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This blog is a record of events in the life of Joseph Taggart and his family since his spinal cord injury while body surfing in Guatemala in January 2006.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Paint, Power, Plumbing, a Practitioner Pizza Party and Patching if not Pimping Joe's Ride 5/18/06

Since last week the buzz of activity at the Taggart residence has not ceased. We've had help from many in the neighborhood, the Westover family was over Saturday cleaning up the yard and mowing the lawn. Scott Colemen hooked up the water on Saturday. We can water the lawn now! The shower and toilet fixtures aren't here yet but we're ready when they are.

Painting has involved the Dean Family, especially Steve Sagers, as well as Walter, our regular painter. Joseph's room looks wonderful. The colors Joseph picked out look fabulous (Dad repented for his original misgivings. . . again!). We only have a bit of trim in the family room to do and the inside painting is finished. Dad has been working on the garage all week, fixing up a storage area with shelving etc. Terry McCleery, our neighbor has helped out between working on the siding. The side of the house visable from the street now has matching original siding (taken off the back of the house). The new siding which may not match as well will go on the back.
On Tuesday the electricians came back to install the lights, switches and outlets etc. We have power!
Also Tuesday afternoon Joseph had a visit from Casey his occupational therapist from LDS Hospital with his children and Misti (Physical Therapist) with her darling daughter. Joseph's home visit physical therapist Rolayne was here as well. It was great, a pizza party with practitioner professionals. Joseph had fun reading "The Monster At the End of the Book, Book" (Sesame Street) to Casey's kids.

The professionals at AutoCare Collision Repair continue to work on the JoeMobile. They are making progress (No, Really!) We are very excited.

The really big news is that on Tuesday, Joseph slept in his own new room. We're still working on things but he's in. Dad hooked up the new TV mounted in the ceiling over the bed and able to be rotated around. The window coverings, fixtures and furnishings are on the way, but WE'RE IN.


Blogger Stephanie (Record) Davis said...

The room looks amazing! Everyone is doing such a great job! I can't believe how fast everything is coming together. Good job everybody! Take care and keep up all the hard work. We love you and are praying for you!

May 19, 2006, 5:18:00 AM  
Blogger Coy said...

If I didnt know better I would say that picture looks like your were watching the Suns game. I can only assume of course you were rooting for Phoenix, for obvious reasons right? ;)
Way to go man!

May 19, 2006, 9:42:00 PM  
Blogger Gym Rat said...

I can't believe I missed this entry! Wow, everything looks so great. I'm so happy that you're finally almost to the point where you can settle in and establish a new "normal" routine.

May 20, 2006, 6:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you look great. It's grea tto see everything coming along. I'm excited to see it all finished.


Jun 2, 2006, 3:02:00 PM  
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Jul 21, 2006, 9:58:00 AM  

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