Monday, November 24, 2008

Coming along nicely!

Hello all!
The metal on the house (siding and roof) are finished. The front of the house will be stone, hopefully will be in after Thanksgiving. It looks so good right now. Wyatt and I and his parents hung cedar on the back wall outside under the carport today, and it looks great! Wyatt also put the first coat of stain on the floors throughout the house. We decided since we are having a baby and Cole is still pretty messy himself, we didn't even want to mess with carpet that will just need replacing in 10 years. So we are staining the entire house the same color...English looks awesome! We will put another coat on tomorrow and finish the cedar. I will post pics of what I can tomorrow. After the floors have dried we will mop the residue up and then cover the floors with heavy brown paper until the house is finished. We might (keep our fingers crossed) be able to have the insulation done on Wednesday, they are blowing the expandable foam in the walls and attic.
I see Dr. Miller tomorrow for 5 months checkup. Will post (probably nothing exciting) after that.
We will leave Wednesday for Del Rio and return home on Saturday. Wyatt is going to get up with me and go to Wal-Mart at 5am Friday morning to get a few things in the Wal-Mart ad for Christmas. Should be interesting!
Love to all,

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Soccer is over!

Sorry I am posting this late. I've been spending time getting ahead on college work so I can really take the week off next week. I am off work all week (hallelujah!) and would have needed to work on some assignments for my college classes if I hadn't spent some time working ahead.
Only one more week of college classes after Thanksgiving. Then I get a break until January.
Soccer is over for the Fall season. The last game on Saturday was FREEZING and at 8:30 in the morning with the really cold wind blowing. Cole was so funny, I bundled him up in his coat and a toboggan to cover his head, and he held his hands up and said, "Momma, what about my hands?" I said sorry, I don't have anything for those. But the boys were real troopers and did great. Cole scored 2 goals even. Then they all get trophies for playing, and Cole loved his trophy! He has been enthralled with it ever since.

The house is moving the roof on and they are starting on the siding this week. Stone should be here in a week or two for the front of the house and the fireplace. My Uncle David came Tuesday, and he is coming back tomorrow to wire the house. He is a certified electrician in Greenville, Texas. We will be staining the floors this weekend and covering them after we finish.

Then of course everything will be on hold for "Turkey day" as Cole has been calling it.

Cole's birthday party will be Sunday, December 7th, at 3pm at Chuck E. Cheese in Tyler. He will be 5...time flies!

Lucy is fine...I go to see Dr. Miller again next week for my 5 month checkup.

I am including some pics of the house with the roof. It is hard to see, but it is just silver, with the sides being beige. The floor will be stained a really dark reddish-brown...really red but really dark.

Next week we will leave on Wednesday to travel to Del Rio to hunt on my dad's ranch there. We will come home on Saturday. It will be a long drive with a pregnant woman and a nearly 5 year old! Wish us luck...ha, ha.
Love to all,

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Rain, rain, go away.

Well, the rain has slowed us down a bit, but not much. The plumber was not scheduled until next week, but because of the rain he couldn't work somewhere else, and came to our place instead. The A/C is in, the plumber is through for now, and the electrician is coming next week (my uncle :-)). The roofers couldn't work in the rain, and neither could the bricklayer, but both should be able to do something tomorrow, even if it is not until the afternoon. The bricklayer will work on the fireplace, and the metal roof will be installed. The stone for the front of the house will not be in for a few weeks (backorder) and the metal for the sides of the house will be a few weeks out as well. We are hoping to be able to stain the concrete floors the first of Thanksgiving week, cover them, and be ready for insulation as soon as Thanksgiving is over. That means sheetrock the first or second week of December. After that, Wyatt will take vacation time and be off for about 3 weeks while he builds cabinets and starts trim work, and we will both begin painting. We are painting the house ourselves, as well as other stuff.

Meanwhile, we will travel to Del Rio over Thanksgiving weekend to visit my Dad's ranch, and hunt some, and in general get some R&R. The first week of December my classes will be over for the fall, and I am looking forward to some much needed time off. Then it's back to the grindstone in January.
More this weekend,

Sunday, November 9, 2008

It's a girl!

It's official! We will be having a little girl in March or April. The technician assured us there were no little boy parts and even pointed out little girl parts, so I don't think there is any chance of a surprise.

Should see a metal roof go on the house this week, and the siding soon. The fireplace will be bricked this week, and electrical and plumbing the next week. Doors and windows will go in tomorrow.

I want to send out a big THANK YOU to all of my family and friends who came to the sonogram. It meant so much to me to have you all around me, and it was so exciting to find out and share the news with you at the same time!

Here is a pic of Lucy.

Love to all,


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

boy or girl???

OK, no pics today, but I just had to tell you that Wyatt's Aunt Pam Wyatt did the 'pencil test' on me today. You take a regular pencil, put a threaded needle into the eraser end, and hold it by the thread really still over the upturned wrist of a pregnant person. The pencil begins to move on its own, and will indicate the order of your children's sex. So for example, mine began to move up and down the wrist to indicate Cole was a boy, and then it began to move in a circle which means a GIRL. Pam swears that she did this with all of her grandchildren and it proved accurate. We'll find out at 10am stay tuned!

Monday, November 3, 2008

House Frame and Halloween

View from the front porch.

Well, sorry I didn't post earlier, but with Halloween we were pretty busy. Brownsboro businesses set up for Trick or Treating on Saturday night instead of Friday (there was a football game in Brownsboro Friday night) so we did two nights of it.

As you can see from the pictures, we have a house! The framers will be completely finished on Wednesday, but will come back on Monday to install the windows and doors. We had a problem getting them in before he left. Pretty much anything that involves metal these days is pretty expensive and hard to get in a timely manner.

Everything is still moving at a pretty steady pace. We should have the fireplace bricks layed by the weekend, and other things are coming and going in the next two weeks.
Cole did not play well in Saturday's soccer game. I am afraid he had a bit of a Halloween hangover, as did all the boys. We did win, but it was a close one, and the final score was 3-2 Raptors. So we are still undefeated...whew!

He is due for a good game this Saturday, and I hope he does since we might have quite an audience!
Enjoy the pics. I had fun taking them!