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Case Study House #01 – THE BACK STORY

The adventure begins! A quick back story…we currently live in College Park, MD. We love our house, mostly love the neighborhood, but several things are pulling us to move on. Schools – our kids elementary school, Hollywood Elementary, is wonderful…and we will miss it a lot. But as our oldest, Sophia, will be moving on to 6th grade middle school…we’re not so excited! The 3 rating on great schools along with reviews of VIOLENCE at the school – we decided that won’t be happening! We now have FIVE kids and our humble 1600sf house is being pushed to it’s limits. We all share the 1 bathroom upstairs (there is a 2nd full bath downstairs – but not used as a shower on a regular basis), the small kids rooms and small closets are a constant battle, and no open space for toys/playing – so we’re constantly stepping on sharp legos sprawled through the hall in the middle of the night…to name a few issues. My mentor and great friend (as well as baseball coach growing up) will be the general contractor on the project and lives “around the corner” from the lot we purchased. And one of the biggest reasons….I recently passed all of my exams and am “officially” an architect – and what architect doesn’t want to design and build their own house! I know it’s been my goal for as long as I can remember. Drawing floor plans and elevation sketches in middle school notebooks. I’m sure there are several additional reasons…we will definitely miss College Park and all of the friends and fun things to do…but...

2013 Memorial Day Cabin Trip!

2013 – May – Cabin with Friends, a set on Flickr. Had an AWESOME time up in West VA with our friends the Hunsaker’s and the Mason’s. Detour to Black Water Falls, Hiking down to the river, trip into the BIG CITY of Elkins for church and a stop at some massive caves on the side of the road – and never miss venturing over to the grocery store to see the locals! Kids had a blast, and the adults LOVED being completely disconnected for a few days – no TV, no INTERNET, no PHONES – it was...

THANKSGIVING 2012 in West VA

IMG_2335.jpg, originally uploaded by The Bywaters. As usual – another great trip out to the cabin in West VA – so great to get away from EVERYTHING for a couple days! But, I think Osa enjoyed the cabin more than anyone on this trip! Free roaming through the woods – swimming in the river & her first sledding...

FUN IN THE LEAVES!

IMG_1955.jpg, originally uploaded by The Bywaters. On the way to our car after church one day we saw the most pristine field of newly fallen leaves – and couldn’t resist! Luckily we had our camera for some quick...

MEET – OSA

After almost 10 years of begging…yes TEN years…Sophia finally got her wish! A PUPPY!! Sophia did the legwork finding our puppy. She hunted in books and online for the right kind of dog for our family and then found the breeder we ended up getting her from in one of her searches. The timing and price worked out GREAT. The Saturday after we got back from our trip out West – we drove down and picked up our little 8 week old puppy labradoodle (lab/poodle mix). The breed works out pretty great since Sophia’s #1 choice was a lab…and Robyn and my #1 choice was ANY dog that doesn’t shed (Thanks for teaching us that lesson Chris & Jen! After puppy sitting a Husky…we knew that was a major part of the decision!) The next hurdle was a name. Each child pulling for a different one – Elliot=STAR; Oliver=GINGER; Sophia=KIWI; So, finally Mom & Dad had to take that decision away…and after the kids were playing with her – they all started calling her BEAR – so I thought of OSA (Spanish for Female bear) – seemed to fit. And now on to POTTY TRAINING!! We’re hoping that happens MUCH faster than it currently is. She’s doing alright…but, it’s REALLY driving us crazy! Other than that and a little overzealous chewing…she’s a super great little puppy. WISH US...

THREE school kids!

I can’t believe we have THREE kids heading to school this year. Sure takes a lot of bread to keep their lunch boxes full each week!! We lucked out with teachers again this year – although – it seems really any of the teachers at their school this year would have been great. But, it definitely helped Oliver and Elliot to already know their teachers. We knew Elliot was doing well – and pretty brave when on the 2nd day – he almost cried when we wouldn’t let him take the bus! We’re working Robyn up to that one! Here are a few pics from the first day… Check out Mr. Big TIME Oliver and his little Brother looking up to him! Man – Sophia is getting big! Showing off their new backpacks. Isabel is working through this transition. She really misses her brothers and sister while they’re at...

Our future garage!

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