Autumn is my most favorite time of year!
It’s still eighty degrees out, but I’m embracing all things fall.
I’m all about pumpkins and leaves and cotton up in here (up in here)
This is what it looks like when the pumpkins aren’t gathered up by Baby K.
There are other little collections in the living room, but I chose to share this one because I like the way it looks best.
My God, y’all! The light in this house never ceases to amaze me.
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Last week y’all saw what we did in the laundry room.
I’m going to share a peek at the linen closet this week.
When we first moved in and began unpacking, I simply crammed stuff into the linen closet. All I cared about in that moment was getting it out of boxes and (for the most part) where it belonged.
I don’t have any photos of the towels and bins and random supplies, but I can assure it it was somewhere between hot mess and shit show, but not as bad as a cluster fuck.
Once I got the laundry room the way I wanted it, and necessities appropriate stored in bathrooms, I went after the linen closet.
I began by taking everything out.
Then after I had an idea about what I was looking to put back in, I got on my Target app and bought a load of gray bins.
Had to pick them up and two different stores, but one is only a bit further from home than the other so it wasn’t that big of a deal.
That was the day the remnants of Ida came our way so I swung by YBW’s office to pick him up so he didn’t have to walk home in the pouring rain.
When he got in the car and saw all the bins he said:
As we do…
I sat on Baby K’s little bathroom stool in the middle of the hall refolding towels and sheets. Putting all manner of necessities in bins and finally loaded everything back in a way that made sense to me.
So far so good.
While I was getting all those gray bins for the linen closet, I got more white ones to use in the laundry room, so here’s a photo update of that for your ‘house porn’ viewing pleasure.
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(how it started)
We’d lived here all of three days when I announced I wanted to stack the washer and dryer and build a cabinet in the laundry room.
YBW said, “You haven’t even done any laundry yet.”
While I completely agreed with him on that I just knew that’s how it had to be.
He knows that when ‘I know’ I actually do know, and he’s learned to trust that. So he quickly got on my page.
He bought the cabinet.
(which sat in the box for two and a half weeks before we were ready to build and install it)
I bought the laundry stacking kit.
(and we waited until we both had availability at the same time)
Sunday when we got home from Baby K’s house, we got after it.
We got the dryer on the washer without too much trouble.
We built the cabinet on the floor in our bedroom without too much trouble.
We installed the cabinet in the laundry room with great heaping loads of trouble.
(Y’all my husband has patience coming out his ears! After three failed attempts of me planning how to get the cabinet in the laundry room and installed, he came up with the simple plan that worked.)
And(!!) I got two loads of laundry finished before we went to bed that night!
(how it’s going)
I sent this photo in the group chat.
Thing 1 said, “OMG that looks awesome!!!”
Thing 2 said, “That is actual house porn”
They ain’t lyin’, y’all!
Three days in I knew what I needed.
One month later I have it.
That laundry room is absolute perfection.
It will be when I get the wallpaper up in there!
They delivered our custom made dining table last Thursday morning.
I have ALL the Sunday dinner vibes!
YBW and Thing 1 are already talking about Thanksgiving.
I’m so excited for our friends and fam to come feast with us at this ginormous table!
I’m also pretty excited about deciding how to style it…
This house becomes our home a little more each day, y’all!
School started last week and for the first time since February of 2020, I’ve spend more time in a school building than out of one.
I subbed in French I and II for eighth graders.
The trickiest bit was there’s no teacher. No lesson plans.
Just me and thirty kids, and I don’t actually speak the language. My knowledge of French exists because Thing 1 and Thing 2 took French in high school.
The first day of school we did some get-to-know-you activities. Each subsequent day, I flew by the seat of my pants finding all the English speaking bits from the textbook.
Writing lesson plans isn’t actually under the job description of a substitute teacher…I’m just sayin’.
But, I survived!
At the end of the week, I met the retired French teacher who will be taking over the class until they can hire someone permanently. She reassured me I managed beautifully, and even showed me in the standard of learning that I’d already covered required material.
But really, go those kids!
They were patient and engaged and perfectly willing to adapt.
I’ll see them twice more this week and two more times in September and already have more than enough lessons planned.
I’m heading over to ‘my old school’ this afternoon to teach in a fourth grade class, and they’ve already asked me if I’m willing to work temporarily in the front office.
I’m over here like, here’s my availability, let’s see what we can work out.
What’s great about all this is that I’m feeling good about being back to school.
What’s not great about all this is that I’m not getting as much done at home.
I am so close to being settled and feeling at home in this house…
We’ve already scheduled Baby K’s Birdie and Papa weekends through December. We need to do a few more things to ensure her safety here for extended periods of time.
She’s SO ready! When we were at her house yesterday, she kept saying, “B-Papa house!”
We’re going to make it work, because we’re just as enthusiastic about her being here with us as she is.
I’m making time for the important things.
Creating a home.
Being at school.
Writing these words.
Making time to do what I love.
I’m cool with that.
We’ve lived here two weeks and five days.
The kitchen was a shit-show.
Oh, who am I kidding, the whole damn house was a shit-show!
How it started.
How it’s going.
Sunset bubbly on the roof!
I’ve been working so hard and feeling super overwhelmed. But I’m creating a home and that takes hard work and a great deal of patience.
I’ve got loads of hard work in me. I seem to be a bit short on patience…
I’m eager to feel settled here in our beautiful ’empty nest’!
This is it, y’all.
The last Sunday morning at the home site.
Next Sunday morning we’ll already be living here!
Oh my goodness, look at that handsome devil walking up the driveway!
Here’s some panoramic shots of the main level.
From the corner of the living room.
From the corner of the dining room.
I spy a girl dancing in the garage.
Thing 1, Husband N, Baby K, and Nana (Husband N’s mom here for a visit), YBW’s brother and his wife met us at the house this morning, then our nephew met us and we all went to brunch!
We had a wonderful day!
I don’t know what we’re going to do with our Sunday mornings from now on…but it most likely won’t be as cool as how we’ve spent our Sunday mornings over the past year.
Having this house built was a momentous journey and I’m overflowing with love, joy, and gratitude we took it.
Wednesday we begin the journey of officially creating our home in this house, and I’m overflowing with enthusiasm, anticipation, and excitement!
This was the first week we were in the house and it looked like it could actually become a home.
Majority of the construction dust and dirt cleaned up or out.
Kitchen looks like a place for us to cook and eat and live and work and entertain.
Surfaces dotted with blue and green painters tape. The green is from the inspector Wednesday last week. Loads of finishing things still to do, but we finally feel like this is the place we’re going to live in eleven short days!
My car already feels at home.
Can y’all see that!?!
That window way up high?
The one that actually belongs in that space?
That’s right! The bronze window finally arrived and was installed one day last week. (the white window they painted is leaning against the wall in our garage)
Banisters are stained and they are absolutely gorgeous!
My list of what needs to be finished/corrected is small at this point. One recessed light is missing and the cabinet hardware is wrong in two bathrooms.
But I’m about to write an email to Tommy the building manager before I close my computer to tackle my moving list.
We got an email last week with a finish date of Wednesday July 14.
Then our walk through is Wednesday July 21.
And our final walk through and settlement July 28.
Can you see the blue painter’s tape on the poorly painted window way up high?
Meh…it’ll get sorted one way or another.
My pantry is ready to go! (Container Store here I come)
Actually, I’ll most likely hit up Home Goods before I head over the Container Store…you’ll notice I said before.
Laundry machines are here!!
ALL! THE! HYPE!
The bedside lights have their sparkle and I love it even more than I expected!
Loving this shower glass!
You know we missed last week because we were in Carlsbad.
I said to YBW on the way to the house, “I’m so excited to see the house this week! I feel like it didn’t change much from week to week there for a bit and now it’s been two weeks and it feels more exciting and new again!”
While there were new things, the reality is it isn’t that much different than it was two weeks ago.
That won’t stop my excitement!