Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Wow. The folks at the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition build site in Moorhead, Minn., were very busy last night. Seriously. And, the unofficial word is things are right on schedule.

It’s a great project for a great family.

Spectating and cheering is encouraged. Details are online here. More photographs from today’s effort will be posted in the Photos section of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition [Fargo-Moorhead] facebook page the later this evening.

Enjoy. Ann

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

I made it back to the build site for a bit earlier today. Things are definitely getting done. The foundation is in place and workers are moving on to other tasks.

It really is exciting to see progress on the house, which is being built as part of an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition project. It’s also interesting to see how the neighborhood is adjusting to the influx of equipment, trailers and people. The best places to check for frequent project updates are via facebook and on the project’s website.

I need to run, but am hoping to get back to the build site after dark. This operation is running around the clock.

Best, Ann

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Work is underway to create a fabulous new home for a deserving family in Moorhead, Minn. It’s an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition project that wouldn’t be possible without the builder – Heritage Homes – or thousands of volunteers and related donations. It’s a huge community project and one I’m photographing as much as life allows.

I’ve not had the good fortune to meet Bill and Adair Grommesh or their kids, Garrett and Peighton. The family certainly has an inspirational story, which you can read about here.

Maybe it goes without saying, but there is something about people who live in the Upper Midwest. They love to come together – to fight floods, to build homes, to unite and to eat. It doesn’t really matter what the cause.

Anyway, I made it to the build site late Monday afternoon. The family’s original home was moved earlier in the day. Heavy machinery and people who know how to use it seemed very, very busy at work. There appeared to be a lot of dirt to move. For regular folk, things were a touch on the quiet side. I’m sure that won’t last long.

More photographs of the project are being posted here on a regular basis. Also, my colleague and occasional collaborator Sarah McCurdy is writing about the project on her blog.

More soon. Ann

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Bozeman, Montana

My family returned from a much needed and overdue vacation just a few days ago. We spent two full weeks in western Montana. Stepping away from daily life [and returning to a state where I lived for 13 or so years] proved restful and worthwhile.

Big Sky Country always delights, impresses and comforts. Yet, so much has changed in the communities of Bozeman, Missoula and Whitefish – all places I once called home. While the landscape of western Montana remains amazingly beautiful, the economic realities present an increasing divide between those who have money and those who do not.

As much as I love Montana and many people who live there, I’ve never been happier to come home to Fargo and the Red River Valley.

Best, Ann

P.S. I’m intending to return to weekly [or more frequent] updates. Thanks for your patience.

Camas Road and Polebridge, MT

Window Views

Wolf Dog

Details Around Polebridge, MT

Wood Pile Warning

Autumn in Montana

Whitefish and Bowman

View from Airplane

Minnesota Photographer

Our family discovered the most wonderful, magical place near Battle Lake, Minn., a few weeks ago. If Minnesota ever had an undiscovered treasure list, Glendalough State Park certainly belongs on it.

It’s a fairly new park, established in the early 1990s, and features cart-in camping. Load your cart and haul your stuff. It’s a great concept. The campground is within walking distance to two swimming spots and plenty of other activities.

For two nights we called site No. 17 home. I found two dream catchers in nearby trees and photographed them multiple times. Little M. and I made shadow puppets on our tent walls. A strong breeze helped keep the bugs at bay. The weekend outing was a great way to carve out a chunk of family time.

Speaking of spending time away, journal entries here will be less frequent for the next week or two. I’m currently traveling and expect to have limited access to the Internet and phone service. My plan had been to stockpile a few posts and publish them in my absence; however, time ran short and I had to let something go. Here’s to happy travels.

Best, Ann

Little M.

Campsite Details

Little M.