Hey! We’ll take it easy on the whole deep life lessons thing for this post. Instead, I’ll share (or show off) some pictures of our new house. Enjoy the virtual tour, and come for a real visit real soon!
Even if I had never watched (a lot) of HGTV, I’d know that kitchens are key to selling a house. And I had my doubts about this one. From the Zillow pictures (remember...I never even saw the place in person until the day I moved in?), I was worried about the size in general, disappointed by downgrading back to an electric stove and not too enthused by the bench.
The verdict: Better than expected! My counter space situation is very comparable to Little Rock. I still I run into some piling issues in my baking area...but who doesn’t, right? (Says the person who regularly buys and uses a Sam’s Club pack of amount of butter.)
The most pleasant surprise was the bench. For one, Elliott loves it! We spend time there eating snacks and doing art projects. And our old square table fits perfectly without eating up too much precious floor space. It’s a cool custom feature that I would have never chosen, but now feel lucky to have. Funny how life works sometimes.
The Living/Dining Room
I actually love this living/dining room combo a lot. In our old house, the dining room was much more defined (and much less used). We actually eat in here every night, because, confession, Elliott does a little better still being strapped in. And, I love the built-ins, the better to show off my random possessions with.
Should we get hardwoods in the living room? It’s on the “things we hope to do, but may never do” list!
The Music Room
This room is probably the one that made me most tense about losing our contract on the house. I have 1 husband who comes with a lot of music gear (that’d be 2 electric guitars, 1 bass, 3 acoustics, 1 banjo and 1 upright piano...and that’s just counting the instruments in the house, not his music closet in the garage, whew. Also, please don’t rob us.).
In our Little Rock house, we converted our guest room into our music room. With the impending arrival of Ira, Ike’s music stuff was about to be kicked to the Youth room at the church. This house gave us the unique opportunity to give everyone in the family a bedroom AND have a music room. Plus, bonus, the room has 2 pocket doors, so it will also double as our guest room when Ira moves in.
We sleep here. I have no complaints. If anything, I’m glad they are roomy, but smaller than our Little Rock house. The more space to LIVE in during the day.
No complaints here either...even when Ike does get in my way when we’re both brushing our teeth. It builds character. (And yes, I know I’m totally being flippant about 1st world problems, don’t hate me!)
I also love the half bath off the laundry. I’m basically the most spoiled homeowner EVER. I get built-ins, a music room and a half bath, too.
Or as we call it, Elliott Park. I am totally not a feminist when it comes to yard work and trash. I don’t do it, so I had to make sure that Ike was willing to deal with this huge space to rake and mow. So far, it’s been wonderful! And Ike’s lawn skills have blossomed overnight. I’m one proud wife.
Other than the kitchen, I was most unsure about the home’s location. It’s located in a neighborhood, but in it’s own dead end cul-de-sac off a busy street. Unlike Zoolander, I am an ambi-turner BUT I don’t like turning left, especially in traffic. The busy street issue is actually a non-issue most of the time, and much like sharing one sink with your husband, turning left grows strength and courage you never knew you had.
Also, I was blown away by the cul-de-sac love that our neighbors poured out. Within 24 hours of moving in, we were given pumpkin bread, banana bread, hugs and peach cobbler. It was awesome. I’m excited to live in such a friendly little nook.
Plus, we’re close to lots of fun stuff like Gulley Park, the Fayetteville Square and Ike’s work. If there were an award for “Husbands who pick out houses for their families without their wives ever seeing them” Ike should be up for the gold medal.