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Official Completion Date…

…June 5th! Thanks to the bank for pressing the builder to give us a completion date. He says we should be moved in before that date if our tile layer will press on the gas. We opted for a different tile layer than the one the builder normally uses. He is a perfectionist and is doing a great job. The builder says, “he does excellent work, he’s just very slow.” I guess that’s the price you pay to get it done right. I told my husband I will be at the house in the morning helping him grout the floors to get things moving if I need to.
It will be almost, to the day, a full year from the time the builder broke ground on our home. It has been one of the most grueling things I have ever done. I would not wish this experience on my worst enemy. (it’s just a saying…I hope I don’t have enemies) It really is true what they say about building a home…how difficult it is. I am sure we could have been on the HGTV show Dream Homes. Honestly, I could never watch that show because of the anxiety it gave me. The actual building process is a million times worse. My husband has really been great putting up with me (Thank you, honey!) He keeps telling me over and over, “It will all be worth it in the end.” Sometimes I did not think so. Now that it seems I can somewhat see the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ I am sure he is right. Kids, you will have a more sane Mom once we have moved in…I think 🙂 LOL
I know being able to build a house such as ours is a tremendous BLESSING. Many people are struggling right now and my heart aches for them. It truly does. Someone at church one day said they wondered if they would be able to keep their home. My husband and I realize the situation of others and have tried to keep quiet. Except for our family and close friends, if anyone asks us we are happy to report our status, otherwise we don’t talk about it.
My heartfelt thanks go to my parents for listening to me whine and cry about all the twists and turns. Emily, thank you for being my long distance decision maker/designer during those times I just couldn’t make one more decision or just needed a friend to bounce ideas with (I miss u!). Sara, thank you for listening to me ramble on about the house…I really needed someone to listen and you did and still do. I know you didn’t know what you were getting yourself into when you called me. 🙂 Last but certainly not least, I thank my Heavenly Father. My faith is my rock. Besides, ultimately, everything we have is His anyway. I pray that we might be good stewards over this home he has blessed us with. I promise to share it with all my family and friends! I plan on spending lots of time there making memories for an eternity with the people that mean the most to me.
Very Sincerely,

 

Shan
P.S. : The picture is of the kitchen floor.

Twilight Premier Photos

I finally figured out how to retrieve the photos my husband took at the premier with his iphone. They aren’t the best quality. However, I am glad to have them! My best friend (you look good girl!), her husband, my oldest daughter, my husband and I went to see the movie together. The theater we were in held 400 people! It was a sold out showing.

This night was much anticipated for many months. Twilight, the book series, has strengthened relationships and created stronger bonds for me & the people in my life. I enjoyed talking about it with my best friend and then sharing it with many other friends. My personal copy has been read by two other friends besides my daughter and I. It is worn out. If I lived closer to my mom and sister, they would
have been able to borrow it also. Instead, they listened to my rantings and
decided to buy a copy themselves. In return, we have enjoyed many conversations texting and talking on the phone about Bella & Edward.

The one aspect I have cherished the most is the chance for my daughter and I to share our thoughts and feelings about the book. It has given us a chance to discuss topics that we may not have otherwise. It was fun to sit beside her and hear her comments. Honestly, I probably talked more than she did! We went again to see the movie Thursday (her second time, my third 🙂 ). This time I took her and my son. I think my son was feeling a little left out and wanted to see what his mom has been obsessing about so much. After the movie I said to him, “So, what did you think?” “It was pretty good!” he exclaimed.

twilight mom,
Shan

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House Pictures

Saturday the pool contractor met us at our home to measure and place the pool. It was very COLD and WINDY! You have to look past all the trash…sorry!

This was taken this morning! The stone layers BEGAN today! Here they are laying the first few layers. Sorry for the rears. 🙂


They completely finished the texturing of the sheet rock yesterday. Here is a picture of the living room.
SLOWLY but SURELY,
Shan

Pinewood Derby Video

Father & son went to the annual Cub Scout Pinewood Derby yesterday. They won 2nd place in his webelos division. Way to go guys! Here is a clip from one of his races.

Half Marathon Time

So I have been officially training to run another half marathon. The last one I ran was with hubby at Disney World in January 2006. Ever since my major mountain biking accident the summer of 2007…well, let’s just say, my body will never be the same. It has been a huge uphill battle to run since my accident. It is almost like starting all over again, but with a “crutch,” meaning that I am “broken” compared to when I began training to run my first half marathon back in the fall of 2003. I finally am running 3 miles at least 3 times a week – the past 3 weeks. Saturday was the first time I ran over 3… 5 miles. So now I will be upping my mileage every Saturday by one mile until I get to 10. It has been a slow process and humbling. I usually hurt, believe it or not, in my shoulders and arms after I run. This is where I took the brunt of the fall in my accident.

I have just told myself that if I have to walk some during my 13.1 miles, it is okay. This is difficult for me to think about considering I have run 26.2 miles in 2005. I will finish, that is a given, just maybe not as fast as I would like or have done before.

Toodles,
Shan