Well it certainly has been a while since I last wrote a blog post!  I hope everyone had a LOVELY Thanksgiving.  We were blessed with lots of family coming to Charlottesville and it was one of the best Thanksgivings I can remember.  Wilson is soooo happy and while we still have some hurdles we’re working on, he’s overall doing really well, which makes me really thankful.

The driveway is finished, too!  We had a few hiccups in the final stages unfortunately… for starters, we were planning on reusing a portion of the old flagstone walkway that led from the front porch to the old driveway as our walkway for the new set up.  But when the crew lifted up the old walkway, it totally disintegrated.  🙁  We kept some of the flagstones and hope to have enough to eventually lay a new walkway ourselves… when we have the time… ha, ha.   A girl can dream…

So since we didn’t have the time (or extra funds to pay someone) to lay a new walkway, we just have gravel going all the way up to the front porch.  It’s not ideal but it will work for now!

The second hiccup was a doozy.  The crew accidentally rammed some machinery into one of the brick columns denoting the beginning of the driveway and it totally disintegrated too!  It turns out the mortar in that brick column wasn’t very good to begin with and it completely toppled.

We got a check from the crew’s insurance company to cover the cost of repairing the column, but rather than pay someone to repair the column right away, we decided to use that money and put it toward installing conduit wiring (underneath the driveway) so that one day both of the brick columns will be lit.

Without further ado… this is what the driveway looks like now!

We transplanted a bunch of boxwoods all over the entrance to give it an old Virginia welcome and I LOVE it.

Below is the view from the house looking toward the entrance of the driveway.

I love how there is ample space for us to park and have guests over to park too, plus delivery trucks have no problem coming all the way down to our house now either.  #winning

The graceful curve of the driveway is something I love too.  It feels so slow and easy, and like it has always been there.

So while we’re not reeeeally done (still have to put in a walkway to the front door and redo the brick column at the entrance), we’re done “for now,” and as I’m learning with this whole renovating-an-old-farmhouse-thing, done “for now” is pretty darn good.  Striving for perfection when you own a farmhouse built in the 1800s is a sure way to drive yourself crazy!  David and I have decided that being done “for now” is worth bringing out the bubbly, and we’ll tend to the rest of it at some point.  🙂