Saturday, August 23, 2014

a little update and house progress

How in the world is it already time for kids to go back to school? This summer has absolutely flown by and I am by no means ready for it to be over. It baffles me that college football starts in just over a week's time. While I love some college football, I'm so sad to see our summer go.

Last week we got back from a week at the beach. It was a perfect week, weather wise, and we loved our time there. It's always hard coming home from vacation and getting back into the swing of things- so this week has been pretty crazy. We spent the week at Oak Island, North Carolina with my side of the family. We've done several long weekend trips with them, but this was the first full week. It was great- lots of fishing, and digging in the sand, and sitting on the porch watching the world go by. I have tons more on our week at the beach, and of course tons of pictures to share. Once I work my way through them all I'll post about it a little more.

While we were at the beach, we officially started construction on our new house. We are SO excited to finally be building and I am counting down the days to when I can cook our first meal in the kitchen, or spend an evening sitting on our back porch. We have spent almost a year and a half planning and preparing for this, and have poured so much of ourselves into it- so its especially special to see it all come together. Our foundation is currently underway, and we hope to start framing in the next week or so with estimated move in in early December. Should make for an interesting but memorable holiday season :)

I have gone back and forth over how to share and document this process. I think in the world we live in on the internet, there is such a thing as oversharing- and so I want to document the process while trying to maintain a sense of privacy as well. If that is even possible. I'm not sure exactly what that looks like, and it may change as we get further into this process. However, I've said it again and I will say it now, this little space of mine is just that, mine. It is my memory keeper for my family- so it wouldn't be complete if I didn't share this journey of ours as we build our first home.

The week before we left for the beach we made a split second decision to move the house backwards on the lot about 30 feet. John spent several evenings out there scraping and clearing the new area so the work crew could start while we were at the beach digging the footings for the foundation. Do I sound like I know what I'm talking about? Because I don't. John has taught me all the language and terms and explained everything every. single. step. of the way. I am clueless when it comes to the construction of a home! Here's a few pictures of the progress so far.

Whoohoo! Our plan is to have it ready to be framed in a week- which I am so excited for. Our little house is coming along! :)

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