My wife and I are off on a two-week trip to England on Wednesday. Ostensibly, it is for my brother's wedding but we will also be spending Christmas with my family. The trip has been arranged for quite a while, so it was just bad luck that it happened to fall at such a crucial and exciting time in the finishing of our new home. When we signed our contract, the projected settlement date was supposed to come just before Thanksgiving. Obviously it slipped a wee bit!
We will be making one more trip to the house early on Monday morning and I hope to be able to take plenty of pictures for a final, pre-vacation post. After that, we will have to wait until December 29 at the earliest before we will be able to see the house again.