Week 3 of house construction is officially in the books and tons of progress has been made. I tell ya, if they could keep at this pace, I'd be moved in by Thanksgiving! Sadly I know this is the fast part and once the house is dried in everything will slow down. I'm loving this speed though!

Here's how the third week of my first house construction project went!

At the beginning of the week, they were ready to start laying brick. 

As soon as I went to the house Monday night, I was immediately worried. The brick didn't look anything like what it was suppose to. I noticed that the brick looked different when it was delivered, but I checked the name and it was what I had picked out. I even when and talked to the two brick layers and told them I was worried and they made me a little sample and assured me it would look differently when it was actually on the house. When I got to the house on Monday, this was what the brick looked like compared to what the sample that I picked out looked like.

I sent this to the contractor and he agreed that it didn't look anything like what I had picked out. He talked to the guy from the brick place and discussed the mortar color. The guy assured us that the mortar was the correct color and that it would turn a lighter shade within 3 days and once it cured in 3 weeks, it would be completely white. The contractor sent me pics of the mortar after they dried out a little place with heat lamps and blow dryers.

I can safely say it looks completely different now. If you're worried about your brick/mortar color, give it time and it will look different!

The floor is done! 

Now onto exterior colors. I've always wanted a gray house, but I'm not entirely sure if I want dark gray or light gray. I'm leaning towards dark, but feel free to give me your opinions!

On Sunday, I visited a section of Lowes that I had never set foot in: the water line section. ;) My sweet-84 year old- Pawpaw was determined to run my water line to my house and he did just that, along with the help of my 82 year old grandmother. Is that not just amazing, y'all?? I'm so thankful they are still able to do this!

And then there were WALLS! This made SUCH a huge change in the feel of the house. You could actually see rooms now. 

I had to make a decision about the number of windows in my bedroom and I asked y'all on Instagram what you thought. The majority said keep all 4 or take away the back porch window. I decided to keep all 4 because I love all the natural light. It will make furniture placement a little harder, but I'm so happy with that decision!

Half of the house is framed! Now it's ready for week 4 so we can framed the rest!

Happy October, friends! I'm sharing the books I read last month in today's blog post. I read some really good books this past month and some disappointments, too! Let's jump right in.

Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting

I started off the month reading a book that I randomly saw online and the cover appealed to me. I've never read anything by Helena Hunting before, but when I posted this book on Instagram, several people told me they loved her books. I got really excited when I read this. I picked it up hoping it would be the next The Hating Game because I'm always on the lookout for a new favorite romance like THG. Sadly I didn't love this one. It was a quick read, but not really the kind of romance I liked. I did enjoy the fact that the two main characters fell in love when they were in high school (or college-I can't even remember!) and then reconnected years later. I'm a sucker for that kind of storyline. 

She was the Quiet One by Michelle Campbell

I couldn't wait to read Michelle Campbell's newest book that came out this year. I LOVED her first book from last year, It's Always the Husband, but I loved this one even more. This is a story of twin sisters who are starting a new boarding school and one of the sisters ends up dead. Y'all this one is SOOO good!

Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

Just like with Good Luck Charm, I read an ARC of Fight or Flight thinking it would be like The Hating Game. I loved the first part of this story and had such high hopes, but the second part fell flat for me. It's about a girl and a guy who meet on a flight and instantly feel an attraction towards each other, but they also kind of hate each other. 

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

I love to find a good Southern fiction story, so I immediately picked up a copy of Delia Owen's book Where the Crawdads Sing. Then it was announced as Reese Witherspoon's book club pick for September, which made me even more excited for it. I was worried this one would have too much descriptive writing and it did at times, but I absolutely LOVED the story and our main character, Kya. This is one of my favorites of the year. I highly recommend!!

Rush by Lisa Patton

Next I read our LaLa Life bookclub book for September: Rush by Lisa Patton. I really enjoyed this one. It helped me of The Help. It's about a southern sorority at Ole Miss and it deals with racism. It wasn't a favorite or anything, but it had a really good message and I liked it. It wasn't a quick read for me, but an important one

Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I randomly discovered that Taylor Jenkins Reid had a new short story available on Kindle Unlimited, so I immediately downloaded it. I LOVE TJR (although I didn't love The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo or One True Loves-ironically her two most popular) so I was super excited to read this new story. I'm not a fan of short stories, so that probably was a big factor in my dislike for this one, but I just wasn't a fan. The ending was a disappointment to me. 

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

And lastly I read the newest thriller form Shari Lapena. Shari Lapena is one of my go to authors when it comes to thrillers, so I was super excited for this one. Sadly I didn't love it. I thought it was going to be good when I first started reading it, but then it just got boring and redundant. It felt like one big novel of Clue only with no butler to blame it one. I wasn't a fan of this one, but I still recommend her other two, The Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the House.

So that's what I read in September. I'd love to hear from YOU! What did you read this month? 

If I had to sum up week 2 of the house construction process in one word it would be RAIN. Oh my goodness y'all, I have never in my life seen so much rain. It poured Monday through Thursday and finally stopped on Friday, so there wasn't as much progress this week as there could have been, but it's all good!

This week all the blocks have been laid for the foundation.

The breakfast nook is shaping up! I am so excited for this little space. You can check out my "breakfast nook" Pinterest board here. I can't wait to decorate the bench seating with cozy cushions and pillows and complete it with a pretty white table and chairs. 

They've started placing the brick-not actually applying/putting it on, but they have started unpacking it. I was really worried when I stopped by on Friday afternoon because the bricks didn't look anything like what I had ordered. I thought for sure the wrong thing had been delivered. I went by Saturday morning while the guys were working and talked to them about it and they assured me it would look differently when they were placed. They pulled a couple and made me a little sample which made me feel much better. Y'all this process is super stressful! LOL

On Saturday I went browsing for front doors. I wanted to get an idea of what was available and prices. I love so many different doors and it's hard to just pick one. Here's my four favorite from Pinterest. I asked y'all on Instagram here to help me pick one and I loved hearing your thoughts!

I'm so excited about the front porch. When the contractor first mapped off the dimensions, I was so worried about the size of the entire house, especially the front porch. It looked so tiny- like you couldn't even get a chair on it! When the blocks were placed it started to look and feel more like the true size. Thankfully. :)

On Sunday afternoon my grandparents stopped by to check things out. They are both so excited that I will be living in the same community that they lived in for over 60 years. They go by the land/house several times a day. They have been so helpful in this process. I am so thankful and grateful that they get to experience this with me. :)

That's it for week 2! You can check out my other construction updates here. 


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