Thursday, July 17, 2008

July 17, 2006

Can you believe that it was two years ago that we crossed the border and began our home building journey? These last two years have been, well, you know. We have had all kinds of thoughts and feelings, but never seriously doubted the move. It is has been one of those kinds of experiences where you have to go back in time and remember what brought you to this place and experience and just remember "how you felt" when the decision to move here was made and under what circumstances. It is easy to get discouraged and then say to yourself that this was a dumb move and nothing is going right so maybe this was a bad idea. " No, just remember how you felt" and keep moving ahead. So that is what we have been doing for the past 730 (ouch) days!

But look! There is a rainbow overhead!

We have been feverishly working on "getting in" this month and it looks like it just might happen. Now, I didn't say the house would be finished, just that we would be moving in. Michelle has been in her room for almost two weeks now. The lucky duck. We wanted her to be in before Julia comes for a visit so there would be more room and more plesant circumstances. Neal's room just needs his baseboards on, but he has been sleeping in his room the last few nights.

The reason why things are finally getting close is that we had a great phonecall on Sunday evening. We had a man working for us in December, but in January he took a job as the head maintenance man at the Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton so his time with us ended. We were disapointed but what can you do? Hire somebody else right? Easier said than done. So what was the phonecall about? He quit the PW and is working for us FULLTIME! He comes at 9 every morning, works hard, and then you know what he says just before he leaves for the day? You will never guess. He says, "Well, I will see you tomorrow". And guess what? He comes back! He has been here 4 days and this is what he has done.
1. Downstairs bathroom is tiled and grouted
2. Laundry room is grouted
3. Granite laid in the kitchen
4. The gas fireplace is ready to go
5. Odds and ends taken care of

Our electrician has been here two times this week(he has a full-time job so he comes after work for a few hours)and installed Michelle's ceiling fan, light switches,bathroom lighting and the pendants over the island.

And today's agenda? You will never guess.....the wood flooring!!!!!

The only thing we need is our hot water. Our plumber has been out town, but he is back now.

The best thing of all? It is warm and sunny!


Kari said...

Yeah!!! Can't wait to see the finished product! Good job on being so positive!

Jan said...

Such great news!! I love hearing stuff like that. We'll keep everything (fingers, toes, eyes!) crossed that it all falls into place. (I love the PW -- worked there between college years!)

i'm kelly said...

you're almost there!

Kari said...

Wow, I can't believe that list of what he did this week! Fantastic.

USAUS said...

Seems to be that counting your blessings is working... can't wait to see the big GRIN on your face when you get into the house... and yep... Mark SHOULD absolutely carry you over the thresh hold!!!

Audrey said...

Wow!!! there definately is a rainbow overhead. This is the homestretch and you have ran a great race!!! I can't wait to see finished photos and all your decorating ideas. Congrats! on the progress!!!

The Cahoon Family said...

Wow!! Talk about a light at the end of the tunnel. Congrats. That'll be so wonderful for you. There's something about having your own space. I was so happy to get out into our little townhouse after living with "the inlaws". Congrats again... Glad you've been up in the true north for a couple's been fun to have you closer.

Susan, Susie, Suz said...

I'm so excited for your moving in....and I'm nowhere near you!

Hold tight to your PW maintenance guy! He sounds like a dream. Give him a hug from me also.

Cher said...

I can't wait to come see you and lou lou and your lovely house...are you scheduling guests for next summer yet?

Christie said...

What an amazing accomplishment! The rainbow could have been a promise to you that all would be well. And once again I say I love, love, love your new header and all the pics.