Happy 4th šŸ‡ŗšŸ‡ø 2017

They said Orinda does it up for the 4th, and they were right. So cute & fun. 

The day started with a pancake breakfast outdoors, followed by a parade and festival, an epic pool party with games, races, and a delicious BBQ lunch (plus treats), a short quiet break at home, and then late night fireworks on the golf course. 

The kiddos were asleep before we even got out of the MCC parking lot. I’m nervous about “real life” tomorrow but we all had a blast today and made some amazing memories. 

Happy 4th y’all! šŸ˜˜ 

4th pre party

Impromptu bestie gatherings poolside. It doesn’t get better than this. We’re so lucky to have such an amazing crew. We’ve bounced from pool party to pool party this weekend. Nonstop fun, sun, laughs, and delicious food. You can’t really ask for anything more.

Final 14

The first wave of cleaning came through this week and the house is starting to look like it might actually be a house in the nearish future. Here are a few snaps of some of the spaces. We’ve been installing hardware (minus the door knobs), and making corrections and minor adjustments. It’s nice to see the lighting fixtures (they had been bagged to protect them from our messy painters – seriously, they are about as attentive to details and neat as toddlers are). We are doing our walk through this week for any final issues and then moving in end of next. It cannot happen soon enough. I cannot wait to be in this house and unpacking. We’ve been feeling like gypsies, stuck in limbo for over 2 years and I just want to be settled.

Kicking off the holiday weekend

When it’s a warm sunny Friday afternoon and you want to officially kick off a holiday weekend, you stop by the fro-yo spot on the way home. If you are truly brave, you let your kids self serve and then sort of balk (just a little) when you see their creations and the price (per weight) of their masterpieces. Needless to say we had two very sweet, happy and sticky monkeys a few moments later. Happy 4th y’all! 

Sunday follow the leader

Sundays are meant to be spent like this. We planned a pool date but it cooled off dramatically and so we opted for a park date. Sis remembered a special bridge and nature walk that she liked and insisted we follow her. It isn’t often that the 3-year old directs the afternoon activities so it was only fair to let her take the reigns. This girl would have kept going if we let her – she was determined. Such a beautiful day and so nice to enjoy a path not far from home. We love it here. And I love this little bug. 

NASCAR šŸšŸŽ

B “won” these NASCAR race passes at one of our school fundraisers. We had no idea what we were getting into but it was a lot of fun actually. 

We enjoyed great seats in the grandstand and spent the pre race hours exploring the track, turns, booths, and attractions. I was impressed by the ease of the event operations and how family friendly everything was. We’d totally go back. Seeing, hearing, and feeling the cars racing right by is pretty incredible – I had no idea before. The view from the stands, and the parking lot is also impressive. 

Check it  out local friends.

Wilder 116

It’s a race to finish. Things are coming together but yikes – there is a looooooong list of items still outstanding. I think I’m more nervous now, than I’veĀ ever been that the outstanding items are so overwhelming that they’ll never be taken care of.

There are also (as always) a series of misses, bloopers, and headaches. This week allĀ 20+ of the above hardware sets had a defective finish and need to be replaced. It will be 2 weeks till they are back for installation. I get that thingsĀ fall through the cracks but they were ordered months ago and sitting in a warehouse with not a single person checking the quality to ensure they were ready for installation. The same vendor made our custom barn doors and ordered hardware to fit so we could hang them. Except the door has the hardware prep on the wrong side and the hanging hardware doesn’t fit the thick door. Again… Ouch. I’m sure there is a solution here but it would be nice if it could just come ready to go the first time.

Additionally, we think our landscape architect must have been high when she designed our outdoor handrail. It is the ugliest thing I’ve seen. Check the silver plumbing piping hand rail in the photo above. My guess is that she just copied it from another plan set and I missed it because we talked about something very different. As soon as we get the inspection, I’m yanking out that monstrosityĀ and replacing it with anything else. Our landscape architect also picked shiny bright copper landscape lighting (ouch). Maybe they’ll age over time and/or go away when the landscape fully comes in but again. Ouch.

Additionally, We think our landscape architect must have been high when she designed our outdoor handrail. It is the ugliest thing I’ve seen. Check the silver plumbing piping hand rail in the photo above. My guess is that she just copied it from another plan set and I missed it. I know we talked about something very different when we reviewed it all. As soon as we get the inspection, I’m yanking out that monstrosityĀ and replacing it with anything else. Our landscape architect also picked shiny bright copper landscape lighting (ouch). Maybe they’ll age over time and/or go away when the landscape fully comes in but again. Ouch.

On a more positive note, they polished and colored our garage floor yesterday. It’s really pretty and it makes me want to claim the smaller one as a pilatesĀ room but I’m sure Bill is going to veto that really fast. Our outdoor countertops were finally installed, as was our grill. The BBQ looks great and the outdoor wet bar does too. We installed my orange front doors. Jen & Patrick are finalizing the plaster application on our fireplaces and master bath. This gray plaster fireplace in the family room is SO pretty – it’s definitely a wow element of the home and I’m so glad we did it.

Cannot wait to get this project wrapped up and put behind us so I can focus on anything else… It’s all first world problems. I know it will work out. I’m just so excited for life after construction.

Too sleepy for bed

You know you’ve given a good day of fun when this is how you find your kids before you head to bed yourself. We crack up almost every night seeing their positions and all out full sleep craziness. Bill put Finley back in her bed to help her maximize comfy sleep. We all had a good laugh when we showed this photo the next morning. She was pretty impressed with herself when she heard about her antics.

Tops sucess!

We are so excited to have Finley joining The Orinda Preschool (TOPS) starting with Camp this summer. She is 100% excited and loves her new preschool & camp. She waltzed right in and barely had time to kiss us goodbye. Day one included flooding the sand area to make a river and she was a huge fan. I arrived to pick her up and she greeted me with “Oh. Hi Mom! I’m not quite ready to leave yet. Can you come back later?” It’s so cute to see. One of her favorite things is to sign her own name on the kids check in boards. Each day they have a new sheet for the kids and she meticulouslyĀ writes each letter. Melts my heart. We are so excited to see Fin grow and participate with so many fun and exciting adventures at her new school.