Thursday, February 25, 2010

Unpacking, painting and calling it HOME!

Chet and I have really started to make the house feel like our own.  We painted (and by "we" I mean ME!) the kitchen completely pale yellow with one wall a darker shade of yellow and hung a bunch of wedding photos and trinkets.  And with the significant size of this room, that was no small task!  Allison and Abby helped me for a couple of hours but I have spent most of the last 3 weekends painting!  I am really looking forward to completing the room with a large western style table that will seat 8! The center bath is now also yellow and decorated in a sea shell theme.  The living room has a bright blue wall and we have added a new man chair, coffee table and matching side table.  We also have a new TV, entertainment center and additonal seating coming soon!  The master bedroom now has a red accent wall and we have picked out new furniture for that room as well!
We still have many things on our TO DO LIST but we are enjoying the time we spend making the house feel like our home.  The driveway is getting new gravel and we plan to add a walkway to the house, instead of the mud land it is now.  The lingering winter weather is not helping with the wettness but spring is just around the corner! 

Friday, our cat, had been enjoying the transition to being a country cat.  She is however terrified of the geese that frequent the pond next door and has often come flying back inside when one honks in her direction.  She also spent an entire day way up in a tree on our neighbors property.  I am not sure how she got there in the first place, though I suspect some of the local dogs that wander around may have chased her there.  After several hours of her suspended out on a very long branch more than 30 ft up my new neighbor was finally able to reach her using a very rusty ladder and basicilly risking his own neck!  I think her outdoor time will hence be limited....

Chet had began plans to convert the large outdoor shelter into his work shop.  We learned that this large, metal round building was orignially part of dam and 2 bulldozers brought it to the property to be used as a tornado shelter.  It has been cemented into the ground so it is my safe haven! 

My favorite time of day has been in the early quiet mornings while I get ready for work. The masterbath room and backdoor look to the east so I watch the sunrise on the hill and peek through the scattered trees.  It really confirms that this place is where I am meant to be and I enjoy the brillant view.  I know God had a great plan that led me here, and I am blessed with a wonderful house and loving husband. 

Things are moving along nicely and we have a lot of plans this spring to put some work in outdoor landscapping and gardening projects.  And best yet - we are planning a spring house warming party!  Look for more details soon and can't wait to see you come visit!  In the meantime we love visitors so please give us a call if you want to stop in!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Home (mostly) sweet home

 Well it was a bumpy road to get here but Chet and I have bought our first home.  Let's just say, if it could have gone wrong, it probably did for us at some point during the inspection, appraisial, move in and first three weeks in the house.  It started with a closing delay and extra "fees", then an ice/snow storm hit us on closing day and moving weekend, then the water was out for the first 6 days at the house, and roots have now taken over our septic tank.  But after 3 plumbers, a septic pump, and a lot of money we hope to have worked out all the kinks!
The house is out in the country, and we even live on a dirt road about 8 1/2 miles from campus.  This was a great location because our commute to work is still only 15-20 minutes but we live far enough out in the country we that we were able to get the space and quiet we were looking for.  The house has 4 bedrooms but Chet has claimed one as his "man room" and there is also an office for me.  Our kitchen/dining area is HUGE and I spent a lot of time painting it yellow.  The master bedroom is in the far back of the house which works nicely for us since our schedules are often different.  Window treatments are up and I even have a few pictures up on the walls.  I am slowly painting a few rooms to give it a more personal feel.  We have a lot of things to do but we are pretty happy settling into the house.
Most of the real work to be done is outside.  The property was empty for a long time so the landscaping and trees have taken over most of the yard.  We plan to add flower and vegtable gardens and a pathway to the house.  Our largest outdoor building, which we recently learned was designed to be a tornado shelter, will be Chet's work room.  We have officially decided to take down both of the trees by the house to avoid future root problems since this was what caused damage to the septic and water pipes.  I will be sad to see them go but considering the plumbers bills, I will happily start that chain saw myself.  We also will purchase new gravel for the driveway and grow grass in the spring! 
Lots of stuff is going on and we are slowly working on completing one project at a time!  We will post new pics as things get checked off our to do list and we purchase our new furniture.  At least we can say, welcome home!