Well hey there! 😄 Where do I begin?! A LOT has happened over the last 6 weeks since my last update on the new house progress! In the month of August we started out still doing some finishing touches to RV living in the backyard to living inside the house! Plus a whole lot of happenings in between all that!
The crazy thing is that it is the end of September and we STILL are waiting on our builder and the bank to finalize things. As a matter of fact, we were so upset waiting and waiting and waiting... that the bank made an exception to allow us to move in while we were impatiently waiting. I never thought a whole other month would go by and we'd still be waiting for that final closing process! Phew. Building a house is such an exhausting drawn out process.
Even though we are living inside the house, we have still been very much busy working on things, unpacking, organizing, etc. Seriously, the list is never ending! Hence the reason for my absence with an update. Whoops!
Here's a little bit (literally leaving so many details out because I'm over trying to keep track, ha!) of what August looked like leading up to the official move in....
I painted the interior and exterior patio door off the dining room. Yes, by standing in that bucket on the skid steer since we don't have a patio. For whatever reason, the three doors on the backside of the house (upper patio, lower patio, and garage entry) are not the same color white. I was not happy about this or the fact that I had to paint it. Which also means forever upkeep. I also had to putty and repaint all of the baseboard trim inside which was time consuming.
The dryer was delivered. Officially have a fully functional laundry room!
I brought some books and toys to entertain the kids inside instead of outside in the dirt. Ha!
August 9th - All final inspections approved! Just waiting on the results from the water test!
We moved the camper to the house and parked it in the backyard while we waiting for the occupancy permit and the clear to close. So with this meant... Michael got out of work and was able to come to the house get work done and stay there rather than work there late and drive back to the camper (which was usually once we were all in bed). We showered and cooked inside the house to make our lives easier and less driving to other people's houses for showers and food. The kids loved it! Although they did really miss seeing the horses at Nana and Papa's daily.
What our days typically entailed... walks down the driveway, rolling down the hill, digging in the dirt, baths in a bucket, picnic lunches...
August 12th - Cleaned the entire house (thanks to help from Aunt Linda and my MIL) and moved our bed into our room. After they left, we cooked and ate our first dinner in the house!
August 15th - Unpacked the first load of boxes that Michael had went to get from the storage unit the prior weekend. Seeing all these boxes in the garage was a bit overwhelming. We haven't seen this stuff in 2.5 years! (And this was only 1/2 of it!) We also set up the kids beds in their rooms. At this point we didn't care that we weren't supposed to be moving in. At least we weren't sleeping inside yet. Hah!
August 17th - Results from water test came back. All is well! I felt better about showering and bathing the kids insides now knowing there wasn't anything bad in the water. #worrywart
August 20th - Michael worked on finish grade in the backyard.
August 23rd - Received certificate of occupancy in the mail.
August 24th - Officially emptied out the storage unit on our way to the thumb for a wedding.
August 26th - Packed up the last of our stuff from my MIL's house and spent our first night in the house!
August 27th - Woke up for the first time in the new house! (Also the one and only night ML slept in his own room so far. Whomp whomp.)
Like I've mentioned before, there are a lot of other details and things we've been doing in the midst of every day life plus all the big things worth mentioning. I honestly can't keep up with remembering all the details at this point. Not sure if that's a good or bad thing. Ha!
Once we moved everything in, I've been really busting butt on the unpacking and organizing which has taken up all of my free time and left me zero ambition to get on the computer to do an update. Most days I don't even have the energy to do an update on social media. So for those of you that have followed along or have been wondering how things are going, I apologize!
I'm going to try to do another update of our first month of living in the house as well as normal happenings/updates as time goes on. If there is anything you'd like to know or hear about specifically with our experience, let me know!
After 28 weeks of construction (not including the decisions prior to the start of construction), we are SO glad this project is (kind of) over. Our experience was far from what we expected (not in a good way) and if we had to do it all over again, we probably wouldn't. Lol. However, we're happy that we finally have a house to live in and that we are (for the first time ever) living under one roof as a family! Never thought I'd live to see the day! 😉
Catch up on the progress...