Off to the races!

Our closing on Friday went off without a hitch! We spent roughly the same amount of time driving to and from the closing (which was at a lawyer’s office in West Newbury) as we did at the closing itself. If only the process up to that point had been so easy!

We spent Friday afternoon with Becky’s parents, going through the house and figuring out what supplies we needed to get started. Later on, Becky, Catherine and I took a trip to IKEA and Home Depot to buy a few supplies to get started with. We left Becky’s parents at the condo to do some prep work like spackling and sanding, laying down drop cloths, and removing three ceiling fans.

This morning, we met Becky’s parents at the condo (yes, they did go home in between…) and started working on basic refurbishments. We scraped, spackled, puttied, sanded, painted ceilings, primed the boldly colored walls, and put up some lighting fixtures. Unfortunately there was not much for Catherine to do, so she spent her time either napping, playing in the pack ‘n’ play, or being held by whoever wanted a break from the work. 🙂

ppp|The construction forewoman at work.

The construction forewoman at work


We’ve chosen some paint colors, and the plan is to buy them tomorrow and start painting this week. We hope to be done with the painting by the end of next week so that we can refinish the hardwood floors over next weekend. After that, we’ve got some smaller projects to do around the house, and then by the end of the month, it will be time to move everything out of the apartment and into the new place!

You can see more pics from our first day of work here!

3 thoughts on “Off to the races!

  1. Melanie

    Obviously Catherine is following in her grandfather’s very “handy” footsteps. Will you be hiring her out for other’s home improvement jobs? I’m so excited for you and your new home!

  2. Ken F

    And WHAT are the child labor laws there in the “M” State? First the paint brush, then the trash and then the sweat shops I’m sure!! You’ll probably force her to make her bed and do her homework too? What’s the Childrens’ Services # out there?


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