Plot Twist!

So... there was a drastic change in plans since we last spoke. 

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, our vacation plans had to be postponed.  It was sad, true, but I just keep reminding myself how freaking hot it is outside and telling myself to be thankful. 

Gina is crazy busy at work right now and it just wouldn't have been a smart decision to try to do vacation with all that on her plate.  Plus, I'm going to I had to stay home and put up trusses on my little house.  That was interesting.  Let me tell you, I had no idea how wimpy I was until I started having to work on this house.  I mean I'm getting better, but there are things you just assume you can do and that is not always the case.  LOL

In more fun news, last week it was birthday central around here.  Three birthdays in one week!

In the past 3 years our family has grown by four.  Both of my brothers had 2 babies apiece.  The first of them turned 3 this past on the 22nd and the second turned 2 on the 14th!  My birthday is smack in the middle on the 19th so it was a fun week for sure.  Two parties for them and a dinner with friends for myself.  My co-workers are so sweet and made me feel truly special on the day as well.

Here are my nieces with their cakes.  2 year old on the left. 3 year old on the right.



Shellie's Little House - Part 1

I've embarked on a new personal adventure that I'm very excited about.  I'm building my first home.  I've always been a renter - whether it be an apartment or a home, I've never owned a home of my own.  That's changing now.

 That's the spot!  Day 1.

That's the spot!  Day 1.

Me and my parents are building a little house on the back of their property for me and McGee.  I can't call it a tiny home because technically a house has to be 450 square feet or smaller for it to be called a "tiny home."  Mine will be 750 square foot so I'm calling it the Little House. 

I know that it's small.  But I'm single and tend to be messy, so I think that 750 sq. ft. will be just enough for me and the pup and will be less for me to mess up and have to clean! 

 My very own portable toilet.  Yes, I'm documenting it all.  :)

My very own portable toilet.  Yes, I'm documenting it all.  :)

We are doing a lot of the work ourselves so it's moving along at a slow but steady pace.  I've picked an arbitrary date to call move in date and I'm starting the count down today - I'm calling it 12 weeks.  I'm hoping this is reasonably close to the truth.  And even if it's not, it's better than not having an end date. 



In the meantime I'm living in my parent's guest bedroom and I have crammed so much stuff in there that it's always a mess and stressful.  This is where the 12 week countdown comes in.  It's only 12 weeks.  I can deal with the cramped space for 12 more weeks.  No problem.

I'm also getting to the exciting part where I get to start choosing what I want things to look like.  I'm working on a fairly strict budget so I can't be fancy or anything.  This isn't a no expense spared dream home, it's my first home (that I plan to live in a long time) and I really want to spend my money on other things, like travel, than I do on where I live.  So I'm going for cute and budget friendly.  Sometimes you have to think about what's important and choose accordingly.

I've been documenting the process as I go and I am going to make a book at the end that shows it beginning to end.  Currently we have all the walls up and just have to do some finishing up on hurricane straps etc.  The trusses are coming on Friday.  I can't wait until the roof is on.  It's SO HOT out there now.  It will still be hot under the roof, but it'll be shaded. 

I've learned that I'm a lot wimpier than I thought I was.  But I'm not afraid of power tools.

I am going to try to work on my instagramming.  I think that I post far more often than I actually do but I'm going to make a better effort there and will be adding house updates as we progress.

I'll let you know how things go!