Our Home Sweet Home

We made it! It’s now almost been a week after moving into the house. It definitely still doesn’t feel like home and the unfinished rooms and bathrooms creep me out a little bit if I’m being honest but, at least we are on the next step.

We couldn’t have managed the move without all of the amazing help we received from family. My parents used their truck and big trailer to bring all of our stuff up and 3 of my 5 siblings came (the oldest even brought 3 of her 5 kiddos). My Grandma also came along and helped cook us lunch/dinner and cleaned the floors and such while we unloaded. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the incredible people God has put in my life. We are so blessed!

We left at around 10, the plan was to leave by 9 but we were running on ‘Snavely Time’ which is usually at least an hour late. 🙂 Us girls all got there a little before my parents and the trailer arrived, so we had time to wipe up the floors a bit and get ready to unload. Tyler was on a trip with work and couldn’t be there to help out but that’s alright because my hulk of a little sister took his place and got the heavy items with my Dad. My poor family had to ask me where most boxes went because I got super lazy while packing and towards the end just started throwing random stuff into boxes together. A little note for the future: DON’T DO THAT. It makes unloading and unpacking so much harder than it needs to be.  Once we had everything unloaded, they kept asking where they could help and what I wanted unpacked and I was so clueless and indecisive. Sorry guys! It’s so strange to finally see the house filled with our things.

 

My Grandma and Dad started unpacking the kitchen for me. I had them leave the base cabinets mostly empty so I could start painting them and my younger sister took off all the doors off. IMG_2203

 

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We spent our entire Thursday shopping around for a washer and dryer. We knew we wanted front loaders since we plan to have a countertop for folding but we also didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars. We tried some used appliance stores in the area only to discover they were all shady, smelly, and not worth the discount. We went with ABC warehouse once again and were able to have them delivered the next day.

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I did get a chance to start painting cabinets that Friday. I got the majority of the priming done while Evelyn played in the living room but didn’t get the actual painting done until she went down for bed that night. It’s so exciting getting a glimpse of how the finished kitchen will feel!

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This is Evelyn’s corner in the living area. For now we are using cube shelf we had in Florida there but eventually we’ll be doing more of a built in tub shelf. It’s right between the kitchen and living room which is great because I can keep an eye on her from either area.

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One of the first things we always try to get done when we move is get our bed set up and made. My sisters set it all up for us this time so we had a place to relax right away at the end of the day. We plan to move this bed into the guestroom and upgrade to a queen down the road but that probably won’t be happening anytime soon.

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Evelyn’s stuff is all in the office where she’ll be staying until we get her room finished. Unfortunately that isn’t at the top of the priority list but I’m sure it will be done before the end of the year. The adjustment is a strange but exciting one. My OCD is not mixing well with all of the chaos but I know there is a light at the end of the tunnel so I’m working with it. My mom is planning to spend a few days up here with me next week to help get some painting and settling done. Tyler’s schedule is still in a bit of a limbo with the guard so we aren’t able to spend as much time together as we’d like but soon it should be settling down and normal life can finally commence. We are looking forward to all the happy memories we will get to make in this house and can’t wait to finish up each project on our list! By next week, you should be able to see the base of the kitchen cabinets all painted! I can’t promise anything on the doors yet because there’s a little more work involved in getting those done.

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Movin’ in!

We are to that point folks! No, the house is not completely done. In fact, it is still a long long way from being totally done but it is done enough to move in! Last week we went up on Monday, I stayed until Wednesday and Tyler came home Friday. During the time I was there, I didn’t get a whole lot done because I really only a day and a half to spend working on it and half of Tuesday was spent getting our sectional! Before we left I had to run to the store for some diapers and new angled brushes (ours weren’t looking and working too well anymore) and while I  was in the paint department I saw an incredible little tool that my newbie self didn’t know existed. It’s a small hand held plastic tool will rollers on it and its meant to paint up to trim or the edges of ceilings. Yeah…that would have saved me HOURS of tedious work taping things off. It was all of three and a half dollars. Ugh. Whatever. At least now you know and don’t have to make the same mistake I made.

Anyway, since I had that handy dandy tool, I was able to cut in the upper edge in the kitchen, hall, and all the other unfinished areas pretty quick. I also had time to fill in the holes on more trim pieces, sand, and paint them so they are ready to be put back on the walls. I also spent several hours scrubbing the kitchen cabinets. I wanted them to be clean for when we move in, plus they will be getting painted soon so it had to be done in preparation of that anyway. Those things were nasty! The rest of my time was spent doing dumb tedious painting that you wouldn’t notice unless it didn’t get done. You know, all the touch up detailed stuff that everyone hates.

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Obviously the trim needs to be put back on but you get the idea. This will be Evelyn’s room until we get around to finishing the other two bedrooms.

He also changed out the dated hallway light fixtures. We wanted something simple and bright so we settled for these clam shell wall fixtures from Menards. The hall is pretty tight so we also needed something that wouldn’t seem intrusive and these fit the ticket. Here’s a before and after of the hall. this guy.jpg

So much better. We removed that old smoke alarm also and I patched up the paint there but this picture was from before I touched it up. We have smoke alarms in all the bedrooms and at the other end of the hall so no need to fear for our safety. 😉

Now like I said, a good majority of Tuesday was spent picking up the couch which was an awesome deal I found on Craigslist.IMG_2191 It was about 25 minutes away from our house and we had to make it in two separate trips because it’s huge and we only have a small 4X8 trailer. It came in three pieces so in the first trip we got the large sofa part (left) and shoved all the cushions for that section in the back of our car. The second trip, we were able to get the other two pieces and managed to squeeze the remaining cushions in the back. Now, you may be thinking, “that’s not that huge” but you are wrong. The couch piece on the left is 9 ft long, the back (from corner to corner) is 12 ft. and the chaise is 6 ft. Anyway it’s awesomely huge and we are excited to be able to use it soon.

Tuesday evening, we got the refrigerator into the kitchen. When we bought the appliances, Tyler hadn’t finished the flooring in the kitchen so we had them dropped off in the garage. Getting the stove in wasn’t too bad and Tyler actually got the dishwasher inside on his own but the fridge was another story. We didn’t have a hand cart to use at first so we had to wait until we could bring one up to borrow. The door leading inside from the garage is just a bit smaller than average which is very convenient, *that was sarcasm* so we had to take it all the way around the garage and through the front door. Tyler still had to take the door off to get it in but, it’s staying where it is for quite a while now. IMG_2192

He got the dishwasher and fridge hooked up after I left on Wednesday so I don’t have pictures of that. He also built himself a workbench in the garage and hauled a bunch of trash out.

Like I said, the house is nowhere near done, but it’s enough that we can live there and work on it. My first project once moved in will be getting the kitchen cabinets painted. They are a real eye sore still and I believe Tyler will be building the pantry as soon as he has time.

The trailer is loaded and I am impatiently waiting for Wednesday to roll around! Check in next week to see how the move went and what we got done!