Friday, May 15, 2009

1 Whole Year

I woke up this morning thinking....Can it possibly be that we have been in our new home for one whole year?
Yes, it really is true! A year ago today we signed on our home. It really does not seem like a whole year has gone by but it has. I remember signing at 5pm. Normally, you have to wait 24 hours or a full weekend if that is the case to have the keys turned over. Not us, Justin was on the phone with the former owner and had the keys dropped off on the front steps before we even got back to West Valley. We were so ecstatic, we started moving in right away. I think we worked till midnight that night. We were back the next day with hordes of friends who helped us with the huge task of moving in and unpacking. What a blessing, to have such great friends and family.

Well the house has changed a bit since we moved in... there are some new cabinets in the kitchen on the south wall (birthday gift from J), A huge shed was built on the north side of the yard, the kitchen was painted in rumpus room colors, I painted the front door green, Just recently I put a scripture on the door, and then the new door for the kitchen was added last week. A huge garden has been added. And we started to paint the deck but got only a quarter of the way before we ran out. I have not made it to the local hardware store to purchase more, but hopefully next week. Also Justin built my desk into the school room closet. And lastly we got the spare bedroom completely unpacked and transformed into a hobbie room for Justin.

So much more still needs to be done but we are not stressed about it. We are taking it one week at a time and doing what we can when we can. We realize it takes money to make improvements and changes but we are just going to relax and enjoy our home every day the way it is, come what may.

The next huge task we have is to organize the school room/craftroom.I am really stoked about this and very inspired, IKEA here I come. We are also needing to get a pantry installed, and I want to paint the laundry room yellow so it feels sunny and bright. I think I will take a cue from Miss Erin and put in some bright red curtains down there and some red accents.

I love my home and the new space we are getting accustomed to. Sometimes I can't believe that my laundry room is no longer in my kitchen, and the kids have their own bathroom and I have a TV free Livingroom where I can read and relax. The kids have a tv room.

The kids each have their own rooms, not that you would notice if you tried to wake them up in the morning. As they are still sleeping in the same room. We are trying to break that but all they have ever known is sharing a room and at night they are used to talking to one another or reading until they fall asleep. At first they did really well staying in their own rooms at night and I thought that we had really gotten off easy. But no I was wrong. I really need to be more on top of it, they are getting older and this was exactly what we were trying to get away from by them having their own rooms. But it is so hard to be the disciplinarian once you have banished your kids to the basement for the night!

Any how, If you are one of the many who have encouraged us, prayed for us, helped us pack or unpack, move out or in, loved on us, kept us sane or housed us....THANK YOU! Words will never be enough....
So here is to one year,
Happy Anniversary House!!!!


Anonymous said...

Huzzah! Really glad to have you guys as friends!

Scott & co.

Jesse, Christa and Marshall said...

One year! I can't believe it's been a whole year. Thank you for sharing your house with us so much in just that one year. I meant to tell you last time I was there, I LOVE the scripture you painted on the front door.

Hey Rachie Kae said...

Thats awesome! We like you are constantly working on improving what we can. We have been here almost 4 yrs and still are trying to improve. Its so slow, but well worth the wait.

All 3 kids are in the same room. I can only imagine what it would be like to split them up after the length of time your kids were together! I hope we can move before it is an unbreakable habit. The upside is your kids must really love one another to want even more time together!