After a very long year of transition, we are finally HOME! Exactly one week ago, we officially moved into our new construction home, and no one is more thrilled than those two up there. Except maybe their very relieved and exhausted mama.
It came down to the wire, in more ways than one. It didn’t pass final inspection until noon on closing day. Not at all stressful, right? HA!
But pass it did, and after closing we spent all our meals those first few nights on a blanket in the living room. Oh how we missed having a fireplace for game nights and snuggle sessions. It was 80 degrees and the kids still insisted on turning it on.
We scheduled the actual move from our apartment for three days after closing to give us some wiggle room to clean, get appliances installed and temporary blinds on the windows. There are actually quite a few items still outstanding on the builder’s punch list but after over a year of waiting we just could not wait one more minute. On moving day, our awesome neighbor (and friend!) dropped off a delicious home cooked meal complete with wine and gluten-free cookies, and after dozens of signs and roadblocks pointing to us having made a mistake moving to North Carolina this was a very definite sign that maybe we did make the right choice.
Bubs ran around the house about a zillion times, so eager to work off his energy from 9 months pent up in a tiny apartment. Their smiles say it all– happy to be H-O-M-E!
The kids were so excited to finally not have to tiptoe around our third floor apartment that I caught them in the playroom surrounded by books and LEGOs at 6:30 AM that first morning. It was a beautiful sight.
Since everything is painted builder’s white, my son says it feels like living in a cloud. Indeed it does.
Don’t worry, that will change. Have you seen Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia paint line?! I’m obsessed. And totally undecided about where to start, I want them all. And this is just a snippet.
We are moving everything in two stages. The first stage was moving our apartment items last week, and next week is everything from long term storage. I figured we’ve lived without it for 9 months, another few weeks won’t hurt. I really wanted to get our essential items unboxed and put away before we dealt with the onslaught from the storage unit. Also, can I be totally honest? I’m terrified about what might have occupied our items while in storage, so I want all the boxes to go to the garage and I’ll unpack from there. Creepy-crawlies are not my jam. In fact, I’m on laundry load #22 because I’m so skeeved out by the apartment.
Everything is a blank slate. For example, this kitchen is a dream but I still need to add hardware, pendant lights, paint the island, tile the backsplash and get new barstools.
For now, I’m running my hands continually over the quartz and staring lovingly at the new appliances. Considering we couldn’t safely fit more than one person in our apartment kitchen, this feels surreal. The hubs bought me a case of my favorite wine to celebrate, even though I did catch him cringing when I exclaimed pink looks pretty amazing with those countertops. For real though, right?! Exclaiming “BUT BLUSH PINK IS ON TREND” doesn’t work as a reason to buy pink everything, by the way. Hey, I tried.
As for the process of building, as you might have surmised it didn’t go as smoothly as expected. I’m fortunate enough to have many eyes on this blog and make a steady income from it, so I’ve had to weigh what I should say publicly with what is truly important to disclose. My intent had been to blog about it from the start but things went south almost immediately and I was truly frozen in terms of knowing what to say and not jeopardizing things with our builder. I do plan on sharing what happened, fairly and honestly, because you deserve to know. I just need to figure out how to say it. Most likely in pictures. Or memes. Or maybe mime it. 😉
The house itself is a stunner. I’m thrilled with the interior, it’s beautiful. I glide down the staircase each morning like I’m Scarlett O’Hara (in reality I actually clumsily trip down the back stairs as I spill coffee all over myself while shouting ‘Coming in hot! Get in the car guys, we’re late for school drop-off!”)
Some things never change.
But the house really is gorgeous inside.
At least this guy is smiling again for the first time since leaving Pennsylvania.
Thanks for sticking through this journey, and being understanding while blog content took a backseat to the full-time job of managing this build. I’m absolutely LOVING the interaction and comments over on Instagram especially with InstaStories! (if you’re not sure what those are, make sure your IG app is updated and if my profile pic has a red/pink circle around it then tap to see that day’s IG story.) We are having so much fun over there and I’ve given lots of sneak peeks into the process over the past months, tears and all.
Next up, my book deadline for Simon and Schuster. Just four more chapters and 15 huge projects to go! I’ve got this. (hopefully. maybe. please pass me more pink wine.)
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