Saturday, July 26, 2014

Allow me to reintroduce myself...

Hi guys!! It has been forever and a day since I have been on this blog. We have been so busy just living life, working and trying to do a few improvements on the house.

Since you last heard from me, this happened....

This is my first baby and I was super excited because #1. I was having a baby and #2. It was a GIRL!!!

Elisha was born January 23, 2014 and we could not be any happier! I have always wanted a daughter and now I have her. It is so fun to dress her up in girly clothes and dance with her and sing to her. I love being a mommy. Everyone told me that girls are such drama queens and to prepare myself for the drama fest and guess what? They were all right! She is super dramatic! She screams when she gets mad, throws herself back, pulls her hair when she is tired. Whoa nelly!!! I wouldn't have it any other way though, I just love her to pieces.

Now, 6 months later...

Look at that chubby baby!! Don't you just want to squeeze and bite her?? 

Anyway, back to the house. The house is good so far. We haven't done too many things but we are starting to get there, little by little. I found that by making a small list of things we would like to do helped motivate us to start improving our home and making it ours instead of the plain "builders" house it has been. 

The list we made included:
  • getting a new TV for the loft
  • getting a lawn service to help our grass grow (we had a terrible lawn)
  • getting a screen door installed
  • backsplash in the kitchen
  • ceiling fan in the family room
  • upgrading the powder room
  • buying a new gas grill
So far we have done everything except the screen door and upgrading the powder room. I am debating on what to do next. I pretty much have everything I need for the powder room except I want to get a new faucet, towel ring and shelves. Of course I need paint but I have no idea what color I want to paint the powder room. There are so many options and I am too indecisive to make a decision. I guess the screen door will probably be our next project. I love the idea of having a screen door because when the weather is nice I would like to leave the front door open to let air and light in.

Gotta go for now but I will post again with pictures of our small projects.

Friday, April 5, 2013

We closed, we moved, we're tired...

We finally closed last Friday!! Let me back up for a minute and talk about the final walk through which was last Thursday at 10 am. Derek and I arrived at the house to meet up with our PM and this was my first time seeing the house all finished since the last time I came we were still in the drywall phase. I have to say that we  loooooovved the house. Everything came out so beautiful and even though before I was kind of regretting not getting any hardwood floors I love the floors we picked out and they don't seem bad at all. We will eventually put in hardwood but for right now our tiles are just fine.

The walk through took about 2 hours and we went through the entire house, top to bottom and our PM gave us some tips for the appliances like how to clean them, how often to change filters, etc... So after the walk through we went back home to pick up the Uhaul truck we rented and began moving out of our storage unit and my mom's house. Needless to say, we were VERY tired that night but we knew we had a full and busy day ahead of us so we went to bed early. Friday morning we woke up around 6am and finished the last bit of packing we had to do, went to the bank to pick up our certified check then drove up to the house where we left the Uhaul parked in the driveway while we went to settlement.

We were scheduled to settle at 11am but decided to go a little early just to see if they would let us start early. When we got to the settlement office, the lady just received our paperwork literally a couple of minutes before we got there so it worked out perfectly. We began signing papers around 10:45 and we were finished by 11:30. I've never bought a house before and I didn't know what to expect but it was a total breeze! The settlement lady was very sweet and was cracking jokes the entire time so that made it nice for us and made the atmosphere way less stuffy than what we were thinking. I always thought settlement would be super to the point, very business like but ours wasn't like that at all. After everything was said and done we drove back to the house where we had my family that drove up from Maryland waiting to help us unpack. We unpacked that truck in less than an hour! We were not playing around and got right down to business like we had planned. The entire weekend I had family over helping us unpack, decorate, hang up curtains and blinds and we even hosted our first big dinner-Easter! We had 14 people total and it was super fun, I enjoyed cooking and having people over even though my house was not ready to host such a big dinner but we made the best of it. Anyway, here I am a week later and I still have lots to unpack but little by little we will get there. I'll leave you with our final walk through photos so you can see our finished product. Congratulations to everyone that is nearing their closing dates and to those who have recently closed. Good Luck!!