Monday, December 28, 2009


Here are the roofers working in the snow and wind. Not the best day for roofing, but they're working on it! (Click on the photo for a closer look.)

Reflecting on the year . . .

With 2009 drawing to a close, I decided to read through my posts and review the progress this year. Wow! It's been quite a year! We started looking for land last winter and now are half-way through the building of our dream home! I've learned to make soap, can fruits, make yogurt, and bake bread. I can clean my house with no chemicals, cut my boys' hair, and make my own laundry detergent. I can build a fire, help side a pole barn, use a trailer hitch, and drive a John Deere. I've worked harder this year than I ever have before. Our family has spent a lot of quality time together and we've drawn closer together throughout the year! I can't wait for everything to come together in 2010.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Windows for Christmas!

Here is the back. You can see the daylight windows in the basement, the back bedroom corner windows, and a bit of the glass door and the back door of the garage.

Kitchen windows on the left next to the garage, dining room windows on the front porch, front door and sidelights, dormer windows above and to the right, master windows.
The builders installed these all on Christmas Eve. We were out of town and just returned to a nice surprise! Plumbing is run, electric is run, showers are in place, fireplace in sitting in place . . . Nice!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Bit by bit . . .

This is the front view of the house. On the left is the kitchen, on the right the master bedroom. The wall with the peak will be stone with a window and arched pediment above it.
Here's the back view. We have a side-entry garage and a covered back deck. You can see the roofers have the shingles sitting on the roof--getting ready to go!

This is the living room with the corner fireplace. We haven't chosen the stone for this yet.

We are working on purchasing the things we need for the new house. A few weeks back, we found a great deal on the fridge and convection microwave we wanted, so we bought those. This week we got another good deal on the range and dishwasher-combination of price matching plus a % off coupon. Yesterday we drove all over town looking for the specific stools I wanted for the island--white wood with square backs, counter height--finally found them and will pick them up on Tuesday. Last night, Josh found a generator to order from Sam's Club.
Things keep moving along and we are anxous to see the progress each day!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

House is coming along!!!

We're getting a roof! Unfortunately, it won't be covered before tonight's storm. They've worked hard all day and have put up all the trusses. Not sure if they can work tomorrow or not, depends upon the approaching storm. The weather report says it could be rain, snow, sleet, freezing rain, or a crazy combination of all of the above over the next 2 days.