When Candice went to Nicaragua we knew we were going to miss her, but I didn't realize how much. Jed found the perfect way to distract us by investing time into remodeling her whole main floor. When I say remodel I use the term loosely because it was a major transformation of the home. It was done very secretly and I had to limit talking to her over skype because my anxiety level was through the roof when my kids were talking with Grandma. I thoguht for sure something would slip out and I would be held responsible for the slip. I did very little compared to others but it was such an big thing for me to give back to Candice for the many things she does for me. I love her.
Stacy and I had the job of clearing out the cabinets. So when the kids went to school and we geared up for fast working. I had a big garbage bag and tried to throw only things away that were necessary! For sure, I promise. If you can't find it you will have to ask Stacy. A few times I could see Jed coming over out of the corner of my eye and he would pull things out of the trash saying, "Oh. You can't throw that away." I really didn't throw much away. I love Jed to pieces! It was so fun to be a small part in it. We found lots of really cool things too! Among them was a really old picture of Jeremy. I think 14 maybe? I put it on my mirror at home.
Every time we would come to the house some other transformation was taking place. It happend so quickly and the timing on everything was nothing more than a miracle. New lighting, switches, carpet, painting, cleaning, set up was all done in a matter of a few weeks.
My painting partner in crime. Noelle chose the colors of the new home. She did awesome with a light blue, bright white and tan. She is a crazy hard worker and I had to work hard to keep up with her. Kera and Stacy helped tons too with painting and trading off to watch babies. Mason was a champ and chilled a lot during this week. And the cousins had so much fun together. I don't know how we managed to keep it from Candice when she is so good to keep track of our comings and goings.
Jeremy and I went to my mom's house for Thanksgiving so we were not there for the unveiling but we were able to Skype in from Arizona. Technology is so awesome. It felt like we were there...almost. Seems like in the excitement when Candice came in we were still on a chair propped up to look at the front door. We yelled and screamed at the screen for someone to pick us up and take us with them. A few kids walked by and we shouted at them. At one point Logan could hear his name and looked around but didn't notice us on the small screen. It was actually quite funny.
We were so happy for Candice and Jed to update their home to fit all of our crazy families. We love them so much and all they do for us. Thank you for letting us be a part of the BEST SURPRISE IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD!
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