She’s Here!

I apologize that it has taken me so long to post this! Life with two kids is wonderful, but a little crazy! :) We are getting more adjusted everyday and absolutely love our little princess! We are so blessed!

So without further to-do, meet Adaleigh Tzipora born September 20, 2013 at 7:40AM weighing 8 pounds 1/2 ounce and measuring 18 inches long:

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I will share more soon! :)

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Our Forever Home: Top Ten Loves

To get anyone up to speed who missed yesterday’s post, we are a little slow on projects this week as we gear up for Corey’s work shut down at the start of July, so I decided to do some reminiscing and reflecting on the past almost two months that we’ve worked on making our new house our home.

Today I’m taking a look at the top ten things I’ve found that I love about our forever home. Some are things I loved on day one, others are things that have grown on me as we’ve lived here. Funny how that works, eh? They also are in no particular order- just the order my little brain thought of them! :)

But let’s get to it:

1) Having our laundry room on the main floor and having a clothes line!

This room is a hot mess right now, but I figured honesty was the best policy with y'all. We will get to it soon! :)

This room is a hot mess right now, but I figured honesty was the best policy with y’all. We will get to it soon! :)

In our first home, the laundry room was in our basement. Our unfinished, damp, dirty basement. While it was nice to have a laundry room and not have to go to the laundromat, it wasn’t ideal for getting laundry done while babysitting. Even adding a laundry shoot didn’t make it much easier for me to be motivated to get my rear in gear to head down to the dungeon to do a load or two.

I really underestimated how awesome it would be to have a laundry room on the main living floor. It’s so much easier to keep up on it! I also love having a clothes line- yay for saving money and getting some fresh air! Plus, it is really convenient to have a place to put the line dry clothes that’s not inside. I know when colder weather comes we will go back to clothes inside, but I am definitely enjoying the clothes line while I can! :)

Originally we had planned to move our laundry room upstairs in our closet area and make the current laundry room just a mud room. While that may happen down the line in the future, we are now leaning more towards putting stackables in our current laundry room and rearranging the space slightly so we can add some built ins and make it a little more storage conducive and practical. And that, folks, is why you live somewhere before you go in and make big changes! :)

2) Having a big backyard and being in the country!

Bonfires- one of my favorite things about country living! :)

Bonfires- one of my favorite things about country living! :)

It’s so nice to have tons of room for Tate and the boys to play, space to have bonfires with friends, and just enjoy the quiet fresh air! Even though we do have neighbors, they aren’t right there like they were in town. Plus, they are much friendlier! I’ve also noticed there is more pride of ownership in the country- so many of our neighbors in town just rented and weren’t really that invested in making their houses and community better. Really when it’s all boiled down, I’m just definitely a country girl!

3) We have SO much room!

We over doubled our square footage in this move, and I knew it would be big, but I had no idea how awesome it would be! I LOVE that we have space for a separate toy room instead of toys scattered around our living room. I LOVE that we currently even have a junk room, so that instead of all the boxes we haven’t gotten to yet getting thrown in the basement, or even worse all over the house, they have a home on the main floor, but behind closed doors for now. It’s just awesome to not be crowded with all of our junk and for things to actually have a place to go, even if we do have a ways to go before we are fully unpacked and settled in!

4) Our kitchen- including the little desk area.

Still not perfect, but WAY better than the ivy bordered, brass handled thing we moved into!

Still not perfect, but WAY better than the ivy bordered, brass handled thing we moved into!

And another view. Again, still a work in progress, but it's growing on me!

And another view. Again, still a work in progress, but it’s growing on me!

This was a big surprise for me. I loved my old kitchen immensely. It was my favorite room in the old house. It was much bigger than our current kitchen, with way more counter space and decor that I had picked out myself. While I still don’t love the cabinets or flooring or outdated light, I do love the kitchen. Having less counter space has worked out to be not that bad… Maybe a little inconvenient at times, but it also motivates me to stay caught up on dishes! :) It is also very obvious the cabinets were custom made for this kitchen. At our old house, the cabinets were ones my grandpa got for cheap by tearing them out of their original house. While they were beautiful cabinets custom made from solid wood for that house, they were just that- made for another house. It’s been wonderful to have cabinets perfectly made for our house- with a pantry, pull out drawers in the cupboards, and all those little details that just make sense where they were put.

I also have grown to love the little desk area. At first I looked at it as wasted potential counter space. Who needs a desk when you could have more work space? And while I do think I would prefer a counter-height desk area over the lower desk area we have so I would at least have the option of more work space for entertaining and such, I’ve found it’s nice to have an area for mail and paperwork and recipes and all that stuff that piles up on counters typically, too. Between the desk area and the command center I created (that has been at the almost finished stage since like the second week we lived here-oops!), I’ve managed to keep my counters clear of junk and have even managed to have a more organized file system in the process. Who knew!? :)

5) Having closets- especially our HUGE one upstairs!

This kind of goes with number three and more space, but since we came from a house with no closets but the one we built shortly before we moved by taking space from our bathroom, it’s kind of a big deal. We went from a “master closet” that was just some shelving units we installed on one wall of our bedroom to a true “master closet” with plenty of room for Corey and my clothes hoarding problem! :) Woot woot!

6) Having a furnace and central air!

Especially the central air. I don’t think I could survive being pregnant in 90 plus degree weather in our old house with just the window AC unit. I’m hot all the time and I even have the luxury of setting the temperature ridiculously low here. It is awesome. Plain and simple.

7) Character

This is something we loved about this house the second we laid eyes on it, and we’ve been incredibly blessed to find even more under pink, blue, and tan carpet. It started with the beautiful old wood trim and doors and the creaky stairs, and now we have the hardwood floors too. Plus, there is nothing cookie cutter about this house and that was really important to us. Love, love, love.

8) Our screened in porch and swing.

The pretty porch swing on a gorgeous spring day!

The pretty porch swing on a gorgeous spring day!

I knew we would enjoy this, but again, I underestimated how much. It’s so relaxing to sit together as a family and enjoy the nice breeze. My only wish would be that we were a little further off from the road, but usually traffic isn’t too bad anyway.

9) There is so much potential!

Of course, we wouldn’t have bought the place without it, but everyday I’m amazed at how much we’ve been able to do and then the huge amount of things still left on our to-do lists! I’m so very excited to see just what our forever home becomes! :)

10) That it’s something to be proud of.

I love our home!

I love our home!

Don’t get me wrong, we were proud of our first little house, but it was one that more picked us than us picking it. Plus, I think it’s pretty sweet that at twenty-five and twenty-three we have a house that we refer to as our forever home. I’m not saying that to brag- the Lord knows none of this would be possible without His HUGE blessings! I thank God everyday for this immense responsibility and pray that we will be good stewards of it. And I don’t think there is anything wrong with taking pride in our home as long as we remember that it truly isn’t ours, but a blessing God gave us for a time.

So there you have it- my top ten loves after calling this place home for not quite two months. It’s already been a ton of fun and I might sound like a broken record, but I know both Corey and I feel blessed beyond belief. Don’t worry though- tomorrow I get to be a negative Nancy and post my top ten hates! :) Stay tuned!

And P.S. I was too lazy to link up my various posts of projects I mentioned on here… Yep, I’m a bad blogger. Feel free to explore my blog though and see the adventures we’ve had so far and maybe later I will come back and add proper links! :)