House 31

Just over a month and tomorrow they expect doors and windows!

We have a meeting in the morning with the builder so hopefully we get another timeline.

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3 quotes; #1

In my ‘work life’ of social media I end up seeing and creating sooooo many quotes and memes that this is a semi-hard challenge.  The other hard part is picking 3×3 bloggers to tag so I took some time to think and I’m ready for the challenge.

Rules; Thank the person who challenged you, post a quote, tag 3 others, for 3 days in a row.

Thanks to my blog friend in Ireland who tagged me.  Fancy Paper posts are always fun and a glimpse into mom (or mum) life in a different country.  Its pretty much the same with some key differences and that is the thing I love about the blog world – genuine looks into the story of the lives of real people.

Quote; It is Always Darkest before the Dawnpexels-photo-927017.jpeg

 

Chosen half because it is in a song stuck in my head, half because I’m in a semi-constant state of anxiety about one house or another.  I trust a dawn will come.  It always has in the past.

Tagging; This is the hard part, I’ve had some poor luck with this part of a challenge before.  I am picking a trio that I read all the time and I hope will accept.

  1. Webner House – a Dad in Ohio with some cool thoughts on things.
  2. With Love Kate – a fellow Kate I found when we were both pregnant with #3 and I love her journey and decorating style and general can-do attitude.
  3. Home sweet Abbott – a new blogger who just got married and is building a house with a ‘due date’ about the same as ours.  Her building posts are fun to line up with mine because just like parenting and pregnancy and work etc – we are mostly the same but just a key difference or 3.

 

I hope to get 3 in 3 days here.  I at least have more downtime with the house in ready to sell mode all I need to do is maintain and be ready to leave at a moments notice.  Good thing I have a laptop and a phone and a nice car to sit in.  Cross fingers for the showing this afternoon, I have a feeling this might be the right one.

House day 29

Just did a drive by on my way to Niamh’s fantastic birthday party and pretty soon I think I’ll have to actually go in to see what’s new.

Building House day 26 and Selling house day 1

Building;

Status; We have ROOF, or, most of one

Next step; finish the roof, shovel out the snow, dare I say floor? 

Current level of competition; 30 of 100

Selling;

Status; Active listing, have pictures, are living in a sparse tv set

Children; actually decent at bed making, wishing they had a mom that was less stressed

Showings; 5 so far, another today, another tomorrow 

 

I dove deep into the mania of making the house ‘perfect’ and there was even a spring snow storm that thwarted my plan for powerwashing and deck touchup.  We were at 99% in time for the pictures, I did the last few things that day and then the showings started fast.  We had 3 on the first day *before* we even had pictures up?!  It was an exciting start but unfortunately, no offers yet.  Today is day 2.5 of listing, I hope the weekend picks up and we have an offer because it is really hard to live like this.  I’m very very glad the kids are in school and we have friends helping out all over to make it work.

I nearly don’t know what to do now because the house is clean, and, I can’t start anything too major because at any moment we might get a showing text.  It is a relief in a way to actually get some down time.  The past week(s) I’ve been hardly sleeping and going crazy with house projects and floor scrubbing and window washing.  I’ve been doing  the equivalent of 3 hours of planking a day in floor cleaning.  My body needed a break so not showing too much yesterday was a positive for body healing and self-care.  I feel much better for it and had a far better outlook on today; 80% less yelling this morning!

The house BUILDING is going really well in my opinion too.  Day 26 was two days ago and I actually went yesterday to bring them brownies and somehow didn’t take a picture but they were even further along in just one morning.

 

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roofing

 

 

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Love the lines and angles

 

 

The snow we got over easter and that delayed my power wash contractor also put a bit of snow into our living room…..  I’m sure they have a plan for removal and maybe thats why we don’t get floors until later.

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One thing on my dumb list of worries (the DLW abbreviated) is that at our current house we have a ton of birds in the trees and bushes and we all love watching them.  I was worried that without trees we would have nothing so I was extra glad to see these guys strolling around the yard.

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I don’t know if they will stick around when there is a dog, 3 kids, and no mud but I do hope so.

Today I feel like I have a little of my sanity back.  I have plans for tonight and this weekend to celebrate Niamh’s birthday and that is falling together nicely too.  I think next on the list is giving the dog a bath because she does not smell good and then I need to clean the car for our adventure tonight.  Everyone send good thoughts for lots of showings and offers!

House day 21

Status; We seriously now have a second floor, with stairs and everything

Next step; Roof!  I’m fairly sure on this since they graded the mud pit so the crane can come in to lift the roof bits.

Current level of competition; 25 of 1000

 

** This post is about the PAST ** Day 21 was last week Thursday but the days after were super full so I didn’t get pictures up.  We also went to the house on day 22 and it was more of the same and over the weekend I doubt they did much but I’m sure today they will be at it again.

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either we have a house number or they are counting the numbers of redbulls the crew plans to need to finish this.  Look up and see those faces looking out Niamh’s future room!

 

 

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there is more to this picture, the story will follow hopefully soon!

 

 

Excited to see the outline of the rooms upstairs

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and to go up our stairs (less excited to go down them).

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We realized the kid bathroom has no windows… oh well.  Still no floor but I’m not doubting their method.  I’m sure someday we will have floor.  I do like seeing how the walls go up and the construction method, I had no idea there was so much space between one floor and the next.  I only get a snapshot and I have to draw my own conclusions but so far so good.

Today I need to keep focused on the current house and getting it ready but after we ‘go live’ and certainly after we get an offer I can visit more.

My Easter Weekend of Transformation

This year Easter is early, and, right in the last 3 miles of the marathon of getting this house ready.  The goal is Wednesday.  Truly the goal is Tuesday night so Wednesday all I need to do is a tidy after they depart for school and then hold my breath until it is sold.

I’m sure you all have experienced the chaos that is the third quarter of a project, everything is torn up and you have been working and working and still, it looks 10x worse than when you started?  That was our Friday and Saturday.  Sunday, we started to actually pull it back together and our house is getting truly ‘done’.

Friends convinced me I did not need to change every doorknob, at least not yet…

I convinced Lars we HAD to either repaint the master or color match it so I could touch up three spots that look like the size of Africa to me but in reality are the comparative size of Fiji.  He dutifully went to home depot 2x to get paint and now I’m painting my house with a tiny paintbrush.  The Lars list is very long, he has done so much I just don’t put it all here.  There was a time on Friday that I couldn’t help thinking how well we actually work together on big stressful projects as our storage trip was suddenly our mini date.

We finally finished the painting in the 2 rooms we were repainting and then I facetimed with my family while scrubbing the trim and floors to get all the tiny paint spots clean.  Good thing Magic Erasers were on sale last week, I’ve disintegrated 4 already between walls and floors.

 

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this end done, nobody go over there.

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not the right chairs, that chest will move back so side table position soon, and, the picture needs to get new art and hung up.

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kid desk still has tools but hey, they are at least in one spot.

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my real computer was put away to eliminate ‘clutter’

 

In the breaks between cleaning, we did a little thing called Easter.  It was very mellow for us this year and I’m pretty glad it actually fell on April Fools.  In the end I handled lack of traditional baskets (in storage) with 3 decorative boxes and then I hid them in the closet and made them a giant basket of socks.  Zoe was first up and exploring and found the fake basket and remarked: “at least there is some candy” and then the clever girl found a bag of trash.  The living room was early on the hit list so it is pretty clean and decluttered overall and I forgot to dispose of the evidence of basket treats and Zoe found it.  Don’t worry, she still believes, maybe even more now because she considered it a mix of a trick and a clue that there were REAL easter baskets somewhere.  I’m pretty proud of the way this shook out and I got to hear the sounds of joy when they found them.

This year, due to snow, we hid eggs in the house.  Growing up we nearly always had indoor egg hunts but this is the first year weather was bad so it was a new twist for our kids.  I think we had about 150 eggs and 3 kids so for a solid 20min they were searching.  Easy ones were passed 100 times, hard ones found instantly, in the end, we might be short 2 real eggs but I bet I’ll find them since my plan is to super clean.  I did find 4 missed plastic eggs that afternoon cleaning the bookshelf, they were pretty well hidden.

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Easter food focused on just the 5 of us.  We had a breakfast guest who also witnessed the egg hunt and then helped with the house and then went home again.  Pancakes for breakfast, Lox and bagels for lunch, and Rack of Lamb with homemade french fries and asparagus for dinner.  Niamh made a pie, two actually, but that is another story.  I’m just glad she is interested in cooking.

Some things I planned did happen, others didn’t, but I think the weekend went pretty well.  The kids entertained themselves mostly and helped a bit.  They are old enough to all shower solo and understand that “mommy is a bit stressed right now”.   By the end I felt like I had spent hours at the gym when all I did was move furniture, scrub floors/walls/trim, wash windows and pick up and move a million little things to either the trash, its home, or a box for storage.

Today the plan is to stop doing new projects and continue pulling it all together again.  We have a contractor coming to power wash and do a few minor outside things.  I have a meeting on the new house to pick plumbing.  Lars is back to work and the kids are back to school.  I feel bad about not doing my normal holiday reach out to friends but I’m sure everyone will understand.  By next week I’ll be in maintenance mode only and while that won’t be nothing it sure won’t be the job it is to get to the ‘show ready’ we nearly are.