Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I'm pretty handy

so go ahead and hire me.
I've been drilling holes, hammering in bolts, tightening bolts, measuring, driving screws, you name it. I'm pretty much a pro now.
I have loved working with my dad and mom on this project. We are building the deck ourselves, and it's been a blast. The weather has been beautiful and I just love to spend my days outside.

There is definitely a learning curve to this business. I can't even say how many silly deck screws I stripped. I can screw in a normal one just fine, but these babies, that's a different story. You have to hold the drill just so, perfectly straight with the screw, put just the right amount of weight on it....yeah, that was a little tricky. But, I mastered it and was so proud of myself, when by the second day I hardly stripped any. My mom got the hang of it too. It's okay that we were incompetent for a while; we laughed so hard at our ridiculous mistakes. But, soon enough we went from being Tweedle Dee and Tweedle DUMB to experts. We should go into business. HAH.

Anyway, I am pretty excited about it. It's ginormous and I can just picture us spending our evenings out here, watching the sun set and enjoying our time together. I can also picture myself shoveling a lot of snow. That won't be so bad; our new house is practically in the banana belt compared to where I have grown up and live now. Plus, it adds more definition to my already manly arms. (Carrying a 29 lb toddler will do that to you.)

Watch and learn, just watch and learn. I have learned a bunch, and like I mentioned, have absolutely loved the extra time with my dad. He is a genious. I seriously have no clue how he knows so much about everything. This isn't even the "my dad is better than your dad" thing(which he is), it's actually true. I really think he knows just about everything, about everything.


Kara said...

Wow, that looks like it's going to be an awesome deck to watch some beautiful CO sunsets! And shoveling snow isn't all that bad- it is a great workout. I can't believe how beautiful the snow looks to me. Nathan would love it right now! He asks every day to play in the snow and I tell him to wait till Christmas in CO! I can't wait, but I don't live in it every day either. Good luck!

k8e said...

I can't wait to come visit!!! Are you moved in yet? How is that coming?

Oh, and I will pray for Matt! I love you guys!!!

Jodi Jean said...

awesome! it looks great!!

susan said...

Go Jessica! You can now join the home builders club! I know I learned A LOT and have become pretty handy. Of course I still need help putting coat racks and such in my house. :)

Lisa said...

Work it!
It's looks awesome! Can't wait to see the finished product!

Heidi Maloy said...

I'm impressed... I think my idea of installing a deck would be to research contractors in the yellow pages! Go, Jess, Go!

Tiffanie said...

You are the woman. I'm so impressed. Seriously!