Tuesday, April 16, 2013


{about to become a homeowner}

I woke up Friday morning mostly excited and slightly nervous. But who isn't a tad nervous when they're about to do something new? I managed to make my way through the work day, though I'm not sure much work actually got done... I remember searching the Lowe's website for mulch, shovels and wheelbarrows. :) I left the office at three to meet up with Steven for our closing.

{right after we got the key!}

The closing was interesting. We obviously didn't really know what to expect, but it seemed far too easy. Sign this tall stack of papers, and we'll give you a house! Our mortgage banker, realtor, closing broker and a notary were all present. The notary was representing the sellers, or the bank in our case. Our awesome mortgage banker went through all the paperwork, we signed our names approximately  one million times each, the notary signed his parts, the realtor and closing broker each had one thing for us to sign, and then we walked out with a giant folder of papers and a single key.

We got in the car and looked at each other. "Well, that's it. We're homeowners." "Yeah. It's weird."

And then we promptly went to Lowe's and spent the remaining few dollars we had in our bank accounts buying gardening stuff, door hardware, toilet seats, paint... so many homeownery things.  

Side note: have you seen the wall of toilet seats at the hardware store?! It's a seat with a hole in it and a lid... how many options does there need to be?!

{I drank this giant organic cider in record time}

Then we celebrated with our other married / engaged friends, both couples are also in the middle of the first-time-home-buying process. Steven and I were talking about how lucky we are to have such awesome friends who are in the same stage of life as we are. We obviously love all our friends, but having a few who really understand what's going on in each others lives is so important.

But back to the story of our first weekend of home-ownership...

{one of my first projects}

Saturday morning we got up bright and early and took our cars full of cleaning supplies, gardening equipment, painting equipment and other miscellaneous stuff over to the house. Steven's first project was to dig out the front garden bed. The previous owners had so much extra dirt and mulch in the bed it was at least six inches too high and inviting bugs and termites into the house. We also pulled out four or five dead bushes. The weather is supposed to be nice again this weekend, so hopefully we can finish preparing the bed so we can plant some things the following weekend!

I'll keep you guessing as to what the turquoise paint is for. I have a whole round of "before" pictures that I'm sorting through and editing. I promise I'll share soon. :)

{Sunday morning large coffee}

We got up early again on Sunday for round two. I ran out to get coffee and breakfast while Steven was getting ready. We were a little slower, but still made some progress. We have a good list of things to do this coming weekend. Hopefully we can get them all checked off!

I'll try to post a little photo tour and the before pictures soon!

xoxo, christa


  1. I am so excited for your before and afters. And I'm excited to see where that paint is going!

    Our walls and what not are pretty bland in my house. My parents own it so we have to be careful what we do paint wise. I do want to paint our bedroom this summer though!

  2. Congratulations you guys! We'll have to cheers at dinner tomorrow!


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