Last weekend we had our first visitors at our new house. Our friends Josh, Erica, and their son Silas stopped by on their way back to Gainesville to hang out and help us with some home improvement. They actually left early this morning, but I’m still feeling sore, bug-bitten, and tired. Between Saturday and Sunday, Josh and I probably spent close to 20 hours working outside around the house.
The only project that really needed to get done this weekend was installing handrails on the stairs to the side and back deck. That project was assigned to us by our homeowners insurance company and was required to be done 30 days from closing. With Josh’s construction experience and the couple extra hands, we were able to knock that project out on Saturday morning.
The rest of the weekend was spent making our yard look more like a yard…and could only be classified as manual labor. We trimmed trees, dug out railroad ties and walkway planks, demolished wooden fences, and hacked out a sea of bushes. Ames and Erica were getting a lot of work done as well. When they weren’t out helping us in the yard, they were inside taking care of Silas and tearing up some wallpaper. Although Josh and I didn’t watch Silas nearly as much as the girls did, we sometimes took turns carrying him around in the “Baby Backpack”.
There is no way Ames and I could have gotten all the things we got done this weekend if it weren’t for Josh and Erica. We really wanted it to be more like a vacation for them, but they insisted on working and really pushed us to get a lot done. After a weekend like that, you really know who your friends are.