Well hello there. It certainly has been quite a long time. I apologize for my absence. Things just got SO CRAZY and the dust is only starting to settle now.
Hubs & I purchased our first house last year and we closed on December 27th. The holidays, a hectic time on their own, were made 1,000,000,000 times more so by us purchasing at this time of year. Holy bananas. We then spent the first few weeks of 2014 packing and scheduling and installing and BUYING. My word. I have never spent so much in so little a time. I could go on and on about how exhausted we are, and how physically, financially and emotionally drained we are, but let me just share our story with you in a few choice images:
“ohmygod we did it! after months and months of searching, lots of bumps along the way, one bad realtor experience and finally one great realtor experience, we have purchased our first home!!!” [feelings: excitement, nervous, joy, relief] [editor’s note: this is actually the hubs and I, all other photos were found online and are not us or ours. just fyi.]
“so much to pack, which you think might be easy enough, but when you have Obsessive Organizing Behavior (self-diagnosed), it’s a little time consuming….” [feelings: excitement starting to fade to oncoming sense of dread and doom, maybe a dash of melodrama, To Do List growing longer, money starting to fly out the window (literally, there it goes…)]
>>>>>Moving Day: One day that though long, went smoothly. Thank you again family!<<<<<
“Happy Holidays! We bought a house and whilst Christmas shopping, wrapping presents, attending holiday parties and trying to stay Merry & Jolly, we are faxing & signing and paying for this and inspecting that and scheduling this and planning for that and oh yeah, trying to stay Merry & Jolly!” [feelings: can’t. breathe. send. help.]
>>>>>And then one day, the clouds start to part. A ray of sunshine breaks through. We may have weathered the worst part of the storm. The seas start to calm. EXHALE.<<<<<
“dear god, does this To Do List ever end. unpack, unpack, unpack forever. assemble this, then that (thanks for all the new furniture Ikea!), then assemble this and then that. then unpack and unpack and i swear i put that one thing in this box!” [feelings: overwhelmed, exhausted, drained, i may need an ugly cry, thank you Powers That Be for WINE.]
“we have now reached a point in our move-in/unpack where all that’s left is the little stuff. there may be one or 2 more boxes to unpack, and there’s the little issue of trying to figure out where we want to put everything, but things are finally settling down, finally settling into place.” [feelings: relief, tension-releasing, anxiety giving itself over to calm, a feeling of grounding, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, finally catching our breath, contentment.]
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It was a long road to get here. LONG. And though there’s still lots of little things to do left, there’s a feeling that the project is back in hand, manageable once again. I’m so excited to share our journey with you and I will be sharing pictures of our new abode and me flexing my design muscles when the rooms are ready for their big blog debut. In the meantime, I plan to be more active on Linzeelu Thank You once again, now that I have the time to give this guy. I look forward to a fun 2014, both in our new house and on the blog! Hope you’ll be along for the ride as well!
Wishing you a great weekend and a (belated) Happy New Year!
Linzeelu, Thank You