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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Our new crib....

Home: Where you treat your friends like family and your family like friends.
When we went to see this house on New Years eve, that was it, I asked where to sign. My aunt told me when you find one that is it, you will just know. After house hunting since September I didn't know if that were true anymore but boy was I wrong! This was it, and if you know me, when I want something and put my mind to it, it WILL happen. Most thought I was crazy since our house wasn't even listed yet... But that was really our plan all along. Find the perfect house then sell ours and hope for the best. Our life is far too crazy as it is to add in the stress of being homeless or shacking up with someone and moving twice. All worked out and we close on the sale of our house tomorrow. Less than two months after we closed on the new house, which was prefect for us to get in there get our work done, move a little at a time, and take our time.
People say moving is one of the most stressful things you will ever go through, insert two toddlers and two demanding jobs. It was hard but this really was one of the most pleasant experiences, I know we will be in this house for a LONG LONG, time. The boys will come home from college here, so I think that made it all the more exciting for us. And for us to make our own for the long haul. There are still plenty of things we want to do down the road, once the checkbook settles a bit and we can breath again. But for now we are so much enjoying this time.
I love pretty much everything about our home and all of its customized touches, but the thing I love most is the neighborhood. We have already met so many great people, awesome kids, we have two pools to enjoy this summer, and to top it off we live in walking distance of 8 families we know with young kids, a few of which being our very good friends! I mean who gets to live that close to so many friends!?  It.doesn't.get.any.better.
Ok, onto some pics with OUR things in the house.... They are dark, taken quickly with phone while walking out the door after work on our way to soccer. Quality sucks.
my favorite room of the house, kitchen/hearth room

this room is getting a remodel overhaul soon and I cant wait!

office recently updated with two distressed corner cabinets from Ratique furniture

Pond with coy fish


closet with built ins... we looked at building for a while which makes me appreciate all of these touches even more!

giant soaking tub

The after pic of the dresser, this is going in the guest room

guest room

Will showing off his room

SO in love with my laundry room from In a fix home improvement

Kids play room/ bonus room, love that we did different colors on the big great wall
Play room

jack and jill bath

Parker's room

great room

The first glimpse inside....

Some "before" pictures I took of our new house. We got 90% of the house professionally painted and did a laundry room re do. Also changed out quite a few window treatments.

Not too much but its always fun to look back at what it used to look like!
Hearth room before... window valance central
side shot of boys jack and jill bath, aqua green
my side of the closet with the previous owners clothes...
What is now the play room!
previous owners decor with a side of yellow walls to boot
what I called the "Mexican" wall
previous owners dining room, tried to buy those awesome arrangements so many times but she had already sold them to realtor
previous owners office
previous owners great room
OLD pic from previous owners

Mom putting away some pantry items


before dresser re do

every single wall was this awesome yellow color
Old laundry room

painting beginning in kitchen/hearth room

yellow vs new color

empty laundry room

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


 I never knew it would be so emotional leaving our first home together. Was it the fact that we brought home both of our boys here, or the fact that we grew up here... Paid our first mortgage, hosted our first Christmas, nursed babies... We lost loved ones in this home, the memories are just everywhere. Everywhere I looked I saw a memory, good, bad, really great, and yes really ugly.
I will miss this home where I created my family, but I am so excited for this next adventure...
Usually sellers and buyers don't meet much less communicate. Not the case for this social momma. New mommy owner and I had a lot in common, we are both busy, young, mommies just trying to make it in this crazy world. They have a two year old and twin one year olds, we connected in the stress of workin', mommin', and movin' together.
I am happy to sell them this home and for them to have it for raising their family, it will be perfect for them. After showings, negotiations, & inspections THAT above all else is what this is all about.... Finding the perfect place for your family to live, love and grow.
the first room we emptied, sold our small dining table, the first piece of furniture we bought together in our first apartment
Will helping pack some toys

empty house, moving day!

our new home
Will running wild in his new home

Luke's favorite part of his new home. 

a glimpse into my goodbye letter to my new friend:

... and kids….

          It has been a pleasure getting to know you and selling/ sharing our home with you. Fawn Lake has been a great home to us, we enjoyed making it our own, filling it with the laughter of our children, and creating some beautiful memories here.

I have so many wonderful memories at this house, I went into labor with my first son while lying on the couch in the family room, and hearing the laughter of my boys chasing each other around warms my heart every time no matter how cold the day.

Luke’s favorite memory in our first home was when I told him I was pregnant by our dog wearing a big brother shirt and getting it all captured on hidden camera… It’s needless to say we quickly filled this home with love and lots of happy tears........
Goodbye Fawn Lake.