Sunday, March 15, 2009

We have a TOILET!

Even better, it actually works!! :) :)

Yesterday after church, we went home and changed clothes then headed over to the big house. Some very generous friends came over and Ryan helped Mark move the two (cast iron, 300 lb+) clawfoot tubs into the bathrooms. I had helped Mark move the first one a few months ago--yeah, that means I lifted well over my own body weight--and I absolutely refused to move them again. I'd like to still be able to pick the girls up when we go to Ukraine. ;) So Ryan and Thuy came over and Ryan helped Mark move the tubs. I don't think he knew what he was getting into.

I am grateful way beyond what Ryan knows that I didn't have to move those tubs, and I think Ryan will be grateful beyond what we can know if he never has to move them again.

We spent the rest of the afternoon getting the rest of the bathroom plumbing hooked up (all of the shutoff valves) and getting the toilet installed. Not only is it installed, it WORKS! Can you tell how excited I am?? Hopefully Mark will be able to get the pedestal sink installed tonight (the bathtub is lower on the priority list) and we will be able to have our occupancy inspection this week. I am so thankful that the toilet, tub and sink were left in the house--that is three less things we have had to buy.

We are tentatively hoping to be able to move in this weekend. There's still a LOT of things that need to be done, so one of us will be at the house every evening this week. It will all be worth it if we can get moved in. Next week is the boys' spring break, and Mark is covering both of the clinics he works for so he will be working 10+ hours every day next week and I will be off of work with the boys. Hopefully that will give me some time to finish a LOT of cleaning at the house we're currently in (so the new tenants can move in) and at the big house (which is horribly filthy with all of the drywall mudding and sanding that's been going on). Sometimes it seems so overwhelming, but I just make myself pick one thing to do and get that done. Then at least there's one less overwhelming thing. ;)


Tami said...

YEA!!!! How exciting! :)

Diana said...

Isn't it amazing how the simple things we take for granted in life can bring so much joy? Ahh - anyone who doesn't know how much joy a descent, functional toilet can be has never been to Ukraine! :-0 Good luck with remodeling and with the move (and actually getting stuff done when your kids are out on spring break!)

I know all about overwhelming house stuff. I'm not moving, but there ins't a room in my house (or a place in my yard) that doesn't need repair work and isn't in SERIOUS need of decluttering. Nothing has been done on most of it since before we adopted our boys. Now that life is finally settling down enough that I can do it, I don't even know where to start most of the time.

Tina said...

You have our permission to use our real names! :) It was wonderful to see the "big house"! :) And a wonderfully big house it is; the girls will be so blessed to come home to their new digs! I'm glad you guys will be even closer to us! And I told Ryan after we got home that I need to spend just five minutes with you guys each weekend; it will guarantee that I increase my productivity level ten-fold! You should have seen how some Olmsted influence got me movin' and cleaning a ton after we left your house! Glad the toilet is in operation!