Why did we demo the house? Many reasons -
It was paid for several years ago, so it saved us buying a piece of property.
We like the lot and the location, but we've outgrown it. Garrett had a makeshift "bedroom" in the basement, but no bathroom there.
The family room and front room were way too narrow.
It needed work, like a new roof to start with.
I had originally suggested adding to it, but DH was tired of the old, used brick and wanted to start new - how can I argue with that?!
We had some wonderful times and memories there, with lots of pictures to prove it! The gmen were only six months old when we moved in, hard to believe they'll be 16 next month.
I was the only one of the family that watched it come down, I took pictures and recorded it for DH and the boys. My best friend growing up, Tara, was sweet enough to come and join me to keep me company. My wonderful neighbour, Margo, joined us for a little bit too. It was exciting, but scary and sad at the same time. It didn't really hit me until that evening after I got home. I was emotionally, mentally, and physically drained. I didn't think it would hit me that hard, but it did. DH and the boys? Destruction, they were excited!
My girlfriend, Kari, wrote this beautifully -
"Just think of all the new memories you will make in your brand new home! :) And also you must remember that your home is wherever Paul and your 3 boys are... the old home although having lots of wonderful memories for you is only the shell that you and your family made those memories in. I know it is emotional and of course you have the emotional connections to the old house, but just try to remember this time is just a stepping stone for the next wonderful memories that will be made! Love you!"
Thank you, dear Kari, I really needed that.
As of Tuesday, we finally received our building permit!
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