Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Building Update

So...I'm pretty horrible at updating the blog.
It would appear that it's been three weeks or so since I've posted a building update.
So here's a quick rundown via Instagram pics.

We got windows!


We got doors!

We got a roof!


And, I'm obsessed with decorating it.

Lots of other stuff has gone on too.
You know, plumbing, heating, electrical, those sorts of {important!} things.

We had a little miscommunication on the bathtubs and the wrong ones were ordered.
That's put us at a complete standstill for two weeks waiting for those to come in.
Not that big of a deal, but when you're used to seeing progress every day, two weeks without them even there, seems like a big deal!
We are shooting for an end of October completion.

Contrary to what everyone tells has remained a fun process with very minimal stress!


Tressie Goes To Kindergarten!

Well, it happened...our Little Lady started Kindergarten!

She's been at this whole school thing for almost a week now and I think the nerves caused by all of the unknowns of Kindergarten, are finally all settled and I think she's loving it.

We had to stop by the new house for a first day of school picture on the front porch.

Even though neither one of them might admit it to you, I think they DO miss each other, at least a little, during the day.

Tressie has Miss Lowe again this year.
She had her for Preschool and loved her.

We are very excited for a great Kindergarten year!

County Fair Round Two

We had a very fun second week of county fair at the Lincoln County Fair.
The kids got to show their goats here.
They both really enjoyed showing their goats; after the show they both asked when they got to do it again!


T showed Bottle Baby.
They have a long history; from bottles, to T buying him at Papa's sale, to the show ring.  

The kids had a lot of friends and family there to cheer them on; including Miss Maddie.


Then they got to show Star and Charlotte again the next day.
I am really proud of the kiddos and all of the hard work they put into working with their projects this summer.

And of course when it was all said and done, there was plenty of time for lots of ice cream and snow cones!

Monday, August 3, 2015

County Fair Round One

Last week was county fair round one around our place.
See, we live in Cheyenne County and my folks sell quite a few goats to 4-H'ers over there, so we're involved in that fair.
And then, Justin showed all his 4-H years in Lincoln County and we work in Lincoln County, we we're involved in that fair, too.
So for now, that means two county fairs for the Golding's.

Anyways, last week was Cheyenne County Fair.
T and GW showed Charlotte and Star in the Bucket Calf Show.
They both did great with their calves.
T totally rocking it and GW with minimal help and no crying this year!
And they both did a good job of answering their questions, speaking into the microphone.
We were super proud of them, and their calves!

Gunner after the show with his celebratory Dr. Pepper.
This kid loves his Dr. Pepper.

After the hard work was over, it was time for face-painting, carnival games, rides and snow cones!

Saturday morning was the fair parade.
The boys all rode with Grandpa Hammer in his buggy.
T rode on the 'Princess for a Day' float with all of her little princess friends.

We had a great time at the Cheyenne County Fair.
Now we're trying to catch our breathe and get ready for Lincoln County Fair on Wednesday.

Building Update

So, it's been awhile since I've updated.
They finished the back-filling, that seemed to take awhile.
I didn't blog because nothing too exciting was happening.

They poured the basement floor, the front porch and back porch on July 22nd.
Forgot to blog that.
I was pretty excited about my front and back porch!

And looks like this!!!

The framing crew arrived the afternoon of July 28th (Tuesday).
Put in super long days, we're talking working well into the night under flood lights.
And pretty much had it done August 1st (Saturday).
That's a group of hard working Mormon boys right there!!

Everyone keeps asking me, what's next???
I don't really know.
I'm just worried about paint colors and furniture!

Oh and when Tressie saw this, she was ready to go home and pack.
We had to slow her down a little : )


Friday, June 26, 2015

Basement Walls

Wednesday, June 24th - We have basement walls.


We did swimming lessons this week!
This is the second year that we've chosen to do private lessons in Limon.
The instructor is awesome and the kids do well with the structure.
Well, one of the kids.
Gunner doesn't really care much for the big {the last day} he actually decided that he liked it and was smiling and having fun.  NO crying!!
So both kids made big strides over the week.

Here's a look at my Instagram pictures from the week.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

What's it look like?

Here is the front elevation drawing of the house.
Justin and I are both very happy with how the exterior looks.

Truth:  We totally changed house plans at the beginning of this go-round.
We had very nice custom plans drawn, but by the time we cut out most of the exterior rock {due to budget}, I was no longer in love with how it looked.

So, custom plans round two and we love it!
The main thing we like about this design:
It looks like it belongs in the middle of the prairie on a ranch, not on a suburban 40 acre tract.


Last week we met with the builder and made exterior selections.
Below you'll see our selections for stucco color, shingles, front door and then one of those colors {or something like them} for the metal roof over the front porch.

Making the decision to redesign our house was a big decision, but a good decision.
We really liked our first set of plans, it was a beautiful house, but when we really stopped and considered our needs, taste and budget, it just didn't work.
Not only did we make some design changes {mostly exterior}, we also cut down on square footage a little to allow room in the budget to keep the interior finishes we were hoping for.
Our builders were awesome {and very patient} to work through the process with us.
Once we made the difficult decision to redesign the house, we were totally at peace, excited and so ready to get started on building our forever home!

Goldings Build

It's happening.
The Golding's are building.

When we moved into the Trailerhood, nearly five years ago, our plan was always to save money up and build a house. Our forever house, on the ranch.

In 2013, we put our plans out for bid.
They came back, and we determined that we needed to wait a little longer and save some more money.
I say that like it was an easy decision to make, or an easy fact to accept.
It wasn't, it was disappointing, but in the end we knew it was the right decision.

After more saving, planning and a lot of prayer, it is finally happening!
We broke ground on our forever home on June 8th.
For those of you that followed my folk's home building journey five years ago, the same builder out of Limon is building ours too.

Here's a timeline of the past two weeks:

Monday, June 8th - The first day of the project, dig day.

The kids certainly enjoyed all of the dirt!

Tuesday, June 9th - The second day of digging and the hole is done!  I LOVE this picture.

Here's a fun one of the kids playing in the dirt.

Monday, June 15th - And we have a road!  "Everything I love is at the end of an old dirt road.  I wouldn't give a nickle to have it paved in gold."

Thursday, June 18th - Concrete footers poured.


Monday, June 22nd - Forms ready for the big pour.

Tuesday, June 23rd - We passed four concrete trucks on our way to work this morning! {Let's ignore our filthy windshield!}

So I'll do my best to keep you all updated.
As you can tell, these guys work quickly!


Monday, June 22, 2015

We really like this guy...

This guy, yeh, we think he's pretty awesome!
We had a fun day in the big city yesterday celebrating him.

Since it was Father's Day, we even let him chose where to eat!
{And it was Sunday, so Chik-Fil-A was closed...the kids didn't stand a chance!!}
Famous Dave's it was.
 {Do note, Gunner made a wardrobe change after lunch....BBQ is messy!!!}

Then it was onto La-Z-Boy to get this boss his Father's Day present.
A new recliner for the new house.  {New house, yes...that's a whole other series of blogs I need to get on!}
I of course, had a very stylish {and certainly not as comfortable chair} already picked out online, but, I mean, a man and his chair, you've gotta let him get what he wants, right.

I totally approve of his selection.
It was probably the sleekest, comfy recliner they had.

Then we went and saw Inside Out in 3D.
Super cute.
3D movies with kids is fun : )

And last stop of the day was of course...Dairy Queen!

Then we headed home and had cake with the Papas.
A great day celebrating great men!!