I know, I know. I can hear it now.
"They've only been working on the house for over a month. They have a long way to go. What made them think taking a break was a good idea?"
Ok, so maybe none of you are saying that. But it's what we struggled with. We we're running on low. Dangerously close to empty. Paul's level of physical exhaustion was mounting, my stress level the same. We decided it best to go ahead and take a rest before proceeding any further.
So last weekend we jogged down to Texas to visit my parents and a morning of shopping in Dallas. Four very short days later, we packed up and went to Chicago to celebrate Paul's Grandmother and her birthday. It was a Dood family reunion with family members coming from all around the world (quite literally). And both weekends were totally worth it.
It was so good to see my family and spend time relaxing at their house.
It was equally great to see all of Paul's family (some we haven't seen since 2006 and 2008) from Montana, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan and New Zealand. Addison met all sorts of new family members. In fact, I met two for the first time myself.
But now, we're back. And the house is still there.
We do have a long way to go but the breath of fresh air has helped and we are ready to get moving.
The next few days are going to be filled with coordination, meetings, site clean-up and paperwork BUT things start ticking next week.
Our new roof goes on, our HVAC installation begins and things will beging moving at a rather fast pace (they'll have to or we'll be living in a trailer come January).