Our new neighbors broke ground on their house this week! They had a ground breaking party yesterday to celebrate. Kenny and I feel like we lucked out big time with our new neighbors. We love them! We are in between two darling families. Both have kids – one neighbor has five and the other four! This is a bit rare in my area. There seems to be a two kid average around here. One neighbor is a surgeon and the other is a plastic surgeon so aside from having a kid friendly neighborhood, we are also covered on the doctor front. If one of the kids’ get hurt – covered on the right! If one of the moms need a Botox boost – covered on the left! ;)
We met in the cul-de-sac of our new little neighborhood, ate food, and then went up to their lot for a quick ceremony with shovels. Such a cute idea and it was fun to meet friends of our new friends.
Seeing their lot with a fence around it in phase one construction mode made me so excited to break ground! Their lot is pretty much identical to ours. Both lots are shaped like rectangles. Deep back yards – another rarity for my neck of the woods. I am so grateful that the timing worked out and we were ready to jump on our lot when it popped up for sale. And that I was somehow able to convince my husband (who swore that we were never going to build) that we needed to build. Still don’t know how I pulled that off but I’ve patted myself on the back for it every day since.
Of course Kole was in his element with all of the dirt piles.
Good thing dad was close by to assist when needed. Every explorer needs a wing man.
View from the back of our neighbors’ lot. We had to get creative with the shape of our house when we were designing it because of the rectangle shape of the lot. I wanted the house to have a lot of windows (I love light!) and Kenny cares a lot about the yard, so we designed things in a way to maximize the light and to make the back yard feel private. My architect joked with me when I kept asking him if I had enough light that I would be walking around my house wearing sunglasses. Which is good. Because I need a new pair and that is a pretty good excuse to splurge on one.
A few more lot pics…
Yes – those are my girls. The ones in dresses scaling the construction equipment.
Gate to our new neighborhood. The lots are at the top of the little hill to the left of the picture.
View of our lot from the front. Our garages will stick out on the right side. This will all be much easier to visualize when I can share a photo that actually has something in it other than weeds. :)
Addie was jumping up and down so I decided to join her. You know how you see all those cool pictures of people in mid air? And everyone looks so fabulous and athletic and happy and carefree!?
Yeah well we tried to pull one of those off and failed miserably. Instead I got this picture of me doing a sad little jump with my butt sticking out to the the side and all of my hair in my face and a husband who wasn’t in the mood for re-takes. Oh well. Addie looks cute and the two of us have the happy part down. We could have got there. 20 pictures later… I’m confident we could have got there.
So I know that I’ve now bored you all to death with pictures of DIRT but oh how I love this dirt! And I needed to post this for my own family records. You know. For the someday when I have time to make all of my family blog posts into books. I might be 65 before I get around to it, but someday it will happen.
We signed all of the construction loan papers tonight and these are the last pictures of the lot before we break ground (if all goes as planned – two more weeks!). That reminds me of the show The Money Pit with Tom Hanks and Shelley Long (“two weeks!”). Love that show. Love my lot. Love that pretty soon this dream of mine is going to start becoming a reality.
And now the time has come for me to stop boring you all with pictures of dirt and bath tubs.
At least for a few days. :)
Happy Monday everyone!