Project House: Holy header!!

The ‘new’ house is coming along! J and his crew (read: brothers, dad, dad-in-law) have already spent many hours putting some sweat equity into our house.  We have really appreciated any and all help people have given us! With 3 small children there is no way at this point that we can both work over there without some outside help or babysitting.  So far, I think I’ve done a decent job at my new position as ‘food-deliverer’ and ‘morale-keeper’.

The crew eats well

The crew eats well. Always.

So this week a big feat was accomplished.  In order for the house to have the open  floorplan that we desire, we had to install a header down the middle of the home about 2/3 of the way across to carry the weight of the 2nd story.  Seems a bit daunting to me, but they all figured it out. I’m not sure why it’s blue, but I can tell you that that house isn’t going anywhere–it’s beefy and 20 feet long! They also removed the temporary supporting walls that were in place while the header was positioned.

It's up!

It’s up!

Open floor plan! Black plastic is the open stair case. Picture is taken from living room looking into the kitchen at center.

Open floor plan! Black plastic is covering the open stair case. Picture is taken from living room looking into the kitchen at center. Dining room is to the left (not pictured) and bathroom is to the right (not pictured either!) 

The house is looking quite spacious with all the walls down. Now onto framing the outside walls and the bathroom and kitchen.  The kitchen is going to be HHHUUUUGGGEEE and I am not exaggerating! J keeps tweaking with the floorplan and now the kitchen keeps getting bigger and bigger.  I’m not going to complain…..the kitchen is where I spend a lot of time and what we have now is the tiniest ever and I have all of 6 cabinets. I’m not joking.

Cute stuff

Cute stuff

Since I haven’t blogged in awhile here’s what else we have been up to:

G turned 5! On his birthday we opened presents, went swimming, and watched the LEGO movie, again. It was just as awesome the 2nd time! (and 3rd and 4th….)We all got to hang out all day together! That just doesn’t happen a lot.  It was nice to spend some good family time.



Today we had his party, just small with immediate family at Happy Joes. I made the most ugly imitation of a LEGO cake and I’m not even sure I should be admitting to making it. It should really go on one of those ‘’ websites.  However, G loved it.  He placed the LEGO guys in the cupcakes and requests a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle in the center. He also added another layer of cupcakes to the LEGO blocks. Whatevs.  What matters is that he loved it and loved help making it!

Blowing out his FIVE candles!

Blowing out his FIVE candles!

After all that we did the Jungle Bungle for several hours. There were 3 actual ‘kids’ in the bunch, but even a lot of us bigger ‘kids’ took a try!

Papa Bart conquers the 2 story slide of the Jungle Bungle

Papa Bart conquers the 2 story slide of the Jungle Bungle

Last weekend we helped raise money for the American Cancer Society with the Relay for Life. We have a family member currently battling cancer and participated on his team.  It was hot, sunny, and a good time! Great way to raise money is with family and friends!

G and one of his fav cousins

G and one of his fav cousins





We’ve also attended a baby shower, birthdays, VBS, kid’s triathlon, had a few house showings, attended library programs, had water balloon fights, and eaten a lot of grilled food 😉

Have a great week!

-The {summer-loving} Costellos



G’s first blog

Gabriel turns 5 today, June 18.  I don’t have a virtual copy of his birth story, and I could go on for days about how much he has impacted our lives and how much I love him and how crazy he makes me sometimes and what an awesome person he is………….

So instead, I decided to let him write his own blog for his 5th birthday.  Below is what he wanted to tell you all about himself. Enjoy!

Cute little G!

Cute little G!

Gabriel is a really cool super robot guy.  My favorite color is blue.

When I’m five, I will climb trees all the way up to the top, because I am really brave.  When I am five, I will help my  Nana plant plants in the summer.  When I am five, I will ride my bike with no training wheels, and make stuff out of boxes, like robots, with electricity and stuff.  I will be bigger than any sisters. When I am five I will have a treehouse and it will be in California, where treehouses are. Matthew and me will build treehouses, and those trees don’t come down in storms. Matthew and us are really fast kind of friends!

When I grow up I will be: fast Green Lantern, really fast, faster than a cheetah

Favorite food: hot dogs and macaroni

Favorite game: tag

Favorite dream: I can be a superhero!

What I would like to do tomorrow on my birthday: carry the whole house and move it to California on the plane–then you guys can come to California!

What I will actually do tomorrow on my birthday: go to a waterpark and play in the water

Favorite friends: Matthew, Ian, Jayden, Justin, Jarrett. They are all superheros

Favorite insect: walking sticks because they can camoflauge, ants because they can carry so much stuff, heavy stuff just like us. But they cannot move a chair because it is so heavy!

Favorite animal: frogs

Favorite TV show: cowboys. And I like robot movies. Chicago Fire!

Favorite movie: Ninja turtles

Favorite clothes: Ninja shirts

Favorite person to hang out with: Dad, because I like playing with you! And doing piggyback rides, work on the house, sing songs, read comic books

Favorite book: Lego superheros, Magic Treehouse, Where’s Waldo

Favorite seasons: winter and summer

Someday I will have 21 brothers……..and 2 sisters. All my brothers will be in California. And some of them will be in the Navy treehouse.

I can make stuff out of boards. I can make robots out of boards and electricity. I am excited to be really bigger than my dad! When I grow up I will be huger than my Dad.

Today I: saw chickens, went to Nana’s, played with Ian, cutted the tree down, helped Papa carry tools, handed him tools, ate pizza, played with a bunch of toys–transformer toys and a bunch of toys.




-The {growing up too fast} Costellos



Today, I am proud.

Tomorrow, June 11, 2014, my younger brother by 3 1/2 years will become a member of the United States Navy.  This is something Mitch has thought about doing for years, and has now decided to go for it.




He’s ready (I think). He had to quit his job.  He has sold or packed away all of his wordly possessions. We purchased his house. He found a new home for his dachshund.  His ’66 Mustang has been carefully stowed in my Mom and Dad’s storage sheds.  My Dad’s ’67 Mustang motor is running (a goal they had wanted to complete before Mitch left). We threw him a surprise going away party 2 weeks ago that he almost didn’t make it to.

Tomorrow Mitch will board a bus in Davenport which will take him to Des Moines.  He will then do whatever the Navy does with him, and then will board another bus to go to Chicago for his basic training.  After 8 weeks he will go to Pensacola, FL for his schooling.

My grandfather on my Dad’s side (now passed away) would be proud. He served in WWII in the Army and was an active member of the Legion in his town.

I am very excited for Mitch. I think he is setting a great example for our kids and young people everywhere, who one day may want to pursue a career with the military. I find it humbling that he wants to serve his country.

Today, I am proud.

Good luck Uncle Mitch!!!

Good luck Uncle Mitch!!!