July 21, 2015

A New House


We are still deep in boxes and far from settled, but our new house is starting to feel like home. It's been hot, crazy heat and humidity and we have abandoned the single air conditioning unit that we used to keep in the kids' room. I think it must be some kind of New Englander's self-torture, but I am always convinced that we have all the more appreciation for the shift in seasons after suffering through the extreme winters and heat waves. Our big activity today was an afternoon bath brimming with over-sized ice cubes, we are ready for a cool front.

James and I work on the house and unpacking in every free moment, and I sometimes wonder what the kids will remember about this time. I think they are enjoying it, or they might recount in future therapy sessions the time they were forced to stay up late because mama was hacking apart a crib mattress, cutting out six inches from the width, and sewing it all back together again in the name of fitting a vintage 'big girl bed'. I have such a clear vision for every room, and I thought I was being very practical and time and budget conscious with my plans... but it's a lot. Someday we will have face plates on our light switches and the cardboard will vanish, but it's definitely going to take more time than I'd hoped.

However disorganized, I'm proud and excited by what we've done so far. We plan to stay put in this home for the long haul, and it's pretty surreal to bond with a place with that kind of commitment in mind.

Also, I picked up my camera! Thrilling! A few more 'smiley' kid faces from tonight to follow, and hopefully a sign of things to come.

13 comments:

  1. How exciting! I loved your rental and how you made it your own; your house looks gorgeous and I can see you are putting your stamp on it. How nice it will be to live in such a light-filled space in an older neighborhood with lots of trees. It reminds me of my own neighborhood - I never tire of running into neighbors on a walk, saying hi to new people moving in, and becoming friends (even close friends) with people who live nearby (it's like the adult-version of college and having friends just down the hall in the dorms). The close-knit community is a dream come true, especially since I do not live near any of my family members.

    I wish you and yours much happiness, health, and good times in your home.

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    1. Thanks so much Tisha, it's very exciting and the neighborhood is looking even better than we realized now with the leaves out. Your own neighborhood sounds lovely!

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  2. Yay! The light at the end of the tunnel! So happy for you and yours and your forever house!

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    1. Thank you so much! I know the light is there... but honestly, I'm still not sure I see it ;)

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  3. Your home looks lovely! Enjoy!

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  4. Your home looks beautiful! Love all the pictures. I have been following your blog for a couple years now. Cant believe how big your little ones have grown!!

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    1. Thanks so much for following along! I can't believe how big the kids are either. So bitter sweet!

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  5. Those PJ's!!! You are doing great :)

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    1. I know, I want my own jammies to match! And thank you ;)

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  6. It seems that you are slowly settling in even now. And your kids seem to have taken to it really well. That's what makes a house a great home – when it starts to teem with life, and everything you do in it just feels right. Good day!

    Willard Evans @ WOW! Homes

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  7. I remember the first night be locked the doors and realized we were in our own home. It really is like no other feeling. My favorite part is that my kids finally can rest at night feeling safe and secure from everything crazy in this world. I think that structure has a huge positive impact on the rest of their lives.

    Vanessa Walters @ Stellar Movers

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  8. Your new home appears perfectly suited to your family and to your lifestyle. It's important to find the ideal home that meets all of your needs, especially if, as you say, you plan to stay there for a long time. Your home is a gem, so bright and airy; I'm certain that you'll enjoy the neighborhood as well.

    Rupert @ Gulf Shores Real Estate And Homes

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