Sofia’s New Teammates

Sofia made the SOCA U11 Premier Travel Team! Here she is with most of her new teammates at their first short practice in early June. Practices won’t start in earnest until August.

Shower Project

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Finally got to work on and finished the girls’ shower in the extension. 3′ x 3′ with travertine tile over a Schluter waterproof membrane, a Tile Redi shower pan, and a Dream Line frameless glass door. Plumbing and fixtures installed by professionals.

House: Painting & Wainscoting

wainscotingWell, we’ve been here nine years and haven’t painted much of the house. We went with a Sherwin-Williams Sterling White for the living room, kitchen and upstairs hallway. Also decided to give the rooms some architectural detail with board and batten style wainscoting….OK, actually it’s because it holds up better to the kids’ grubby paws. My favorite new tool – the Kreg pocket hole jig.

Officially a Soccer Mom and Dad

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That’s a game face from Leonidas (standing, second from right). Sofia’s got her usual happy, shiny face on (kneeling, first from left).

The team is struggling in the win column, but the kids are having heaps of fun. This is the twins’ first year playing organized sports and they’re getting better every week. Leo actually scored two goals this past Saturday! Sofia scored one early in the season but has hit a dry spell since.

House Addition

After talking about it for about a year, Carolyn and I decided to go ahead with the garage/bonus room addition. We decided to go with a local builder named O’Jennings Home Builders and they started excavation on 17 April 2012.  Unfortunately, it started raining seemingly every other day soon after that and construction was slow, but here we are almost in June and we have floor one (the garage) under cover and the roof trusses are due to arrive later this week.


Excavation just beginning. This after moving the gas tank about 30 feet and reconnecting, which strangely resulted in a ruptured gas line (nail hole) and four holes in the basement drywall to try to find the leak.


Footers have been poured and block foundation is complete. Footprint of garage is 28′ x 28′.


Laundry room expansion is 13′ x 13′ and is above a crawl space. Stairs within will give access to second floor of addition.


First floor walls going up.


Massive garage header installed. Triple LVL beams.


Engineered trusses to cover the 28 foot span without support posts. Trusses are 18″ deep and installed 16″ on center. Seems solid.


Just before the flooring panels were laid on 2nd floor.

Twins’ School Photo

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Sofia and Leonidas. 4 years old.

Eleni is 7!

More Max

Note to self (and Santa): Kid needs more Raider gear.

Maximos is Two!

DC in July


We drove up to DC for a day last week to get Maximos his Australian passport for his trip Down Under in September.  Decided to walk over to show the kids the White House after the embassy and took some snapshots, followed by some Frozen Yo (free hot fudge!).  Yum.