Thursday, February 3, 2011

Thursday Update (And Our Lunchtime Adventure)

Thursday, Feb 3rd we took a trip out to see the house over Jeremy's lunch break. The weather has been horrible the last 3 days and after being out of town for the weekend, we were anxious to see the progress that had been made. We found the house surrounded by snow (and partially filled). We took a quick walk-around and then we had an adventure which we will share at the end of this post.
This was the top flight of stairs going up to the second floor.

This will be the bedroom in the southwest corner of the house.

Here are the two walk in closets between the two bedrooms on the west side.

This is the other west side bedroom.

This is the bedroom on the southeast corner

This will be where the main upstairs bathroom will be.
In the background is the master bathroom.

This is where our laundry room will be.

Here is where our master bedroom will be.

This is where our master walk in closet will be.

This is the bonus room.

This is from outside looking at our front porch.

This is a shot of the current progress.

A shot from behind - our house is looking very tall.

Our house towers over our own personal mountain range.

This is a shot from the south side.
So we are still making progress despite mother-nature's best efforts. Now for that story we promised:

As we were getting ready to leave, we decided to drive behind the house. Jeremy was cautious because of the snow but it didn't appear to be more than a couple of inches at any point, in fact you can see grass through most of the snow.

We drove back and took the picture of the back of the house. Jeremy decided to turn back though as there was a big drift that he didn't want to chance. However, when we started to try to drive backward, we realized that we had no traction. We were also facing downhill. It wasn't an extremely steep slope, but it was steep enough.

Jeremy tried to wiggle the car out, but it was to no avail - we were getting no traction. At this point he got out to push and Kati took over driving. After pushing for 5 minutes or more, Jeremy was worn out and we had only moved about 4 feet (turning the van half way around). Jeremy took over driving and Kati tried pushing. We moved the van a couple of more feet and got most of the way turned around, but soon Kati was spent.

At this point, Kati hopped behind the wheel while Jeremy took a turn. The snow was ice encrusted, so the surface was slick, but if you punched through you could get decent footholds. Using this technique Jeremy finally got us turned around. All the time we were doing this Bernadette was giving us advice "You should try to get back on the tracks" or "Maybe you should just make it go that way" or "If Papa pushes it really hard then Mama drives it really hard, maybe that will work."

Finally, Jeremy got behind and pushed as hard as he could. We made about 15 feet, but then spun out after Jeremy fell down. Then Jeremy caught up and we got going again - this time making it back to the driveway up the hill.

Almost half an hour after heading back there, we were finally on the way out. We hadn't ever been in any snow deeper than 4 inches, but the combination of the ice, snow, and slope was just the perfect storm. We'll know better next time.

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