2 months! and still boring

Things are boring because everything seems the same! The well drilling truck is still sitting there. He drilled for a few hours over 2 days. Then had a vacation planned. Geez, doesn’t he know I’m dying for some progress here?! So hopefully today or tomorrow we’ll hit water and be done with that. Until I have to see the bill and write the check, scary.

Kyle finally finished the drawings and gave me the OK to have copies made. So I’m doing that today so we can get copies to the Truss company. Also, pass a copy on so we can get the permits started. September sounds like its going to be super expensive. Our house has turned out a little bigger than we planned. Which means more $$.  We talked about it and feel that there’s nothing we want to change, and if thats the sqft it came out to be, well we will just bite the bullet and do it. Grand total:4054 sqft. The main level is 3092 sqft and the bonus room is 962 sqft. We will most likely build with the bonus unfisished at first. Saves money in the permit process and when the county assess the hosue for taxes purposes. Then we’ll finsih the bonus room after we move in, if we have any money left! 🙂 

As far as life goes on the Camus compound its been busy. Ellie has cheer M T and Th. So we aren’t home until 8.  I had book club Tuesday night, love catching up with the girls. Our book this month was The Vactioners. It was a quick light read. We had a breif discussion about it, but we are really bad at staying focused and end up discussing personal stories that relate…which I love.

Thursday was a fun day. Ellie and I both got to go to the salon and get haircuts. A little bonding time. Then we came home and I was asking Sue how her interview went (interviewed for a new para job at another elementary school). Of course she was saying “I don’t know, it was weird and akward. I don’t know what they thought” blah blah blah. As she’s telling me all this, the phone rings, and shes like “its the school!!” They offered her the job of course. She was so funny, jumping and sqealing. So we congratulated her and ran out the door for Ellie to go cheer at a scrimmage match.

Saturday was Kyle and I’s 11 year wedding anniversary, and honestly we did nothing. He was sweet and told me “happy anniversary” about 20 times. It was just too crazy to plan something. He had 2-a-day football practice, I had to go to a cousins bridal shower. So I’ll just save that “did nothing” in my back pocket for something. 

Sunday was a fun and busy day. We woke up early that morning. Ellie asked “what day is it?” I replied Sunday, so shes asks “why do I have to be up so early?!” Cheer Ellie, always cheer. Sunday was the league’s jamboree. And Ellie was schedule to cheer at 9, but we had to be there at 8.  So we scrambled and ran out the door. We spent the morning watching her, then hit Costco for some dog food. I got out of there only spending $45! That never happens. Must have been because Kyle was with me.  

We went home for the day and I spent a few hours cleaning Ellie’s closet and drawers. We are going school shopping Friday and I needed to see what still fits and what does she really need. Kyle and my BIL Josh began the process outside of pressing apples to make hard apple cider. This was an all day process of course. But they enjoyed it. It is so messy, and luckily the bees weren’t out really. Papa Ron waited for high tide then took the kiddos out on the boat to go set out a crab pot. They weren’t sure what to think of that and got on the boat reluctantly. They were gone about 2 hours and came back with huge smiles on their faces. They caught 12 crabs! They thought that was so cool.

We ended the weekend tired but lots of fun times. My goal this week house wise is to 1) get copies made; 2) get new bid for windows- since the house has changed from the last bid. 3) stay on top of kyle to get permits started! 4) get some water in that well. 

Two steps forward, giant fall backwards

Typical week on the compound. Running to work, picking up kids, dinners, laudry, blah blah blah. So Tuesday morning, Kyle gets to go meet with the engineer. Basicly, we had our house plan, one that had been built before by our builder, and the engineer was reviewing it to see if we could make a few changes. The answer: NO. There was a wall and the stairs we wanted to move, and that just couldn’t be done. I was a little disappointed, but thought no big deal it will still work.

Overnight I got an idea…and I acted on it. So the builder had built this house before, and I have driven (stalked) by it a few times to take photos of the exterior secretly in my car. I liked how it looked and everything. Well with my sweet googling and investigation skills, I found contact info (email) for the owner of said house. type in address, go to the assessors website, look up owner/tax parcel, google name, BAM they own a local busiess. So I took a chance and emailed the lady. I just asked hey, we’re building your house, by chance do you have photos of the interior you would mind sharing with me. This really could have gong 50/50. She could have thought I was psycho, I admitted to driving by her house, and slapped a restraining order on me OR she would say no problem. Well it turned out even better, she invited me over for a tour! So now I’m thinking, what if she’s a psycho?! Anyways, I went Wednesday night after work. Looked through it, took a few photos and left. I hated it. Yes, i just said that. I hated the house that we have been planning on building the last 7 months.

All you can see when coming in the front door is
a wall of stairs. Then you jog right, and walk
down a narrow space between the stairs and a wall.
Just not for me.

So I made the drive home and told kyle my concerns. But I didn’t quite admit yet that I hated it. I thought, sleep on it, you might change your mind. Well morning came…and I had thought all night about it. That house was not my dream house. So I tell Kyle, and frankly I felt just sick. Here we’ve sold our house, getting permits, etc and I have just put a screeching halt to everything. Kyle was supportive as always. He said if there was a time to change our minds, now is it. We haven’t submitted building permits and we haven’t had to pay the engineer to bring those plans to code. So no money lost.

I came home Thursday after spending most of the day on the computer searching and searching and searching for house plans. I found 3 that I really liked. And they had interior pictures so I could really visualize the space. Well, there were things Kyle didn’t like, and there were things my MIL didn’t like. Yes my MIL has an opinion. Everyone runs everything by her. Doesn’t matter if you don’t, she’ll tell you anyways. So just save yourself the trouble and have her involved from the begining. And honestly, she usually has some really good ideas. Sometimes she overwhelms and confuses the shit out of me. But we work it out. Anyway, so no one loved any of the plans as much as me. Everyone was a little short, and well I was just super sensitive about the whole thing.

To top it off, while we’re looking at plans, talking/arguing, Miss Ellie comes to the back patio door covered in mud from the bay. She states she “fell down”, I call bullshit. They had a mud fight. I am already upset, and well this is just icing. I tell both kiddos to get to the front yard, I’m grabbing the hose. Yes, I sprayed my kids down with cold water from the hose. And well, I thought this will teach them not to get into the mud. But no, they loved it and were laughing the whole time. Ugh, cannot win. Still, they then got put into the showers and then PJs. Luckily the clock struck 6PM and I got to escape to book club.

I whined to my girlfriends over glasses of wine. And they all pitched in to think of a solution. That’s what they do. So I’m feeling much calmer now. I walk into the door after being gone 3 hours, and Kyle and his mom have drawn up a whole new floor plan. WE ALL LIKE IT. its a miracle. I thought it was really nice. They heard what it was I hated about the original. And what I was wanting out of a new plan, and they created it. And now I’m fairly confident we will truly have the most amazing house.

So Friday, I whipped over to Best Buy and bought the HGTV design software (of course, HGTV is the king of all things design). I spent the whole weekend designing the layout out the plan so we can send the CAD file to the engineer. Kyle has to work on the roof layout, which is tricky and not my area. Hopefully by the end of this week we will be almost back to where we were.

The weekend ended nicely with amazing weather and a friends 50th bday. My siblings were able to join me for the night, which is rare we all 4 are ever available at the same time. I do have other family besides the Camuses, and occasionaly I hang out with them too 🙂