Saturday, May 26, 2007

Our Home: Under Construction

Here is our beautiful home! This picture was taken on Mother's Day, but we just went up today to see how it is coming along. The outside looks pretty much the same. The only thing different is that the sidewalks are all framed in for the cement to be poured. One of the very last things done is the outside paint. I can't wait for my YELLOW dream house to be finished!

This picture was taken clear back in the middle of February. This is our dirt. If you look closely you can see where the foundation is staked out. We asked if the port-a-potty was in the contract, but to Todd's disappointment, it will eventually go. At least there's somewhere close and convenient for all those construction workers to use the restroom while they're working on our home!
The week of March 10th our foundation was poured and all the back dirt filled in. Framing should come any time.
Only 10 days later and the first floor was all framed! Looks like that potty is here to stay 'til the bitter end!
Another week goes by and the second floor is completed. All we need is a roof....
April 16th we drove to see our home and were blown away by the progress! Almost all of the siding is on our home, all but two windows are in and both tubs and the shower floor are actually installed!!

It has been so much fun seeing this home be built. Last weekend we drove up to find that all the drywall had been hung. The builder told us that once the dry wall is hung and passes inspection, that's when your house really starts to fly. He wasn't kidding! Today we went up wondering what would be finished and we found every thing taped, mudded and all the knock down texture finished. Plus, ALL of our cabinets have been installed! That's cabinets in the Master Bath, the second bath, the laundry room and all my beautiful kitchen cabinets! I am so happy with the way they turned out. We chose maple wood with a cocoa glaze. It's hard to tell in the picture, but it's a very warm brown and in the creases of the cabinets it's even darker, like a chocolate color. It makes them look a little older and warmer. Can I say again how happy I am the way they turned out?!! I had such a hard time choosing those cabinets! I'm so grateful that I went back to the showroom for a second look and changed my mind!

This is the fireplace in the family/great room. If you're looking at the photo; on the right is where we're planning on putting our book shelf. Any one have any great ideas for the little art spot way up high? We have a print to put in the one just above the fireplace, but what to do with the other one? In the model home they have some funky glass pottery stuff hung there. Not really my thing. I was thinking maybe some metal/iron art work there... I really have no idea, I'm totally open for suggestions.
And last, but definitely not least, the kitchen! Isn't it gorgeous?! Going from left to right will be the refrigerator, double oven, then gas cook top and microwave. The half wall will become the eat-in bar and if you could peek over the edge, that's where the sink and dishwasher are. As you may have guessed, the kitchen and the carpet is where almost all of our upgrade money went. But it is SO worth it!
If you'd like to see the floorplan of our home just go to Then click on the map for Commerce City, then on the right, click on Home Design 4030, and on your right again click on View interactive floorplan. Keep in mind that we chose the optional 4th bedroom. Have fun!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Field Day- May 10, 2007

Today was Olivia's very first Field Day experience! It was a very long, warm day beginning at 8:00 a.m. and ending around 2:00 p.m. with a two hour break for lunch. Lunch was only that long for students who decided NOT to run the mile. I had almost talked Olivia into running the mile, but last minute she decided she was ready for lunch. She's promised me that next year we can practice and try the mile then. We'll see if that really happens. Emily was the complete opposite. She was all for the mile. I had to talk her out of it, using reasons like she was only wearing sandals and that she's not even in kindergarten.

Here's Olivia and her very best friend Jenna. They are inseperable and known by everyone at school to be attahed to the hip at school.

Olivia was soooo excited to show off her baby sister to her classmates and teachers.

One event was a water ballon toss. Someone shot a ballon at a group of kids holding a parachute waiting to catch it. Surprize! Olivia didn't get very wet, but had lots of fun chasing the ballons.

Grandma Gagon was able to come to a few of the morning events before she had to go to work for the afternoon. Emily, Audrey and Marcella all had fun trying to get the best 'seat' to watch Olivia.

Olivia did really well at the obsticle course relay. Some things they had to do were jump rope, leap hurdles and dive through a hula hoop.

Olivia's favorite event was probably the three-legged race. She and Jenna partnered up and did a fantastic job. They were able to race up and down the field with hardly a bobble! They just must be used to walking side by side each day.

West Woods elementary was very good about allowing younger siblings participate as well. Emily and Audrey had tons of fun running the 50 and 100 meter dash with their big sister. It was really funny to watch Emily out run Olivia and Audrey out run a few of Olivia's classmates. I like to think they inherited their running ablilities from their mother.

The last event of the day was the parachute. They all had fun 'popping corn' and making 'tents'. They even got the chance to pop a few 6th graders and a very brave mom and dad.

It was a long day of fun. And the ribbon and popsicle was just the icing on the cake!