Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Have a Happy New Year

Christmas was a blast at the Comerford house! As you can see by these pictures, we had a lot going on.

Santa brought Tyce a race track
Just a small, simple Christmas this year. Holy crap! Talk about an economic stimulus!

Cute bum! Nothing like goin' commando!

A Christmas tradition. Making sugar cookies with Grandma / Mom / Aunt Penny.

You must concentrate very hard when decorating your sugar cookie. This is delicate work. One false move and it's all over.
Well, that's our Christmas day in a nutshell. We hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and we look forward to the coming year. We will be getting a new grandbaby ( whadya say Bethany - let's make it two! ) every one is healthy and happy.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Eskimo Invasion

Alaska invaded Arizona yesterday! My sister Becky and her kids - Kelly, Ryan and Tristan came from their home in North Pole, Alaska to beautiful, sunny (ha ha) Arizona. The kids helped us put up our tree and get the Christmas decorations up. Their Dad is deployed to Iraq until next Fall. We love having kids around at Christmas time and they love seeing more than a couple of hours of daylight!

Ryan and Tristan helping Aunt Penny decorate the tree
Next year Ryan will probably be taller than the tree

Tyce and Tristan had a great time playing together. Tristan loves trains and was showing Tyce his Thomas The Train collection.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

We had a fun Thanksgiving with our kids and grandkids. We'll start off with Tyce toddling around with his sippy.

Princess Haylee loves to push around her toy. When she gets to a wall, she looks back as if to say "Hey! A little help here!"

Ya gotta love the tubby pictures! This will be great blackmale material when they become teenagers!

The house is great for big parties. We had two big tables set up with room spare.

Grandpa's got Cheerios!

Some of Penny's family that she hadn't seen in a long time stopped by and surprised her.

Here are the cooks wearing the aprons that Grandma Rainey gave them for Christmas. Lookin' pretty hot ladies!

Meanwhile, Tyce and Haylee, who are best buddies were checking out some toys and having fun.

Back in the big tub before we get our jammies on and call it a night!
As you can see, our family has a lot to be thankfull for. We hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving and we hope to see you soon.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Time to Move In

This is how we look now. The first pic is the master bath vanity. I tiled the countertop myself and it actually turned out pretty good! We really like the mirrors we found at Lowes. They are alot cheaper than a big mirror across the wall and I think they look better.

Here is our kitchen - it turned out really nice. Once we got the construction dust off the floor (thanks Jill) it really looks good. We are very happy with the color we chose.

Kind of a weird shot of the front door, some kitchen and the laundry room door.
This is the other end of the great room looking toward the fireplace. The den / office is to the left and the door to the master bedroom is next to the fireplace. My friend Chris Skousen helped me hang interior doors and then Kendall, Cameron and I installed the trim. Gotta get the phone moved, satellite installed and move in.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Go to the Ohio

Cameron served his mission in the Cleveland Ohio mission and spent about 6 months in Kirtland. We have always wanted to go back there as a family and see where he served and visit some of the church histiry sites. The Kirtland temple was one of the highlights of the trip. We took the tour of the inside and walked the gardens and the cemetary on the north side. Kendall was surprised to find a number of Whitings buried there. It was amazing to stand in the place where so many miracles occurred.
Here is our group on the front steps of the temple. The steps as well as the front doors are original. The doors were sanded down a couple of years ago to reveal the original color.
Here we are in front of the Newel K. Whitney store. When Cameron was there, this was a public street and had quite a bit of traffic on it. It is now a walking tour and the church has made it a beautifull place.
This is the Johnson Farm where the prophet lived for a couple of years. This is the door where he was drug by a mob to a field and tarred and feathered. It was on these steps that he delivered a sermon the very next day.
Had to get in a picture of us with our two favorite traveling companions. This was a great trip and we all had a fun time. We got to meet a man that Cameron taught who joined the church and is now in the bishopric. He conducted sacrament meeting on Sunday. We also met a lady he baptized. Besides the spirit we felt at the sites we visited, the leaves were changing color and the scenery was beautiful. Check out April's blog for even more pictures.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Fall Colors

I had to do an appraisal in Greer so the Penster and I went over today (Saturday) and had lunch in Greer and looked at the leaves beginning to change. There is still a couple of weeks before they peak but there are some pretty spots as you can see :

The picture above is A-1 Lake which is right on the road and is a real nice spot. It was a little windy and rained off and on so there weren't many people there. Fall is a nice time of year. It's cooler but not cold, the leaves are turning, football, Thanksgiving, almost Christmas. What's not to love?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

29 Wonderfull Years

Penny is out for a couple of hours so I want to take this opportunity to wish her a happy 29th anniversary. It was actually on Monday the 15th. I am greatly blessed to have Penny as my wife. When we started dating, I could tell right away that she had big heart and it didn't take long before I knew that this was the girl I wanted to be my wife. Penny has kind of a natural sweetness about her that comes across to everyone she meets. It always amazes me how people are drawn to Penny and will pour out their soul to her. She is literally the most compassionate person I know and when people confide in her they know that she really does care about them. Penny has had to overcome alot of adversity over the years. Some serious health issues and some stressfull economic times only worked to bring us closer together. Our kids have been a great blessing in our lives and our greatest source of enjoyment. Penny was born to be a mother. She was a natural and as a result of her example, we have two of the greatest kids any parent could want. Now we have been blessed with two of the most beautifull grandchildren in the world. Both of them love their grandma and to say she loves them is an understatement. Three years ago we almost lost Penny. A tear in one of her carotid arteries caused a 95% blockage which caused her to have a major stroke. Through the power of prayer, priesthood blessings and her own faith, she pulled through without any paralysis, memory loss or any of the affects you would expect from a stroke. I can't imagine how I could have survived losing her. After 29 years I still love Penny more and more every day. I hope I can always be the kind of husband she deserves and I look forward to the next 29. I love ya babe!

Monday, September 1, 2008

My Little Helper

I had a little helper today at the house. Tyce followed me around and babbled all day. Here we are taking a little lunch break. We have a little pile of sand that the bath tub will sit on and he sat and played in it for about an hour. He had alot more fun today than I did!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

How to Abuse Your Inlaws

You may have noticed that the work on the house slowed way down when it got to the part that I started working on. Well, I got some help from Penny's dad, Uncle Bob and brother Mike. They started laying the flooring in the great room yesterday and have laid about 800 square feet of flooring so far. It's hard work and 90 % of the time you are on your knees.

Merwyn and Bob hard at it.
Mike is on the other end getting measurements to go around the fireplace.
It's starting to look like a floor!
I was staying out of sight in the bathrom finishing the last of the tile Yay!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Triathlon

Today Cameron raced in his first triathlon, the Tri In The Pines in Show Low. He swam, biked and ran and lived to tell about it. Above he is starting the swim.
Starting the 13 mile bicycle ride.
Finishing with a 3.5 mile run.
At the finish line.
With his cheering section - Me and Penny, Bethany and Haylee, Mel and Peggy, April and Tyce.
Yeah, our grandkids are pretty cute!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Celebrity Sighting

Penny, April and I walk every morning in our neighborhood. This morning we ran into none other than George Takei, "Mr. Sulu" from Star Trek! He has a cabin in our neighborhood and he and his "hsuband" were out for a walk. We each said good morning and walked by, I don't want to do the crazed fan thing even though I am a huge fan of the old Star Trek series. How cool is that! Maybe we could get William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy to come by for a bar b que!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

2 down 1 to go

finished the tile the guest baths. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out.
they still need to be wiped down again but this is pretty much what they will look like except with sinks and toilets :)
Instead of cutting tile to make a pattern in this shower, I used mosaic strips. Much easier and faster.
one lesson I learned is to not wait too long to sponge the grout or it turns into a really hard job. OK stop laughing. I already told you I'm a rookie tile setter.
Kendall, Cameron and I put T-111 siding on the porch ceilings and then Kendall trimmed it out with 1x3. Next is the master bath. the end is in sight!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Some More New Stuff

The granite countertops have been installed. We were originally going to do granite tile but the price of solid granite has come WAY down. We are thrilled at how it turned out.

This is the main guest bath shower. It still needs grout you can get an idea how it looks. This is the first time I have ever laid tile and I have a new found respect for the pros. By the way, that is a protective cover on the tub. I don't know if you can see it but I did a row of 6" tiles on diagonal about half way up. That's as fancy as I could get.
On the floor, I am doing a pattern with 12" and 6" tiles that match the shower. I think it looks sharper than plain rows of all the same size. The secret here is good knee pads. While all this sets up, I will get started on the other guest bath and then come back and grout. It makes me tired just thinking about it!