43 days until we can move into our house. We were disappointed to see that your closing date wasn’t until the very end of March, but we now have a very detailed scheduled of all the finishing projects for our house with closing being March 30th and our hope is to move March 31st. That weekend just so happens to be Easter weekend. Not ideal, but it is after our big community egg hunt that Jeremy is responsible for, so that is for the best. We moved in to our Winlock house the week before Easter back in 2009. I remember my parents painting the inside rooms while Jeremy & I were at Easter Eggstravaganza. It was crazy, but we survived. Now we get the chance to do it again.
Each part of the process has been “fun” when it comes to seeing our house transform from a piece of land into a home. I’m guessing the next 43 days will be thrilling. We have spent the last weekend and part of this week painting the entire interior. Let me tell you, the house seemed really big when you’re painting the ceiling and the walls with multiple coats. It almost felt never ending. The boys each got accent walls in their rooms. Graham has lovely blue that I’m very pleased with. Owen picked yellow since it’s his favorite color. Yellow is a tricky color to get right in my opinion. And I’m not sure we got this color right. Owen’s yellow is like the surface of the sun. It’s cornea burning. I’m hoping that once we get furniture and artwork into the room it will toned down a bit. However, it is just one wall. It can be changed. Owen was given a paint brush to help put the yellow on the wall. It took him less than 3 minutes to get paint on the wrong wall, because he wants all his walls yellow. I’m fairly positive he wouldn’t be able to sleep in that room if all his walls were that shade of yellow. Yikes!
The truck with all our finishes should arrive next week. I’m excited to see cabinets, floors, counter tops, sinks, toilets, doors, lights, etc. all fall into place. As I mentioned before, we now have a timeline of when all these things will be installed. I told Jeremy I plan to roll around on the carpet the day is it is installed. I will be making carpet angels with glee. I’m very intrigued to see how our laminate flooring choice will look since that was quite the unexpected drama with our building process. I’m dying to see my quartz counter tops and my kitchen island. So many things to look forward to in the next 43 days.
Now for the brief highlights from the last two weeks. Our nephew, Keegan, came and stayed the weekend with us. We took him to the trampoline park with us as a part of our monthly MOPS outing. All the kids had a blast bouncing and jumping. Then the fun continued with a meal at McDonald’s and playing in the play place. Fast forward to Sunday morning when Owen walked out of his bedroom with pink eye. Thank you trampoline park or McDonalds. We had almost two months of no pink eye before it returned. Owen took a whole week off from school because his eyes just wanted to be extra gooey and he really wanted to stay home as well. Surprisingly, he and Graham got along fairly well for being home together. I had an eye doctor follow-up appointment that week, where the doctor again confirmed my discomfort is to be expected for the next 6-12 months. It didn’t magically heal in the last month. I now get to go back at the end of March. I’m so annoyed by this eye issue. The poor doctor could probably tell I was over it and he was looking at me like “get it in your head, this is going to take time!” I didn’t want to hear that. Blah. And that is how our January ended.
February has been filled with all the usual things and lots of painting. Yesterday was Valentine’s day. I’m not too into Valentine’s day, but I tried to make it somewhat special for the boys. Owen gave suckers and Valentines to his preschool class. He came home with a box stuffed full of cards and goodies. Graham and I made a chocolate cake and then Owen & Graham helped me decorate it. We colored Valentine coloring sheets. The boys got play tunnels and Play Doh as their special gifts. Overall, a fun, but fairly uneventful day.
For February & March, Jeremy and I are taking a break from our kids’ classes on Wednesday nights so we can lead a parenting growth group for young families. I missed the first one due to a migraine. Last night was my first time. I think I’m going to enjoy the short break from teaching. It’s nice to mix it up and hang out with adults. However, I kept thinking how much more ideal it would be to meet in a house instead of a big classroom. Jeremy and I hope to have a growth group in our home this fall. We built our house with the vision of having space for groups to meet there. I am excited for that.
Okay, that’s all for now. The days are full of to-do lists. I knew I wanted to blog and give an update, but my time window is now up. I need to fold laundry and move on my Usborne to-do list! Next post, I’ll have to update you on what I’m doing differently now with my direct sales business to keep it moving full steam ahead, but take less energy. I’m making some changes! I’ll share more later, promise!