I really thought I would be a Good Blogger & continue to post & update as we started adjusting to life in our new house.
I really didn't account for how hectic things would get, how busy work would be and of course, how growing a small human would just zap anything resembling motivation.
But here we are, about 4.5 months from move-in date so here goes!
I can honestly say I love my house. That's not to say there aren't a few things on the "wish we would've thought of that" list but overall it is exactly what we wanted and we wouldn't change a thing. Well, except for more closet space. The "closet" in the laundry room is just laughable and the bedrooms could have bigger/better designed closets. I've seen the S&A homes on our street & I'm jealous! Why couldn't we have cabinets in our laundry room to help? I smell a future project...
It took about 6-7 weeks to have our "30-day" meeting bc our PM left to go be a Spanish teacher. The new PM wants to make us happy. It took a REALLY long time to get the plumber & granite guys to come fix stuff (like a total of 3 months) but they did a good job. Now if I can get the front walk, steps & porch fixed we'll be in business. There's an obvious mistake on the column/front walk & steps placement & the porch cracked right in front of the front door. We were given some reason that made no sense - nice try but we're both civil engineers and understand a) how concrete works and b) what happens when it's not done correctly.
We actually have a decent yard now, although we've gone way past the 2 measly bags of seed that the landscapers donated. J took the yard as a personal mission. We're talking an assortment of hoses, manifolds, timers...it was elaborate. Unfortunately, that water bill was sickening.
J & I have had an absolute blast furnishing the house. Luckily we had saved for this - it was NOT cheap but we decided we would rather invest in quality that we would have for a long time rather than go on the cheap and replace every few years. Here are some pictures of what we chose:
|Our Bedroom...we're grownups now with REAL furniture!|
|Main room (looking from office). LOVE how comfortable this is...|
Total plug for La-Z-Boy design services here.
|Morning Room (now we have fewer boxes and a mirror)|
See this fella? He's...a challenge! Super cute, which is obviously on purpose. We decided that it was in EVERYONE'S best interest to go ahead and install a fence. I'm fairly sure it'll be useful for small humans in the future. Here's a picture of the installation process. At this point, we still need to buy our shed (to free up that other garage bay...winter is coming!) but we have a fence! Once the dirt settles we can stop using a leash when we take Harrison outside. Which is all.the.time. Someone likes to hear the bells on the door ring...
|Harry Joe in Puppy Jail|
|HJ and his Daddy :)|
|That face! Soooo much trouble wrapped in cuteness|
|He went as Chumpasaurus Rex for Halloween :)|
|Puppy Point Guard - UK's next blue chip recruit!|
|Harrison & Mommy on a Sheetz Run for donuts!|
|Harrison & Daddy chillin' on the chaise|
|Happy Day! Harrison gets his fence!|
|Dignity is for suckers|
We also are almost done with our other project, Stewart: Generation 2.0. I'm due in just over a month! The nursery is almost done - apologies for the poor lighting but there was NO lighting until we installed the ceiling fan. Another "why on earth does Ryan not do this" type thing. I suppose we just had to show them the money!
|Casa de Stew: Nursery Edition|
|Baby Stew's crib :)|
|Millenium Park, Chicago: Babymoon 2015|
Labor Day Weekend - 24+ weeks
|Like a Boss - Buckingham Fountain, Chicago|
Babymoon, Labor Day Weekend 2015
|When else can I go as the Wrecking Ball??|
|Really brave, really dumb or both...|
|Santa certainly DOES love Harrison!|