Thursday, September 16, 2010

House Update

I know it's been quite a while but there really hasn't been much to show you. The electrical has been finished and passed inspection. Also the HVAC has been finished and passed inspection. They've also inspected for codes: framing, plumbing, roofing, etc. Last week the masons came and bricked up the basement portion of the house. We really LOVE the brick. Today they started installing the Hardie Board/Certainteed siding. This is a wood looking, fiber cement board with a baked on paint finish. It looks fantastic and gives us the look we were going for without the expense of Cedar or another wood.

One they finish all the Hardie Board and vinyl they will start insulating. While they are insulating the backfilling will begin. I really hope we can get the front porch down to only 4 steps but we'll just have to wait and see. When the insulation is finished then it's time for drywall, then Derek will install the hardwood floors and the tile will go into all the bathrooms, then paint and so on. Hopefully while these things are being done on the inside the front porch will get all of it's decking, cedar posts and stone.

We've been having a very tough time picking out the granite for the kitchen and bath counter tops. It's been difficult and brain racking but I finally finished it all today and I was able to get a price I was happy with.

Here's the final choices.

This is Giallo Ornamental Light, it is for Lily's bathroom.

This is St. Cecilia Light, it is for the boys/hall bathroom.

This is Steel Grey, it is for the perimeter countertops in the kitchen and the master bath vanities. The cabinets in all the bathrooms and the perimeter of the kitchen are all (almost) white.

This is Luna Pearl, it is going on the Island. The Island will be painted an almost black color with light distressing.

The Master Bath Sinks and faucets came today. We have two of these in the Master Bath. Vessel sinks! Love em'!!!

The Master Bath Sinks and faucets came today. We have two of these in the Master Bath. Vessel sinks! Love em'!!!
(Love my little cheeser in the background) He keeps me smiling.

On other fronts the kids are all healthy and the oldest two are doing great in school. It is really hard to believe I have a 3rd and first grader! Caleb is playing soccer this fall and that along with house building is definitely keeping us busy. Derek and I are both teaching Bible class this quarter as well. October will be a nice break.

I'm working out daily. I started with The 30 day Shred by Jillian Michaels. Hardest workout video I've ever done. My friend, Erin, comes over every Tuesday and Thursday to workout with me while Levi naps. This week she was a workout superstar. She worked out every single day and 3 times on Thursday! I workout by myself on the days she isn't here. It definitely keeps me accountable when I know she will be her depending on me. We started the Shred it with Weights DVD by Jillian Michaels on Tuesday. I did it last Saturday and Sunday and thought I was going to kill over and die. My hamstrings were killing me for days! However on day 3 of it with her yesterday, day 5 for me, we made it through the whole DVD without stopping! We were so excited we woke up Levi. Trust me if you do this DVD you'll be happy to do the same.

I haven't really lost any weight yet but my muscle tone is definitely improving dramatically. I'm happy with staying the same weight if I'm really lean and tone.

I'm headed to Alabama this weekend with my little guy. One of my first cousins is getting married tomorrow and we are going to the wedding. Derek will have a busy weekend here with the other two.

I hope you are all doing wonderfully! Leave me a note and tell me what you've been up too!

Have a wonderful weekend!
The Boss Lady


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