Friday, July 26, 2013

From Humble Beginnings

I was asked to share pictures. At first I was hesitant because our house is not "picture-perfect."
But it is a work in progress.
And I'm sure you will all be forgiving of the piles of boxes.
We haven't even lived here a week yet!

(And as a side note, yesterday Devin and I went for a walk. I couldn't figure out for sure what street I was on and there was no street sign at the intersection. I saw some teenage girls nearby. I asked them what street I was currently on and asked them how to find our street. See... I haven't even lived here for a week yet. I sure with time all the twisty/ windy/ changes-street-names-in-the-middle-of-the-road streets will begin to make sense.)

Our Living Room!
I worked super hard to make this Devin-proof.
I can't wait to hang pictures and decorations!

The kitchen.
See the cupboards?! I'm making progress!!
(Ignore the mess on the counter!)

Casey surprised me with beautiful roses!
And we hand carried the statue(s) to make sure they didn't break.
It's so nice now that Christ is not packed in a box.
Seeing Him on the kitchen table is a daily reminder to stay focused on Him.

I'm really looking forward to hanging pictures back up.
Until then, I found this magnet for our fridge.
In our completely chaotic world, it is nice having this constant.

I can't believe I'm posting this!
From Humble Beginnings!!
Our dining room/ pantry disaster.
Devin has taken it upon himself to help unpack everything he can reach.
Which means all that stuff on the floor is from my little helper....

Our bed!!
Before we moved, I was terrible about making the bed.
Now I make it EVERY day
--probably because it is the only thing clean in our lives.

The pile of boxes/ suitcases that we dig through regularly.

Devin's room.
See the sleeping baby?
I haven't even attempted to tame his room...

We found the changing table, diapers & wipes.
He sleeps in the pack 'n' play (because the crib is in pieces).
We kept track of his blankie.
I dig through his suitcase in the closet to find clean clothes.
What more does he need?

Our bathroom currently.
We are just so grateful to have a working toilet.
Our poor neighbor was probably sick of us borrowing hers.
We shower at my parents house.
We are PRAYING that this will be done by Monday!

Our "office" and laundry room.
Nothing fancy or organized.
But functional.

(The lowest part of the basement.)
I will get to these boxes... someday.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Things I Love

I'm making progress on transforming this house into our home. Although I am far from done... countless boxes to unpack... cupboards, lights, windows, doors, etc!! still to clean... a weed patch that needs taming... the list goes on!

Even though it is a major work in progress, I have already fallen in love with this place! Seriously. It's OUR home!!

Here are a few of my absolute favorite things about our house:

1. I have to go up 3 stairs from the carport to the kitchen--not 2 whole flights. Carrying anything in or out is SOOO much easier!!

2. Our coat closet actually closes all the way. I know. It's the simple things. But by closing completely, it means I can hide a giant packing mess behind the door and Devin can't touch it. 

3. We could not have asked for a better next door neighbor. She is absolutely amazing and so gracious. I love talking with her every time we are both outside or I have to go borrow something. 

4. Along those same lines, I already love our ward!! I was super worried about this. But I shouldn't have stressed. We were so blessed to buy into such a welcoming and helpful neighborhood!! And... my former seminary teacher is in the Bishopric. Plus a girl we went to high school with lives only a few houses away. Crazy how it is such a small world. 

5. I love my kitchen! It's gigantic compared to what we have lived with the past two years. There is actually enough cupboards to store everything. And a huge bar/ counter that will be used for rolling out doughs and homemade meals probably more often than not. 

6. The unfinished basement is a huge blessing in disguise!! It sure makes fixing all the leaks and problems a million times easier and cheaper. 

7. I love the freedom found only in a house. No downstairs neighbors. No people/ kids running and shouting RIGHT in front of our window. No manager or set rules to follow. AND we are investing in us--not the landlord. Seriously this has to be one of the best parts!

Our house is far from perfect.But it truly seems perfect for us. Or at least it is becoming that way--one scrubbed cupboard and one blind hung at a time.  

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The End

All good stories start with "Once upon a time" and end with "The End." 

Well this is our THE END. 

It's THE END of our house hunt. THE END of placing offers. THE END of waiting and wondering if our offer would be accepted. THE END of applying for grants. THE END of jumping through ridiculous government hoops. THE END of trying to get a loan. THE END of our 10 day waiting period. 

And it's our beginning. 


...we are HOMEOWNERS!!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Parade of OUR Home

Buying our home is actually seeming real.
Like this is going to happen in ONE WEEK real!
I thought it was about time to take you all on a tour. :)

Welcome to The Parade of OUR Home!

I have not taken any pictures myself.
These are all from the MLS when our house was listed.

And eventually, slowly, someday we will remodel and change most things.
New paint for sure.
Everything is painted cream right now.
However, the redecorating will have to wait.
The first goal is to make it livable and fix everything that is broken/ leaks/ etc.

I love the backyard is completely fenced it.
I love the wide porch in the front.
I love the tree to shade our house!
This is the living room.
The picture makes it seem rather small.
The stairs and a HUGE coat closet are behind.
The carpet is in fairly good shape.
The dining room.
I love that the floor is NOT carpet!
I love the bay window.
We will put our pantries and freezer, as well as table, in here.
The kitchen.
I love that the cupboards are wood.
I am SO tired of white!
Devin's room.
He actually has two windows.
If you look at the front of the house, both windows on the top level are in his room.
Devin loves his windows!!
They are short enough that he can look out.
This picture has been edited pretty well.
There is crayon and marker and etc ALL over the walls.
Our room.
I love that it has a ceiling fan.
And a door to the bathroom.
I LOVE our closet!!
The bathroom.
This will be one of the first things to get a makeover.
The floor by the bathtub needs help.
There are missing cupboards on the vanity.
Its not a gigantic bathroom.
But it is big enough for our needs.
Half of the unfinished basement.
The small area on the left will be a half bath and laundry room.
The other window will be a bedroom/ office.
Behind this picture will be our large family room.
There is like a black triangle on the left.
That is the stairs going down to the other half of the basement.
We are going to put in a huge master suite.
And a storage room. And a pantry.

This will really be ours... in ONE week. 
I'm SO excited!
We will sign hundreds of papers and finally be given the keys. 
And the very first thing we are doing once we have the keys?
Changing the locks. :)