Builder Bob called yesterday to let us know that he was going to have the trenches dug for our water and electric lines. I was trying to not jump up and down as I was talking to him on the phone. Yeah! Something was going to happen on our land. So this morning I drove out to our future home and checked it out.
Good sign! Trucks and trailers parked across the road!
DD won't miss the driveway anymore! We have our first house number. Actually this is the second and they say it might not be the last. Not sure why "they" get to change their mind multiple times. And who is "they" anyway? At least we know it will be an even number...I like even numbers.
There's the machine...and look a pile of dirt!
My Heroes!! Virgil and Rex! Nicest couple guys that can't wait to do more digging. If you ask me, I think that Virgil must be the older brother...he gets to drive the big toy! Poor Rex is stuck in the hole.
Hopefully next week we get issued the official building permit so the actual foundation can be started. It's been two weeks and one day since Builder Bob applied for it....not that I'm counting! :-)
Here is the second part of the pictures from the parade yesterday. If I caught any of your loved ones in my pictures for the day, let me know and I'll be happy to email you the picture!
What real teachers do in the summer? Hang out with more kids of course! This is one of my fellow teachers from our 1st grade teaching team.
Even the trains wanted to get into the parade!
Is this the short bus? We apparently have very small children in town. just kidding!
Oh here is the real bus...CC is looking on...she doesn't have to ride one because her mama drives her to school now every day :-)
And in a small town...they still throw candy to the kids...or on a hot day, frozen otter pops hit the spot!
Q really liked this car...it's yellow!
The Octo-mom will need this bike for her kids in a few years!
Some more pretty horses...and riders! But more horses means....
Horse poop to clean up! These horses apparently ate plenty this morning!
The Lakeland Soccer Club must have just seen the movie, UP! Fortunately, enough of the girls were sucking the helium that they didn't float away!
So many opportunities for the kids to be in the parade...soccer club....
Dance and cheerleading teams...
And in the Inland Northwest there are lots of church groups. This one is from Sheperd of the Hills Lutheran right here in Rathdrum.
Animals are also a big part of any parade. Who can't resist a cute miniature horse? The girls are already planning which animals they want to do for 4-H!
If they had their way, our 6 acres would resemble the Ark!
Hey DD...look at the toys the Kootenai County Sheriffs Department gets to play with!
Watching this pony walk...it looked like it was part moose! It had the longest legs that had the same awkward looking gait as a moose. It was really weird.
This little guy was sooo adorable! Athol has a great bagpipe and drum group. They were a delight to listen to....and there was a woman playing the bagpipes too!
You'll notice they were wearing sunglasses....
not sure if these were prescription or not!
Another dance/cheer group. This made my mommy hackles rise cuz I hate when they do lifts over pavement. One fall to the asphalt and a young life could be dramatically altered forever! But they were good.
Very North Idaho...there are Democrats in Rathdrum. I actually know some of them, but they weren't represented in this parade.
This was a cool entry...looked like it drove right out of the show M*A*S*H*.
The people standing next to me said that the gentleman in the uniform was really a retired 3 star general! He had quite a presence that's for sure.
My favorite...it's a garden shop! Only thing better would have been if they had passed those plants out!
Cool old car...and great advertisement. The Old Rathdrum Jail is open for tours. We toured it after the parade. Fun history....I can't wait to share that in future posts. I hear Rathdrum has some claims to fame.
And this parade ended with all the fire engines in town :-) I'm sorry if you missed the fun this year.
Next July, come on out and enjoy the fun in North Idaho for Rathdrum Days 2010.
Life in a small town can be a lot of fun. Things don't have to be expensive and complicated to make memories. I love a small town because you can have a sense of being connected to a community. You can go to the grocery store or the gas station and run into someone you know.
Today the girls and I spent the day in Rathdrum, the town we are building our (hopefully) last home. Or may be we should say...to hopefully build our home...but that is a story for another post.
Our day started with the 5K run/walk. It was a nice morning for it. Not too hot and definitely not cold. We did the walk....my feet and my knee don't do running to well these days. But it was hot enough to walk!
After we did the run at the crack of dawn (8:00 a.m.--the girls consider this early during summer!) we got a bite to eat and a cold drink then headed over to Main Street to watch the parade. I wasn't expecting it to take too long...but it had quite a few entries. Here is a recap of many of the entries for those who would like a taste of Small Town America!
Unlike the last parade I went to in Spokane, this one started with a color guard!! And everyone stood and honored it too!
This town definitely honors those who have served past and present.
We have naval interests in North Idaho because of Farruget.
Rathdrum's Mayor, Vic
Idaho doesn't just grow potatoes!
And lots of horses too!
The girls loved these little cars. They sounded just like the go-carts at Triple Play.
Everyone needs a fairy godmother to grant your wishes! Rathdrum apparently has their own. Wonder if she knows the tooth fairy?
and don't forget the high school cheerleaders. And who follows cheerleaders?
We began a new adventure and added a new meaning to Living on the Edge: Apartment Life.
It seems that selling a home never goes smoothly. We had hoped to have it all completed by now! We ended a vacation early and busted our behinds to pack up and be out of the house before the end of escrow. 15 days later and we are still 'selling' our house. Escrow closed on June 30th....NOT!
It's not our end that's the problem, it's the buyer's lender. Lesson #1: Never use a lender from out of your geographic area. The buyers are moving a lender from Yakima and they use underwriters from Chicago or somewhere like that. It's just added so many complications to their loan. And I now know more about the lending/purchasing/selling process than I ever wanted to know! Escrow closed on June 30th and here we sit in an apartment more than two weeks later still paying to water the lawn as well as paying the mortgage on our supposed 'sold' house.
Living in an apartment is very different. They are nice buildings. Luxury apartments they are called...which simply means that they don't have section 8 tenants. That makes the climate of the place very different. We chose a two bedroom place on the ground level, since we are hoping to be in our house by Halloween (ok, maybe by Thanksgiving is more hopeful at this point). I have a few tomato plants on our back patio as well as some of my flower pots. It's actually fairly roomy, but one bathroom takes some getting used to...it will be very interesting once school begins and there are 3 girls getting ready for school...one of which is a teenager!
Another thing to get used to is the noise....Happy Feet is running back and forth in the apartment above us even as I type this! The 3 year old granddaughter seems to spend a lot of time up there! I think they need to walk her like I walk our dogs! Ha ha! DD is funny, he said "Honey, there's so many people--so close!" I know what he is feeling--I can't wait for life on 6 acres and fewer neighbors!
Speaking of walking, I've already worn out a pair of sneakers walking our dogs. We do 2-3 miles every morning and evening to keep 80 pound dogs exercised. When I say 'we', I mean myself and the dogs. No chance that I can get anyone else to rise at 7:00 in the morning. I miss letting them out the back door at 10:00 at night! (whine, whine...and that's not just the dogs!)
The girls discovered a funny benefit to living here. We can actually call on a phone and have pizza delivered to our door! My sister-in-law gave them a book when they were little called, Hi Pizza Man. We used to read it together and they never understood it because we didn't have pizza delivery.
The biggest upside is the pool! Lots of swimming is happening this summer. Q's going to be renamed Freckles any day now. And CC is showing her Poppy's genes--the tan goddess herself! The fish in them is coming out. DD has no trouble having nothing to do...I on the other hand am not sure whether I like it. So I've been staying busy looking for carpet, wood flooring, kitchen cabinets and so on for the new house. It keeps me busy, and I'm learning a lot about that end of things as well. So far, the number one thing I've learned is that this will be our LAST house!
Well, I'm sure there will be more apartment adventures to share along the way....
It's a very exciting as well as unsettling time around our house right now. We finally had our first offer on our house, then we countered it, then they accepted it...so now we have to wait and see how things play out. We could be homeless at the end of June!
After having the house on the market for over a year, the offer was a terrific surprise, but having the first one be a good one as well as the final one is a bit overwhelming. Not only will I be trying to wind up the school year, finish report cards, and make sure the kids get to all their end of year activities, but now we'll be packing more boxes!!
And in addition to concentrating on getting out of this house, we have to find someplace to live. It's going to be crazy here real soon! We are planning to build a house. We thought about buying one already built, but just haven't been able to find a house we like in the price range, or the location, or the right size property to fit our needs.
So today we went to talk to a man about a piece of land. Six beautiful acres to build our "Final Resting Place" as we call it...the house that we want to retire in, have the kids come home from college to (hint hint girls!), spoil the grandkids and all that. Today we went over to Idaho and made a deal. Now we just need to get building! Here's DD and CC at our next abode. We may be setting up a travel trailer on it for a bit...we shall see.
The house is going to start back by the big pile of dirt. We will share the place with elk, moose, coyotes and deer! Isn't it a slice of heaven? One of the added benefits...there are huckleberry bushes everywhere! So we won't have to go far to fill our crepes in the fall :-)