After an incredible amount of searching: soul-searching, financial planning/saving, and a great real estate hunt, we finally found our house - at nearly twice the size of our first home. A real forever home in a community we always dreamed of living in - with incredible schools, great restaurants in walking distance, and an adorable neighborhood.
And so we packed and packed and packed. And by we, I mean B, my mom, Amee, H and I tried to pack faster than L could destroy our efforts. On July 11th, we signed our names a million times and got our keys.
Now I will post an absurd amount of "before" pictures. Most of these were taken on day 1 - the house is empty and my mom and I started cleaning right away. Our new home is going to be a work in progress for quite some time. But we couldn't be happier here. At least finishing rooms will give me something to blog about?
|Our first photo!|
I can't wait to have a Christmas Tree in that bay window.
And we could use a little landscaping.
|The upstairs bathroom|
Pink and burgundy were apparently all the rage in the 40s
|View from the master into the hall|
2 linen closets
I'm in love with all the doorknobs
|H's lovely closet doors|
These beauties can also be found in L's room and the family room
|Because there are 4x as many cabinets in our kitchen, my mom brought me my grandma's crystal|
I just like to open this cabinet and dream of the fancy dinners I probably will never host
|L checking out the grapevines and planters on the patio|
|I put L's bed together all by myself|
Well, my mom helped a little
|Dining room chandelier that I hated. But now I LOVE.|
It's a keeper
|View from the kitchen into the dining room. Family room is on the right.|
|L's bedroom - before|
|Lovely fixtures found in H and L's rooms.|
|Move in day. These are all toys. Can you say garage sale?|
|My dad's first meal in our house|
|After one of many dinners on our new patio/back porch|
L checking my progress with pride
|Before rugs - these kids make the mess, they might as well clean it up, too!|
|Bike injury caused by endless riding up and down the driveway|
We have a driveway! Unfortunately for H, it ends in a garage door.
|Sweet dreams in her big girl bed.|
Within one week, we moved, she no longer is in a crib, and the paci-fairy came and took her pacifiers.
Big Girl, indeed.
|Play time in the formerly formal living room|
Now it's a formal playroom
|Quite possibly the perfect top shelf|
|Selfie on the new family room rug|
I guess it's comfier than the kitchen floor?
|View from family room through dining room to the living room|
All three rugs are finally down!
|Worn out kiddos|
Why? Why is she always topless?
So that's it. For now. I'm dying to get some paint on these walls, but everything must happen in time. First the basement must be waterproofed - so the toys can move downstairs - and the storage stuff can be organized. It's just so hard to be patient!!!