Thursday, May 30, 2013

You would have thought it was LABOR Day weekend!!


Whew it sure was a busy weekend!  Not so much for me but for Ryan and his Uncle!  Yep we camped at a local campground that was only a few miles from home....so we could run back and forth if their was work to be done!  Wellll there was some serious work being done.  
Ryan's Uncle decided last weekend that he really thought we had a ton of fill dirt out on the property because there were soooo many high spots and we just needed to push the dirt (we were really starting to think we were going to need at least $7,000 worth of fill....YIKES!!!).  Annndddd since he is an equipment operator by day he told us he would push the dirt around with a bulldozer if we rented one...on Memorial Day weekend.  Now that is one nice offer :-)  So we got on the horn and had a bulldozer delivered at 8 am last Friday.


Here is the bulldozer in action!!


The first thing he worked on was back filling around the barn on stilts!  

Back filled barn

Seriously doesn't it look awesome???  Gone are the days of our barn on stilts ;)
Next up it was time to pull all the dirt from the high spots and push it around the foundation so it is there when we are ready to start back filling!  Check out these piles (sounds kind of like a personal problem, I know!)
View from Wells Rd

Check this out!  This is the view from the road!  Remember how far the foundation stuck out of the ground?  
Here are more dirt piles on the back side of the house.

South side view
Here I am standing on the South side of the house actually being able to look DOWN into the foundation!

Much more has happened since this weekend however I am running out of time.  I will catch you up later!!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Some action footage!

How 'bout a little action footage to start the day?  Here are Ryan and Billy working nicely.  I can't believe I actually caught 30 seconds of them NOT fighting.

Listen closely at the end and you will hear what Kenny and I think about being out in the cold windy weather that day.....




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WORRDDD!!!







Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Guess what I found?!?!?!

You knew it would turn up eventually.  However, I really thought we would find it as we were moving into the house......


Drumroll please.....





















Yep, mom and I found it!  Guess where???   THE KID CAVE!!  Who would have known?  Apparently they thought they needed it more than I did ;)  Looks like I gots to do some work this weekend :-)

Sooooooo I am bushed and I am going to call it a night.  I will be back bright and early with my progress pictures from today.  See ya'll tomorrow.....

You wanna hear something scary???

Sooooo 2 weeks ago we were out at the property working on the barn when Uncle Randy showed up.  He said hey, where's Jake?  I told him that he was having a sleepover at a friends house and was gone for the night.  So, he said well hop in my truck....you can come help me.

Needless to say I didn't know what I was getting into.....until we pulled into the driveway.


Yep we were going to get THAT!!  And guess who was going to drive it?!?!?!  ME :O  I really thought he was kidding.  He said come on you know how to drive a zero turn lawn mower right?  Uhhmmmm NOPE!!  So he gave me a 45 second lesson and jumped in his truck and took off.  Yep I drove THAT by myself from Uncle Randy's house to the property.  Scary, I know!!  If I had the ability I would have warned all within a 5 mile radius.  Sweet baby jesus I was as nervous as a "you-know-what" in church!!!  Needless to say I made it....EVENTUALLY cuz that thing does NOT corner like it's on rails.

You wanna know what was the scariest part?  That he asked where Jake was first.....as though Jake were his first choice to drive it back.  You would have had to scoop me up off the floor with a shovel after I had the big one!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Status Update....FINALLY!!

So obviously we have been busy cuz I have been slacking on my bloggerly duties!!  However not tonight!  Nope I am here to get you caught up.  I mean come on, I should have something to talk about every effing night!  So let's get this party started!

Here are some pictures of the barn from tonight:




Yep the barn is pretty much done!  We are just waiting on the barn doors to arrive and then we Ryan and the guys will install them.  They should be in by the end of this week or the beginning of next.  Also, please note that we aren't building a barn on stilts ;) We will be moving some dirt around to bring the grade up.  Our house is going to be quite a bit out of the ground so we will be doing lots of grading.....

Now onto the house:
This is the front view....

Annnnndddd this is where our *blurry* front porch will be....


Here is the view from the soon to be basement....



And another angle in the basement...that will be the door to the cellar or whatever it is called.  I can't for the life of me remember what Ryan called it.  However I think he is going to make me start canning ;)

Sooooooo there ya have it.  Whew I think we are all caught up now!  So I am back on track to provide regular updates.  The foundation should be completely done this week and then they will hopefully start framing the end of next week or the beginning of the following week :-)

Friday, May 3, 2013

Tick tock, tick tock...lalallaaa is it 12:30 yet??


So here it is 12:00 and I am on my lunch hour.  I am sure it is going to be the longest 30 minutes waiting to hear if we get the official go ahead on the footers.  I am really not worried but ya just NEVER know!  So that being said, while we wait I though I'd share some pictures.  These are from my stop last night to reassure myself that everything was still dry!




Here is the front Porch!!
And here is the back patio!


These are the boxes where the little post 
thingies will go for the basement.  Technical I know.....


Well that's pretty much all I've got for the time being.  Cross your fingers and hope that I get the GOOD news shortly!!!!