The life and times of the Godfrey ten.

What’s up homey? It’s always something.

Ever notice that when you own a home there is always something that needs to be done? Since we have been married, Tra and I have owned four homes two of them have been brand new. I have learned that no matter if your home is brand new or older there is always something that needs to be done. It can be as huge as new floors or as simple as new lights, there is always something. You may wonder why I would bring this up, with spring comes projects and we have a lot of em to get done. When you have 8 kids running around your house, and sometimes as many as 20, things get broke, and they get broke well. So spring always seem to motivate me to get to that endless list of projects.


Eagle River home living room

Eagle River home living room

Outside of Eaglr River home

Outside of Eaglr River home



But, you see I have a problem, I love to start big jobs, remodel rooms, put in new floors, build walls and closets, add outlets and much more. What’ s the problem? Well I don’t like particularly finishing jobs. Once it is good enough to function it’s good enough for Glenn. I was warned of this by my good friend Ryan when I moved into the home we are currently in. 


Our first Soldotna house being built

Our first Soldotna house being built

Inside the Soldotna house

Inside the Soldotna house


Finished Soldotna house

Finished Soldotna house




When we first moved into this house, we lived downstairs for a couple months while we completely remodeled the upstairs, and I mean remodel. We tore up the floors to the joists, we tore down walls, we put up walls and much more. It was a filthy mess. Finally we came very close to completion,  we just needed new vent covers and window sills, so we decided to move up stairs and I could finish it all over the weekends. Ryan prudently counceled me not to do it, he begs me not to move in until is completely done. What does he know? I am one motivated individual. Well last week I put in most of the vent covers, and the window sills…… well I’m going to get to them soon I promise. Since then I have done probably a dozen other huge projects, none of them 100% complete. Oh and for those of you that are not aware, we moved upstairs over three years ago. 


Current Soldotna / Sterling home

Current Soldotna / Sterling home. Hmmmm, looks like it needs a deck upgrade!



So now I am overwhelmed with what I hate most, a whole bunch of mini projects that need to get done. I have dedicated myself to completing at least two mini-projects each week and this week it was Alli’s door and the vent covers. Next week, I think I would like to remodel our bathroom. Does that count as a mini project?

3 responses

  1. I’m so glad you did this post … I really liked seeing your previous houses. The Eagle River one is gorgeous. I still remember helping you guys move from your 1st soldotna house to the one you’re in now … I remember the bizarre tiered wall dividing the kitchen and dining area. I remember you both having incredibly good attitudes and such a calmness about you even though the moving out/moving in circumstances were crazy and the people left your new place a mess. You guys have done an incredible job with it ~ it’s beautiful! Hope your bathroom remodel goes QUICK and EASY!

    April 21, 2009 at 9:30 pm

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  3. Thank you for this blog, it is very informative and I will be sure to reference it when needed throughout our website.

    March 4, 2010 at 8:51 am

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