I am happy to report that we have finally selected a builder. We are meeting with them tomorrow morning at our lot, along with our favorite arborist, to take a look at which trees will have to come out for the house. The arborist will take a look at all of the trees that will remain and decide which are not healthy enough to keep and which ones can be cleaned up and kept. He will also provide us with additional info on how to keep the trees that remain alive and well, as much as possible, during and after the building process. If it is not handled properly, it is quite common for many of the remaining trees to die out over the first year after the house is built, mostly from too much shock to the root systems from large trucks running over them, from digging the foundation and cutting through roots, sometimes from a lack of water, among other things.
We will also meet with the builders tomorrow to sign our contract and go over the detailed specs. We spoke with them this morning and they said their excavation guys were standing by and ready to start preparing our lot for the foundation work. It looks like work will begin this week. I am very excited as I thought it would likely be at least a week or two before anything would begin. The sooner the better. Hopefully, if all goes well, we will be moving into our new house in February or March of 2011.
A friend of mine called me today (the one with the twin girls) and, for a variety of reasons, she has decided to pull her girls out of public K and homeschool them. I am happy about this as it gives me a local friend who will be homeschooling. It is nice to have a local friend now who is homeschooling.
In other news, the boys have both learned how to ride their bikes without training wheels and they are so very proud of themselves. They are still using the little bitty 12'' bikes, as it made for easier learning to ride without the training wheels. It is so funny to watch them because they pedal really really fast, so fast that their little feet look like they are going up and down. It looks like a cartoon or something. Very cute. They love riding and it has given me a bit more exercise, as I walk the neighborhood with them while they ride. My bike has another flat tire so I can't ride with them yet.
The weather finally turned cooler here and it is lovely. I think I may have to go shopping for additional clothes soon though.
We are still plugging away at reading and the boys are doing great. We recently finished listening to the audio book of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The boys liked it so much that we checked out the book from the library and I am reading it aloud to them now. We are all enjoying it. We actually have at least two copies of this series but they are all somewhere in storage. Thankfully we have the library, which we use often and really appreciate. We normally go there about once a week these days.
This is birthday celebration week for Ben. He will be five years old this week and he is very excited. We are taking the boys to Incredible Pizza this evening for an early celebration but they don't know that yet. They are going to be so excited, especially Ben. He has been asking to go there often since the last time they went, when I was at the homeschool conference in the spring. It is his favorite place, lots of great food and lots of games to play. It will be fun evening.
The dad is off today and tomorrow, works Wed and then leaves for a medical conference on Thurs so we will do some early celebrating with him. My mom and sister will be coming to see us towards the end of the week to celebrate also. So Ben will have a couple of different celebrations. In about six weeks or so, we will have two five year olds. Yikes! They sure grow up fast!