Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Construction Update

Here are some pics from this past weekend. As you can see, some windows are now in and the porch is starting to take shape.

Here are some pictures of the interior. You kinda need to know the space to appreciate the difference. Basically the stairs are located where there used to be a bedroom.

This is a picture from the top of the stairs looking towards the street. The two kids bedrooms are to the left and straight ahead.

This is master bedroom, which won't be finished for a while. But looks nice, no?

That's all I got. Roofing starts this week, and I think drywall starts next. Then we should really start seeing a change. We are SO READY to move out of this apartment and back into our home. I should use this opportunity to do some bitchin' and complaining, but I'm trying to keep a positive mindset. But we need our space back. Soon, I pray.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

A little cute to distract from the smell...

Doesn't it look much better with the gable...well, hint of the gable?

Today the weatherman calls for some pretty nasty storms as a cold front moves through. Hopefully the guys took some time this morning to close things up a little better. We had a tiny bit of water damage from a shower last week, but it is where the new stairs are going, so that is all coming out anyway. Right now I'm sitting in a freakin hot box of an apartment. I had to turn off the window fan because of the exhaust from the crane that is parked in our driveway. It's been wood chipper and chainsaw all morning. Sam thinks it's pretty cool...at least someone does.

And if it wasn't already uncomfortable, Tubbs is sick. And anyone who has a dog knows what that means. Both ends. And we have no yard. I don't want to get into it, but paper towels are becoming alarmingly scarce around here. And the Febreeze didn't make here in the move.

Now for some happy! I wanted to get some pics up from Amy and Henry's visit. This was the first time the cousins ever really played together. Sam thought Henry was pretty cool, and Henry was awesome with the little man. He was super patient, especially when Sams presence caused the LEGO to be sidelined.

Though the LEGO is still too small for Sam to enjoy, they were able to bond over a mutual appreciation of Super Why!

And Sam was so pleased to have someone join in the craziness with him. It makes me excited for him to have a little bro to go nuts with. I can only hope Sam is as good with the new little guy and Henry was with him.

Now back to the sweating....come on cold front!

Tuesday, July 08, 2008


We decided to rent this little apartment mostly so Sam and I could have a quiet place to be during the day. Somewhere in which to nap without the ruckus of hammers and table saws. After seeing the shape our house is in, it seems that we made the right decision.

This was our house a couple weeks ago....

Then, this..

Hardly hospitable.

Then yesterday, our landlord informed me that I would have to move my car out of our the drive so that the "tree guys" can come and cut down some trees on Wednesday. Well, they showed up TODAY. So it's going to be two days of chainsaws and woodchippers to contend with. Not as bad as two months, but still irritatingly ironic considering our motivational in being here in the first place.

Another reason I'm glad we're not at the house is that after Jay took a picture yesterday, I'm a little concerned about what the neighbors think. We're following all the codes and zoning stuff, but it's strikingly HUGE looking.

I know it will look better once the the front gable and porch is on, but in the meantime I'm glad I'm not there to feel all the vibes that are probably going around. Our neighborhood can kinda be that way. I'm sure our project is a topic at many an evening dinner table.