We have been so busy around here lately that I haven't had much time for blogging (well that and I don't have internet), but I am finally getting a minute to sit down and give all of you an update. The week after we moved in we packed right back up and headed on vacation. After packing, Matt said, "I think I just packed up all of my clothes." You did, honey. You did.
We usually go to the beach, but this year we decided to go to Austin, TX. Here is a brief recap.
We packed everything we had just unpacked.
We drove all day long.
We rented a tiny house for the first two nights.
We went to Krause Springs.
We went shopping. (the kids loved this)
We moved to a hotel where my college roomie and her family met up with us.
We went to TopGolf. (I am AWFUL.)
We ate salsa at every meal one day.
We went to see UT.
We went to South Congress.
We shopped some more.
We got rolled ice cream.
We moved hotels again. (Matt loves changing where we are staying during a trip. Loading and unloading the car is his FAV!)
We went to Schlitterbahn.
We drove home to a HOT MESS at our house. (more on that in a few)
So back to the house. We have been trying to get all the finishing touches coordinated before The Tiny Tour. We had four main projects.
1. Steps and skirting
Wouldn't you know they all came on the same day. Better than not at all I suppose. Our shed had been lovingly dumped in our driveway while we were away. Dumped. Does customer service even exist anywhere other than Nordstrom and Chick Fil A? I think I have covered this topic before. (Check out the background of the house and then check out the difference at the end of this post!)
Anyway...so we arrived home around lunch (we woke up to head out at 4 am) and encountered loads of work to do. First we had to unpack the car. So basically I moved us all back into the house. Then there was laundry. I spent all day doing laundry in my small capacity washer. There is no place for dirty clothes so it had to be done. Right then. Just as I got caught up on the laundry, Matt said, Hey, Chamie, did you want to get started putting this shed together?" I glared at the 79 page instruction booklet, the package of 356 screws (of only ONE of the types) and then I replied, "Sure, honey."
***You thought I was going to say no and go to bed since I had been up since 4 am, moved us all back in, and done all of the laundry in the house, didn't you? But what you don't know is while we were on vacation I found something I really want. It is a trampoline. I know. I am crazy. But we tested them out in the store and childlike joy filled my heart and my screams of excitement could not be contained. So I am being super sweet so I can convince Matt I need this trampoline. Right now he has agreed to letting me get one in the fall. I am working on moving the date up a little bit.
So I helped put together the shed. Until midnight. At that point the bugs were gathered so thickly around my headlamp that they were blocking the light. But you know what...we got to step 74! We had assembled four walls and half of a roof! Then the next day we finished up! We had to. Eight slowly dying pallets of sod were waiting on us.
Onto the sod. It was AWFUL. I will never lay sod again in my life. I will go give plasma and save the money to pay someone else. Matt's friend, John, came over to help for a bit. He was a good sodder. He is a perfectionist. I hope he doesn't come see the part we did after he left. In our defense- it was dark. Then my friend, Lee, came to help for a while. Then she saw one of the spiders and suddenly had to go. Thankfully it was dark when she got there or she would've seen the spiders long before she did. Thanks, John and Lee, for your help!
Matt and I continued to work. We finally went to sleep. Matt got up early the next morning to work some more. Then he left for work and I got up to go out and work. I almost only passed out once. Then when Matt got off work he finished it up. DREADFUL is the only word that can describe laying sod. And it smells SO bad!!!
Anyway, it is done. And I didn't have to pay anyone which is good because I am really tired of writing checks. Also I am pretty sure the bank is going to call real soon and tell me that I have to stop writing them.
1. Stairs and skirting. Check.
2. Dirtwork. Check.
3. Shed. Check.
4. Sod. Check.
And bonus... the landscaper is supposed to come this week!
AND... the steps and skirting will be stained this week as well.
Hope they don't come on the same day.
The Tiny Tour is in less than a week now and we are so excited to show all of you the house! It has been working out quite well. We all got ready and made it to church on time this morning. Win! The real test will come once school starts. That is sure to be interesting. But for now, all is well and all is peaceful...until two people have to poop at the same time.
I am Chamie, wife to Matt; mom to Callan (14), Cooper (11), and