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As we get ready to sell our house, and I look around at the newly painted empty walls and every nook and cranny piled with boxes of our belongings, it’s hard not to feel a little bit sad. This house has been our home for over a decade.

I know it is bittersweet for Michael, too, because it was the first house he bought. It was the first house I lived in (after apartment life). Since we first started dating, we’ve been working on this house together.



We made mistakes along the way (a lot of mistakes) that cost us a lot of time and money to fix but we learned a lot and it’s cool that we now know how to do a lot of things ourselves. There are definitely projects we also know we wouldn’t take on ourselves again in the future. Michael is totally up for redoing a kitchen again. Me? Not so much. It was too big of a project in my opinion and took way too long.

When Michael moved it, he put a lot of work in on the house (ripping up carpet and installing hardwood floors–our floors are what we get the most compliments on in our house) and then I helped him demolish the kitchen and redo the entire thing. It was hard work!

You can see some old posts with pictures here:

Kitchen floor remodel

Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen counter tops!

New Deck

Bathroom Remodel Part 1

Bathroom Remodel Part 2

Painting

We got engaged in this house. It’s hard to think that we are leaving the spot where that happened! And we brought Bella home.

We got married and pregnant and brought Logan home to this house. It’s hard to believe that Logan won’t remember this house at all. It has a great big yard and it’s on a great street (perfect for bike riding, which Logan loves to do), with great neighbors…but Logan is too young and won’t remember any of it. That’s weird to me!

On a sadder note, I said goodbye to Yggdrasil in this house. That makes me really sad. Yggdrasil LOVED this house. He loved sitting in the office window and watching the birds, or sitting at the back slider door and watching the squirrels in the yard. And every day he was sitting in the front window waiting for me to get home from work. <3

We’ve grown vegetables in our garden. We planted a tiny cherry blossom tree that is now a humongous tree!

We’ve outgrown our house. It is time to move on to bigger things (literally). We are all really excited for the new house. A new style, a new home, a new place to put our personal stamp on it. Our new place is a block from the library. I’m really excited to walk there with Logan this summer (he’ll get his first library card!) and we are close to some parks. I also think we are walking distance to the elementary school he’ll eventually go to. So it is all good, exciting things. But also bittersweet.

Big News!

I’ve been absent lately because we’ve been a bit overwhelmed! We found a house!

It’s been quite an adventure. We’ve been house hunting for a bit but the official “season” hasn’t really started yet. So we weren’t expecting to find anything yet. We went to see a house and both immediately fell in love with it. It was quite unexpected after seeing a dozen houses and feeling nothing when we toured them. But this one? It felt like “the one.”

We went home after seeing it, talked about, and then put in an offer and signed the digital paperwork at 9:30pm that night (a Sunday) and barely slept that night. Monday at 11am we got the call from our agent that the seller accepted our offer.

What?!?! We didn’t expect that either! There was another offer on the house and we weren’t expecting to get the first house we put an offer on. We were fully prepared to be disappointed and to keep looking. (Which would have been disappointing for sure, but at the same time not terrible because OUR house wasn’t done yet!!!)

Then the panic sets in. OMG we are buying a house.

Then, OMG we need to sell our house.

So that’s where we’ve been. Packing, painting, prepping our house to get it on the market, going through the inspection process on the new house.
We’ve gone through the inspection/negotiation process and came to an agreement. The whole thing has been super stressful. It feels like there’s no time, it’s overwhelming and stressful and there’s so much to coordinate and research and plan and…….