Jeff has been steadily working to switch us out from a pier foundation to a normal concrete foundation. It's been a tough and dirty job but we're getting close to having it done.
My parents come out to help too because what could possibly be more fun to do with your retirement than exhausting yourself helping your kids build a house for what feels like the umpteen millionth time.
Honestly they've put more sweat equity into my homes than I have and even this time around and lately I've been helping less and less because it turns out that someone still has to cook for all these people and do their mounds of dirty laundry. When I ask the kids if they want to work on inside chores or work outside with their daddy they all always pick outside so I get stuck doing everyone's inside work which I honestly prefer anyway.
After they finished pouring the concrete footer they also poured a small pad for the stairs that will come off the deck that, Lord willing, we'll start once the foundation is finished. We used concrete stamps to give it a stone texture.
Isaiah's demonstrating what he's been doing all day which is basically holding an impact gun over his head to take out hundreds of screws to remove sheets of wood under the house. I know from when Jeff and I put that wood up a few years ago that the impact gun gets heavier and heavier as the day goes on but Isaiah kept up the pace from start to finish with no complaints and even had energy to spare when the day was done.
I could use some of that energy.
While Jeff and the kids we're working in the dirt under the house I washed about 20 dozen eggs. We've recently fenced in our chickens so we're getting all the eggs they lay, whereas, when they were completely free range they'd often lay eggs outside the coop in places we couldn't find before the dogs would sniff them out for a snack. It turns out that we probably have more chickens than we really need.
We more or less will be paying my parents for their help in eggs. Who could pass up a deal like that, right? Anyone else want to come work for eggs?
Our smallest and cutest ever egg.