June 28, 2007

End of an era?

Today i passed inspections on my final apartment building for the summer. There are no plans in the works to build any more for now anyway. I did some adding up a couple nights ago and totaled up the number of apartment units i have finished in the last 4 years with Jensen Design Build and the 1 year with Fore Property company and came up with 567 apartment units. That seem like a bunch, but even more so when you add in the church, bank, and commercial finishes i have run during that time.

It wouldn't surprise me if we do more in the future, but in the meantime, I'll be keeping busy with houses and more small commercial work.

Here are the last two 30-plexes we built.

June 26, 2007

Skiing at Saylorville

Allison and I had the opportunity to go water skiing last night at Saylorville Lake just north of Des Moines with our friends Chris and Tami. I've skiing 6 times or so and am fairly decent at it - meaning, i generally won't fall until i try something that really hurts when it doesn't go as planned. Allison, however, has never been on skis before and did a great job for her first time. After a few quick tumbles, she made it up and was able to ski for quite aways!

Here are a couple pics of us on the water.

June 20, 2007

Warm Milk Anyone?

Ok, so we all do silly and ridiculous things every once in a while. Well, at least I know I do......and so does Jared. Just last week we experienced one of those absent minded silly moments.

Most mornings Jared will get himself a bowl of cereal for breakfast and this particular morning was no different. Well not until I went to get myself some cereal and noticed the box of cereal still on the counter. So I pour some cereal into a bowl and go to put the cereal box away.......and there to my surprise (and Jared's) is the milk. All nicely tucked away amongst cereal boxes.

Needless to say Jared and I both got a good laugh about that one.

June 19, 2007

Honeymoon in Paradise

For those of you who are married, you know just how crazy a wedding day can be. I remember walking out the door of the sanctuary with my wife after pictures, stopping, turning around and asking, "Did that really just happen?" The day was filled with great fun and anticipation, and many things happened which will be laughed at for years to come.

Our first day of marriage began with snow coming down in Iowa and us catching a plane to Miami, where we had an overnight layover before the trip to St. Lucia, where we would spend the next four and a half days relaxing on the beach, by the pool, at the food tables, or wherever else we could find. The weather was hot and mostly sunny, but the waves were really high so we couldn't get out in the water.

Here are a few pictures of us as well as some of the St. Lucia countryside.

Cool Slideshows!

Cool Slideshows!

After so many days off, we were finally relaxed....only to have to wake up at 2:30 Iowa time and fly all day.

We had a really great honeymoon all in all. Then it was time for our life together to begin in the real world. :)

June 13, 2007

The Beginning

So the best place to start is at the beginning, Right? Well, that is what we're gonna do. Here are some pictures my mom took from our wedding. IT WAS AN AMAZING DAY!

Check out our photographer, Mandy's website (www.mandybeephotography.com) for more pictures from the wedding. The password is sigmundwillis. She really did an amazing job.