Aside from the house, I organised a surprise holiday for my girlfriend and I. A few days into it, I proposed to her on the top of a snow-capped mountain, and she said yes! so now we are engaged, very exciting.
Now on to the house:
The day before we left, we got a reply from the Kalina council saying that our plans were not accepted and we had to amend a couple of things. We did not include the required amount of tree's in the backyard which was easy to fix up on the landscape plan. The other point, is that they did not understand to what extent our 'bag and paint' feature wall was going to look like, just from the plans. So McDonald Jones added some extra information to the plans, and extended the feature to wrap around the entire wall.
With that, they approved our plans, and McDonald Jones submitted our plans to council about on Monday. So now its a bit of a waiting game. In the meantime, we are organising our finances and preparing for our first mortgage payment, I'm not sure if thats supposed to be exciting or not :-)
We also had a surprise variation of $1000 for Sydney water to come out and peg out the storm water drain. I hope we dont have any more of these little surprises, as they all add up very fast....