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September 18, 2012 |

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We are inside the Momplex.

I cannot believe I just typed that!

Nearly a year and a half since we started with a raw piece of Alaska land, we are finally working on the interior of the Momplex!

Now we won't be getting to the really fun stuff - furnishing the Momplex! - for a little while - we've still got utilities to run in the walls, insulating, drywall and flooring ... but a girl can daydream about media walls and beds and bathroom vanites with hutches, right? Oh the things to keep a mind busy as we do boring stuff like mud and tape drywall or hook up drain lines.

We've been talking about doing a video tour of the inside of the Momplex so you can see from the inside what we are working on. Well, the girls must have overheard me ... because I lost my iPhone ... and went looking for it, and discovered a film crew on site, using my lost iPhone to conduct a live interview!

As I followed the girls through their tour, I tried not to tear up as I watched. They share our Momplex dream, and have all made great sacrifices to allow Mom and Dad to work long hours. You can see their pride in the project in this video.

And although the director/producer/cameragirl is just 8 years old with no prior experience, and the host is 5 years old, I don't know if we could give you a better tour.

Here's an inside view of the Momplex, from an insider's perspective!

And this is where we start on the inside of the Momplex. Yes, there's lots of work to be done before Mom and Ba Ngoi move in!

That was the most adorable

That was the most adorable video!! You're girls are awesome!

posted by sarahwilley2 | on Tue, 2012-09-18 17:32

I'm totally agree with you,

I'm totally agree with you, Binäre optionen your girls are adorable and cute! thanks for share this video xx

posted by Pam169 | on Fri, 2013-06-28 18:48

They could do their own show!

They could do their own show! Awesome work girlies!

posted by Jade (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-09-18 17:33

The girls did such a great

The girls did such a great job on this video! They seem very excited for the new house and I can imagine they'll have tons of sleepover parties at Grandma's house!

posted by Maira (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-09-18 17:34

How wonderful! I'd watch

How wonderful! I'd watch this new web show!!! lol

posted by Carol in Anchorage (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-09-18 17:35

The girls WEB SHOW!

Oh my girls! What a darling video - WEB SHOW! you are obviously excited to have your grandmas living close to you. I am a grandma and I would be sooo happy to get to live close to two such darling girls! And I love the flowers you have in the window! I hope you pick your grandmas flowers all the time! And draw them pretty pictures of flowers when there aren't any growing outside! We grandma's LOVE that kind of thing! Maybe you could press some of those flowers and make a flower picture in a frame so grandma can see the pretty flowers you picked when you were still building her home?
Can't wait to see your NEXT Webshow!

posted by Marlene Skinner (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-09-18 17:36
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Can you believe they did this

Can you believe they did this completely on their own? I'm encouraging them to do more videos, I love having them be part of their Grandma's house and hear the story from their hearts! I will read every single comment to the girls and let you know how big their smiles are!

posted by Ana White | on Tue, 2012-09-18 17:37
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Wonderful film by two very talented girls! I hope you show us more as things get done!



posted by Guerrina | on Tue, 2012-09-18 17:38

Fabulous Tour

Tell the girls that they did a great job on the tour!! Love the Mom Plex and all of your updates, Anna! :)

posted by DRoe (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-09-18 17:44

Great job!

great job, girls! the house looks wonderful! You girls can go find a job on TV! :)

posted by Lucianna (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-09-18 17:46
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O.M.G. Can this BE any cuter.

O.M.G. Can this BE any cuter.


posted by solomonson | on Tue, 2012-09-18 17:50

Wow, girls!!! That was

Wow, girls!!! That was fantastic! I hope you continue the video series later this Winter. :-) keep those builders building!

posted by Christy m (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-09-18 17:52

Wow! I can't believe how

Wow! I can't believe how much is done inside already!!

Great job on the video... I can't wait for more.

posted by Engel Becky (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-09-18 18:01

Love the video!

Girls, that was great. Seeing pictures of you gals and hearing about how you help up at the Momplex is one of my favorite things to read about. I hope you do more videos. Maybe you could interview each other and tell us all about the things that you help with at the house. Keep up the good work!

posted by Maren (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-09-18 18:06
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I love their sweet little voices. And the flowers on the bedroom window sill were priceless! Good job Girls! I will be expecting more videos to come.

posted by birdsandsoap | on Tue, 2012-09-18 18:11

so cute!

so cute! i'm a lurker and have been following your blog and momplex updates for awhile. i have to admit that i think you're living my dream life! i visited alaska for the first time this year and immediately wanted to move there. i'm excited to see what comes next! oh, and i didn't know that your mother is vietnamese! i never would have guessed that :)

posted by mai (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-09-18 18:13

Great job!

How adorable you girls are and what a good job you did!
I'll show this to my 4-year-old, I bet he will like it too.

posted by Birgitte (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-09-18 18:23

This is one of the best web

This is one of the best web videos I've seen! You girls did a great job. Those are some lucky grandmas for sure.

posted by terrillr (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-09-18 18:55

Congrats on getting inside.

Congrats on getting inside. That's a big hurdle. And thanks to the girls for providing an inside look.

posted by Lawanna (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-09-18 19:09

Great web video

So glad to see the girls perspective of the ongoing work. They are proud of it and should be! Hope to see more videos. Won't the boys be surprised to be online! Great job and keep on going!

posted by Rachelle (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-09-18 20:00

How adorable!

What fun they had! They did a great job and I loved the tour! Dad and Tim seemed as excited as my husband is when the camera comes out when he's working!lol

posted by LisaTen (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-09-18 22:47

Great Video...

You inspire to start building my own furniture. Great Job to the video.
BTW, is your mother Vietnamese? I noticed you refer to her as Ba Ngoai....


posted by SimplySam (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-09-18 22:53


Great job, girls!
I didn't realize just how big the momplex was going to be until I saw this. You guys rock!

posted by Marine Wife (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-09-19 01:12

Very Cute!

Gorgeous video.

I've seen Grace before on your website and from your bio was under the impression that she was your only child. Who was the other little girl behind the camera?

posted by Bon (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-09-19 06:53

Momplex inside

Stars in the making there!

posted by Kris Fisher (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-09-19 10:12

Great job cute girls! I loved

Great job cute girls! I loved every minute and look forward to more videos from you! You did Awesome.. STARS in the making!

posted by Ashlee (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-09-19 10:15

Keep these videos coming!

Hey girls, loved your video. I love your mom's pictures and stories, but it's more fun to see the video you two made. I am looking forward to seeing more of your projects.

~Jillian in North Dakota

posted by Jillian (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-09-19 11:12
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Awhhh They are so cute! Loved the video girls! You guys are such good helpers!

posted by bhoppy | on Wed, 2012-09-19 11:26
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The Girls Reaction!

Last night I read every comment to my daughter, and after the first comment, she crawled under the blankets to hide her blushing cheeks! She's definitely her mother's daughter and has a hard time taking a pat on the back! You don't know how much your comments meant to her, and how very special she felt!

Later, I asked her if she would do more videos, and she said no. What if Mom they don't like my next video as much? I gave her a hug and said of course they will! So here's hoping we can get the super star girls to keep up smiling!

posted by Ana White | on Wed, 2012-09-19 14:00

gosh, the camera

gosh, the camera woman/interviewer is a pro already. get that chile a JOB!
and, so touching to think both girls have recognized the love and the pride and the skill. i'm tearing up and i don't even know you.

posted by purejuice | on Wed, 2012-09-19 14:10


I'm bummed, while it looks adorable, I don't get any sound other than "ok" in the very beginning and have no idea why. To check my computer I played another video of yours Ana and the sound worked. I'm pretty much computer illiterate so I have no idea what else to check. (yes my sound is on lol)

posted by spiceylg | on Thu, 2012-09-20 17:17

momplex video

The girls are adorable. I am in awe of you, your family and your talents. I just signed up for you blog last week but had been dipping in and out of your webpage for a while. Thanks for sharing an entirely different life style. It is amazing what needs to be done to create a home in Alaska. I live 35 southwest of New Orleans and about 45 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Life and temperatures are very different here. Thanks again for sharing your life.

posted by arlette cheramie (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-09-21 10:43

star video

I have been following the momplex blog since I was on mat leave last year and only now felt the absolute NEED to comment: the video the girls made was awesome! very professional ladies. Grace, you may be shy now (hiding under the covers bulshing- too cute!) but you are gonna be a star, it's in your blood. And your friend or cousin behind the camera? mad skillz with the camera and the interviewing. I do hope you guys do more videos, I would LOVE to follow you like I follow your mom's blog!

posted by Andy O (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-09-24 20:07

So Cute

That was completely adorable! Great job girls!!

posted by Ami (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-09-25 21:04

That was awesome! I need

That was awesome! I need those girls to give us regular updates!

posted by AndreaC (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-10-04 13:26


The girls did a great job! It was the best house tour I've had!

posted by schranks4 (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-10-10 14:20

Great Job!

Ladies that was fantastic! I can't wait to see more shows! ;)

posted by Laura L (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-10-12 13:50


This is adorable! You should be so proud not just for the obvious cognitive development in your kids but for the great values you're passing onto them. It's great! :)

posted by RitaBA (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-10-13 19:23

Wow, when I was the camera

Wow, when I was the camera girl at age 11, I made everyone nauceous and motion sick trying to watch my shaky videos! Whoever you are, camera girl, you did an EXCELLENT job holding things so still! And Gracie, you are a wonderful host! I would LOVE to see a second video from you! I promise to like it just as much. You two are pretty darn talented! :) Love from Denver, Colorado!

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