December 20, 2006

So Many Things...


We just bought a house...

And there is this thing called Christmas coming up...

It's keeping me busy and I'm not even the one playing general contractor.

We closed on the house on Monday, December 11. On Wednesday, we had the porch roof ripped off and met with a fencing contractor.

On Friday the HVAC guys started redoing all the ductwork. Also on Friday, we had a dumpster dropped off in the backyard at the new house. Also on Friday, my parents arrived with two van loads of stuff, including, but not limited to, a clawfoot tub, a dishwasher, a sofa, and a four poster bed. Also on Friday, we had to go to my husband's office Christmas party, which is a fun family affair with good food and lots of silliness.

On Saturday we (including my parents) all got up, dragged ourselves over to the new house and spent the whole day filling up the dumpster by clearing the piles of scrap wood filled with nails, trash, nasty underwear and other garbage from the backyard and garage. My mother also started in on the attic.

On Sunday, after church my parents and Justin worked on the attic and the backyard some more. Throwing away peed on mattresses left in the attic and much of the "insulation" (aka newspapers) left up there as well. The dumpster was full.

On Monday, I had to take the littlest to the doctor for his two month checkup. Justin took the day off from work and spent the whole day working on cleaning the attic. The first dumpster was hauled off and a new one was brought in its place. I watched kids, trimmed a tree and met with the guys who built the cabinets in the kitchen and whom we hope will finish the job now that it's under new management. Unsurprisingly for Nashville, they are country music singers as well as carpenters. Justin also met with a fellow who does a lot of the lawn care in the neighborhood and signed him up to clear the part of the backyard affectionately (or not) known as "the jungle." The guy told us it would really help with the snakes in the summer. That made me really happy.

On Tuesday, the yard guy started clearing brush and the HVAC guys finished all the ductwork and installed a new upstairs unit.

Today, the electricians began their work removing old ragwire and knob and tube. I baked cookies so we'd have a present for the kids swimming teacher, went shopping for Justin's secretary (I knew I had forgotten someone!) and bought an oven for the new kitchen. The credit card company thought my card had been stolen with all the shopping and made me wait at the appliance store for about 20 minutes while they verified my information over and over again. I was glad they were looking out for me, but it made us late for swimming. And since I had been up baking cookies at 7 this morning, I wasn't about to miss the chance to give them away.

And this evening? We have Bible class and I have to get over to the other house so I can mark all the places I want the electricians to put in lovely new outlets.

The fun never ends around here.


Holy cow! Sounds exciting (and exhausting!)

Posted by: Frazier at December 20, 2006 05:53 PM

Happy Holidays!


So only nasty mattresses in the attic? Nothing cool?

I SO want to come there for a visit one day!

Posted by: mary at December 20, 2006 06:41 PM

And I thought my family was busy this week!

Posted by: Meredith at December 20, 2006 06:57 PM


How can that be?

Posted by: chris at December 20, 2006 07:02 PM

oh my...and I thought our life was busy with two houses, projects looming everywhere, 4 kids, Christmas, etc. I am amazed with y'all... esp considering our baby is a good year older than your tiny guy! our craziness doesn't come close to yours...but I sympathize, truly!!! just out of curiosity (we hope to replace ours sometime in the near future!) what oven did you choose? hang in there with everything, and hope you get to enjoy some downtime this Christmas!

Posted by: Tricia at December 20, 2006 07:09 PM

You are SOOOOOO making the rest of us look bad...

I was thrilled that I managed to get my tree and decorations up this year...

Posted by: Grouchy Old Yorkie Lady at December 20, 2006 09:11 PM

Oh goodness, I can't even imagine doing all that with not only three little ones but one VERY little one too! You are Wonderwoman personified.

Posted by: Another Jordana at December 21, 2006 07:23 AM

She is just 30, Francesca. Or 31. Same difference.

And she doesn't have teenagers. Yet.

And I'll second the question on the oven. I hope it wasn't a Jenn-air. Everyone I know is having problems with those.

Posted by: Janis Gore at December 21, 2006 11:29 AM

I live for all the praise, but I'm not so amazing. Justin is doing all the hard work. Mostly, I'm just watching the kiddos and keeping them out of everyone's hair.

As for the oven, it is a Kenmore. I bought it at the Sears Scratch and Dent store in town. It's brand new and I couldn't find a scratch or dent on it, but it was about half price. We are going to have a gas Jen-Aire cooktop though. I hope it doesn't have problems. We'll see though, I guess.

Posted by: Jordana at December 21, 2006 12:38 PM

I can think of three of us who had to replace the electronic panel on the Jenn-air oven.

And the hinges broke on Charles' top oven. When we left his apartment in 2005 he was holding it together with a coathanger.

That says nothing about their cooktops.

Posted by: Janis Gore at December 21, 2006 07:35 PM

Sounds exhausting but very fun! :)

Posted by: chewymom at December 22, 2006 08:57 AM