In November 2004 we started the journey to bring a baby home from China ... five years later, in October 2009, we met Isobel Pingqin.
Our little livewire known as Izzy.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

We move in this weekend!

So the planned "handover" with the worst builders in the world went ahead on Friday 16th. It took 3 hours and they went away with a long list of small defects to be fixed. We had gone through the house the weekend before and decided that the things left on the list on Friday were things we were prepared to fix ourselves as I really don't see the builders coming back unless I get my friendly inspector from the Dept of Fair Trading involved again. Anyway, they are all minor cosmetic type things so they won't affect us being able to live in the house.

Our wonderful tiler started work last week and has been tiling away every day getting the floors ready for us to move in this weekend. He should be finished inside but will probably still be working on the front entrance and alfresco next week.

We had wanted to have the carpet laid this Friday, and the carpet people had said all they needed was 2 weeks notice, but obviously this isn't the case as they can't do it Friday. They will do it Monday so we will have to leave all the bedroom furniture out in the living room over the weekend ready for carpet on Monday morning.

Drainage in the front yard has been dug out and our driveway may start Thurs or Fri.

We've hired a truck to move all our gear back in... but probably should have thought about booking it a bit earlier than today so we could get a truck locally!

Retaining walls are nearly finished (including a drive to Canberra and back on Monday so I could collect 9 extra sleepers that we were short).

Phone and internet connected yesterday. Electricity and gas already on, however I'm a bit nervous about the "switch over " which should be happening tomorrow as they couldn't guarantee me that the power will stay on.

We have to build my laundry (cupboards etc) and hopefully that will happen next week, finish the landscaping (that will take a while) and then enjoy! Down the track we'll get some more furniture to fill the extra space.

Stanley (our new cat) will come home on Good Friday and hopefully by the end of Easter weekend it will be looking like a home. If you're in the area, feel free to come see!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Will believe it when it actually happens... but we have handover of the house booked in for 7am tomorrow morning.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

No house... but we've got a cat!

Will we ever get the house... who knows.
But we're adopting a new cat!!
This little man has to stay with his foster family until we get our house. We were supposed to be getting a ginger cat for Ben, but he decided he wanted a black/white cat like Harvey who we have lived with for the past 10 months.

We have moved into mum and dad's place, so we feel we are a huge step closer to our house as we are just around the corner now.
The house is basically finished, the builders have now gone past the 30 week contract period time, the rain delay time and are now in liquidated damages time.

We will meet this little man on the weekend, and then he will come home once we get the house, hopefully no more than a month away. He will be named once we meet him