Remember back when I made that long-awaited announcement about our “big news?”
Well, then remember how all my friends and family have been begging me for a picture of our new house?
Well, you guys might not remember that because most people that comment on my blog do so in non-blog form. In other words, I’m always hearing things like, “Hey, I saw on your blog that…, I think…”
I’m all for communication, whether it’s in blog form, in person, or even a thoughful text message. Heck, if you really want to make my day, write me a letter. So I’m responding to all you well-wishes here, even though you didn’t leave comments on my super-awesome post that told you we’d bought a house.
So, without further ado, here are some updates on how the new house is going so far.
Closing wasn’t as scary as I’d thought it would be. By that time, the giant check with our down payment on it had already come out of our account, so the emotional damage had been done. This was all about getting through a huge stack of papers before having breakfast.
Yup, we signed all those. Yikes.
Hubs is just as happy about this new house as I am, even though he doesn’t have a blog to tell the world how much this house makes him want to jump for joy, smile a giant goofy grin, scream happy thoughts, and basically look like an idiot all the time because he’s so ridiculously happy like I did…oh wait, I hadn’t admitted that to you guys yet, did I? Oops.
But he’s still happy.
Ok, so this smile is a little forced, but trust me. He’s happy.
The real estate office where we closed even had a special message up on their board for us!
They even spelled our names right!
After all that signing, we’d worked up a pretty big appetite so we went to Wendy’s for breakfast. It was practically free with all the coupons we had to use.
Yum. Hubs is happy here, too, even though the biscuit is hiding his smile.
I went crazy and celebrated with a decaf coffee…
My first “coffee” in months. I’ve been almost entirely caffeine-free since August (Chocolate doesn’t count–we’re talking caffeine-added beverages, here.), and it was delicious. Does that mean I’ve forgotten what real, good coffee tastes like? Probably.
We’ve already started working on it, which is an enormously costly endeavor! How come no one warned us about all the added expenses you have when you own a house. Things like garden hoses and spray nozzles, trash cans, brooms, tarps, painting supplies…the list goes on and on. I sit at home and think scary thoughts about being self-employed, part time, all day as I dream big dreams for this house.
Anyway, our first project was changing out the knob and lock on the front door.
It went from this:
Dirty, old, and sort of broken…
Shiny, bright, and new!
Oh, and you wanted to see a picture, right?
Are you sure?
I guess one little picture won’t hurt.
We are trying to wait to have lots of people see inside until we get some projects done. Even though it’s not a “fixer-upper,” we want to wait until we’ve made it our own before we have a house-warming party, and there are plenty of projects on our list already!
So, for anyone who’s curious, here’s our new home!
We can’t wait to live there, guys, and to invite you all over to celebrate with us.
In the meantime, though, we will be accepting house-warming gifts in the form of Lowe’s gift cards.
Seriously though, check out my tweets from yesterday (over on the side bar over there) for an update on how our first full day of “house work” went!