Tonight we worked together to insulate the foundation of our new house.
I can not say enough about the teamwork that took place this evening.
After supper we looked at the forecast, and we decided that it would be a VERY good idea to work on foundation insulation today. (Because of rain predicted for the weekend.) In all honesty, NONE of us felt like going out to the lot and working. The kids were quiet, but there was NO complaining. I was totally impressed.
When we got to the lot, I promised that we would leave at 8:30 whether the work was done or not.
The kids worked so hard!
And once we got started working, it was actually fun!
Riley loved it!
It was the first time we brought him along, and he was all smiles.
From tallest to smallest, we all found jobs we could do.
I even swung a hammer!
It was fun!
This is the insulation we were installing. It needed to be pounded into the clips that are built into the foundation walls. The kids carried the insulation, cleaned the debris off the footing, helped hold the insulation on the foundation wall, and carried scraps. Chad and I pounded the clips flat to hold the insulation in place. (Chad will not be impressed with my vocabulary and explanation of the task - but that is the momma description anyway!)
The purpose of the insulation is to keep the floor from being drafty and cold.
There is a peek at the finished project.
I am proud to report that we had it all insulated in under an hour!
Even Chad was shocked!
Driving home we were all feeling energized and impressed with ourselves.
Jamison (who had been pretty disappointed to not be home watching the NFL draft unfold live) even commented, "That was some good family bonding!"
The task for the weekend is to backfill.
The home we are building is slab on grade.
(In other words it does not have a basement or crawl space)
Chad needs to fill dirt on the inside and outside of the foundation to floor height.
We do not have enough material on site, so he will be hauling dirt in.
We are really hoping the weather cooperates and he can have the backfilling completed by Monday morning - because the heating contractor is headed our way. (Duct work, electrical, and plumbing contractors all have work to do before the concrete crew will return to pour the floor.)
***On a totally unrelated note, please pray for Sierra's foot. She jumped off a swing and onto a garden hoe last summer. That resulted in a yucky puncture wound. We had thought it was totally healed, but this spring it is causing her a lot of pain. I take her to the doctor tomorrow. Please pray for simple solutions to her pain. She so wants to run several distance races at the 6th grade trackmeet and right now it is just too painful! She told me this week she was scared it would never go away. She commented, "Mom, I know God always has a plan, but sometimes it is SO hard to trust His plan. I just want to ask 'why me!' I know it is not that big of a thing, but it feels like a big thing to me!"