Tuesday, August 17, 2010

If our current life were a movie...

It would be this one:

OK, so our house is definitely not that bad and we had some pretty major plans from the beginning. BUT, we both never knew it would take this long or be this much work. Here is a list of SOME of the things we have done to our new home in the past 6 weeks:

- ripped up all the carpet and pulled out all the floor staples
- sanded and refinished the upstairs hardwood floor
- painted the living room 1 1/2 times (began with wrong color so started over)
- painted the office
- painted the kids' room
- completely re-did the electrical which includes switching the fuse box for a circuit breaker box and re-wiring every light switch and outlet and replacing every fixture in the entire house...inhale now
- ripped down wood paneling and dry wall, found mold!
- found where mold stops and rejoiced that it doesn't go upstairs
- completely bleached the entire basement
- sledge hammered two walls, framed several new ones
- replaced several pipes, planned and installed plumbing for the new bathroom

I know there is more than that but my tired brain can't remember much right now.

We have moved out of Dan and Bobbi's house -- not a moment too soon since Bobbi is in labor with her second baby tonight -- and into Megan's (which is just two blocks away from our new house)so that we can get more work done. We have received a ton of help (thank you!) but what we really need is a crew of guys working with Aaron all the time...which is just unrealistic. I try to go over there with him as much as I can, even when I can't really help just to lend moral support and hold a flash light.

We are trying to keep our spirits up. We LOVE the character of the home. We LOVE the back yard of the home. We LOVE the location of the home. And soon we will love the inside of the home too. We really are turning it into a brand new house inside...except the kitchen -- that will be next year's project!

This whole experience has just reminded me of what a hard worker I married. And what supportive family I have.

Pictures coming soon I promise. For now just know that we're working real hard and you are all invited to our house warming party in a month! Okay maybe two.


Micah and Marilee Woolstenhulme said...

I SO understand you right now. When we ripped apart the triplex, I felt exactly the same way. We were so blessed to get the help we did too. The metaphor that got me going: this is like giving birth to this house. So hard, so painful. Probably the hardest thing you have ever done thus far, but then, years later (I have two years now) you will smile and laugh and think to yourself: I can do hard things. Thanks so much for the update amidst the madness!

L.A. Harker said...

Yay to moving closer!
P.S. I'm amazed at your patience. I bet Tom wished he married someone patient like you. You're an inspiration. Seriously.

Katie said...

Hang in there, Ashley! This post reminds me of myself about a year ago. You will love, love, LOVE your house when it's finished. Also, you will appreciate it so much more because you are the ones doing all the work. This too, shall pass! Can't wait to see pictures =-)

Grandma Harker said...

I feel your pain. Your house is going to be SO CUTE when you are done, and you will appreciate it SO MUCH more than if you had just been able to move in quickly. Thanks for the update - your witty and clever descriptions make up for the lack of photos! Keep your chin up and take each day as it comes. Seriously. (that was for Lesli). Love you! Mom

Courtney said...

I'm so impressed that you have so much vision for your house! I can't wait to see some pictures. Once it's all over, you will just be so happy with all the work that has made your house so personally yours. Until then, good luck!!

ec said...

your mama gave me an update while i was in regina for the wedding. sounds exhausting, but exciting! looking forward to pics ...

Nataly Harris said...

Thanks for the update...I will send my hubby over to help Aaron...seriously! He would LOVE to help him!

AndyPandyJackaDandy said...

Go Parks go! You are an inspiration! And just remember: you will love it so much more each time you look at all the hard work you put in your very own selves! :) Can't wait to see it!