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The Move In

So we’ve been officially sleeping in our new house for a little over a week now.  I unfortunately didn’t get any pictures of the big move, because it was just to hectic a day.  Thankfully we have some great friends who came to help, moves go so much faster with 4 men doing the heavy lifting.  Seriously we couldn’t have done it without them, I am a weakling – I have trouble carrying my purse sometimes…(which is mostly my fault since I insist on having a gigantic purse that I then fill to the brim).

We’re slowly getting settled in, thanks to my mom’s help and great advice we set up and made our bed pretty much first thing so that we had somewhere to crash.  The house is still covered in tons and tons of boxes as we try and figure out the absolute best way to organize everything.  In the meantime it’s kind of like camping, with a real roof and bed.  As with everything, the move wasn’t completely without incident my dresser suffered a big scratch right across the top of it 😦 hopefully it will be able to be fixed, we bought furniture crayons and markers to touch up the scratch and help blend it in.  That project will probably warrant its own post, once I get around to it.

Perhaps the biggest mishap came after everyone left.  Since its a brand new house, it didn’t come with some of things we normally take for granted like shower curtain rods.  As the big move was a Sunday and we both had to work the next day, installing a rod Sunday night was a non-question it HAD to be done.  We went off to the big Orange store and bought one of those nice curved rods that gives you a bit more room in the shower and Ken got to work installing it.  Three of the four screws went in and then disaster struck…a screw broke in half with half buried completely inside the wall with no possibility of removal.  A lot of 4-letter words were said but being the problem solver he is, he got the job done.

Meanwhile, I was downstairs trying to get our breakfast and lunches for the work day squared away.  Pretty interesting task when your kitchen is a mess of boxes and you have no idea what is in them.  It wasn’t until after I dug out a pot and put eggs onto the stove to boil that I realized

1.  I had no cooking utensils to use in order to take the eggs out of the pan

2.  I had no idea where the paper towels I use to dry the eggs off were.

Begin frantic search.  I wasn’t able to find either of those two things, but what i did find was a slotted serving spoon (possibly silver – it didn’t matter at this point) and a beach towel.  I almost wish this debacle was video taped because it was most likely quite humorous from an outsiders perspective.

We still have some things at the condo and are taking trips in the cars.  Luckily Ken is like the Master Tetris Packer – expert level.  This is one load in his Jeep:

Looking in the size door of the back seat

Looking in the size door of the back seat

Looking in from the trunk

Looking in from the trunk

This amount of stuff would have probably taken me three trips.  I’m looking forward to sharing pics of our new place, but it needs to be slightly less box infested first, so please be patient.


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Drive on In

Our turn-around is all paved and beautiful!  We stopped by the house the other day to go over some things and take some measurements and were greeted with this:

gorgeous dah-ling

gorgeous dah-ling

It’s so exciting to see it all coming together! There was even a bobcat like thing parked in the side yard that looked like it was hopefully going to do some grading.  See that big dirt mound peeking out from behind the garage?  Believe it or not, that’s not supposed to be there. Here’s to hoping when we get back from our Weddingmoon there will be a nice level lot without the dirt mount or excess amount of rocks and plus some grass seed.  🙂


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Accepted Offer!

So that beautiful Colonial I posted a picture of the other day… we came to an agreement with the builder and hopefully it will be ours!

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We had the offer in the other day, however I was afraid if I posted anything it would be bad luck. But now we have an accepted offer!  It is still not final, we still have to get the mortgage commitment, have the house inspected and appraised (please appraise) and if all that goes well we should be moving in around mid June.

I will post interior photos soon as well, the builder is going quite a bit of work to the kitchen for us before we close.  The kitchen as is has laminate counter tops that look like granite.  Fake granite is so much worse than regular laminate, OWN YOUR LAMINATE-NESS stop pretending to be something your not!  So we are having it replaced with the real granite.  Also the appliances are getting switched out.  My Fiance K likes to cook so he insisted the builder give us a gas stove since there is gas heat in the house (Duh, why would you have gas running through the house already and not use it to cook?)

Also, it comes with a side by side fridge. If you’ve ever owned a side by side fridge you know how evil they are. They look all nice and pretty and you think this is great I don’t have to bend down to go in the freezer once a day!  But you know what, you have to bend down to half of your food in the fridge. And don’t even try to put a birthday cake, pork shoulder, or pizza box in there because it simply isn’t wide enough.  So that is going too and being replaced with a bottom freezer model.

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See that side by side fridge/freezer… bye bye!  Also notice that all of the appliances in this kitchen are Stainless Steel, with the exception of the dishwasher?  Why that was done is also a head scratcher.  They must have gotten a huge deal on the lone black appliance or something, whatever the guy was thinking he’s changing that too.  Sorry I’m a nit picker but it would keep me up at night thinking about the lone mismatched appliance.

He also has to pave the driveway and grade and seed the lawn.  All before we close!  It’s a lot of work and will be even more once we move in and start trying to make it ours; but I can’t wait to begin our married lives here!


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Trying to Buy a “Dream House”

For the last few months my fiance and I have been a hunt to find a house to call home.  Currently we live in a condo he bought before we met.  The “bachelor pad”

Although he has done his best to make me feel like it is my home as well, it never quite fit me.  For one thing it was the perfect size for a single man with a ton of hobbies.  Add a woman who is overly into sewing and crafting and a little dog… instantly too small.

Such has been our living situation for the last 3 years.  With our wedding approaching in less than a month we are looking for a place that will fit the three of us (yes I count the dog, she’s our four-legged furry daughter).

We’re looking for a place like this:

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We both love the traditional Colonial look and like the openness new homes provide.

Problem: These homes are EXTREMELY expensive in our lovely state of Connecticut.  The one above is available and currently owned by the builder, making it slightly cheaper than having it custom built.

Here’s hoping he’ll accept our offer and we can move in, decorate and make it our own!