We’re home!


We are officially settled in to our new city! Well—city is a bit generous. It’s a small town in the foothills isolated from civilization (the nearest Target is 50 miles away! How will I ever survive?)

But it’s great to be close to family and I welcome the change of lifestyle. And it’s quite beautiful here… how can you be sad when you get to wake up to this every day?

I took another quick instagram video the evening we arrived at my parents house. It was a happy day.

If you can recall when I first shared our plans to move, I mentioned we’d be temporarily moving in to my grandparent’s old house down the street from my parents (which is now in their name since my grandpa passed earlier this year). I figured we’d be in there for probably half a year—we were going to wait for our 2013 tax returns to get a new mortgage.

Well, our lender ran the numbers again and determined we’re prequalified now! Yay—let the house hunting begin!

Fortunately, my mom is our realtor so we’ve already seen several houses. We found some very interesting properties… I took a bunch of photos so I’ll be sharing our house hunting adventures in my next post.

For now, let’s focus on our current living situation.

This poor house is a time capsule of all the worst parts of the 80’s. We’re talking stained pink carpet, warped laminate floors, overly textured walls, peeling floral mauve wallpaper, pink vertical blinds and ruffly curtains, and other eyesores I can’t even identify.

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves…

Here’s the entryway:

From the front door looking to your right is the dining area:

And the kitchen just behind that. Notice the attempt at removing the wallpaper.

Back at the front door, looking to your left is the hallway:

On the other side of that half wall is the living room:

Down the hallway, first door to your left is a bedroom:

And then a bathroom:

And another bedroom:

Then we have the master bedroom on the right:

On the other end of the room is a bathroom nook, with a master closet on the left and a shower/toilet area on the right:

This room might be the crown jewel of the house:

There’s also a small laundry room and 1/4 bath off the dining area:

And here’s the back porch (which I highly doubt we will use during our stay here):

Sadly, there will be no happy ending “after photos” for this house because we’re not staying long enough to make any updates, and my parents won’t bother bringing it in to the 21st century since it’s a rental.

I can show you how our furniture looks in it though. We’re not quite done unpacking yet, but we decided to just unload the basics and keep everything else in boxes so we don’t have to repack it all in a couple months.

Oh yeah… and here’s a sad story: my printer couldn’t turn the corner into any bedrooms from the hallway so I have to keep it in the dining room and run back and forth all day. Awesome.

Brad is using the first bedroom as his office/man cave:

Bathroom still looks the same:

We’re using the second bedroom as our master. Our bed barely fits in here with the dresser… at least it kind of matches the ruffle curtains?

The original master bedroom is being used as my studio:

It’s plenty roomy but the layout is different and not as efficient. I’m going to need to add another desk for more work space ASAP.

Luckily, there’s tons of closet and storage space, so we have lots of room for our clothes and I also have two storage closets for my office supplies:
Kitty update: Susie is doing amazing. She handled the 13 hour travel day like a champ… barely meowing at all and no potty incidents. And she did it without any drugs! I’m such a proud mama. 
She’s also adjusting so well to life here. Instead of being in panic mode and hiding under the bed all day (which she used to do when we had company over at our old house) she’s been exploring and relaxing in her new surroundings. I guess she’s a California girl.
There’s a lot more to share but I’ll end it here for now. I’m so excited to be house hunting again and can’t wait to show you some of the houses we’ve seen. I’ll be back soon with all the details!


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13 thoughts on “We’re home!

  1. Don't even get me started on wall paper. We bought a house about a month ago and three rooms were heavily wallpapered. Two of the three came down with no problems. The third room's wallpaper is a weird vinyl-fabric and it tears into little strips when you try to pull it down. We've seriously considered just demo'ing that room and re-doing the drywall, that's how frustrating it is. Every other room in the house has been painted except for that one. I just close the door and pretend that it doesn't exist…but that can't happen for long! Congrats on moving!

  2. One girls unsolicited opinion…its a cute house. Your parents should strip the wallpaper, paint the walls, replace the carpet, take down the window treatments and put in faux wood blinds or mini blinds…I would think they would attract “better” tenants (I'm referring to after you move out of course) and have an easier time renting it. It doens't need that much work to be so much better!

  3. I know, I'm so glad I'm not the one who has to deal with it! The painters were originally just going to paint over it and I told my parents they were crazy! It's peeling off in every room. Hopefully the house we buy won't have any…

  4. I totally agree—that's exactly what I told my parents. It does have potential. I think (hope) they realize I'm right and will make the necessary updates once we move out.

  5. Wow! What a huge difference from your Florida home! My anxiety started as soon as I began seeing floral wallpaper 😛 I guess you can do anything for a short period of time. Can't wait to see where you move!

  6. Glad you had a safe trip! And welcome back to Cali! I don't know where you're at (I tried hard to figure it out from the video, lol) but it looks gorgeous! And I imagine you're bursting at the seems to get that house in Jenna Sue shape. Good luck with the house hunting!

  7. Nice to see you back online and glad to hear the move went well 🙂 Congratulations of the pre-approval. I'm looking forward to all the house hunting posts 🙂

  8. I agree with Lil's comment – the house has good “bones” and can be updated to bring it into this century without having to be completely remodeled ( which is $$$). Would attract better tenants and be able to ask higher rent for it in the long run.

  9. What a wonderful old house – I'm sure it's full of memories. I agree with the other comments – as soon as I saw it, I started my list of how to fix it. Would love to be turned lose in it. This will be an easy turn-around. Lots of potential

  10. It's obviously a little dated but that's wonderful! Such potential and square footage, not to mention good light. I'm so excited to see what you'll do with it. Love a blank slate.

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