Breaking ground… and other things

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I’m going to start from the beginning of the house building and catch up to where we are now. We moved out of our house and in with my in laws before Thanksgiving. It took a couple of weeks to get everything moving. We were so excited to see them mark off the house and put the flags up and start excavating. Basically, they draw off the boarders of your house with spray paint and then dig it out a little bit.

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Unfortunately, on Day 1, the excavator hit a gas line. I’ll spare you the dramatics of how my children reacted to that, and the fact that I was the one dealing with everything and trying to make phone calls, since John was out of town. All I could do was laugh. Apparently, no one thought to tell me to call and have all the water, gas, sewer, and electrical lines marked. Either way, the gas company was super accommodating and awesome and fixed it within a few days.

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With the excavation finished and the lines all marked, we were ready to go! Unfortunately, it started raining. It rained and rained and then rained some more. I thought we were going to have to build a boat instead of a house.

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But then! One glorious day, workers showed up! They started laying the block to build the crawl space. It took them about 2 days to do that. I couldn’t believe that happened so quickly!

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It was so exciting to finally see some progress! I feel like now is the time to add the disclaimer, that yes… we are building next to a cemetery. I felt a little weird about it at first, but now I realize how quiet they are, and I don’t mind it one bit!

She’s Baaacckkk….

It’s been a while. A long while, actually. I was ready to let blogging go completely. In fact, I am pretty sure I’ve lost everything that I ever did, blogging wise. But it had become an added stressor. We’ve had a lot of changes happen in the last year, most importantly, we sold our house in November. It was really sad closing that chapter and we were not prepared for quickly everything escalated. We put our house on the market on a Monday in October, but Wednesday afternoon, we had multiple people wanting to look at it. We had a full price offer from the first person to look at it. It was crazy! We thought it might sell by Spring… we weren’t prepared for that kind of turn around! We moved out of that house and in with my in-laws, the week before Thanksgiving. Of course, there is always added drama with me. I came down with the flu the week we closed and moved out. That’s right, I was trying to pack up our home that we had lived in for our entire marriage, while flu ridden.

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We have started building our dream home, and as we got into it, I thought about how much I wanted to share about the process. It’s extremely time consuming, stressful, and sometimes fun. I honestly don’t know how people built houses pre-Pinterest. I’ve been taking daily pictures of the progress, so I will try to re-cap that next. I must say, my husband is doing a lot of the heavy lifting, if it were up to me and my laziness/distaste for talking on the phone… we would probably be living in a tent.