Project House: Holy header!!

The ‘new’ house is coming along! J and his crew (read: brothers, dad, dad-in-law) have already spent many hours putting some sweat equity into our house.  We have really appreciated any and all help people have given us! With 3 small children there is no way at this point that we can both work over there without some outside help or babysitting.  So far, I think I’ve done a decent job at my new position as ‘food-deliverer’ and ‘morale-keeper’.

The crew eats well

The crew eats well. Always.

So this week a big feat was accomplished.  In order for the house to have the open  floorplan that we desire, we had to install a header down the middle of the home about 2/3 of the way across to carry the weight of the 2nd story.  Seems a bit daunting to me, but they all figured it out. I’m not sure why it’s blue, but I can tell you that that house isn’t going anywhere–it’s beefy and 20 feet long! They also removed the temporary supporting walls that were in place while the header was positioned.

It's up!

It’s up!

Open floor plan! Black plastic is the open stair case. Picture is taken from living room looking into the kitchen at center.

Open floor plan! Black plastic is covering the open stair case. Picture is taken from living room looking into the kitchen at center. Dining room is to the left (not pictured) and bathroom is to the right (not pictured either!) 

The house is looking quite spacious with all the walls down. Now onto framing the outside walls and the bathroom and kitchen.  The kitchen is going to be HHHUUUUGGGEEE and I am not exaggerating! J keeps tweaking with the floorplan and now the kitchen keeps getting bigger and bigger.  I’m not going to complain…..the kitchen is where I spend a lot of time and what we have now is the tiniest ever and I have all of 6 cabinets. I’m not joking.

Cute stuff

Cute stuff

Since I haven’t blogged in awhile here’s what else we have been up to:

G turned 5! On his birthday we opened presents, went swimming, and watched the LEGO movie, again. It was just as awesome the 2nd time! (and 3rd and 4th….)We all got to hang out all day together! That just doesn’t happen a lot.  It was nice to spend some good family time.

Swim!

Swim!

Today we had his party, just small with immediate family at Happy Joes. I made the most ugly imitation of a LEGO cake and I’m not even sure I should be admitting to making it. It should really go on one of those ‘pinterestfails.com’ websites.  However, G loved it.  He placed the LEGO guys in the cupcakes and requests a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle in the center. He also added another layer of cupcakes to the LEGO blocks. Whatevs.  What matters is that he loved it and loved help making it!

Blowing out his FIVE candles!

Blowing out his FIVE candles!

After all that we did the Jungle Bungle for several hours. There were 3 actual ‘kids’ in the bunch, but even a lot of us bigger ‘kids’ took a try!

Papa Bart conquers the 2 story slide of the Jungle Bungle

Papa Bart conquers the 2 story slide of the Jungle Bungle

Last weekend we helped raise money for the American Cancer Society with the Relay for Life. We have a family member currently battling cancer and participated on his team.  It was hot, sunny, and a good time! Great way to raise money is with family and friends!

G and one of his fav cousins

G and one of his fav cousins

Typical

Typical

:)

🙂

We’ve also attended a baby shower, birthdays, VBS, kid’s triathlon, had a few house showings, attended library programs, had water balloon fights, and eaten a lot of grilled food 😉

Have a great week!

-The {summer-loving} Costellos

 

 

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