We finally had our housewarming party this weekend! It was nice to be able to celebrate our new place, and fully enjoy it after our old house sold last month.

Friday night some friends came down to visit from Seattle and it was nice to see them and catch up. And it’s great that we have space and an official guest room for people! They brought their two boys, 11 and 6 years old, and Logan was LOVING having playmates! Especially boys to wrestle and chase. πŸ˜‰

Saturday Michael smoked a brisket all day long. He got up early to do it. I got up early to go to the gym and then prep for the party and hang out with our friends a bit.

There was a ton of food and people brought some really great stuff. Homemade cornbread, salads, collard greens. Lots of treats! So so so much food. And tons of people too! It was cool that our house was full of people (and less cramped like our last place).

People were so sweet, too. Lots of cards and flowers and plants. Our front porch is now full of fall mums that I need to plant. πŸ™‚ The flowers are just gorgeous! Someone even brought us an oak tree!

One friend even brought us fancy meat as a housewarming gift! Waygu flat iron, filet mignon and rib eye! What a cool idea for a gift!

There were tons of kids running around the house all day playing, playing chase and hide and seek and dress up. It was so cool to have tons of kids in the house, happy and playing.

The party went off almost without a hitch. Of course just as the party started there was a downpour, complete with thunder and lightning! I had been hoping people would be able to go in the backyard, too. But that didn’t happen. And due to the weather, the Traeger shut off and delayed the brisket a little. But despite those minor things, we had a great time.

We got to see old friends and new friends and some new neighbors even came by. And our old neighbors came by to see the new place. It was nice to catch up with them.

It was a great weekend. Sunday was much-needed low-key downtime. I went swimming and cleaned the house and did mountains of laundry but other than that, not much! Lots of napping. πŸ˜€

Happy Monday!

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

8 thoughts on “Housewarming”

  1. I love when people give trees/plants that you can enjoy for a long time to come! My BFF gave my younger son a Canadian Hemlock for his first birthday, and although we didn’t keep up on taking photos of him next to it, darnit, I can say that it towers well above the house 26 years later πŸ™‚ Your friends and neighbors sure put the warm in housewarming!

    1. Aww that is so sweet! I love it!
      We planted a cherry blossom tree in the yard at our old house and after 10 years it got SO BIG! I was surprised. And a little sad when we moved. So it’s kinda cool that we got a tree to plant at our new place. πŸ™‚

  2. Yay for the new house! The most thoughtful housewarming gifts I got were a hose (I was a first-time homeowner) and a growler from the brewery in my neighborhood (this being Portland and all!). I try to keep those in mind when I go to other people’s housewarming parties.

    1. Those are great ideas! I love it.
      I’ve gotten similar things for housewarming gifts: gardening gloves, houseplants, etc. I do candles or lotion a lot too. Something a little nice to put in a bathroom or something that you wouldn’t normally spend money on.
      The friends that got us fancy meat to grill up was a great idea! I might steal that idea. πŸ˜‰

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