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Signed, Sealed, Delivered…It’s Ours!

It’s been 5 days since we’ve moved into the new home. And I love it. I do. I love the street, I love the yard, I love the little touches of charm that we’ve been discovering every new day we’re there.

photo taken before Lucas, my dad and cousin raked those billions of leaves

Unfortunately, I’m not sure it loves us back. Yet.

Why? You ask.

We moved in on Friday – the most beautiful day you could ever ask for in December. It got up to nearly 50 degrees, was sunny, dry, every mover’s dream.

Day 1. Saturday – it dropped about 45 degrees (resulting in a total of FIVE degrees F), it snowed and froze. And our 2 car garage? Still packed with boxes.

Later on Saturday, the Direct TV guy came to set up the cable. And he left about 10 minutes later. Turns out our beautifully wooded backyard doesn’t lend itself so well to a satellite signal. Day 1 without TV.

Day 2. Sunday. Go to take a nice warm shower in our shrine of purple disco power. Two minutes in and I realize my warm shower has a chill. A bitter chill. An “oh F” this shower is COLD chill (luckily, the chill was soon cured with a twist on the hot water heater. Still, it was cold in the meantime).

Day 3. On Monday, I was ready to do some laundry. So, I connected the hoses to our washing machine and threw in our first load at the new home. Well, about a half hour into it, Lucas mentioned that something “didn’t sound quite right,” which led me to go downstairs to discover a very soapy, very flooded basement. Turns out the water in the washer doesn’t just evaporate on its own, there’s a hose for that (one I happened to skip over)…at least the floors are clean?

Day 4. Tuesday, since Direct TV shot us down, we went with Uverse. The guy gets there at 2:30 pm. Leaves at 9 pm. After almost 7 flippin’ hours, he’s still not done. It’s sad, but true — 5 days sans TV are truly painful. It’s hard enough to get out of bed in the morning, but without Matt, Meredith and Al there to greet me, it’s been nearly impossible.

Day 5. Things are looking up. Nothing too drastic has occurred, though I did get a call from Lucas’ mom saying she couldn’t make it in town this weekend to help paint :(. But, she’s coming in a couple of weeks, and I’m sure there will still be plenty of items we’ll need help with.

With that in mind, it’s time for a list. Once this is all in front of me, and I can start checking things off, the minor mishaps like the ones from our first few days will be a thing of the past. So…sometime in the near future we will:

pull down the kitchen wallpaper (thanks mom)

pull down the 1/2 bath wallpaper

go to the paint store to officially choose the paint colors

paint the living room (neutral)

paint the dining room (gray)

paint the den (blue)

paint the kitchen (blue)

paint the kitchen cabinets

get a new, stainless fridge

put up big shelves on empty wall of the kitchen

paint the foyer (?)

paint the 1/2 bath (?)

get cable and internet

replace the thermostats

pull up the carpet in the office

unpack every single box

organize the basement

make room for the cars in the garage

replace the vanity in the full bath

replace the toilet in the full bath

tear down purple disco wallpaper in the full bath

replace shrine/tub and tile in the full bath

buy a slipcover for our living room couch

hang up pictures in every room of the house

repaint the two big bedrooms upstairs

install ceiling fans

pull up carpet on steps (hardwood underneath)

configure beautiful display on our built-in bookshelves around the fireplace

get the items we were “temporarily” storing at my parent’s house

find the box with the dogs’ bowls and leashes and enjoy a walk in the new neighborhood

Okay, I think that’s enough for now. Whew. Yes, we’re going to be busy. But we knew that when we bought the place. And there’s no way we could have gotten this place if all of the above had been done before we moved in. I’m so excited to have a chance to do each of those things, and make the house our own! And there are many more items that I’m sure will come up soon. Not to mention the outside activities (which I am heavily relying on Lucas to pursue). Yep, we’re gonna be busy. And I like it. :)

Oh, and the family who was here before us, for over 50 years, sent us the prettiest flowers this weekend with a sweet note that read: Best wishes in your new home. May it bring you as much joy and pleasure as it brought our family.

Smile.

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it’s almost over.

The long, stressful, emotionally draining process of finding our next home –  our “forever” home — is almost complete. It took just about a year. And it’s been a beast of a year at that. But somehow, amidst all the chaos surrounding a poor market, a weak selection, a slew of realtors, and conflicting viewpoints, we found the home we’ve BOTH been looking for.

It wasn’t easy. Lucas and I have incredibly different ideas of what we want in a home. And since high up on my list was staying in the area, and his was a big backyard, it seemed like our oxymoron of preferences was getting us nowhere.

But just a few days ago, for the first time in a year, our anxiety turned to excitement. We already had a contract on the home, but due to the circumstances in which we found it, we were hesitant to admit that it was ours. Now we know it is.

It has an amazing backyard. And incredible location. And the good fortune of being passed on by a family who has lived there for over 50 years.  It’s going to need some work. But it’s work that I can’t wait to do. I’ve already spent hours thinking about paint colors, bathroom tile and new bedroom sets. Lucas has already analyzed the yard from top to bottom, deciphering the perfect light for his newest pumpkin patch.

Seriously, I keep thinking it’s too good to be true. We’re so close, I’m just praying it keeps going as smoothly as it has. Isn’t this how it’s supposed to be, though? It’s like what they say about finding “the one.” It should be easy…

Even selling our house was a breeze! It took 14 days, by owner, and the perfect couple walked through the doors and loved it. And I can’t even tell you how excited I am that I know they’ll take as much care of it as we have! Sure, there are a few more things to go. But the inspections are done, the closing date is set, and every day we get one step closer.

Soon I’ll start posting more pictures. I still have this fear of jinxing us though, so I’m going to wait. Kind of like that St. Joseph statue buried in the front yard…he’s not coming out until closing day. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’ll explain it in another post. Catholics have their ways of getting things done.

For now, just getting ready! And getting through these next few weeks. Oh, and we have an incredible agent if anyone is looking to move to the Kirkwood/Webster area. She’s 100% the reason we have this new home. And meeting her was sheer fate.

For now, here’s a little glimpse at the frontdoor:

And the backyard:

 

More pics to come!

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