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.
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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.

7 comments:

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!