In the meantime, we have been using every spare moment to work on house projects to get ready to sell. Last weekend Austin officially eradicated the shag carpet that completely covered/surrounded the basement stairwell. Goodbye and good riddance! It has now been painted white, as well as some of the dark paneling and the cement block wall in the back room.
Austin's parents came up to visit for the day on Saturday. Even though they have also been busy with small house projects for the last month or two and just listed their house for sale last week, they graciously helped us out a bit, too. Austin's mom helped repaint the bathroom while Austin's dad moved furniture & plants for me and entertained Emily all afternoon--including a wagon ride in the rain! :o)