Saturday, July 4, 2009

Almost done...with the first anyway!

After two weeks of building we are almost finished! This last week has been kinda rocky for us. Aaron was sick at the beginning of the week. Then Joseph got sick, so I couldn't work. Then I got sick and couldn't work. Then Aaron hurt his back and almost sprained his ankle! But, today they were finishing up the shingling! I am not sure if they finished because Aaron left before they were done, but he said they didn't have much left to do. Last I heard they were delivering lumber to the Wilson's house on Wednesday and Jason and Lisa's house on Friday, but Aaron said they were going to try and get the green plate(that is one of the first things you do) on Monday! Woohoo! And once we are in Santaquin we are hoping that things go faster.

That was one of the most frustrating things this last week. There wasn't much left to do and too many people without anything to do, but we couldn't move the trailer with all the power tools until we finished this house. So now we will be building two houses at a time, if not, more.

The house looks great too! You can even picture where their kitchen will be, maybe even their living room setup. It feels so good to know that I helped build it. And now I know all that went into it and how it went up. When I talk to people about the building they kinda all just stare when I say things like double top plate, sheathing, green plate, or anything else. I was the exact same before we started. You pick it up fast, so don't let it scare you from coming to volunteer. ;)

Here's what it looks like...

These are the stairs that Aaron built with Lisa's dad.

My dreamy husband...

My dad also came out to help with his sister Jan. They kinda cam at a bad time since there isn't alot left to do, but he helped Aaron out with the shingling today.

I also went out and bought a washer and dryer. We had a really old Maytag in Santaquin before we moved, but it weighed a ton and we didn't want to move it. We gave it away, and I planned on doing laundry at my mom's until our house was built and buying new ones when we moved in. That way I wouldn't have to move them. Well, that last about 2 months. My mom's machines just take FOREVER, and I hated taking the kids over their for hours to do laundry. So I payed for a month of consumer reports and did a ton of research from customer reviews and talked to the guy at Lowes and got a...(drum roll please) Samsung set. I know what your thinking, what about Maytag and Whirlpool? Well, aparently Maytag had a ton of class action lawsuits a few years back about mold and mildew in their front loaders, so Whirlpool bought them out. Now whirlpool is having the same issues. The Samsungs that I bought got great reviews from customers, consumer reports, and the guy at Lowe's highly recommended them. And savvy little me got them while Lowes was having an awesome sale. They started at 898 each. I got 20% off the washer because it was energy efficient, 10% off the dryer because it was over 400 and then I had a 10% card from the whole purchase, so altogether I saved about $300! And then I am getting another $150 in mail in rebates! Yeah for me!

Then tragedy strikes. On the way out of the store both Vaeh and Joseph were screaming! I picked up Joseph and put Vaeh in the cart. While pullling the cart with one hand and holding Joseph we were walking towards the car in the parking lot and we hit a speed bump. Vaeh was standing up in the cart when it happened and she fell out! She landed head first on the pavement! I couldn't do anything because I was holding Joseph, but I can still see it happening in my head. She's okay, but it sure was terrifying to watch. Now she has an awesome bruise though! It looks like her head has been stamped. It didn't break the skin, so she just has a bunch of blood blisters.

Poor girl...

But isn't she pretty?

That's it for now! Happy fourth!

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