Friday morning, at 8:20, we were in our new house. It’s interesting really. The couple who lived there is retired in a much, much warmer state and we don’t know if they rented the house in their departure or what happened, BUT they left behind some very interesting things. Gen was mesmerized by a 1958 class photo which she literally spent hours staring at and talking about. Chw is over the moon at the John Deere riding lawn more, the painting scaffolding and numerous tools. We never really paid attention to the things that were left scattered in the house because we assumed they’d be removed before everything was finalized… There was some miscellaneous furniture, random glass doors, and the most eclectic array of oddball things. It’s very interesting, to say the least.
Our weekend was an adventure, to say the least. It’s a toss up whether we spent more time at Home Depot or the house. There were frustrations, elations and disappointments as we worked. PSA- wallpaper removal is a real joy kill. It was going smashingly well in Gen’s room and then our arrogance carried us into the bathroom where all joy came to a screeching halt. NOTHING seems to be working! We did discover a huge crack in the bathroom wall so we have to essentially strip it down and reenforce it. Wah Wah… It’s already feeling a bit like home, at least to Chw & I. Gen still hates it, but perhaps she at that age where you just can’t please her. At any rate, she’ll have to get over it.
We took a break, and braved the white out blizzard (which lasted ALL DAY) to go see Pippin yesterday. It was incredible! We enjoyed it so much! (We are a broadway show loving family so this wasn’t altogether unexpected, but we did love it more than we expected.) My husband was headed out on a business trip this morning but his flight was cancelled, of which we aren’t complaining! over all, not an awful weekend, and I get a much needed snowday with Gen. She was beyond happy at this.
It was a bit of a surreal weekend honestly. Suddenly here we were, working in a house which is ours. We sat trying to explain to Gen, mid light fixture mount, about how she should want to invest herself in this home because this will be the house she has her first boyfriend in, and the house we meet her husband in. This will be the house she’ll bring her children for holidays to. As hard as the last 6 months have been, (SOOOO stressful!) it was so surreal to be there… And then so odd to just abandon the work to spend the afternoon at a show. (of course, we’ve had the tickets since November, back when we had no idea that house wouldn’t pan out and our house hunt would be like this.) All in all though, walking through this house, I think C & I are glad it’s this one… Despite all of the teenage angst and negativity, we know there are so many reasons this is a better home for our family and though it’s a lot of work, it’s so worth it.
Through it all I’m trying to remember to intentionally savor the journey! (I’ll start pictures on the blog soon, but I will be putting snippets on my instagram feed here and there!)