We’ve had to spend a lot of time, money, and effort since [our remodel began in earnest](http://sonicchicken.net/blog/wordpress/2007/04/12/remodel-started/) to keep the project moving along briskly. Although we’ve never completely given up “family time” in the evenings, we *have* given up just about all of our hobbies, time with our friends, and just relaxing occasionally during daylight hours. I’ve been overwhelmed by the project at times, but thinking about some of the things I’m really looking forward to once [phase 1](http://sonicchicken.net/blog/wordpress/2007/06/21/remodel-master-plan/) of our project is completed will always get me out of my funk:
– Cooking a meal with the whole family. Right now the four of us can barely *fit* in the kitchen, and it’s very difficult for even two of us to cook together.
– Getting everything out of storage. We’ve spent about $4,000 on storage since we moved, and it’d be nice to plug that leak in our finances, but the real annoyance it not having easy access to the stuff in storage–it’s 40 miles away and inaccessible at night.
– Going to [William Glen] *without* having to worry about where I’ll store any kitchen gadgets or cookbooks I might purchase.
– Seeing how fast Barb and I (and hopefully the kids) can crank out a quilt in her new shop.
– Hosting a nice dinner party(ies) for our friends and family. (Right now we only have space for two extra people at our table.)
– Having a game night, especially once [all our games](http://tinyurl.com/3a8w3z) are at home instead of storage.
– Brewing a batch of beer. 💡 I wonder if I can use the crawlspace to [lager](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lager#Etymology) it?
– Finagling Barb and the kids into working on the model railroad in our new attic. 😉
– Taking the family on a bicycling picnic.
– Playing with Lego’s with the kids.
– Going on a motorcycle ride. Perhaps I can get Barb on the back of the bike, and we can ride out to breakfast with Reggie and Barbara.
– Building (and launching!) [model rockets](http://www.estesrockets.com/products.php?number=7000) with the kids.
Dang, I’d better hurry up and get this project finished–that’s a lot of fun I’m missing out on!
[William Glen]: http://www.williamglen.com/aboutus.aspx