Sunday, October 4, 2015

A new Home!

I hate that I haven’t written a blog post in so long, but we have had a crazy couple of months around here! After returning from our family vacation in July, within the time span of one week we put an offer in on a house (that we knew was kind of a long shot because it was over-priced, but we thought it was worth putting in an offer), finalized Sweet P’s adoption, hosted a small celebration for her at our house, negotiated said offer and came to an agreed upon price, freaked out because that meant having to sell our own house ASAP, and got our house decluttered, cleaned up, and on the market. And to top it off, on the 3 main days we had to get our house ready Dave got strep! Talk about a crazy week!

That week was the beginning, but then we went into the crazy flurry of open houses, negotiating the contract on our own house, inspections on both, mortgage company and rate research, and packing, packing, packing for a close date less than a month after selling our house. Add into that our continuous issues with Sweet P’s sleeping and tummy issues (that I will write more about on a future post), a stomach bug that went through our family a week after both contracts were signed, and the buddy's newly discovered skill of climbing out of his crib, and you get a very tired mama! Whew! I went to the chiropractor a couple of weeks ago and he told me he thought I had adrenal fatigue and I said, “Of course I do!” I have no advice on making your move less stressful or simpler, only the proof that we all survived despite the craziness.

IMG_0782 Family photo on the last day at the old house! Apparently it was too sunny.


We have now been moved into our new house for 3 weeks and we love it! We are finally getting settled in, and although there is no artwork on the walls and our bedroom is a complete disaster, our new house really feels like home. We just moved across town to a really family friendly neighborhood, and we have met more people here in the 2 weeks we have been here than in the 6 years we had lived in our previous home. That was one of our main goals as we wanted to raise our kids in a neighborhood where they can eventually ride their bikes safely with friends, and go to the community pool or playground and know all of the kids there; that’s what we got with this house!
  I was really nervous that we would miss our last house. It was our first house and we have the memories of bringing both of our kids home from the hospital to that place. We also put a whole lot of love, care, and hard work into that home and yard. And we loved our next door neighbors! So, we were both silently nervous that when we moved in here it would just feel like we were living in someone else’s house, but I will admit that having a bigger house and having a place to put everything is lovely. And it turns out, when you move all of your things into a home it quickly starts to feel like yours.

IMG_0886 After moving day in front of the new house! I don’t think I could possibly look any more tired.
We are excited for our future here. We have spent that past 1.5 years looking at houses on and off and this was the first house we could really see ourselves living in for the long run. We have enough space for another child (which we pray happens, but no plans for that yet!), and a big playroom where the kids can run around and make a mess in. There is definitely a lot of work to do on this home in the coming years, but we are grateful we had 6 crazy weeks that led us here. And now the plan is to never move again!

3 comments:

  1. Congrats!! Settling into a forever house is wonderful :)

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  2. We are in the same process! Our house is already sold, and we're shopping and negotiating currently! I can't imagine doing it with two kids; glad you made it through!

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  3. Crazyness! But like you said, you survived! :) We did a similar thing, minus the children. We came back from vacation at the end of May and immediately following, in June, sold our condo and bought a house; then started renos and moved in, in August. Still doing renos, but like you, we're not planning on moving anywhere again for a loooooong time!! :)

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