Wowza. One year later.
This week, we are celebrating our first anniversary here in this new(ish) house and it’s surreal. It’s weird to think that just 12 months ago we barely knew this little country town and the ins and outs of our big beat up house. It seems to fly by. even when you are looking. and snapping photos of time whizzing by. it still flies. I thought it would be fun to look back a little. Here’s a little of what’s whirling around in that crazy brain of mine….
Just a year ago we sat down with The Commish and signed all that paperwork that made our dream house our house.
The journey began the moment we signed
our lives and third child away the dotted line because our bruised whale of a foreclosure was still in need of a lotta lovin. We had to pick replacement carpet, install a new furnace, water heater, and appliances, and garage doors. And 10 thousand Laura Lynn milk boxes and no moving vans later, we were moved into the new house….thankfully we unpacked our favorite accessory before we chunked them all to the recycling center. (here’s the post explaining more!)
We ended up choosing Martha Stewart for the carpet…and the mistress of Good Things delivered. One year later, I feel confident that it was the best decision to replace all the carpet in the bedrooms BEFORE getting all our furniture into the house. (you can see more about our carpet replacement here)
Right before we left, we dug up Will’s birth tree and replanted it at our new house. (see fat Katie photos here)
But that was about all we did. The rest of our stuff was lookin’ messier than Polamalu with bedhead. (see the completely chaotic house tour here)
Even though we had a slow start with really moving in, we did pull the ripcord on a couple important purchases – a new fridge (see how we talked the delivery guy into posing with it!) and a new dishwasher (read read all about it!)
The entire year felt like we were just getting our bearings in this new house. We did small projects and added small (aka cheap) purchases- nothing too intense just simply because we knew this house would take more money and more planning due to the size (bigger rooms = bigger scale furniture, more paint, more time). Plus, in true Bower Power form, we were attempting to be frugal in our big purchases.
added some new-to-us-old-to-my-mom chairs and a made-over chandelier and a renovated bench and later stenciled the picture window to add a little sumpin-sumpin.
We also flexed our bathroom-makeover muscles with the kids bathroom (by painting the trim, installing a new light, painting the walls, making some art, and creating a shower curtain outta a flat sheet)
put the living room through a workout with a new layout and then a new $200 rug and then a coffee table makeover (oh and mounted a shiny new 3D tv after our old one kicked the bucket). And did I mention that we removed the stained glass sticker off a side window? and replaced the sconces? and redecorated with orange?
The Master bedroom got some minor improvements….we added some blinds in the bedrooms to block out the blinding morning sun, hung curtains, made a herringbone mirror, hung some art work and Pinterest Challenged the bathroom window.
Will’s room received a little de-sushi-fication,
and eventually a whole new makeover with new paint.
In the basement, we had to pretty renovate everything in preparation for the biggest event of our year – my little sister’s wedding which we hosted in the backyard. (here’s my photos from the party and the professional photographers too)
But it wasn’t all work and no play…we got to use the house for lots of fun too. We definitely partied it up at Will’s 1st Barnyard Birthday Party…
Holidays were a blast too.
I think it comes down to this…I’m excited that we did more than just move in. We didn’t mean to do much. It was our goal to take it slow in the renovations of this house. It was also our goal to grow to love this place.
Most of you guys know I had a little bit of a hard time letting go of the last house. That it was something weirdly special to me. That it felt right. And that this house was just that….a house. Well, I am happy to say that yes, it’s been a full year. and yes, it’s official….this is now more than just our house….it’s our home 🙂