New house and new blog name, I've certainly been busy this summer! For some reason I thought it was a good idea to change my blog name a week before moving, which looking back was pretty poor timing on my part, haha. But after 7 weeks of craziness, things are slowly getting back to normal and I can now transition from unpacking and organizing to everyday normal life.
After living in a condo for about three years, we moved into our first house in July. We loved the condo but really needed more space. Sadie was patiently waiting for a yard, storage was getting tight, and we knew our future family plans did not include three flights of stairs.
After house hunting for about a year, we found the perfect new build community just 15 minutes from where we lived! Then, after falling in love with a floor plan, we had to wait months for the lot we wanted to open up. It was torture waiting for our lot to go up for sale but well worth the wait.
From start to finish, our home took about 7 months to build and the design process was pretty painless. One of the best decisions we made was to hire designers for all interior design decisions and luckily Mark and I were on the same page about everything! Our three design appointments with the builder were each 4 hours of pure spit-fire design decisions. Our appointments were always so overwhelming but it was amazing to slowly watch our house come to life!
Our designers were truly game changers, helping us with everything from the floor board height to the backsplash pattern. I could've probably designed the house without them (although it wouldn't have turned out nearly as good!) but having them there to guide us took away all my stress. They helped me actually enjoy the design process instead of worrying about picking the right tile or paint color.
For me, the hardest part of moving has been unpacking and organizing. I joke that I've been training for this move my whole life because I am obsessed with organizing but attempting to pre-plan the functionality of every room, cupboard, and drawer has been overwhelming. Trying to Marie Kondo while finding a permanent place for all our stuff has been an impossible task!
After being in our house for 5 weeks now, I've come to terms with the idea that unpacking will take more time than anticipated. What I thought would easily take me two weeks to complete (lol) is now looking like a slow 6 - 12 month project, and I am ok with that! Now that all of the essentials have been put away, I can relax a little bit, get back to blogging, and actually enjoy our house - the junk drawer can wait!
Right now, we still have boxes everywhere but the majority of our rooms are completely empty. Moving from a condo to a large home means we'll have a few unfurnished rooms for a while but I'm excited to have our designers eventually help us fill the empty spaces. We also have some pretty big house projects coming up, the biggest being landscaping and replacing our glass sliders with french door. Being new homeowners, we always have a never ending to-do list that we are weirdly excited to tackle every weekend!
Family Photo Bloopers
Had to share these fun bloopers. For every good photo, there's about 5 funny/burry ones! Trying to get your dog to pose for a family photo is much harder than it looks.