I was 100% serious about not dropping over to the house to look at the progress, but that evil Jason made me go last night.
I'm so happy we did.
The detail work is happening now. They are installing the closet and bathroom fixtures. Our sod has been rolled out and the yards look amazing. Our front yard is still extremely tiny, but now we could bury at least three people where as at the other house it was a single body yard. The back yard is by no means expansive, but it is large enough for croquet and I love it.
There were workers in the kitchen installing our crown molding and the posts that will support the overhang on the island. When selections of cabinetry and crown molding were done we did not have the benefit of having examples of all the other finish work that was standard to the house (posts, doors that sort of thing) and I think our selections look great!
There have been some drawers and pieces with our cabinets that have not been finished and last night we were told that some of the pieces arrived broken and had to be rebuilt. We had ordered pull out cabinets in the island and in one of the cabinets flanking the stove. It turns out pull outs were ordered for all the cabinets (which would be one extra) but one of the sets came broken. The installer was in the kitchen mulling over how to custom build the pull outs and asked us what our preference was. We made his day by saying we were happy with the one set that was already installed and that he didn't need to rebuild anything.
Making his day made all the workers happy and we got a high five. Then I walked over to the fireplace to look at the paint job on the tiny and super wrong mantle and the lead wood worker called across the room to me and said "we're going to fix that, you'll love it." I said "it was supposed to have an overhang right?" He said something about the paperwork being confusing, but that he was still working on it. I don't have many expectations as to what it will look like, but I'm hopeful that it will not look like a mistake and be reflective of the other amazing finishes in the house. He said "trust me, you will love it." All the other guys were all "he's the best, it will be great," I can live with that.
We get to do the formal walk thru tomorrow. That leaves them with three official work days to finish it all up. We sign our paperwork on the 20th or 21st. Money transfers happen on the 21st and we close on the 22nd.
Lucy is holding it together pretty well. We are being very lenient with attitude and making sure to focus our family time on playing with her. She's ready for normalcy and I can't wait to give it to her. She is a champion. Leniency does not mean that I'm letting her get away with barking orders at me "Mom, I'm HUNGRY. Juice, Toast!" That is not how I roll. She crossed the line this morning and we had a talk about it. A calm, low toned talk. Those are scary.
We are letting some rules slide because of the changing environment. She gets to eat her breakfast in our room until we move, and I'm allowing her to watch the movie in the car on the way to school. Once we move, our room will be a food free zone and the commute to school will be so short that we'll be back to no movies. Right now, these are small accommodations and we've already talked about the new rules at the forever house.