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A little more Waco

When we left Waco last weekend, we said our good-byes thinking we wouldn’t be back in town until late November.  But when Gary tracked down the metal roofing he wanted for the shed, and it could be ready by yesterday, it seemed that another quick (as in under 24 hours quick!) trip to Waco was in order!

Although I had my doubts, my guy was pretty sure we could handle the roofing job ourselves.

Thankfully, at the last moment, dear SOWER friends who live in Lindale offered to come to Waco for the day to give us a hand! We were so thankful they came, because without Mike, I’m pretty sure we would’ve abandoned the project before the first sheet was screwed down.
We worked out a great system on the first side where Mike would slide the  sheet up, measure to make sure it was straight, and then I would steady it until it got screwed down from the top and bottom by the guys with the power tools.
The first side went pretty well but when it came to the second side there wasn’t really room for me, so I was (thankfully) demoted to the ground patrol .  I did miss the view, though!

The guys handled it just fine without me (no big surprise there), but I did come in handy when they dropped a tool or needed more supplies.

The trickiest panels were the final pieces on each side since there was no where to stand to screw them down.   Gary and Mike were pretty creative (and somewhat fearless, it seems) and figured that if they tied a ladder to one side of the roof (and then the other side) they could get the job done.
I know – crazy, right??? (That’s Mike up on the ladder with Gary as the ‘spotter’. Gary had already taken his turn on the ladder on the other side, and I honestly could not watch. Let alone document. Since he had survived without an ambulance ride, I figured I could take a couple of shots when it was Mike’s turn.) We were all pretty happy when the ladders were put away for this job!
By 4:30 the job was done, the tools and ladders were put away and we were heading back to Lindale. Here’s a super shout out to Mike and Bonnie for coming to town to help us with this. We truly could not have done this without you. In fact, after all was said and done, I heard some words come out of Gary’s mouth that I almost never hear –
“I really should have hired this out!”

We didn’t have much chance to interact with the kids between school and schedules (and shed roofing), but I still have to say the highlight of our zip-in, zip-out trip to Waco was this –
Missing our Waco family (especially this little one who is changing every day!!!) already! Thanks goodness for FaceTime.

Waco Days

What a sweet time we had in Waco!!  We were only there for two weeks, but we managed to pack the days full of goodness!

          • Our friends Don & Jenny came for a quick visit and we got to show them our new house and Waco.  We didn’t spend a lot of time experiencing the “Magnolia Phenom”, but did have a thoroughly enjoyable day checking out the riverfront, the Baylor campus (and bears) and hanging out with our Waco kids. Such a fun day!
            Untitled(photo creds to Gary – that’s his finger at the top!)Untitled
          • Although we were parked at our favorite campground, the bulk of our time was spent  with our favorite Wacoans!No surprise there, right?

          • While the kids were playing
            Gary was busy working on his shed. It went from this:
            to this in just two short weeks.
            Untitled Gotta love a man with a plan!
          • We voted.
            Now don’t get me wrong, we’ve voted in every major election via absentee ballot since we’ve been on the road. But this was the first time in these last 14 years that we walked into a polling place, showed our ID, entered a voting booth and ‘pulled the lever’. (Although in this new tech age, we actually turned a dial and pressed enter. Crazy!) It felt good. Very good, indeed.
          • I got my first tattoo.
            UntitledOK, so Taran gave me this little minion, and it was applied with a wet washcloth, but I have to tell you I’ve showered many times, and it’s still as bright and cheery as it was the day I got it. I’m thinking it’s permanent.
      • Speaking of minions – my little ‘minion’ cactus that I bought two years ago in Arizona, is blooming!!!! Such excitement in my little world!

It was a grand couple of weeks filled with snuggles and giggles and hugs. Add in some house chores accomplished (oh, and the shed half built!), and some lovely time spent with the grown-up kiddos, and it makes up for a truly excellent time.  If you’d like to see some additional pictures of our time in Waco, you can check them out here.

Thanks for stopping by!