Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Oh, totally forgot to mention WE BOUGHT A HOUSE LAST MONTH

I have been silent about it because we have been waiting on a million things-- blueprints for the basement we are finishing, the appraisal, our loan paperwork to process, a thousand trips to meet with the realtor and our designer to pick out finishes-- you get the idea.

We bought the house already built, so we didn't get to pick the cabinets, countertops, light fixtures, bathroom floors, or wood floors on the main level. BUT with the exception of the counters and the bathroom floors, it's all stuff we would have picked anyway! We took our long-suffering realtor on trips to view about 64 (no joke) existing homes before we fell in love with a brand new neighborhood. We almost built a 2-story house in the neighborhood, but one day, Ben and I drove through and noticed an adorable already-built ranch with a walk-out basement. We looked in the windows for awhile then called the realtor. She happened to be driving home that way, stopped to show us the house, and bam! We bought it and designed a basement build the next week then took the kids on a hellish trip to pick out appliances, then took the kids on a hellish trip to pick out paint and carpet. Then stopped taking the kids on house errands, except for buying furniture, which is so far the shittiest thing I have ever done with kids.

Today we walked through with the electrician to add 7,000 extra outlets because Ben never wants to be more than a finger-length away from a plug and a cable jack, and we took some terrible pictures. Terrible because the painters haven't come through, so everything is beige, and there is no floor in most of the house, and the basement is all 2 by 4s right now.

That's me where our kitchen table will go.

That's the electrician in our kitchen.

Some of the great room

Ben in the future playroom (I think)

95% sure that's gonna be the downstairs bathroom because of that circle where I think the toilet goes?

That's the guest room for sure-- I can tell because of the electrical box on the wall

Part of the family room

Laundry room shelves? I took some seriously random pictures


Master bath


Me looking out our bedroom window. The guy who lives behind us has lived there for a long time, which is good because there won't be any building right behind us and bad because he has a van and a propane tank in his yard.

Randomly, here's some more kitchen


This wall in the kitchen/great room will be a bookcase

Kid bathroom

Baby's room

H and J's room

Their closet

Cute little front door

So. Yeah. We are so excited and can't wait to close and move. Except, you know, moving sucks. Also, no. No we haven't sold our condo. Yes, that also sucks. Hopefully we do.


  1. Congratulations on the house!!! Yay!!! It is super cute outside and looks really lovely inside. Your kitchen is fantastic!

    Good luck moving. Maybe it will actually be fun if you can coordinate it with when you start nesting! (I ran out of things to do with both kids, but unpacking and organizing a new home would have kept me busy for quite a while!)

  2. Anonymous11:01 PM

    Hi there! Can you do the guaranteed sale with the homebuilder?? The company that built your home does this. They'll buy your home if you buy one of theirs. Good luck!

  3. Congratulations! It looks awesome, and you already look completely at home. I love all the windows!

    I've done four moves in the last five years (two cross-country) and what I've learned is, hire someone to move your stuff in and out. Totally and completely worth the $150+doughnuts that you'll pay.

  4. Michelle M.9:14 AM

    Congratulations!!! The house looks wonderful. I'm excited to see pictures after you put your personal touch on it!

  5. Congrats! That kitchen looks flipping fantastic!!!

  6. I would have taken a pic of those laundry room shelves too. Fantastic!

    It looks beautiful!!! Congratulations!! I got so excited for you when I read "master bath", "kids' bath", and "baby's room"!! So many good things coming your way!!

  7. CONGRATS!!!! So exciting!! That's going to make for some fabulous nesting for you!

  8. Anonymous4:40 PM

    I'mso proud of you and your little family..mjuch happineess will and should comeinto your new home..Bomma

  9. Anonymous4:41 PM

    can you tell I just got a new computer and keyboard? Bomma

  10. Congrats Sarah! That's so exciting! I can't wait to see it come to life and see your family of five living inside of it :)

  11. Yea! So happy for you. It looks adorable and looks like you will have lots of room for three mini Bens + Ben to run around :)

    Hope the build out goes smoothly and you're in there in no time. And sending lots of good karma for the condo sale!

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  13. Love the new house! And, my goodness, the land looks awesome--- just begging for a playset!

  14. Congratulations Sarah! Your house looks fantastic. I would kill for a finished basement. A playroom? Sounds absolutely perfect!!!