I guess I’m a lot closer to town than I thought. Some new neighbors moved in, in my back yard. They are even faster on the construction end of things than we are. I think they had a crew of about 4 and they errected this whole town in about half a day! Incredible.
There is still some debate as to a move-in date, but we have gained permission to start moving in some furniture. The kid’s bedrooms are all done so I thought I would start in there. Almost everything needs to be wiped down before we move it into the rooms since it has been in storage for several months. We need a bit more trim work done in the master bedroom and then we can move in there.
Hopefully by the middle of next week most of the plumbing stuff will be done and then we can commence cleaning construction mess out of the bathrooms, too. Flooring for the kitchen and dining room is supposed to arrive this week. They started work on the sand mound. My kitchen cabinets are in and looking good. All the major painting is done. A few touch up spots here and there plus whatever I mess up moving furniture from room to room. =) All the carpet is in. Windows need cleaned.
A bookshelf needs built for the library. I never feel like I’ve settled into a house until all my books are unpacked. I really want to get at that library. I would also like to get started planning some stuff for school this coming fall sometime soon which means the school room needs set up. I just need to be patient. It will all come together here in God’s own time. I just want to dive right in and get it all done NOW! Guess I need to sleep sometime.
Thanks again to everyone who is helping to make this possible. God is good and quite generous. Just a little bit longer . . . .
While making the cake on Tuesday for Josiah’s birthday on Wednesday I decided that a good way to distract the kids (and keep their fingers out of the icing) was to have them make some invitations for Josiah’s party. That, of course, required that we have a party. So, the kids made some invitations, I made the cake, Uncle Andrew (13) helped decorate with balloons, and we pulled out hamburgers and hotdogs and grilled them on the campfire. I think we had 8 people show up besides us and Nana and Grandpa (and Uncle Andrew, of course). I think it went well despite the impromptu planning.
We also spent some time at a local park in the morning where we ate lunch. A full day . . . I thought it would bother me more that Dan wasn’t there, but I was o.k.
And so begins the birthday season of the Ewing household. The Birthday Season fits in there between Spring and Summer. I hate trying to figure out ages during this time frame. Usually I just count backwards. 6-5-4-3-2-1-and baby. Now I have to stop and think 6-6-. . . hmmm . . next one is 4-3-2-1 . . Another three weeks and I’ll have a 7-6-. . .4-3- . . . And then July really messes me up with 7-6-5-4 . . 2-1-baby, and things just don’t come right again until Payden (1) has his birthday. It’s just difficult to figure out which number to skip.
And since I’m sure someone will ask . . . let’s see if I can remember all of their birthdates for you.
Benjamin – June 10
Josiah – May 20
Abigail – July 02
Hadassah – July 01
Maranatha – October 18
Payden – December 10
Caleb Daniel – December 25
I’m still thinking we will celebrate Caleb’s Birthday on Dan’s Birthday (Jan 6) so that he doesn’t get lost in all the Christmas festivities. Poor child.