Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New House (!!!!!!!!!)

We officially closed on our house on December 19th, and the only time we could get a lot of people (big, burley men) to help us move was that Saturday, the 21st. 4 days before Christmas? Yes. AHH never again! *smiley face* 

We moved all of our stuff from my parents' house to our new place in two shifts...we were done unloading everything by like 11 a.m., which was a relief because the weather decided to be terrible that day and it was basically a blizzard. Mark's old high school buddies came to help (sooo nice), and his brothers Josh and Ryan and step dad Brent brought his big horse trailer. It worked out great. My mom and pregnant sister were so sweet and helped me unpack the kitchen first. We weren't accustomed to having so much storage space, so everything has fit so easily.

We were fortunate to be able to pick out all the little features that we wanted. We fell in love with this slab of granite and the white cabinet/ dark wood combo. 

It's probably a good thing that they hire cleaners to come wipe down the place from ceiling to floor before we moved in :)

That jacket is covering the second sink :) We have a separate shower and big jetted bath tub (my sanctuary!). The master bathroom and kitchen sold me on these town homes.

It was really impressive how quickly they got the ball rolling and had it done for us just in time for Christmas. We couldn't be more happy with the end result. It feels like we've lived here for a long time. We were so lucky to be able to save some money and pay off Noah's medical bills (over 30k---OUCH) with the help of my parents letting us live at their house for almost 7 months! That saved us! And Mark's mom helped us with a down payment on the house. It's a tradition that her own parents started when she was newly married and bought her first house. She and Brent have helped Mark's two older brothers and step-siblings as well. It's been a life saver. 

When you buy a new house, there's something that no one tells you--you have to buy A TON of stuff to fill the house! Well I guess you don't have to...but Miss Amy over here gets a little Pinterest crazy and wants wants wants...can you blame me?! We didn't have a decent kitchen table, so this is what I bought with my birthday money:

We love it! It comes with an extra leaf and we bought two more chairs all from the RC Willey Outlet.  It should last us awhile! The rug was purchased before we moved in on We are really pleased with the quality of it and we got a great deal on both the table and the rug.

Anytime we pull into the driveway, Noah whispers, "Noah'th houth" (Noah's house). He loves his new house as much as we do!

I'll have to post pictures of the whole house, when I get around to having every room spotless and orderly, which will be neverrrrrr :)

It's all coming together though little by little. This stuff takes time if you do it the way you want it ($$$$$$)
Now we have pictures up--still need something on that other wall! We didn't realize how off-centered that light would be...if I think about it too much it gives me OCD so I choose to ignore it most of the time!

This is our closet storage under the was so terribly unorganized, so one night I tackled it and it became this:

A "Toy Cave"--Noah loves it! and now I can throw all his toys in the closet and shut it and no one even knows what a mess it is :)

Noah's room also needed some major work. It's a good sized room but his books were just in piles all around his room and it was causing some major anxiety and sore feet. 

This is our view from our back porch...Isn't it pretty? It will be not so pretty when the summer comes and that marsh behind us becomes a mating ground for mosquitos and other bugs *smiley face*, so we are enjoying it now!

This is the view directly from our front door. They still haven't laid the sod, but the sprinkler system is installed. It will be nice to see some greenery and for the construction to be done! They go so fast though--hopefully by the summertime they'll be gone! 

Anyway, that's our casa.


  1. I love reading all your updates! That's so exciting that you have your OWN HOME!!! It looks SO good too! What city are you in? And Noah is just so stinkin cute! You have the cutest little family, and I hope all is well with you guys!

  2. Amazing!! I'm so happy for you; It looks perfect.i love what you did with the place so far! Keep it coming. And ah, Pinterest.

  3. You are doing such a cute job of decorating!!! I LOVE that rug. I want it, I love it so much. Also, love Noah's toy cave...that is exactly what I've been planning to do with our "under stairs" area when we move! And "Noah's house" is the cutest thing ever. I bet it's even cuter in real life!!!

  4. What a beautiful home! We have the same granite I think. and similar floors and wall colors. Guess we've got good taste! So so happy for you!!