Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Uncle Ev's visit

Uncle Evan's visit was short and very busy. He flies home early this morning, much to Oliver's dismay. Fortunately, I'm heading back down to California next week with the boys so Oliver will get to see his favorite uncle in about nine days.

Evan's original goal in coming up here was to visit with the boys and build/weld us a hand rail for our upper front steps. Thanks to his love for welding and my begging for a gate and fence for our upper yard, the project quickly morphed into just that. On Saturday the boys (minus Elliott) headed down to a steel shop to pick up a ton of steel (turns out they over estimated how much material they would need and Nick plans to use the leftovers to build Oliver his first go-cart). Nick, and especially Evan, have worked incredibly hard for the past few days trying to get as much of the fence completed as they could before Evan flies out. The fence is up, and looks great! Evan has better pictures on his camera so I'll post them when I get them from him. Nick still has a lot of work ahead of him though, including building the gate and sanding/galvanizing/painting the entire fence before it rusts. I am so thrilled to finally have a fence and soon a gate, as the concrete stairs leading down to the street have made me so nervous ever since Oliver first became mobile two years ago. Now the boys will be able to play more safely in our front yard, and Penny will get to enjoy it more as well!
masked men
welding
the welding mask quickly became Oliver's motorcycle helmet!
assessing the situation
Oliver will kiss his favorite uncle any day, even when he's wearing a huge mask
Uncle Ev and his cutest nephews! It's amazing that everyone is looking and smiling for me!
trying on the earplugs
little boy in a clover patch

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