Friday, January 11, 2013

A Chapter Officially Closes

Well, we officially sold our house. Wow. That is such a weird sentence to type.

Those 30 days FLEW by! Everyone kept telling me that escrow would NEVER close on time and so, while we were planning on closing in 30 days, we all kinda thought it would take longer than that. But, not only did it close on time, it actually ended up closing a few hours early. Yikes! It was a mad dash to get it all done. Remind me next time we move to take a day off of work (that was the stupidest thing I did - both Mr. Howard and I worked the whole time!). I'll be honest, it was probably the most stressful thing I've done in a long, long, LONG time. Add in there that daycare was closed for the holiday break and so I was trying to pack a house with three little kids at my feet. Things I have learned: (1) I need to be better about asking for help. (2) Take a day or two off of work to move. (3) Be moved out the day before escrow closes rather than cutting it to the last hours. (4) Get a babysitter for moving day!!!!!!!!!!!! (I really cannot say that enough. Mr. Howard moved the entire garage by himself the majority of the time with three kids.)

One thing we did do well was get a Coolbox Portable Storage Device (it's a pod). They deliver it to you on your driveway, you fill it up, they pick it up for you and store it for several months, and then they deliver it to your new address when you're ready for it. So worth it. The only problem was that we got a 20 x 8 x 8 and it was not big enough. They always say "it can fit four bedrooms!" but what they mean is, "it can fit four bedrooms if you have absolutely no furniture in two of the bedrooms. Eeek. Our neighbors (who are sooooo wonderful!!!!) are holding onto so much stuff for us until we move. Tell me that is not amazing?!? We are so thankful.

I have been writing on this blog since the day we bought the house and I have documented everything house related - from complex remodels to simple paint changes. I even had a to-do list that was always evolving on the blog. I wanted to do a final post and show you all what the house looked like in the minutes before we handed over the keys and locked the door for the very last time.

Our eat-in kitchen area and kitchen:
What we did to eat-in-kitchen area: Painted; hung pendant lights; installed curtain rods; cut out doggie door.

Our kitchen:
What we did in kitchen: Painted and installed pendant lights; installed black granite sink;
Our family room:
What we did in family room: painted, fixed trim, installed curtain rods; installed candle lights on either side of the fireplace; installed ceiling fan and light fixture.
Our Master Bathroom:
What we did in master bathroom: painted; and repaired/finished trim.

Master Bedroom:

What we did in master bedroom: Fixed one wall (there was a built-in fireplace box - no actual fireplace - that we had to rip out), drywalled, textured wall, installed new carpet in master closet; repaired hard wood floor.

The hallway standing in the master bedroom:

What we did in hallway: painted; repaired/finished all trim

Guest Bathroom
What we did in guest bathroom: Painted; ripped out laminate flooring and replaced it with tile.

Connor's Room
What we did in Connor's Room: installed matching wainscoting on perpendicular wall to existing wall with wainscoting; installed curtain rods; bought and installed new carpet; re-built closets; repaired holes in wall; installed light fixture kit to existing fan; hung curtain rods for closet door.

Baby's Nursery:

What we did in nursery: ripped out wooden structure loft; wainscoting on all walls; repaired hard wood floors; built closets; re-textured dry wall; bought and installed closet organizer; hung curtain doors for closet; installed curtain rod for window; installed trim; and painted.

What we did in office: installed hardwood flooring on entire floor (it was concrete when we moved in); installed trim; and touched up paint.

Front living room:
What we did to living room: installed-chair rail, painted, repaired/finished trim.

I've mentioned this before, but this is the seventh move Mr. Howard and I have done together. We are certainly not new to packing up and moving, but this was a different experience for us.

We have felt so wonderfully blessed in that home. It is the house we brought our babies home to; the home we celebrated birthdays in; the rooms we laughed and cried in...fought in, and danced in; the walls that heard our celebrations as we became a family of three, four, and then finally six; the floors our dogs ran and played on, the same floor our babies first crawled on, later took their first steps on; and finally ran on; the windows we peeked out of while dreaming, praying, and desperately wishing for a baby; the carpet that soaked my tears as I cried and cried and cried over Cole; the bath that held us on our "bath dates" in the winter; the sinks that held all three of our newborns for their first baths; and so many more memories. We were so lucky to have such a beautiful shell as our first home.

As sad as we were to hand over the keys, we know that we will create new memories and new stories in our new home and are excited for all those adventures to come.


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Congrats on selling the house! Good luck with moving and building a new house.

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and the wall in the garage and the arbor plus a tree in the front yard are already gone. it looks so different already. You guys rocked that house!! Cant wait to see the new one! Megan is available for moving day by the way! ;) We can see if we can wrangle Michelle as well when you get the move in date.

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Moving is always hard, good luck in your new adventure.

Your house was just beautiful. Great work!

Missed reading your blog and hope that you have been well. I hope to be around in the blogging world more...busy life always gets in the way :) <3

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