Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Take Me Home

It's been difficult to keep this not-so-secret secret off of the internet. I've never been the best keeper of big news to myself so this was no simple feat. I've just had to keep my excitement limited to texts, emails, phone calls and hallway conversations. Maybe Snapchat too for those who follow.

We did it, we bought a house!

We saved our money, we moved out of an apartment for the last time, we're getting settled in and best of all is that we've done it together! 

I've been hinting at our plans to move to the trendy and walkable part of town with bars and nightlife, but that's not where we ended up. We looked, we really tried. We drove around and ate the food and loved the area. We just didn't love...it. We didn't love the schools, the space, the yard or the storage. We didn't love the maintenance. It wasn't the vision even if the vision was only for 3-5 years into the future.

In the middle of January, we set aside 60 minutes of quiet time to make a collaborative I-Want, You-Want, We-Want list. Thirty unique items were jotted down, including dark hardwood, granite kitchen, yard, pool, fireplace, natural lighting, pantry, garage, high ceilings, curb appeal, proximity, etc. After we reviewed the list something surprised us. We noticed we wanted suburbs, we wanted safety, we wanted new and low-maintenance, we wanted fresh and exciting, we wanted low sweat-equity and low stress investment. We wanted more and less at the same time.

Like all good things in life, it happened suddenly. I will always remember the moment I saw the listing newly published. I didn't even make it through half of the photos before passing my phone to Brian. We loved it and immediately wrote an email to our realtor. Within 10 hours we were in the house, looking around at the 1987 home that had new floors, new paint, new granite kitchen and master bathroom, 5 bedrooms and a bonus room and a two-car garage with storage and a great front yard, great backyard and a pool. Unbelievably, every single item on our I-Want, You-Want, We-Want list was met or has the opportunity to become that in the future. It was meant for us and our big scary view of the future.

Oh right, sorry I lost you at "pool", didn't I?




Now this is entirely too much house for just us two, but the good news is that we're looking forward to the future to fill that house with laughter, happiness, warmth and memories. And maybe more than 3-5 years at this location. 

It shows that there's always a reason to leave a little wiggle room in life to go the opposite direction of your crazy wild amazing plans. It's always going to be beautiful.

We just hilariously made it through our first February together and have a big month in March ahead to follow it up! Hang tight while we make this house a home in our own very special way. 

16 comments

Amy's Fashion Blog said...

Congrats on buying a house.

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P!nky said...

How stinking exciting, lady! A house! A Pool! A new place to call home! I'm happy for your friend!

Lauren said...

Congratulations! I am a firm believer that with houses, when you know, you just know!

Nadine Lynn said...

Congrats on the home!!!!! From those pictures I can tell you found a real keeper!!! Best wishes as you guys get settled in :)

Erin LFF said...

Congrats!! House hunting can be crazy stressful but I'm SO glad you found the perfect spot!! :)

alyssa said...

Infinite hugs and love to you guys, congratulations! I could use a few laps in a pool so I'm hopping in the car right now, see you sometime around late morning tomorrow? ;)

Also: "It shows that there's always a reason to leave a little wiggle room in life to go the opposite direction of your crazy wild amazing plans. It's always going to be beautiful." Thank you. <3

Helene in Between said...

so freaking pumped for you!!

Courtney@PancakesandSparkles said...

Congratulations cannot wait to see what you do with your house! So lucky to have found a home with all your must haves and wants on there.

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

oh my goodness, i am seriously so excited and want to see more on the snap. your house and my house are the same age. high five. but seriously, all the yays for you!

BLovedBoston said...

Congratulations!! So excited for you!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

kailyn said...

ALL OF THIS! SHOW ME MY ROOOOOOOOOM <3

MacKensie said...

WOO HOOOOOOO! Cat's out the bag! Time for a slumber partyyyyy!!!!

Tracy said...

Congratulations! Such an exciting step, and even more amazing that you were able to check all the boxes you were hoping for. Loving all the pool snaps! ;)

Emilie said...

Congratulations!!! That's so exciting :)

Kenzie Smith said...

Congratulations! That is too awesome ♥

Michael said...

Congratulations!!! The fireplace with the built in shelving is GORGEOUS!!!