Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Ground Floor - Plus Puppies and Potties

The house is coming along. The kids are growing up.
Needless to say, we've been busy.
The deck went up first because the material was available.
Then the material arrived!
We now have a deck!
It's ironic because we planned to have a deck on our other house for years and never got it. Now it's the first thing we have before a house.
The foundation is up!
We have the floor in now but I didn't get a picture of it before they covered it up with plastic to protect it from the rain. It looks very close to the deck planks, but it's nice tongue and groove plywood and we plan on staining it.
We've had help from family and friends, including Nick's cousin from Mississippi.
Bird's eye view!
She's ready to jump in and start hammering!
We've also inherited a new family member.
Meet Saige.
She showed up at our land one day, and Nick brought her home.
She's very sweet and loyal. Smart and trainable, she's everything our other German Shepherd was not. She loves Nick, like, annoyingly so. She likes Ryder too, but he's been going through a "scared of dogs" phase. This pictures shows great progress for him because he actually went up and petted her on his own. Tonight he was playing with her outside all by himself. I think they're going to end up being great friends.
She'll do anything for Nick.
Another big milestone: Ryder is in the midst of potty training.
He's been doing fantastic for just getting started. Yesterday he only had one accident the whole day, and that was with only one week under his belt! However life gets pretty consumed by this process so some things have slowed down a little. We tried going camping this last weekend. He did okay using the potty in the camper. But we ended up coming home because the local trains going by kept waking Sabrina up. Just as well, it was less fun camping with a potty trainee and an infant who can't walk. Next year they'll be older.
Just had to share this adorable picture of my girl.
I'm still working on projects here and there, just not finishing them as quickly as I'd like. I might have another tutorial coming up soon. Will keep things updated as they come!

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