Sometimes life hands us disappointments!

Life is full of disappointments…I am learning that sometimes you just can’t always get what you want.  I really had my heart set on having custom built cabinets.  I’ve been putting off writing about this because I thought somehow it was going to work.  Unfortunately the day we did the demo & that foundation wall fell in (and in just a knick of time my husband escaping near tragedy), it ended up costing us thousands of additional money to have it fixed.  Seeing that we wanted to make sure it was sustainable for our lifetime we needed to spend the money to have it done properly.  Between that and the garage slab starting to sink in, and putting in proper draining we are looking at way more than any of us expected.  In the long run it is totally worth it and I am a reasonable person.  I know that one day I will be thankful that I didn’t walk out into the garage looking for my car and it being down inside the garage foundation.  But, man did it knock me back to reality when crunching numbers gave us the definite no to having my dream custom cabinets.  I am sad no doubt.  I had been working with Dan and Rob at Carolina Farmhouse and we had come up with some beautiful cabinets.  Rob put in lots of time & effort (I am forever indebted to these guys).  These guys are super nice & they just want to ensure we are taken care of…they care!  So listen up if you are looking for some great work, green friendly, and just awesome people go now to talk to them.  You will not regret it.  They are still building some pieces for me that I am so excited about and can’t wait to show them off.  I have some additional pieces for them that I am working on.  I am beyond disappointed on a few different levels, but I know that I have to make yummy lemonade out of these lemons…and I will!!

I’ve been working with our builder on cabinet options.  I think they will turn out beautiful. I am extremely lucky & grateful because we got a huge discount on the cabinets.   We actually made a couple of changes…I ended up adding a double oven.  I am super excited about that.  We had a limited budget on appliances and so I put my internet skills to work and was able to find a major bargain on my kitchen appliances.  I should say I scored big.  So my appliances are purchased except for my washer & dryer.  I just purchased my sink – it is a beautiful farm sink from Kohler. 
We also purchased the front door, side garage door & overhead door.  The front & side garage door look like this.  The front entry door will have a transom.  The garage overhead door is similiar in style & is one 16 foot door as opposed to two 8 foot doors.
I purchased this light for over the kitchen island/bar that Carolina Farmhouse is building. 
It will be similiar to this island.  I found this on Holly's Down to Earth blog.  She really has great taste & style. 
Things are coming together.   

Kacey and our excavator guy took out the stumps from the trees we took down.  The one stump was gigantic & the roots were so long. 

The house is completely framed out and the roof is on.  The deck is also framed out and will be ready to start laying the floor soon.  The windows will be delivered at the end of the month.   You can see in the picture below that the stairs arrived :)  They will be put in this week.  Yeah no more climbing ladders! Our plumber was there starting his work & the electrician has begun his process.   I am in the process of looking at & picking out my fireplace, light fixtures, vanities for bathrooms and all of my fixtures for sinks & shower/tubs. 


Of course today was an extremely rainy day…it rained hard for the biggest part of the day.  However the topping out ceremony took place today despite the persistent downpour!  Excellent…I love it.

   In building construction, topping out (sometimes incorrectly referred to as topping off) is a ceremony held when the last beam is placed at the top of a building. The term may also refer to the overall completion of the building's structure, or an intermediate point, such as when the roof is dried in.[1] A topping out ceremony is usually held to commemorate the event.

While common in the United Kingdom, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland, the origins of the ceremony are obscure. Its practice has long been an important component of timber frame building.[2] This tradition migrated to America with European craftsmen. A tree or leafy branch is placed on the topmost beam, often with flags and streamers tied to it. A toast is usually drunk and sometimes the workmen are treated to a meal. The ceremony has also been common in the United States when a skyscraper is completed. The last beam to be hoisted is painted white and signed by all the workmen involved. In other types of building, the ceremony typically focuses on the bedding of the last block of masonry or brick. The ceremony is akin to the practice of placing a newspaper or coins under the cornerstone of a building.


Onto other news… Katie came home from school yesterday whining all afternoon.  Finally when we sat down for dinner she said her head hurt.   I took her temp…101.3.  By this morning she was running 102 and this was after a night of Motrin/Tylenol combination. I just couldn’t the temp to go down.  I think the two of us got about 2 hours of sleep last night!  I looked in her throat & sure enough white spots on her tonsils.  We got to the doctor at 10 am and she threw up all over the waiting room and then continued in the room.   We went to Target to get her medicine & she threw up all over herself L  My poor baby has tonsillitis.  I have a feeling we will be having those pesky tonsils removed.  She came home & laid on the couch and fell asleep until 3:30. 
I hope everyone has a great weekend!!! Much love, peace & happiness!


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