Monday, April 24, 2006

Breaking Ground

We broke ground on the new house over a week ago. Actually, last Friday the slab was poured. I was expecting a cement truck to pull up and dump a load and guys to spread it around. NO, there were 20 cement trucks and a huge pumper truck that a guy operated by remote control. I am not a Tonka type of person but even I thought it was pretty cool. My hubby, the engineer, was in heaven.

Being the engineer that he is, he wants to pour over the plans 24-7, discuss ceiling treatments and of course, document photographically every last detail. When the guys were preparing the forms and laying the rebar and stuff in for the foundation hubby calls home and says, "Hey, can you run over and take a picture?" You know I am all about obeying the husband and stuff so of course answer back, "What? Why? Who wants to see something stupid like that?"

Picture this: my husband would have been the guy who would invite people over and then proceed to show them his 2,345 slides from the recent trip to North Dakota.

I felt bad after I said it cuz I ain't one to rain on his little parade. Okay, I'll go and do it.

I went over (our new lot is about 1/4 of a mile from where I live now!). Here are all these Mexican, oops, I mean immigrant, I mean soon to be striking, workers. Several had their shirts off and here is some gringo lady taking their picture.
This guy even started posing for me. Lucky me. They all started chattering in Spanish and I'm sure I heard this "Senora muy loco!"


  • Take all those pictures and your Christmas shopping is done. Give the hubs the ultimate Christmas gift - s acrapbook detaling every last second of building your dream house. :-)

    By Anonymous tlc, at 4/25/2006 7:00 AM  

  • Tlc's got a great idea there. I was never interested in this stage of building until I started working on Habitat houses. Now I'm all about the roofing and framing, baby.

    By Blogger wordgirl, at 4/25/2006 8:17 AM  

  • Keep the pictures coming. I love to see the development of a house. We took lots of pictures when we built ours! I don't care if they call you 'loco' or not!

    By Blogger Renee, at 4/25/2006 8:41 AM  

  • Wow! I don't know where you are building, but it looks way more wooded than our next of the Houston suburbs. I'll have fun watching the progress!

    Oh, and we loved the cement truck parade when we built our house. My son was 2 and loved trucks, so he was in hog heaven. It's really interesting to watch!

    By Blogger Crazy MomCat, at 4/25/2006 9:24 AM  

  • Absolutely do the scrapbook. If you're not a scrapbooker, do it digitally and put it in his stocking. There's digital scrapbooking software...Anyone used it?

    P.S. Next time get closer to the workers. We want close ups!

    By Anonymous V-Grrrl, at 4/25/2006 12:27 PM  

  • I want pictures so close I can see sweat!! Hehe

    LOVE the scrapbook idea. Sweet hubby, he just wants something to show the grandkids one day. ;)

    By Blogger Tink, at 4/25/2006 12:41 PM  

  • Congratulations on getting things underway with your dream home. I know it's a lot of work but you must be so excited!

    By Anonymous TB, at 4/25/2006 1:31 PM  

  • I read on someone else's blog (honestyrain) that you hate lurkers. Please don't hate me anymore. Good luck with the house. They always look small when it's just the foundation (I'm not saying it looks small to me! Just saying, if you think it does). I enjoy visiting, but I'm not much of a commenter. Bye.

    By Blogger mamalujo1, at 4/25/2006 2:42 PM  

  • that's pretty funny that the guy started posing. I remember when I was in NYC, the spanish men would call out, "MOMMY!" Gross eh?

    By Blogger mrsmogul, at 4/25/2006 3:06 PM  

  • New house?!! I am excited and jealous at the same time...I went house shopping over the weekend,as I realized raising children in a veritable cage is not a good idea...

    I want to see the pictures, keep up the photos and the uh, soon to be striking worker....could you put him front and center in the next one...and find out if he does freelance work in AZ....

    By Blogger Ditsy Chick, at 4/25/2006 3:45 PM  

  • mamalugo1: surely I didn't say hate?? Such a strong word.

    Mrs. Mogul - Ewwww. That is gross.

    Tink: I will try and get sweat for you next time.

    All the rest - I will start scrapbooking. Christmas? Covered!

    By Blogger DebbieDoesLife, at 4/25/2006 5:25 PM  

  • Good luck with your new house. I chickened out on the whole "building thang" and bought existing. I know you will have a beautiful new home on the other end of this adventure!!! Keep us posted on progress!

    By Anonymous Carol, at 4/25/2006 9:18 PM  

  • We always live in rentals or miltary housing. I can't imagine how much fun it would be to actually plan and build a house. The scrapbook is a great idea.

    Oh- MrsMogul- they were probably saying 'mami' which is a short version of 'mamita' which is a kind of diminutive, like 'honey' or 'sweetie'. Insulting yes; but less creepy.

    By Blogger Annie, The Evil Queen, at 4/26/2006 1:40 PM  

  • When I'm around, ahem, People who speak Spanish, i always pay close attention to listen for the word for "ugly."

    Also, your house is so big it won't fit into the picture. I might have to hurt you.

    By Anonymous sarcastic journalist, at 4/26/2006 2:43 PM  

  • I'm glad your hubby's an engineer, because I need the rebar pictures. Something about engineers make us flock to rebar like flies on shit.

    We're considering buying a property and building a house in central Missoula, the site of a demolished frat house. The idea that I could get my own rebar pictures... *shivers* hoo-whee!

    (Oh, and as much as I'm pissed you won't be at blog-fest, I totally understand, what with the construction and all. Really - I'm not being facetious.)

    By Blogger Mignon, at 4/26/2006 4:06 PM  

  • I hope when your beautiful house is finished you'll christen it with a bunch of plastic forks in the yard.

    And make sure they're not bulding over a sink hole!
    Did you hear about that guy in California?

    By Anonymous tank, at 4/26/2006 7:24 PM  

  • LOL Debbie, you must be loca girl! How exciting for you. It's so wonderful that your hubby is this excited. It seems adult males rarely get this excited. Oh wait...I forgot about sports & hooters.

    By Blogger jane, at 4/29/2006 5:48 PM  

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