Saturday, July 28, 2012

Future Home Part 6

A lot has happened since my last post.  It actually looks like a house now!

These are from July 13.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Planning for Disneyland

Planning for a WDW vacation is intense.  There are 4 parks, they're all spread out, if you want to eat at a specific place and should probably book reservations 6 months in advance.  

Disneyland? It's a totally different animal.  There are 2 parks, they're so close you could throw a football between the two of them, and there's really no great need to book reservations more than a few days in advance (if that!)

With that in mind, we really haven't done that much planning for our trip.  As I mentioned in my last post, it's just not needed!

Yesterday my Mom stopped by for lunch, so I took advantage of that and made our dining reservations in case a time wasn't available.  Turns out that wasn't needed.  We had our pick of times!  So we booked 3 things: Napa Rose for her birthday (Monday of our trip), a late lunch at Carthay Circle to take advantage of the World of Color package (Wednesday), and breakfast at Storyteller's before we caught the shuttle back to the airport.  We're planning on checking out somewhere in Downtown Disney for dinner on the night we get in.  If anyone reading has any suggestions, we're open to hear them!

The biggest thing now is trying to figure out our plan of attack for Cars Land.  Since we're not staying on property, we won't have Early Entrance tickets to California Adventure.  For this year, Disney is offering an extra hour in the mornings to Annual Pass holders (you need to sign up ahead of time) and hotel guests....every single morning it's one or the other.  Which means the general public (us) is an hour behind every day.  The good news is that we're early risers and have 4 days to figure it out!  

The next thing we'll be watching for is park hours.  They're released about 6 weeks ahead of time, so we should be seeing them soon!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Future Home Part 5

A lot has been done since my last post about the house!

In case you missed the other posts, they're here:

Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4

We went and picked out our granite.  Unfortunately, the one we had originally picked was discontinued!  So we went up to the granite place in Orlando to pick out something new.
To refresh, the original choice

New choice (same that's on the actual counters in the picture above.)

Tropical Storm Debby had thrown a little bit of a kink in our building.  In order to pour the concrete slab, they needed a dry day.  Instead of any dry days, we had a number of days in a row of rain.  So then the ground had to dry out!

Luckily, after she moved out we had a number of really dry (and HOT) days, so they were able to pour the slab last week.

Slab poured, concrete blocks ready!
This is what it looked like yesterday, they're ready to start the actual building of the house!  I'm so excited.  We can't wait to move in.  The apartment is nice as far as apartments go, but we're ready for a larger kitchen and Bandit's ready to have a yard of his own!

We've been going around to furniture stores and we're starting to narrow down our choices for a new bedroom set and patio furniture!

Now all that's left is to sell our house in if anyone wants to buy a townhome...