It's been a busy month! We were in Florida for a week with our youngest for his soccer tournament, the house passed the last inspection until completion, we decorated the house for Christmas for the first time, and Charlie began hanging drywall in the kitchen this weekend!!!
We haven't ordered the cabinets and counters for the kitchen yet but we have a good idea what we want now. We decided to keep the original kitchen ceiling beams exposed along with the clapboard and the brick that houses the fireplace. Charlie is hanging drywall in the rest of the kitchen and the floor will go down immediately after the walls are finished. It's so exciting to see walls up---the kitchen looks like a room now. It's so hard to believe that Charlie has put the kitchen back together from the dirt up---that he put all those materials together by himself! He is very proud to be the one to make this house a home again---we are simply amazed at what he's accomplished.
Decorating the house for Christmas has been rewarding but challenging. All the electrical outlets are not operational so a bit more thought has gone into what decorations to use. I couldn't wait to put wreaths and candles on the windows on the front of the house. The most exciting part of decorating was getting an eleven foot tree for the great hall. It's beautiful!