Tuesday, November 30, 2010


My brothers and I have had the opportunity to have some pretty neat adventures…my Mom has found a way for us to learn new skills and to have some diverse experiences that don’t break the bank. She checks her Groupon app for “Today’s Daily Deal” and can get receive huge discounts for things she knows we’ll like to do. For instance, in a few months we’ll learn how to scuba dive, attend a performance of the Nutcracker and create a photo book from the pictures we took from our Florida trip.

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Backer Board and Tile on the Floor


The installers arrived early this morning and started gluing the concrete board to the floor and then used nail guns to secure the concrete even more.


While the guys continued working on the house we got lunch and also did some shopping for the new sinks and a vanity for the bathrooms.

When we got back to the house the guys had started laying down the tile. The house is really starting to look different and the tile looks great!


We left the house while the installers were packing up to leave for the day. We had a good visit with the LaMotte family!


Some pretty extreme NERF tag guns! Smile





When we got back to our house we had to enter via the walk-in basement because the mortar is setting up right now.IMG_2932IMG_2934

New Blog Record….Post-A-Day

There are 30 posts for the month of November 2010 which establishes a new record for the GTC Blog.

One reason why I have been posting so frequently is I’ve downloaded the Windows Live Tools which included the ultra-handy Windows Live Writer. I can just drag and drop photos from my computer, type in some text, add a video to YouTube and publish the post-all without having to sign in or open up a web browser. At this point the steps to adding more content to the blog is very streamlined.

Another reason why I’ve been posting so often is because I finally purchased a new digital camera! I had lost my old camera a few months ago and had to borrow my brother’s camera to take photos. This new camera is also quite an upgrade compared to my $85-$115 I used for the past few years. It is a Canon Powershot SX130IS and is known as a power-zoom camera with a 12x optical zoom. I really like the size of it because I carry it in my pocket 95% of the time we leave the house.

Anyways, thank you to everyone who follows this blog-it kind of surprises me that anyone would actually care what we do day-by-day, but the main purpose for this blog isn’t for the public to read anyways. The reason why we have a family blog is for us to have a journal of what our family has done and been through.

Agenda & Divided

This weekend we had the opportunity to watch two documentaries from this year’s SAICFF. They were both very good and we’re planning on showing them to family and friends who might be interested in them. On Thanksgiving we watched Divided with the Brewer family and it was on the break down of the family through age-segregated youth ministry.



When Idaho legislator Curtis Bowers wrote a “Letter to the Editor” about the drastic changes in America’s culture, it became the feature story on the evening news, people protested at the capitol, and for weeks the local newspapers were filled with responses.

He realized then that he’d hit on something.

Ask almost anyone and you will hear, “Communism is dead! The Berlin wall came down.” But although the word “communism” has fallen out of favor, Marxism continues to have a powerful influence upon our nation, as this new film quickly reveals. Join Bowers for a fascinating look at the people and groups that have successfully targeted America’s morality and freedom in their effort to grind America down.

It’s a well-documented agenda.






Is Age Segregation Ministry Multiplying or Dividing the church?

Divided follows filmmaker Philip Leclerc on a revealing journey as he seeks answers to what has happened to today’s Christian youth. Philip speaks to kids in local youth groups, interviews national youth ministry leaders, and finally meets with a growing number of pastors and elders who are abandoning the age-segregated Sunday school and youth ministry model and embracing instead the perfect ministry model God’s Word prescribes.

Two-thirds of young people are going to leave the Church. That's a shocking statistic. —Ken Ham
It's time to get past the denial phase. —Kevin Swanson



Divided from NCFIC on Vimeo

Monday, November 29, 2010

Installing the Cement Board



The Lowe’s Installers are at our place now and have ripped out the carpet and padding already. They’re making the cuts for the backer board now.


My brothers worked on fixing squeaks in the sub floor by drilling some screws into the joist.




Benjamin made the pilot holes and in this picture Noah is toe-nailing in the screw into the joist.

One of the most abnoxious squeaks in the floor wouldn’t stop no matter how many 4” screws we drilled in. We took a look at the joist from the basement and we’ll have to support the joist from below.

Just to be sure the squeaks were all out we drilled in screws in the entire living room. My brothers and I each used a drill and got pretty quick at screwing them in-we had the job done in no time at all. We at least added 1 screw for every nail that' was holding down the plywood.



By the end of the day the installers had cut the concrete board to fit the floor. Tomorrow they’ll glue down the concrete board and will also nail to to the sub floor.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Emptying the Living Room & A New Sub-floor

This Saturday we got accomplished quite a lot it one day!


Benjamin and Noah stripped out the back bathroom before we left for Florida and Noah scraped off some of the paint.



As you can see the living room was a wreck and I thought it’d take us a few days to get everything moved out.



However, after a few hours we had all of the bookcases out and had moved them into Benjamin’s room.


The boxes were easily moved out and all of that was left were a few odds and ends.





After getting the living room and kitchen in order we worked on putting the new subfloor into the bathroom.



We brought in a few tiles from one of the pallets outside on the driveway so we could get an idea of what the flooring will look like:



The tile is going to be arranged in a brick pattern like the picture above.