Sunday, July 29, 2007

Mailbox to Rubble

Erin built our mailbox himself. It is a beautiful big brick mailbox. It was built on top of a 6 inch thick slab of concrete burried just under the grass. It had a cinder block with poured cement center and had a brick exterior. It was 5 feet tall and about 3 feet wide. As you can see from the picture above, it was a sturdy little thing.

Well, this is what our mailbox looks like now....

Apparently a drunk driver hit our mailbox last night. Erin got up this morning to head to church early since he was playing piano this week. He walked outside and found this mess. We have no idea how the car that hit it was able to drive away. The thing had a concrete center! We can't believe we didn't hear it but we are both very sound sleepers. We are just thankful that Home Owners is going to cover it. It is about a $2000 mailbox if you have a stone mason build it.

Monday, July 23, 2007

The Building

Erin has decided that we have too much stuff and too little room. Erin just built a new master closet to fit my clothes. In fact, we have a list of building projects slated to get done. Erin first has to build a shop/storage building in the backyard so that we can move all of his garden and lawn equipment out of the garage. Once everything gets moved out of the garage, we can:
  • Have a Garage Sale
  • Begin Building the Bonus Room Addition so that we can have enough space for our stuff
  • MAYBE park our cars in there!! :)
As you can see it is very important that this building gets done. Erin is doing a great job! It is not finished yet but will be soon. Here are the pictures so far.

Building the Foundation

Beginning of Wall Framing

The Walls are up!

Joists are Done!

I am so blessed in so many ways for the husband I have. It is nice that he is so handy! More pics to come.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Let's Get Rich...Slowly

Well Dave Ramsey is over. I'm thankful because I'm exhausted but bummed because the conference was so good! Erin got home last Sunday night and attended the conference every night with me this week. This week was about building wealth that lasts a lifetime. It was really motivating. Unfortunately we did not win the cruise drawing for the people that attended every night of the conference even though we were there ever night. Bummer.

Friday, July 13, 2007

But Dave Ramsey Said....

We love Dave Ramsey!! We've started the Dave Ramsey plan/budget already. We are doing the Total Money Makeover and are paying off ALL of our debt (including student loans...everything!). We are really pumped about it. Which is why we were so excited when given the opportunity to attend a taping of Financial Peace University taught live by Dave Ramsey for 9 nights in a row. Dave Ramsey decided to update his DVD's of FPU and we were given the opportunity to be part of the live studio audience for free. Erin couldn't go to the first week because he's been out of town but I have been every night and it has been awesome! This week he talked about getting out of debt. I am so ready to cut back the budget and Live Like No One Else so that later I can Live Like No One Else. Woohoo!

Monday, July 09, 2007

Exit Husband, Enter Guard-dog

Erin is out of town this entire week in South Carolina. He is there on business heading up the technology and internet cafe portion of a several thousand person event. I am a very independent person and I enjoy being by myself to some extent, however, I will miss his company a lot. Apparently, our friends Brittany and Scott didn't want me to be alone in the house all week so they decided to go on an impromptu vacation and leave their Rottweiler/Mix dog with me. His name is Turner. To be honest, I was not looking forward to this at all. I am supposed to go attend a Dave Ramsey Conference every night for the next two weeks and just didn't feel like caring for anyone or anything but myself. But, I've only had Turner for 2 nights now and already we have bonded. He is such a sweet dog and his disposition is so friendly. I'm really glad I have him here especially since this is the first time I've stayed alone here since the motorcycle was stolen. We're going to have a fun week.