So Brian is building his second house--ours was the first. I am so amazed at his abilities. This house is for sale and will be in our town's tour of homes in September. This is no Las Vegas Tour of Homes, mind you. The homes are on a much smaller, less elaborate scale--it's a Tour of Holmes little town style. The months leading up to the tour are super busy and stressful for Brian and for me, but it is totally worth it. Last year's tour was so dang fun. I've discovered as an adult that I love to throw parties--and to me, the Tour is just one long super fun party. I stay in the kitchen baking cookies and breads most of the time--to create a homey (sp?) comfortable ambiance, and I talk to people coming through. I even get to answer some of the design questions. It's the perfect party because we don't have to worry about any kind of entertainment, nobody stays too long, and there is still eating and socializing. The best part of the tour, though, is that the home is completely a product of Brian's abilities and talents and my interests (and maybe someday talents) totally working together. Brian loves to build houses and furniture, and I love to decorate. I spent months and months and hours and hours finding and modifying the floor plan and obtaining permits, and now I get to choose paint colors and floor and counter materials, and windows and all that, and then I get to decorate the inside for the tour--with the help of my aunt Deena and my friend Brooke. Those of you that know me well know that this is seriously like a dream for me. I absolutely love it, and I am learning all the time. Anyway, I thought you family members would like to see the house as it progresses. Windows, roofing and siding go up soon, so stay tuned!