photo dump.

I think part of the reason I’ve been hiding from my blog is because I’ve taken ZERO pictures on my camera. My battery has been dead, and I’ve been too lazy to charge it. I’ve taken a few pictures on the iPad, but didn’t know how to upload them to my computer. I know.

Anyway, Ben was a champ and finally uploaded them for me. And now I’m going to dump them on my blog to show where I was hiding/what I was doing for the past month that I’ve been hibernating.
We celebrated 4 years, man! And I got a one-of-a-kind-misspelled-words-and-all-handmade-by-Ben-card. It’s hard to believe 4 years have already flown by. We celebrated with a day in Asheville, North Carolina at the Grove Park Inn Spa. It was N.I.C.E. 
I tried self-tanner.
And failed.
This little booger started using the potty! And I would consider him ‘potty-trained’ now. He started about a month ago, and after about a week or so, he was doing really well. He’s not worn pull-ups in over a week.
I’ve been dreaming of floor plans in my sleep. After approximately 7284 revisions, I think we’re satisfied with our layout now. I can’t wait to share it with you!
I’ve not, I repeat NOT, been doing laundry. I don’t know why.
We’ve been cooking, and I’ve been eating. Desserts. Lots of desserts!
And that sums up May! We’re all caught up.
Have a blessed Thursday 🙂
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M.I.A.

I just realized today that it has been over a month now since I last posted. I don’t know what’s happened to me! As much as I’d like to come up with a good, solid excuse, I know I can’t. I’ve simply been uninterested in blogging lately. I’ll blame it on the warm weather. 

I’m officially on ‘summer break’ now (did I tell you how much I love my job?), so PB and I have been playing our hearts out. He is wearing UNDERWEAR now! I could shout it from the rooftops! I’ll share his potty training story soon. 
I suppose I’ve been preoccupied with this whole we’re-building-a-house-but-we’re-not-yet-building-but-we-thought-we-would-already-be-building a house. So way back when about 2 1/2 months ago, we submitted paperwork for our loan. Our house plans and land had to be appraised for their value before we got the loan. The appraisal alone took a month. And now we’re still waiting on our paperwork. In the meantime, we’ve managed to get well/septic permits, a zoning permit, and a building permit. We need to take out another loan for all of these permits! 
I’ve been floored at the amount of paperwork and permits needed to build a house. I was completely unaware of everything that we needed. It has absolutely been a ‘learn-as-we-go’ process. Once we get the green light to go, I hope I can post a bit of the process. 
For now, our plan is to (hopefully) close on our loan within the next few weeks. Once we do that, we’ve got a guy who will come and do our road grading and basement digging. Then, we’ve got a mason lined up to lay our basement. Once that’s complete, we’ll order our house. We are doing a 1 1/2 story modular cape cod. We decided to go the modular route after doing some research and talking with  builders/owners/modular builders. I plan to share the reasons we chose modular at some point. At any rate, when they deliver our home, the first floor will be about 90% finished. Our builder (and us!) will finish that, and then our upstairs will be completely unfinished, so we’ll have contractors on hand to finish the upstairs. I’m excited to share our plans with you, too. Ben and I never found a plan that we liked, so we drew one up on our own, and found a builder who would work with us. 
As soon as we get our hay mowed, I show you our future home-site. We’re excited, and feel blessed to be able to even think about building. Just this time last year, I was jobless with no prospects. The Lord does provide!
Have a blessed Wednesday 🙂