Tuesday, November 27, 2012

All moved in, well almost!

Hi! We closed on our house on November 14th. We started painting that day. Patrick used to paint in college so he painted along with two guys he used to work with. We painted almost the whole house, including most of the trim work. It was a lot of time and work but it paid off. The house looks really updated! I cannot wait to show you before and after pictures but those might be a long time coming because we still have quite a bit of work ahead of us. Our whole family is just giddy about this new house. It has lots of space. And there are little things that we just love about it. The window over the kitchen sink looks right over the back yard. The master bedroom has two closets and its own bath with a fantastic shower. There is a lot of storage in the basement. We turned the big rec room area into a split room - half family/tv area and half playroom. I think it worked out great. The galley kitchen has really tall cabinets which provide a lot of space and a pantry. Arlo has two closets in his room so we made one a fort with a secret entrance through a bookcase. We made our master bedroom very grown up. It has a chandelier! (overstock.com of course.) We still dont have much furniture in the upstairs family room but it is all coming together bit by bit.

One stall in our garage is absolutely filled with bags of stuff to wash & unpack. I am going very slowly to make sure it is all clean before it comes in. I keep saying "one lazy mistake" to not properly treat or wash something or one decision to be cheap (and keep a flea-egged chair, etc.) and all of our hard work was for nill... It's hard because I want to keep everything... like our beloved leather rocker... but after throwing out all of our couches, rugs and beds, why should I keep that one upholstered item that sat on a flea infested rug?

The boys are doing great. They love the new house too.

My parents were here for a week and literally worked from 7:30am til 8pm every day, nonstop with the exception of a break for Thanksgiving dinner. Hard working people, those folks!

And speaking of hard working people, you would not believe the help we had from friends and family. The Emmer's took the kids for multiple nights & even brought us food! Uncle Tim helped in a million different ways - moving, kid care, etc. My sweet friend Jono came over and must have put in almost 20 hours of sweat labor - painting and putting together ikea furniture. Josh came over one evening and painted... If any of you read this -- A HUGE THANK YOU!!!!

 Trick or treating and Halloween. We were still living in Uptown. We were a family of skunks -- Cy's idea of course. He wanted to be animals that people are afraid of! We had spray bottles with water so we could "spray" people.
 Annual candy sort.

 Just before we all got sick with a horrible stomach flu.

 Arlo at the emergency room (read his shirt - very appropriate) getting stitches in his lip at the EXACT same moment as our closing.
 Let the painting begin!
Lynn & Fishpa arrive. Lynn becomes a nanny. Fishpa morphs into "Fixpa"
This is our breakfast nook card table!
 Boys first bath in their new tub
 Who needs furniture when you have boxes!

I didnt take a lot of pictures at the Emmer's for Thanksgiving (too busy enjoying relaxing for the first time!) but see if you can spot Nana in this one!
The bottom left side of this bookcase is gone -- its the entrance to the closet fort!

1 comment:

Eleanor Kay said...

why did Arlo get stitches in his lip??
the poor thing!!