After something around 7 closing dates, we finally closed on random Saturday morning with about an hour notice. I must add that it was the Saturday preceding the Sunday that we were leaving for vacation back to our 'ole stomping grounds', so not much was accomplished on the new house that we'd signed our lives away on.
Ok - let's be real - the hubs and I did get B and Ans' rooms painted and their bathroom (which we later found out 2 of the 3 of these would need two coats, despite our efforts and $$ spent on the two in one paints that are proclaimed by Lowe's employees to be 'one coat only'. Ahem.)
Anyway. So vacation was great. In fact, I think it's safe to say that it went better than we ever would have expected. The kids did so well on their first 11 hour car ride (25 hours + over the course of a week!) that it almost makes me nervous to do it again. Could they be that good again? I'm not so sure. And, no, folks, we did not drive at night. (This momma covets bedtime fiercely, and I don't mess with it if I don't have to!)
And then chaos started. Get home, paint like no other for three days non-stop, clean and move and unpack and clean some more. Bring in more boxes and unpack some more... and that's pretty much been our 'non-eventful' life the past couple weeks. As well as hanging things on walls and installing ceiling fans and putting together Ikea furniture. And you know what? EVERY bit of it is a blessing. Every bit.
And then I realize that I'm so ignorant. What a lie to believe that God's just waiting to make us miserable to teach us. I have to think that this may just be one of many small blessings that God has given us for a time. The ultimate blessing - an eternal one - being Christ Jesus our Lord and the sacrifice He made for us. If God willingly gave Himself up for us then, why then am I so surprised that He surpassed my expectations in this much more insignificant circumstance?
Anyway - so without further adiu - let me show you some house pictures 'pre-us' (as in - we'd not done anything to it yet :):
The house is 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath with 3 living areas and 2 dining. I pray that we have lots of guests stay here from back home, that we have BBQ's with friends, are a safe haven for our kids friends as they get older... this can be a place to hang out safely... etc etc etc.
Another view of the formal dining / living, from the hall to the back of the house.
Walk towards the rear and to your right will be the kitchen, that's what you see here - and the door in the back right, yep - this girl has a pantry (and a laundry room - but let's focus on the pantry for now ;)
That there light fixture hangs above the 2nd dining area and the kids are running through the family room.
This is the upstairs bath which serves mostly as the kids bathroom but also as a guest.
This here is Bryton's room. He chose it. I'm stoked with how it's turning out. Totally. Can't wait to show you!
This is Ansley's room. They are side by side with just her closet separating them.
Master (walk in) closet!
I'm probably going to blog a room at a time for awhile, but I may even do a video walk through at some point (for all your friends of ours back home who are curious). It's just easier to piece it all together that way.
Anyway - back to blogland again :)