Wow, it’s been a whirlwind weekend for us! We are the homebody types … we all prefer to just stay home, enjoying our family and ourselves. Not this weekend, or last weekend, either!
Last weekend, we celebrated the ninth birthday of our nephew. The kids swam at the neighbor’s pool, watched presents being opened, ate cake and then had burgers and dogs … and fell into the beds quite exhausted that night! Then, we left the son-man with his cousin so they could get some extra swim-time in, and we made the two-hour drive home with the girls.
Monday was a holiday, but the dad-person was busy getting the landing strip ready for the house! He had some last-minute rock and sand items to take care of … and then the rains continued. Tuesday, it was decided it was too wet for the house to come so they showed up with the first half on Wednesday. I will admit to shedding a tear of absolute joy as I saw that first piece of my new home drive onto our property. It’s been a long time coming, believe me!
The installers said it was too much work to secure the first half and get the second half the same day so they did what they could on Wednesday and brought the second half out on Thursday.
On Friday, we watched as the joined the two halves together, put the center shingles on the roof … and added all of the necessary tie-downs and footers to the underside of the house. It was a hot day and one of the guys got sick while on the roof … so, they bugged out early. JD went to town to a meeting later in the afternoon and found all of the installers down at the river, taking a cooling-off dip!
The main installer came out yesterday (Saturday) morning to finish up his part. As we understand it, there’s a second crew who comes out to finish the house — this first group just set the house and took care of the under-pinning and footer installation. The house has quite a gap down the center of it (1″ – 2″) but it butts together on both ends. We’re not real sure if they leave it like it is or if they will do more to bring it together. I’m not real happy with the shingles showing through my ceiling as these parts are wet and windy … but, we’ll see what the dealer says tomorrow. There’s still tons to do — walls to be fixed, siding on the ends to be placed, water lines to be plumbed, electricity to be hooked up, AC installed, etc. etc. Since we’ve never done this before, we just have to wait and see what’s next!
Here’s a photo of my new <naked> kitchen! Wide open, just perfect for a large family as we have!
Yesterday, we had graduation parties to attend! JD’s second cousin graduated from high school, 2 hours away from here. We went over, mingled with his mom’s family, and enjoyed watching the graduate open gifts. Then, we bugged out of there and drove down to south San Antonio (2 more hours away) to see the youngest daughter of one of JD’s oldest friends (they were in Boy Scouts together in junior high – so a LONG time ago!) graduate. We hit her party and had loads of fun, seeing friends and giggling with the girls. Always good to see that we’re really not as odd as the family thinks we are, we have so much more in common with the second group than we do the first! Then, it was a 2 hour drive back home at midnight … but, well worth the trips.
Daughter #1 went to a confirmation camp today – she’ll be gone until Saturday. She was excited to go — and didn’t even cry when we left! She’s only been to one other over-night camp in her life, and she cried for 24 hours that time (3 years ago when she went to Girl Scout camp) … but, she said she didn’t feel like crying this time. I did forewarn her that she was a bit too old to go without showering and changing her underthings, like she did at the other camp — she assured me that she’d try to keep herself up a bit better this time.
JD and the manly man and cousin are heading off to Boy Scout day camp this week. It’ll just be me and the 2 middle girls hanging out. Perhaps it’ll be a quiet week??!!