May 29, 2009

The North Slope

This past week I have been on the North Slope of Alaska spending time on the oilfields. While there for work I saw a ton of things.
Like Swans
And muskox roaming the tundra around drill sites
There were a few arctic foxes
And we inspected plenty of the equipment set for tundra travel that is going on.
The snow geese have made it north for the summer
And even though I didn't do the full polar plunge, I did step into the snow and ice along the arctic ocean.
Even though we looked, we didn't see any bears.
But we did see another red fox
We inspected the plant rehab of the large oil spill from two winters ago
And dealt with snow at the end of May
And all of the extra water from the snow that is melting
No matter the weather, the caribou didn't seem to mind
Overall it was a great trip.
Now back to the follow up desk work, not as exciting but a little warmer. That works for today!

May 28, 2009

Day of Doors

Mother's first day here in Fairbanks was a work day. With carpet being laid in just a few days there was no time to wait to start our door painting assembly line.
While mother and I painted Josh worked on installing the actual door frames. (This picture is from our master bedroom looking through the yellow hallway into the white bathroom)
But even though we had mother working we had a great time chatting, laughing and catching up.

Mother herself says she likes a project to do. Well mother, you have come to the right place! This is going to be one fun summer full of things to do and see!

May 27, 2009

Way Back Wednesday

The next step in building our house was to buy all of the lumber for the walls, floors and roof.
The day our "housing" package arrived from Home Depot we were super excited. The wood took up most of the parking area. Josh was so good with counting exactly how many of everything we needed. We would be so thankful a month later when we had to go back for just a few more 2x4's and such and found the price had more than doubled!
Notice the trailer in the background. That is where Josh and I lived our entire first summer on the property. From there we moved into the basement and now, two years later, we are getting ready to move upstairs. Oh the signs of progress.

May 26, 2009

Preparations for Summer Growing

Last week Josh and I took an evening to go work on our garden plot at the community garden. We started with weeding as much of the old plants and big weeds as possible.
Then Josh started rototilling the soil to loosen it up and allow it to reach the air and warm up before planting.
Heather stopped by her plot while we were there and took these pictures for us. It will be fun to have her just a few plots down from us for the summer of vegetable growing!
We also hit up the greenhouse early in the week. We picked up our broccoli, cauliflower and tomato plants. And of course seed potatoes.
But for now this frail babies will grow in front of our big windows until the nights stay far above freezing. Hopefully this weekend they will make it into the ground!
Summer is here!

May 25, 2009

Heading North to the Slope

Today I am heading north to Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. This area of Alaska is most commonly known as the "North Slope." Maintained mostly by the oil industry and the starting point of the Great Alaskan Pipeline. Most of what I do for the State of Alaska is maintain state land leases to the companies that occupy this North Slope area. So I will be out of the office all week completing inspections and checking out lease tracts with our State appraisers. Don't worry, I will write blog posts and have them scheduled to publish each day. Just know carpet pictures will have to wait until I get home. What a change I am in for when I walk into a carpeted house Thursday night. A lot to get excited about!

May 22, 2009


Mother has arrived.
All is good!


Today the clock is moving very slowly for me. You see my mother is on a plane flying north for the SUMMER. Not just a short visit but for 13 weeks. Mother decided this summer to try out travel nursing. Her first hospital to try, Fairbanks Memorial. She gets in tonight and will start her new job next week.

We keep laughing because her job seems so secondary to getting the chance to have mother be part of our lives. We plan on sewing curtains for the house together, going on trips together, working on our garden together and oh so many more things like, going to church together. You get the point!

Mother moves into her apartment on Sunday but for the next two nights she will stay with us. It was so fun to make up her bed last night, even if it is still in the kitchen. Soon carpet will be laid and water will be available and she will be here to see it all come together just a little more!

Oh, if only the clock would move a little faster for me today and mother's plane would get a really strong southerly wind to push her plane north just a little quicker! I am ready to get this summer started!

May 21, 2009

On Schedule

I just called our carpet company to check to see if we are still on track for installation next week. Well I am happy to report that the carpet arrived in Fairbanks yesterday and we are right on schedule. Oh yeah, I am smiling big today!

Color of The Day

Color of the Day:
Cotton White
Yes the walls are all painted. Now comes the slower work, trim.
It was hard to pick out a shade of white when there are so very many "whites" available. I choose Cotton White for it's softer appearance but it isn't close to cream.
Bright colors with Cotton White trim. Oh I am so excited to see it all come together!

May 20, 2009

Way Back Wednesday

After the house slab was done, it was time to finally have some walls.
Our basement walls are made out of foam blocks that fit together
With rebar in the middle. The blocks are placed than then filled with concrete.
Finally, two months after buying the property we were finally going to start to see the house itself come together!

May 19, 2009

A Reader

Josh has the joy of being married to a reader. This means anytime we rearrange anything he has to be prepared to move a ton of books.
Good thing I am married to such a patient man.

Look at the Difference

Our living room upstairs has been full the past month. Crammed in the middle of the room, as to not touch the painted walls, have been tools, our guest bed, painting supplies, heaters, boxes of light fixtures and so much more. Yesterday was the end of that. This picture is a 1/2 way cleaned up picture but you can see some of what we were working with.
By the end of the day the room looked like this.
Doesn't that look almost home like? For the first time in the life of our house we have more furniture in the living room than tools. Sometimes it is hard to believe this is actually happening!

May 18, 2009

Crossing Things Off

Do you remember this picture of my painting list?
Look at what the list looks like today.
After a lot of hard work, everything is marked off.

Color of The Day

Color of the Day:
Eaglet Beige
Here is the before picture of the entry way and kitchen
You can see the color in the foreground of this picture. It isn't a bright color, yet with all of the other colors around we needed to pick something more neutral that would work the the current colors as well as the future flooring and cabinets.
We were pretty busy this weekend so I was still putting the second coat of paint on the walls at 11 pm on Sat. Even though the sun still hadn't set yet there were shadows on the walls and so we brought in the work light.
So except for the stair area that leads to the basement and the trim, we are done painting the upper two floors of our house.
Carpet is coming in a week and a half!

May 15, 2009

Ceilings, Please NO More Ceilings

I am so happy to report that yesterday
I finished the final coats of paint on the last of our ceilings.
So except for the basement (which won't be for awhile), I am done with ceilings. Oh my neck is so thankful!

Color of The Day

Color of the Day:
Tamarind (aka: a brown)
Here is the before picture of our main floor bathroom
And then the after shot of the colored walls and me trying to take the tape and plastic off of our tub.
It is by far the darkest room but will look great with the other ideas we have for the flooring and such.
I love all of the different colors in the house. Next to paint this weekend: the kitchen. Stay tuned. Carpet is being installed in just a week and a half. Lots is going on at the Klynstra's.

May 13, 2009

Way Back Wednesday

This Wednesday is very special. Too special for pictures of just the house. Because you see, this Wednesday is our 3rd Anniversary. Surprisingly I have no digital pictures of our wedding, great album but no digital pictures. But we do have a picture of the cake. For those of you that were there will remember, we had a slightly different wedding cake. Lego Bride and Groom going for a sled ride.
We then went to Juneau, Alaska for our honeymoon and went on a whale watching trip.
And Zip lined through the rain forest.
Year one we went to Valdez (no picture sorry)
And Last year, year 2, we went for a hot air balloon ride in Pennsylvania Amish country.

For the life Josh and I have chosen to live has been filled with many adventures and exploration of new things together!
As each year comes it is so wonderful to get to celebrate with my best friend who just so happens to be my husband as well. For three years ago today I made the best decision of my life. I swore to spend the rest of my life with the man I love.

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