Window and Door Replacement

Last winter, our patio door and front window leaked in quite a bit of cold air and had a lot of moisture damage and rot. Our heat bill and our chill factor said we need to replace these both before next winter.

So, here goes!

Nick worked with a rep from his office to get a custom size for the front living room window. We ended up going with vinyl for this one to cut costs, while still accomplishing a good looking window that seals well. We changed the layout of the panes because with the old one, the pane divider was right at eye-level as you sat on a couch to look out. (We like looking outside – and it blocked the street view!)

The patio door was in their “garage sale” pile for quite a discount as it was previously custom-ordered for someone, then turned down. It is not as big as our last one, but much sturdier and built well. Metal clad exterior and wood interior. I love it!

Front window and siding:

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Just gotta throw in a pic of our garage sale bikes!

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We had extra fiber-cement siding from the garage project to wrap it around up to the brick wall. Eventually – we’ll reside the whole house. But small bites at a time!

I’m really excited about the natural wood around the door! Nick cut the boards to make it ship-lapped. (Similar to a tongue and groove, but not quite.) The wood adds a lot of warmth to the entry along with updated numbers and a locking mailbox. Woohoo!

As for the patio door…lacking many pictures. We replaced this right after playing bball at the Big Sky State Games – we were all exhausted and starving for dinner!


Big Sky State Games

Last weekend my sis came down for the Big Sky State Games. We we played on a women’s basketball team. It was sure fun! It has been years since I’ve played “organized” bball – where we all somewhat matched and had referees to call the fouls. (And yes they did call em tight – just ask Mary about fouling out!)

Right before our first game, we found out we needed to have a jersey with a number on it. Hmm…no numbered jersey in my closet – except my old Lacrosse uniform. So, I thought I would just tape a number on a grey tank top.

Then, Nick said, “Why don’t you just sew a number on?”

Sure, why not? So I did…


However, at the game – someone found matching jerseys so I didn’t even need to wear my number tank. Sure glad I made it permanent!

So…now what do I do with a numbered shirt? Maybe I can number all my clothes! One for each day of the week. This is now my “Saturday shirt”. Only available to wear on the 7th day of the week. Ha!


Here, I’m up for a free throw. Nice break time from burning lungs. Question is – did it go in?


Three Years Ago

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Three years ago we tied the knot!

These three years have gone by so fast. It seems like yesterday when we closed our college textbooks and said, “I do”.

As we walked the other night on the Rims, we reminisced about what each year has held - adventures, challenges, and blessings. We are so thankful for God’s hand in our marriage and His continual guidance in our lives.

I feel so blessed to be married to such a wonderful man and look forward to many more great years!

Happy Anniversary, Nick!


Denver, CO – 4th of July

It was such a blessing to visit an old college friend (and meet her husband!) in Denver last weekend for the 4th of July. It is amazing how times flies and years pass so fast!


They took us to a beautiful new housing development, Solterra, located between Denver and the majestic mountains. It was a wonderful blend of Tuscan, French, and Spanish inspired homes with beautiful stonework, landscaping, and views. Her husband is the head developer for this community and it was neat to see his ideas come together in such a beautiful way.

Here is a picture of the community center at Solterra where we had a memorable evening of fireworks and fellowship.


We also saw Blues Traveler live at Red Rocks Amphitheater – what an amazing venue! The rain started pouring during the song, “Mountains Win Again” – making for a drenched but exciting and crazy time. That’s a concert I’ll never forget!

Here is a video when the rain starting pouring down:

See the guy in the orange jacket? That’s Nick! And we’re all standing on the other side of him. :)