up

I’ll be catching up here and hope to have these in order. It’s been a busy Summer with house projects and still trying to settle in. I’ll post up to date over the next few days.

Cucumber salad from our garden. Homegrown tomatoes, dill, cucumbers and onions. A good dousing of good olive oil and seasoned rice vinegar…. yum. We all love this.

My mother bought me a real pottery batter bowl. It looks prettier than the picture here. The kids would bring things in the back kitchen door all summer and drop off their pickins’ from the garden.

The following are pictures I took some months ago for my mother as this is where she will have a house put up in about 2 weeks. They already have the electrical and plumbing in place and will place the concrete slab here next week.

The man who pours the concrete will put a  concrete walkway from the side of her house to the gate here. Our home is behind me on the other side of this driveway. We;re talking about taking down the fencing here.

It is nice and mowed now since my husband bought a good commercial mower.

We walk down this road often. My husband talks to his close friend Dan several nights a week and walks down this with a lantern. It looks so pretty and peaceful with the warm glow. I wish I could take a picture of it.

Okay, It’s been a while. I am guessing they made birthday hats for Pup’s 11th birthday in July.

Homemade cheesecake…

Hannah and Elisabeth

Miriam’s birthday… all smiles.  She turned six this year. It looks like Elisabeth was hungry for cake, she’s nearly done.

Dad’s homemade see saw in grandma’s yard. The kids are on this thing all the time.

My, this is a while back…. Matthew and I (and the kids) took off the linoleum from our kitchen floor to reveal the pretty fir wood. Here he’s removing the thin paper/glue with a hot mop.


Big mushrooms in our tree out front.

Fossils – The kids find them in an area in our backyard all the time. See the shell patterns?

This is a strange pattern that occurs with an eclipse. I had read about it so when it happened on our back porch, I took a picture. Wavy, moving shapes. It didn’t get pitch black here but dark enough that we could see the moon.

Hannah’s birthday. She wanted homemade cinnamon rolls. I think my mom will like having birthdays here.  : )

Ten years old!

My husband and little Matthew trying to get the poles squared off for the concrete pourer for grandma’s house.

Grandma’s backyard…

We had an incident where the strap that holds the swing on the tree broke and Elisabeth fell. I had just bought it. I took these two pictures for an Amazon review as I don’t want anyone else to get hurt. It’s supposed to hold up to 1100 pounds. Anyways, I thought the pictures were nice of Elisabeth and Dad so I put them on the blog.

Our neighbor baled hay on our property in exchange for cash. We now have his cows on it… nice set up.

Pretty picture of Miriam!

The hay bales drying out…

Pretty picture of our house… peaceful looking with the swing swaying in the wind.

  …and look at who we have here, little Ben! He still has delays and can’t or won’t feed himself. He’d rather play with the utensils.

We got a pot bellied pig from Craigslist for free. He’s much bigger now and contained, we’ll have him butchered eventually. He reminds us of a dog, wags his tail all happy when we approach.

Tabby and Annies’ birthday! That’s what the kids call them now. Five years since you were born in Iowa. It seems so much longer.

They had never had rice krispy treats. Every kid should have them at least once so that’s what we had…. two days in a row.  : )

Elisabeth all curled up reading a book. Oftentimes the kids will play outside with Dad out there working and me taking a nap… she will sit in and color, draw or read.

Matthew tore down this shed by hand and we had some young fellows come over and break up and take the concrete. It looks so much better now. The shed was ready to go.

A few months ago Matthew finished taking down the deck. It looks wonderful now. Everything is thrown away and cleaned up, the porch is cleared off.

Our lovely tomatoes. We are still growing them. I made some chili last night and used some of our tomatoes fresh.

Little Matthew looking out the window.

A neat little book I saw on Amazon. I like it.

A WONDERFUL cookbook….. who else has this?

Leah had a severe case of poison ivy this year. I took her to the emergency room and they gave her some medicine, she looked only half as bad the next morning. Terrible stuff….

The girls are always going in my room to read or play dolls or something.

Having a tea party with their dolls.

Ben wants to be a part of it.

Grandma’s Home

This post is actually for my mother so she can see pictures of what prefabricated tiny homes are offered in El Dorado Springs. She is planning on moving out here soon. This morning our family went to the office and then the work site to view some homes they are building. I thought I would share so I don’t have to bog down her e-mail with pictures.  : ) 

Inside the office of a 17′ x 50′ building. They can only go to a 16′ width for transportation. Mom, let me know if you like this style of ceiling or the one on the pink house ahead. They can do this ceiling in the pink house style as well that you will see. 

The two windows together make it look more open. 

Outside of the office… 

There’s a skirt under the house so you don’t see the blocks it is on. We are going to have it put on concrete slab.

We have 4 poles staked in for where the concrete will go here… that’s another post. Isn’t the land pretty right next to our home?

Here we are at the site where they build the homes, about ten minutes from the office. An Amish worker is talking with Dad. He shared about a home that’s being built that would fit the description we are looking for… a 40′ x 16′ structure that a woman wanted painted in Pepto Bismol pink color. We love this house and think Grandma will too (except the color).

Here’s the pink structure. I’m sure Grandma says she doesn’t like the color. She can pick what she wants.  : )

I like that she can have a side door so she can come visit and we can go visit her or her grandson can take out her garbage. This might be a nice model to duplicate somewhat. See the pretty skylight type windows on the top? Matthew thinks it might only be another $500 for them. We’ll have to ask.

The pictures don’t do justice to the size of it. I was thinking the side door would go on the other side towards our home with the skylight over it. the bedroom in the back and bathroom in front of it accessible from her room and the living room where Elisabeth is walking.

They have a loft on both sides that she might want removed so she has a more open look. You can go this style of ceiling or the one in the office pictures earlier.

The kitchen/living quarters… maybe one less window for more wall space? Or maybe grandma wants the extra windows.

The plan would be opposite with the side door to the left as it would face our home. Maybe a utility closet with bifold doors with a washer and dryer just before you go in the living room/kitchen area?



Trying to figure out floor plans but Ken will do the framing so we can actually do more then. It would still be good to figure out where to have the windows. Grandma’s bedroom where this first window is… bathroom where the next window is, utility closet just before the other window on the other side?

A good size bathroom (bigger than ours), can go where this window is. Maybe they can make the window go a little higher?

The ceiling… do you like this ceiling open without the lofts? As you can see, it has a nice pitch to it, not like a mobile home.

You mentioned maybe having a french door to to out… maybe here.

Bedroom and bathroom? Utility closet around where I am standing?

Little dining table where it looks like Hannah is doing a curtsy?

Matthew and Ken will be doing all the flooring, drywall, etc…. Ken will do the electric from the electrical box that a master electrician will be doing from the electrical pole. We’re still waiting on his quote.

Matthew is impressed with the construction for a shed/structure building place. He shared that it’s more towards house quality. The woman with this pink house must think so too. You can get this type and size of a structure for around $12,000 delivered and set up.

With this style, Ken will have to build a porch. If you buy one with a porch, it will cut into your space a bit. Let us know what you think?

The Best Part About Missouri

…. is having friends you love, nearby.

While I don’t have a picture of me and my friend, Laura yet… I have  a few of their children and ours playing together in their yard back in April.  Their beautiful property…  I love their beautiful candle holder/chandelier in the yard. We’ll have to consider doing this too!  How could one not love the beauty of the farmlands here?  Finally, a good friend to play with. Hi, sweet Noah! Doggy taking nap… Lazy afternoon.

Hannah swinging….