The few weeks after we brought our daughter home from the hospital and moved into our new house we put the final touches on the kitchen in 1/2 of the duplex we own. Basically, we finished what had been an extremely long project just in time for our new Tenants to move in. The transformation was pretty dramatic, but unfortunately we have no before shots just a halfway started shot, some in progress shots and the finals. Anyway, take a look:
Some people thought we were crazy to do it but we just got back from a week at my parent’s Adirondack escape (ending last Sunday 7/11/2010).� This was Delilah’s first trip to the Adirondacks and it was a hot one.� She did great, slept a lot (it was in the 90’s with no A/C, ugh!) and smiled at her daddy a ton.
Last year we built a shed (Mostly my father, I helped a little).� This year we’re putting on an addition to the camp.� More like a new camp really… We’re taking the camp from the tiny studio-sized 336 square feet up to 960 by adding 2 bedrooms and a bigger living space.� The current camp is going to become a ‘dining’ area, kitchen and bathroom.� We’re well on our way.
Last week when we got to camp Dad was already all the way up to laying the floor.� It might not sound like much, but there’s a ton involved to get to that point.� Squaring everything up, leveling (& digging) the ground, insulation, wire netting, studding, joists & beams… Not simple work.� He’d been working for over a month just about steady to get to that point.� These things take time, especially when you’re by yourself in the mountains and you’re fighting the rain nonstop.
By the time we left Sunday afternoon (7 days later) we had raised all 3 of the walls (complete with OSB Board covering), All rafters were in place (save the ones that need to be placed over the existing roof) and all Zip System Roof Panels were in place and taped (as far as could be done until the remaining rafters are positioned).
Not bad for 5 days worth of work for 2 guys in 90+�F heat and 2 days with a bunch of help from other family.� Thanks Jerry, Scott, Donald, Wes, Pauline, Virginia, Gage & Mindy Lee!� Still lots to do, but we’re getting pretty darn close to weather-sealed.� We’re only a few steps away:
complete & install 1 remaining rafter
install Zip System Roof Panels over remaining area
small 4ft section of Wall & OSB board panels to go up adjoining existing deck
install a few missing OSB Board panels on the walls (mainly the gable end)
Tyvek Weather wrap
Of course there’s lots of little things to do as part of those steps, but those are the big ones.
If it was easy, Everybody would do it
While it wasn’t much of a vacation for a week off… it was still enjoyable to be around some family and it made me overjoyed Rachel and Delilah were able to come up with us and be around during those ‘off’ times while we were taking a bit of a break from the beating (building) so I could hold the little one.� Oh, and a huge thanks goes out to Rachel for all the delicious meals during the week.
The place is gonna be totally unrecognizable when we get done, but it’s sure gonna be nice.� A great place for Debug to grow up.� I’m looking forward to watching her play in the stream from the new living area.
Apparently people don’t like when you leave them hanging. Everybody wants to know what the meaning is behind Delilah’s name. Sort of funny given that it’s not that dramatic of a meaning but it’s still fun and makes for a good story.
There’s actually a few meanings:
We sort of had a theme song for our honeymoon in Hawaii. Literally every time we got in the car we’d hear Hey there Delilah by the Plain White T’s and we even used it in one of our Honeymoon slideshows. Delilah isn’t named after the song, but her name is inspired by it. We were thinking up names when we heard the song and both fell in love.
The lilac bush we planted a week after we bought our old house (on Roselawn ave) never flowered until this spring. We were even ready to tear it out this year if it didn’t. A shortened version of Delilah is Lila which can be translated to Lilac in several languages. Kinda cool right?
Along the same lines as the Lilac bush but not as cool… she was born during the Lilac Festival so now she has a Festival every year just for her.
And what everyone’s been waiting for… Some more pictures from Little Lila’s first few days of life:
We had this short & sweet ‘Pushing’ post all ready, but the little lady had other plans so we had to wait until now to let the world know. Not the first plans she’s disrupted and certainly won’t be the last. That’s ok though, it all comes with the territory.
It’s been a long few days but she’s here! Couldn’t be more excited (and scared… but that will pass).
Delilah Grace was born at 8:26pm May 19th weighing in at a healthy 9lbs 12.5oz & measuring 21.25″. Because of all the meds Rachel was on she needs to stay in the special care room for at least the night which is a little hard for us but it’s for the best, we can actually get some sleep tonight! Her name does have some meaning to us but that’s for another time.
We knew everyone would want pictures so we wanted to get these up right away.
Mom & Baby are both healthy & sleeping soundly. Dad is about to head off in that direction as well. Heh, Dad… that’ll take some getting used to.
Preferred Care is putting on what they call Nature Nights every Tuesday at 6pm from May 26th through August 25th. These nights include biking, (canoe) paddling, hiking and walking in the different areas Rochester has to offer.
Tuesday Rachel and I, along with my mother and several other of their coworkers, participated in a 10 (ish) mile bike ride along the Genesee River. We started at the Seneca Park Zoo parking lot. From there we crossed a walking/riding bridge to the other side of the Genesee. We rode along Lake ave for a short distance and then through Turning Point Park. From there we rode on to Ontario Beach Park. We took a short break at abbots and then headed back along the same route. Some people got a longer break than others, due to a lost rider… but that’s a story for another day.
I intended to record video of the whole thing. However; the battery in my camera died after crossing the bridge so this is all I got:
The pace was very leisurely (a bit slow for my taste) but it was a great ride with a great group. Everyone was very friendly and we’ll probably participate again.
Enjoy some of the scenery the Genesee Riverway Trail has to offer below. Please note, these were shot with my iPhone so the quality is a little… well the quality is little.
I wonder if there was a photographer that charted the progress of Rochester growing into a great city? I wonder if he also charted the progress of Rochester dying into the crime infested nothing it is today?
WordPress 2.3 has been out for a while but I’ve been hesitant to upgrade. I finally decided it was time. RandyAldrich.net was running on 2.1.2 until now and I thought the upgrade might not go as smoothly as it should. As with any upgrade I did a database backup and instead of overwriting the install directory I created a new one (randyaldrich.upgrade). Once I was satisfied that I had all configuration, plug-ins, themes and uploads transferred to the new directory I simply deactivated all my plug-ins, switched the directory names and ran the upgrade script. It went perfectly smooth. So smooth that I also upgraded R & R today.
Along with the upgrade I always do some general house cleaning. Remove any plugins no longer used, upgrade any plug-ins which have upgrades available. I like to embed videos with my posts now and then and WordPress does not make this easy. Because of this I have been using Viper’s Video Quicktags for quite some time now and recently realized I was 2 versions behind. The new versions provide some nice enhancements and fixes to issues I have been noticing.
All in all. A good upgrade. I highly recommend it.
One and a half years of planning, four months of frenzy, a one day celebration and 2 weeks of relaxation… We did it!
Life as a married couple has been good to us so far. We’d just like to say a final thanks to everyone who made our wedding the most beautiful and blissful day a couple could wish for. Not to mention all the fun we had! We couldn’t ask for a better start to a long happy life together.
Special thanks go out to:
The Parents, without your love and support we wouldn’t have been able to do it at all
The Bridal Party Consisting of:
Lisa Jordan – Maid of Honor
Anthony Ventura – Best Man
George Heath Jr
Claire Masten for her touching reading from 1st Corinthians