Thursday, April 25, 2013

Settling in

{tulips from the new yard}

I realize it's been too long since a post. I don't post nearly as much as I'd like to, but I think the main issue is I have a hard time remembering to take pictures, during the day, when the kids are running around and life is crazy.  Also, life has been even more crazy than normal the past few weeks.

Over the past couple weeks I turned 30 (!!!), moved out of our beloved home of almost 6 years, and moved into the new house, our forever home.

Moving was one of the most stressful experiences of my life! I don't recommend it, unless you must, or found the house of your dreams. I have a lot of respect for people who have moved multiple times, especially if you have kids. My plan is to stay here til I die, or til I'm so senile, I won't know that I'm moving. By the way, we only moved 2 blocks away, probably making it the easiest move ever...and it was still crazy stressful. But in all seriousness, you don't realize how much (necessary) stuff you have, til you move.  I'm someone who basically makes weekly trips to Goodwill. There was NOT a lot of stuff that we needed to get rid of when we moved, because I/we do our best to not let things pile up. So, if you're planning a move in your future, I highly recommend to start this process before you have to pack, it will make packing go faster and the whole process easier. That's my two cents.

So, now for a house update. I love it here. I always thought if and when we moved out of our other house, I would have a difficult time, and I am a little bit sad. But, this house is already making life much easier in so many ways. Even though the dining room  looks like this....that wallpaper may take years to get down.

Here's how life is already much easier...

First of all, having the boy's bedroom on the same floor as our room and the bathroom is life-changing. Bedtime goes much smoother and if I forget to grab socks or something, it is so much easier running up only one flight of stairs!

{that chair does not fit, but I need it there right now}

Having an entryway is amazing. There's a place to dump things when you first come in the door, and it's not in the way if I don't get to put it away until later.

The living and dining rooms are bigger than in our old house, which is something I didn't realize at first.  And the layout of the downstairs has a much better flow, making it feel like we're not always on top of each other.  Even though the boys are driving me a little crazy running around the circle (entry, living, dining, kitchen), it still feels less hectic.

Our goal this summer is to make the front porch awesome. I think concentrating on this space feels attainable and something we will really use. It's large enough for a small table and 2 chairs, and a sitting area.  Once the shrubs are cut back and we can actually see the sidewalk, it will be a great place to hang out with the kids.

We still have a lot to do in the kitchen, but it has come a long way since the beginning.  Right now, I love this little corner with the shelves and the little kitchen cart from Ikea.  

We've slowed down a little bit with getting things done around here.  Our renters move into our other house next week, so we are taking this weekend to finish some things up over there.  I am hoping to paint our bedroom next week because it looks so dirty and painting it will make a world of difference.  Hope to be back soon!  Until then, enjoy this spring weather!

1 comment:

  1. Your house is now looking like a home. It's amazing how quickly you got boxes unpacked and your rooms put in order. And, since you'll be there till you die, you have PLENTY of time to do all the rest...including that dining room wallpaper. :) XO