This year we went into New York City for Thanksgiving, with the hopes of catching some of the Macy’s Day Parade. It was a little cold, but a lot of fun. I am so glad we did it.
The cement was poured for the footings yesterday, the day after Thanksgiving. We have a lot to be thankful for!
There were a few times over the past months when we really wondered if we would ever get to this point, but on Halloween we finally started the actual work on our new home. The excavators came in and began to clear the land. Finally! After months of working on getting plans, permits, builders, it is finally happening. We have met several people in the community. Only our direct neighbors seem to be really pissed off, which is understandable. Apparently they have not been very nice about it. Hopefully we can work things out as we would like to have amicable relationship with them.
Last summer we decided to put our house of fifteen years on the market. It was definitely with mixed feelings. We loved our house and our amazing neighbors, but we needed more living space. An extension was not going to work.
It was not a fun summer. We were having open houses every other weekend. The house had to be kept presentable at all times. Not fun. We found two or three homes we were interested in buying, but we were unable to put in an offer as we had not sold our house. By the time we had sold our house, there was nothing on the market that suited our needs or checked off many items on our wish list.
At this point, we were considering a new build but we had to find the right piece of land. It had to be quiet, and close to an acre so we could have room for a pool. We found the perfect piece of land. It was quiet, near the beach, in a community, and 1.2 acres. We did not want to purchase it until we had some permits from the town. We wanted to know that we could build a house on it before a final purchase. We went into contract on the land back in march. Since then, we have met with an architect and secured plans, interviewed builders and met with the chosen builder several times, filed papers with the department of health for sewage planning, and with the water department for water hook up and planning. We still don’t have the final permits, but we are waiting. Hopefully soon. The good news… today the land became ours. We are property owners once more. Let the fun begin.
One week into the new year, and we have had our first significant snowfall. We did not even attempt to leave the house on Saturday as the snow was coming down all day. Today we cleared our drive, and then went to my parents’ house to clear their drive. Then we enjoyed a little sledding, visited the beach, and the bison.
This weekend we visited a mine in New Jersey with out Boy Scout troop. We were able to complete two merit badges: Mining in Society and Geology. It was well worth the visit.