Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Thank You....

How do you thank your family for working 12 hour days?  Two days in a row?  They were amazing..and everyone needs to know that.

So thank you to

Carolyn - for coming and cooking 3 meals for us.  She cooked hot dogs for lunch and pork steaks for dinner on Saturday and then BBQ ham sandwiches for Sunday lunch.  She made GG's German potato salad, Sandra Lee's baked beans and brought all the fixin's for strawberry shortcake...

Don and Donna - Rich's sister and brother-in-law.  They showed up bright and early on Saturday morning with a miter saw and more and worked all day...  He is meticulous and the master bedroom is beautiful.

Barb - Rich's cousin came with her own measuring tape and was teamed up with Rich starting in bedroom 2.  I think they talked "dead people" all day...

Kristin and Brad - Second daughter and son-in-law.  What workers! Brad likes to work on his own. He started in bedroom 3 and before you could turn around he was starting in the living room and working down the hall.  And the other teams were still working in their bedrooms.  He left Saturday with bloody blisters on both knees, but they both came back bright and early Sunday am to keep working..  I can not say enough.  Kristin was on her knees in the kitchen slamming down boards like she did it every day.

Carole and Tom - Rich's other sister and brother-in-law.  They came Sunday to help finish the kitchen and dining room.  Carole brought food and we put Tom to work cutting boards.  The guys would call out the measurements and he would cut and deliver.  He could also do some amazing trim cutting.  He would sit on the floor and using only masking tape (and no ruler) would mark the board, cut it and it would fit perfectly around the vent.  I shake my head at that...

Ava and Owen - Two of my five grandchildren.. They were great!  They fished, swept, hauled out cardboard boxes and plastic, vacuumed, dusted, delivered cut boards and kept busy in the BASR* making a fort...

So now to the photos...

Barb and (part of) Rich in bedroom 2

and all finished with bedroom 2

Kristin and Brad start in bedroom 3

Brad continues on his own

And bedroom 3 done

and he starts down the hall

Barb and Rich almost done with bedroom 2 (yea, out of order sorry!)

Master bedroom closet done

Don working hard in the master bedroom

Don and Donna almost done with the master bedroom

Sorry Kristin...I could NOT leave this out.  She thought I was taking photos, not videos!! lol

Rich and Brad.  Brad thought if he wore overalls and a holey t-shirt that I wouldn't take his picture..Really?

{sigh} what can I say...the kitchen

Kitchen leading to the deck

Dining Room

and all together now {sigh}

The Fort!!
first time EVER cooking pork steaks on the grill...she cooked a grill full three times to feed us all...

Fool proof recipe to share at the end.. yes the grill is close to the house. Much closer than we usually have it. It was raining and the fire was going out.
So thank you...thank you...thank you...thank you...thank you...  We can't say it enough..

Rich and Nancy

*BASR - Big A** Sewing Room

The best BBQ Pork Steak..

3 hours before dinner start grill and let go to coals.   In a large saucepan mix 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water, salt and pepper.  Dip pork steaks into vinegar/water solution and add to grill.  Turn every 15 minutes and dunk the pork steaks every time you turn them.  Cook 3 hours. Add sauce (we use Sweet Baby Rays) to one side and let grill for an aditional  5 minutes then turn and add sauce to other side and let grill for 5 minutes. Serve.

Since we had so many people, Carolyn grilled them and then put them into a roaster oven with the sauce. Kept the roaster on 200 and they stayed nice and warm in there until dinner.  YUMMY!


JustCindy said...

Your kitchen would make anyone drool. How does one go about getting a BASR?

Linda said...

The floors look terrific, have to agree with Cindy the kitchen looks wonderful. And yes I want a Big A sewing room too.

KatieKate said...

Oh, Nancy... it all looks so great!!! And that kitchen! *sigh* Lovely.

Lindabee said...

It looks sooo nice. I'll bet you can't wait to move in. The pork steaks also look good, I'll have to try that technique. Aren't family the bestest?

Anne D said...

The floors look beautiful! You are lucky to have such a great family.

Tangos Treasures said...

Wow!!! It's looks great!! Love that everyone pitched in to help get it done!!!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Veronica

Karen said...

The best part of this post is the video of Kristin. You have truly captured her on film.

Thank goodness for family members who help out. Not like that slacker eldest daughter and her lazy clan! ;)