Wednesday, November 30, 2011
We officially locked our rate a week ago at an amazing 3.75%. How awesome is that?! It's for a 30 year fixed loan. We were thrilled in 2008 to refinance our Colorado house to 5.25%. Back then, that was good. The rates right now are really hitting bottom. I am so glad that we didn't have to lock back during summer because it was around 4.5%. It's crazy how the rate can drastically change over a short amount of time.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
For the inside, I was hopeful that the cabinets would be in and guess what? They were! Much to our surprise, the tile in all 3 bathrooms was almost completed too. The tile has bits and pieces that still need to be filled in, but the majority is done. I will post many photos this week to show you how everything is looking so far. We love all the options that we have chosen. :)
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Today is Clayton's 35th birthday and we are celebrating it in the mountains. He now has Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and the new anniversary edition of Halo to keep himself busy. It's a good thing we brought the Xbox with us. ;)
My cousin Christine is making Clayton his favorite meal tonight (meatloaf with buttered egg noodles) and she is also making him an orange pumpkin cake. Yum!!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The color of our house is very different from this photo. I think the morning sunlight skewed it. It looks tan on here but I assure you that it is more of a gray color (called silver light). Anyway, all of the siding and trim has been completed. Today, the stone will be added to the part that is blacked out. It will also cover the gray blocks on the bottom. I hope that they complete it today so I can get a photo this evening.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Sorry, no photos today. It was just too dang muddy and my kids had to sit in the car. I had to make my walk-through as brief as possible. Surprisingly, I found out that we now have walls. Yay!! All of the drywall has been put up. There were lots of large buckets of putty in the scrapbook room so I know that they will likely start on that task tomorrow. Our driveway and patio have been put on hold thanks to the recent rain. The stone for the front of the house was sitting in the side yard. That will go up on Monday.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
We don't have a house (yet!) so we chose not to have a birthday party for E (Hayden won't be having one in January either, just to be fair). Instead, we took him to his restaurant of choice with my parents. He chose Friday's. He opened all of his gifts there and then he picked worms in dirt as his dessert. I really wish I could have baked him a monster cake but all of my cake supplies are somewhere buried within the depths of our storage unit. Anyway, Emerson loved his gifts. He got an Under Armor sweatshirt like his Dad's, Sorry Sliders, Uno Roboto, Pokemon figures, money, Spongebob Legos, a Perplexus ball, an Angry Birds game, a dry-erase board with lots of markers (he specifically asked for that), and several new mans (he calls all action figures "mans", cute huh?).
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Our Christmas present this year is going to be H-U-G-E. I just got word from our project manager that we are set to close on our house December 22nd!! I am beyond ecstatic!
We had our pre-drywall meeting today and everything looks awesome. The siding goes up tomorrow, the insulation goes in this Saturday, drywall goes in starting on Tuesday, and the patio/driveway/sidewalk gets poured on Thursday. The drywall will take 7 days to complete and then the cabinets will be installed on the day after the drywall is finished. After all that is done, they will start to install all the fixtures and small pieces.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Today, I am now the mother to a 7 year old and an 8 year old. That doesn't sound right. Weren't they just 3 and 4? Geez, time sure does fly. Emerson (or Big E as we like to call him) celebrates his birthday today as a 7 year old. Since the boys were out of school today for election day, we went out for breakfast. E chose Waffle House. He adores their cheesy eggs. Tonight, Grandma Ronda and Grandpa Bobby will be joining us for dinner and go-carts. We tried to let E pick the restaurant but he wanted Rock Bottom Brewery (Clayton is so proud of that, lol) and there isn't one close by here. His second choice was Bone Fish Grille (I was proud of that one!) but again, there isn't one nearby. I think we have settled on On The Border but who knows where we will end up. Regardless, we will have some fun afterwards. I think we should go to the Nascar Speedpark to ride go-carts or maybe to Dave & Buster's. We'll let him decide.
Posted by Brandy at 11/08/2011 03:10:00 PM
Monday, November 07, 2011
This is the morning room off the back of the house (I adore those windows!).
Things are beginning to come together at the home site. I saw 2 large trucks of men there today working on the heating/air conditioning. There were also guys on the roof working on the soffits (our shingles were completed yesterday). We have an appointment with our awesome project manager on Wednesday for a pre-drywall meeting. I would have to assume that drywall is the next big step that they are going to tackle. I can't wait to show you guys inside the house. :)
Speaking of inside the house, we took the boys in for the time last Saturday night. It was dark so I used a flashlight app on my iPhone. We showed them their rooms and the playroom. They were so excited! This house is going to be so special. We picked every little detail about it and we saw the lot start off as a field. This experience has been incredible, to say the least.
This is the biggest benefit of our lot. See that rock wall? We are nestled right behind it. I love it!!
Friday, November 04, 2011
Sorry I haven't taken pics over the past 2 days but I can tell you that the house is coming along fabulously. Yesterday, we had the plumbers complete their work inside and the morning room was finished (I will have to post a photo of it soon-it has a beautiful window in it that I adore). The roof also got covered with black paper. Today, we met with Guardian and marked where we wanted the surround system installed. We chose to put everything in the bonus room on the second floor. That's where we will hook up the Xbox and Wii. We will eventually get a monster TV for in there. It's going to be awesome! I can see us all hanging out in there to watch movies and play games. We will probably only use the family room downstairs on rare occasions or when we have guests over.
Seeing the inside of the house was so exciting!! It was easy to see how everything fits. I can't wait to move in. :)
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
The house is really coming along now. I love driving by and seeing it progress. One good reason for that is I caught a mistake today. In our garage, there were 2 shower/bath inserts-one for the guest bath and the other for the boys' bath. We aren't supposed to be getting those. All of our showers and baths are going to be tiled so I knew that was wrong. Our tub was lifted overhead and placed in the master earlier today (according to a neighbor), so I assume that they put a shower insert into the master also. Ugh. Now they are going to have to rip those out this evening because the plumbing is supposed to be completed tomorrow. It's a good thing I noticed that. I almost left before I saw them. :P
Hayden as Link from the game Zelda (his wig is really out of place, lol) and Emerson as Jason.
We went trick-or-treating in our soon-to-be neighborhood. Clayton fashioned their costumes for them.
Emerson was thrilled to have a bloody weapon to carry, lol. Yes, we know it is demonic. This kid is a quiet, laid-back kind of guy so he isn't like the hellion that he portrays. He always picks something scary to be and we find it hilarious considering his personality. And no, he doesn't even know who Jason is nor does he know the Scream guy that he dressed up as last year.