Monday, September 13, 2010

The house that love built

Richard and I spent Saturday morning volunteering for a Habitat for Humanity project.  What a cool experience.  It's something we've always talked about doing, but never really had the opportunity, so when our church got involved with a build we signed up!

We didn't know what to expect, just jumped in with both feet.  We left early Saturday morning and got almost to the site when the rain let loose, but the work goes on rain or shine.  The houses, two actually across the street from one another, were in downtown Indy, and not a very nice part.  We were part of Thrivent Lutheran's build group and there were a few other churches working as well.

I worked on house wrap, and Richard helped with supports for one of the porches.  It's pretty amazing, how complete strangers come together for a common cause, and despite that many people stepping on, and over each other, stuff gets accomplished.  By the time our morning shift was done, both houses were completely wrapped and almost all of the doors and windows were in.  One of the homeowners was helping my little group with house wrap, as they're required to put in so many hours of work on their own houses.  She was pretty quiet so we didn't get to hear much of her story, but she seemed overwhelmed with gratitude over the whole process.  And it made me appreciate what I have a little bit more too:)

It was a wet and tiring day, but very rewarding, and we definitely plan to do it again when church gets in on a project closer to home.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Well we had our first call from the school nurse last week. Logan had somehow gotten a plastic binder in the eye, it scratched his eyebrow and then poked the corner. The way the nurse described it, you'd think his eyeball had popped right out, I was expecting it to be WAY worse than it was. But I had made an appointment with the eye doctor before seeing it. He did cut the corner pretty good, but managed to miss scratching the eye, which was good, but the doctor still made me feel dumb for being there, oh well! I'm sure its the first of many calls from the school.

Well, I can report that Miss Avery seems to KNOW how to crawl, she just chooses not too! ha ha! She'll crawl a couple of 'steps', and then drops right back to her belly to commence scooting. Friday night we took a picnic to the park, and she was having trouble scooting on the blanket so of course, she had to crawl, but once we got home and back on the slippery hardwood floors, back to her belly. Little stinker! And she's managed to start pulling herself up to a standing position. But still not teeth :(

We had a good labor day weekend, didn't do too much which was kind of nice for a change. We went on the picnic Friday night, and it was a bit chilly. Then Saturday night we had a cookout/bonfire with the neighbors, it was like a perfect fall evening complete with s'mores. Then Sunday Logan went off to spend the night at Auntie Jamie's and Richard and went to a wedding reception while Avery stayed with Grannie. On Monday, since Logan wasn't home, we napped when Avery napped :) It was great, although we did miss Logan.

Hope everyone is having a good week so far!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

September?? Really??

Just where did the summer go? Things are good in the Gusty household. Logan is thoroughly enjoying school, and is favorite part is still the bus ride home:) I'm struggling with keeping school stuff organized though, I need a new system. With more dates to remember, papers to keep track of, our sidetable in the kitchen officially looks like a bomb exploded. Any tips from you seasoned moms of school-agers??

Avery, at 8 months now, yikes, still is not crawling. She's mastered the Army crawl and uses that as her main mode of transport these days. And she's getting good at the leap frog, but no official crawling. And still no teeth! This little girl is miserable, drooling, chewing on anything and everything. And with the weather change here in Indy, she's got some stuffy sinuses to go along with it. But depsite it all, she's a pretty happy go-lucky baby. And recently she started giving kisses, and the best kind open mouthed sloppy ones. You ask her for a kiss, make a kissy noise and she leans in mouth wide open. Melts your heart:)

We had an awesome time at Megan and Paul's wedding a few weeks ago! The ceremony was beautiful and the reception was a blast, couldn't ask for a more perfect day.

My mom came to visit last weekend, she's officially settled in to her new house and new job in West Virginia, and seems to be loving it so far. And she's only about 5 hours away. We're thinking we'll be spending Thanksgiving there, maybe making a trip to DC too.

We're hoping for a nice relaxing Labor Day weekend! And hope yours is too.