Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Concrete and a Celebration is in Order!

My day started bright and early (well, early - it wasn't quite so bright) before 6 a.m. I hear Steve telling me, "It's raining." Joy. They were supposed to pour our concrete slab this morning. Rain was not a good thing. The concrete company called, we checked the Weather Channel and the radar online. We consulted with the concrete finisher and Steve's Dad (who is a contractor). If not today, when? There is rain forecast for the next 10 days! What would that do to the dirt pad, ready and waiting for concrete? We decide to go for it and if it rained and ruined our floors (which will be concrete, so the finishing needed to be perfect), we'd just have to put down "regular" floors. So we tell them to come on and I leave with the girls for swim practice. Steve is instructed to take pictures of the process.

Here comes the concrete!!!

Because our pad is so high, they had to bring in a pump truck.

The concrete trucks load the cement into the pump truck.

Here it comes!!! When we came back from the pool and were watching, Morgan said she wanted to do that! I said, "You want to wear those knee boots and stand in all that wet concrete?" She said, "No. I want to get in there BAREFOOT!!!"

All the footings are filled in. Time for the rest of the cement for the slab!

There were a LOT of men working on my slab this morning! At one point, we counted 23 and that didn't include any of the truck drivers!

These guys were working hard to get it all nice and smooth, keeping a wary eye heavenward. The dark clouds kept rolling in, threatening to ruin all their work. But God held back the rains - the men finished, covered the slab with a tarp that will stay for the next 24 hours, and left. Then and only then did it RAIN!!! But before the rains came, we celebrated, Louisiana style!

With a crawfish boil!!!

Yum! But when you are talking about crawfish, you can't pose for pictures all day!

Immediately after I took the first shot, all the smiling faces turned back to their feasting! This is SERIOUS business!!!

Note Morgan's concentration as she peels her crawfish. These were some spicy buggers - no need for hot sauce with these guys! And the corn and potatoes that were boiled with them....mmmmm! That was good eatin', cher!

Brooke is gonna kill me when she sees I've posted this shot of her mouth open! Tee hee hee!!!

Joshua and my nephew, Zac, are getting down to business. Right after I took this picture, Josh said, "Okay, Mom, enough with the pictures. We need to eat."

Concrete poured. Crawfish consumed. Now it can rain!!!


Cynthia said...

What a great feeling to have that done! You're well on your way now.

De'Etta said...

How exciting! Both the pouring and the eating. LOL

Kathy in WA said...

Hooray! How amazing that the rain actually held off until the concrete was poured. Miracle!

Love the concrete and crawfish combo!

Looks like a nice BIG house! What will the square footage end up being?

Diann said...

Woo Hoo! Celebrate every little step of that building, I say! What a beautiful sight...sniff, sniff.

Ginger said...


The living area (not including my scrapbook room, which will be upstairs over the carport and utility room)is only 2600 sq. ft. Not too large, but definitely doubling what we have here!

Debbie said...

Oh my gosh, Ginger, that is a big house by my standards. We are living in 1500 sq. ft.

I'm sure you are so pleased to have this step done. It will go up quickly now!


Ginger said...

Well, Debbie, after living in this 1300 sq. ft. house (and 2/3 of the house is living room and kitchen - the remaining 1/3 has three tiny bedrooms and one lonely bathroom), it will seem big to us, too! The best thing will be having more than one bathroom!!!

Kristine said...

Looks like a great day, and I really love the picture of all the crawfish!

Emily said...

Congratulations on the slab being poured. Also, your seafood picnic looks so good! What fun!