Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Home Construction -- End of Week 1

Construction has officially begun on the house! The first step was clearing the lot and that happened this week. A surveyor came in and specified where the corners of the house were on the lot, and then we worked with our builder to determine what trees to save and what to clear. Then they brought in a big excavator and cleared everything. I think they will start planning out and laying forms for the foundation next week. Here are pictures of the lot now that it is cleared.

There have been a number of other things that have also happened since the last update. After we had the signed construction contract we needed to finalize the construction loan with the bank. That all finalized and we signed the papers on Christmas Eve.

We also needed to get the final approval from the architectural committee of the subdivision. We had already got approval that our house met the minimum size guidelines and the required setbacks on the lot. The final approval is about the exterior materials and colors that will be used on the home. The main reason this wasn't already done is that even though we had already chosen the stone for the exterior, we were trying to figure out if we wanted to switch some of that exterior stone to brick in order to save some money. We had been waiting for brick samples from one company for a long time and we finally decided to try a different company and we had a great experience. We went to Acme brick and they had a very helpful salesman and they were upfront about pricing and everything. We made the final choices on brick and then we went and picked out the paint colors. Here are the final color renderings that show our material choices.

We are really happy with the choices. We will have two types of brick and one type of stone. The siding will be made of cement board and will be painted. We are excited that things are moving forward and will be posting updates whenever there is something new to report.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Holiday Wrap-Up

Thought I would post a few pictures and videos from our Christmas to New Years break. We are happy to be around so much family now and that they could come visit us over the past 1 1/2 weeks.

The three older kids had lots of fun parties and field trips the last few days of school. Here is a picture of Seth that last day.

Then they built a Gingerbread House together. We got a kit and I just helped actually put the frosting on the edges and make the house. Then they did all the decorating using old Halloween candy (thank you friends for that idea!). Car made of Laffy Taffy, snowball fight, slide, pathway, etc. We kept the house all the way until New Year's Eve and let them smash it with hammers outside.

Christmas Eve - Dinner, Christmas Songs (so nice to have both Rhianna and Rand able to play for us), Nativity, & Pajamas

Christmas Day - Stockings, Eggs & biscuits, opening presents, playing, Google Hangouts - It was really great that the kids could play and enjoy their gifts and have a good day. It felt like they are also getting old enough to also appreciate why we celebrate and remember Christ.

New Years Eve - We ate dinner at about 5pm. The Neumillers sent us a package with something to open every hour from 6pm to midnight. It makes the night fun...Elf stories, crafts, games, yearly musings, hot chocolate, snacks, and we also Skyped with them - good to see and talk with friends. We put the 2 baby girls to bed around 8pm. Grandma and Grandpa headed off to bed, then Krista a little early. Everything went smoothly until about 11:30 when tiredness was causing some we had the kids come sit on the couch. We turned on the TV and had on the music that would then be a countdown....and Seth and Andrew fell asleep - SOUND asleep. We could not wake them. We cheered for New Years and all quickly went to bed at 12:05. Seth is still convinced I was mean and made him go to bed before midnight...

We are so grateful for Christmas time - the break, the fun, and the time to be better and think of Jesus - Have a great New Year!!