Craig, Jodie and Tyler's Early
Posted December 24, 2001
|Craig, Jodie and Tyler came to visit on
Friday, December 21, just after they signed the final papers in
Sacramento for the construction loan on the Nevada City house (plus
refinancing their San Jose house) -- Hurrah! They arrived in time for
dinner and to let us join them in celebration. Saturday morning we had
an early Christmas, opening only the presents for our mutual families.
Tyler got lots of presents from Grandma and Grandpa, of course (all
purchased by Grandma). Here they play with Pirate Island, which is made
of sponge rubber so Tyler can also play with it in his bath. Both he
and Craig loved it because it included a canon, so there were lots of
verbal explosions as pirates went flying.
|Craig and Tyler play with
|Even the adults got some presents. Craig got the usual Christmas
which was much appreciated, but not in the way Jodie greeted her new
spinner. Grandpa got a beautiful burgundy vest sweater and Grandma a
cardigan sweater, I'm sure from Jodie's shopping just as Mary buys all
Jodie loved her salad spinner, while Craig
took a breather from playing with Tyler.
|Craig got to assemble all of Tyler's presents. The garage below is
with Spanish instructions, which didn't matter since Craig just grabbed
pieces and shoved them together in various ways until they fit.
|Craig assembles Tyler's
|Later, Craig had to take the garage apart so he could glue
stickers onto each
floor, and so on. That didn't stop Tyler from playing with the pieces.
|Tyler plays with one of the
floors of his garage.
|After the initial dust settled from opening all the presents, I
was able to
get between Tyler and the window so I could use natural light without
Better picture with natural light from the
|While Mary took care of Tyler, I drove Craig and Jodie up to
Nevada City so
they could see their home site for the first time since the bulldozer
the area in October and early November. It had been raining off and on
and had just rained all Friday night, so it was cold, windy, and muddy.
same, Craig and I opened beers so we could drink them in the new
garage. I was
just as cold as Craig and Jodie look here but the beer tasted great.
Craig and Jodie freezing in the wind and mud.
|With nothing but ankle deep mud and water all around, Craig could
foundation and envision the house only by balancing on the newly poured
foundation. He stayed mainly on the wood forms because he wasn't sure
the concrete had cured. Jodie and I stayed safely on the gravel-covered
area where we were sure we wouldn't fall off into gooey mud.
|Craig balances on the
foundation as he surveys their mansion to be.
|The next afternoon (Sunday, after our trip to the snow) Craig and
back to the site on their own in the nice, sunny weather, so they could
their home-to-be without wind and rain.
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