Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Welcome home!

Last Thursday Greg and I woke up early, drove down to a little office in Provo and signed our lives away.

At least that's what it felt like.

It was an hour of signing documents, then a stop at the bank to wire every last penny we've ever earned, and botta bing, botta boom, WE ARE HOME OWNERS!  (Also, how totally weird is it to have thousands of dollars in your bank account one minute and zero dollars in your bank account the next minute?  It is awful, that's what it is.)

I thought it was never going to happen.  It seemed like that house was going to just keep getting built and built and built and that we'd never move in.

But we're in!  As of Friday, we are in!

Would you like to see some pictures?  Alright... you talked me into it!

THE EXTERIOR
(Two car garage?!  We're in HEAVEN!)




THE KITCHEN...


My favorite part about the house is the kitchen.  It didn't quite turn out how I had envisioned, but it's close enough.  I thought the wall color would be darker.  It's very hard to look at a 1" x 1" swap of color and know how that will look on every wall in your household.  I wanted it to be a light gray.  Greg had chosen out a color that probably would have been perfect, but last minute I went in and changed it in place of a lighter shade because I was worried the original color would go on too dark.  I thought that paint always looks darker on walls? (Since someone has told me the opposite- it always goes on lighter.  Which is it people?!?)


The other part of the kitchen that didn't go quite as I had planned was the tile back splash.  I used a picture from the builders to choose from- it was supposed to be a light gray that matched the counter tops.  Five days after June was born we were walking through the home with our realtor to talk about some landscaping issues.  I stopped in my tracks in the kitchen when I saw the back splash that had just gone up that day.  It wasn't gray at all- it was cream- and it didn't match the kitchen a bit.  Five days postpartum and not quite in control of my emotions, I naturally burst into tears.  The realtor, who works in the English department with me at my school, was nice as can be as was Greg, but you can tell they didn't quite know what to do with me.  Lesson learned- always ask for a sample not a picture.


^^What the back spalsh looked like on the picture... GRAY, right?


^^ What the back splash looks like in real life.  Greg says I need to let it go.  I say he'll never understand the complexities of kitchen tile back splash.

MOVING ON... THE MASTER BATH.


^^ Again, so hard with samples to know how everything is going to go together.  The counter tops and tile don't quite match like I want them to, but, you know... let it go...

MASTER CLOSET.


^^ This space is mine alone- there is a whole other half of the closet for Greg.  I'm in absolute closet heaven.

MASTER BEDROOM


DECK



Friday we got everything moved out of our apartment and into the town home.  Both my and Greg's mom showed up around noon on Friday to help us clean, pack, and box up everything.  (I try to be useful, but with my incision there is still so much I can't do!)  About 4:00 my brother showed up with his truck and trailer as well as my other brother and nephew to help pack boxes.  Greg's brother and sister in law came to help too, and within an hour we had everything loaded.  I was so overwhelmed as I looked at our "crew"- all of these people helping us do the worst chore ever- move.  They weren't there because they had to be or because they were benefiting somehow- they were just there because they love us and wanted to help us.  It has been so humbling for me to see how many people have helped us in and given to us in these days since June's birth.  Coming from a girl who can't even push a vacuum by herself these days, I am so appreciate of all of you who have helped in some way or sent love or well wishes.  Thank you!

Life is good.

42 comments:

  1. looks gorgeous bonnie! now i'm freaking out about what i picked out for our new house! i need to go double check! and i have no idea about paint. i thought it went on darker too? that's so weird!

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  2. Mazel tov!! My husband and I just closed on our first home on 7/18 and moved last Saturday... what a herculean task! And yes, it totally sucks to have thousands of dollars and then instantly have $0, but as Ken (my husband) said, we get to look at our thousands of dollars every day because WE LIVE IN IT! Congrats on your beautiful home; wishing you, Greg, and June many years of happy memories there!

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  3. Definitely agreeing with you on the backsplash. Picking things out was THE worst!!! I always had to remember that I needed to make sure things matched :P I didn't compare our tile to the carpet and was super worried about it until I saw it all installed. So beautiful!!! I love the trim around the doors. We just did that on our main floor and after it was finished, I started seeing pictures everywhere with the tops extended a little past the width of the door and smacked myself in the head for not thinking of that.

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  4. I'm in love with your house! That master bathroom and master closet are my dream come true! Congrats to you and Greg and baby June :)

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  5. So exciting! Your house is gorgeous! I'll have to remember some of this stuff for years down the road when we are buying a house!

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  6. This is the post I've been waiting for - I love looking around people's homes (in a non-creepy non-stalker kinda way) and your new home is so beautiful. I love the master bath and closet space in particular. Please give us an update when all your stuff is in and you've settled properly - I'll be waiting with baited breath! Owning your first home is awesome so I wish you, Greg, June and Mav many happy and healthy years there :) xx

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  7. Your house is absolutely gorgeous! I still love the kitchen, even without it matching. I actually think it looks more unique that way. :) It's so fresh! And that closet, OMG. To-die-for.

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  8. That house is amazing. Since me only experience with provo living is single student housing, it's good to know not all home have fallen to ruin from too many college kids lol

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  9. The kitchen looks fabulous! My dream kitchen is a white one with granite and stainless steel. It's beautiful. Also, love that jacuzzi tub. That's such a luxury that I wish I had right now!! I will be looking for my house next year. I'm so excited. We have both become huge HGTV addicts.

    Congrats!!!

    Ginny
    www.buttergirldiaries.com

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  10. Beautiful home! I think the kitchen came together really nicely despite some details not going the way you imagined... it definitely looks very cohesive and warm! Congratulations again on the baby, on the house, on everything really!

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  11. Congrats! We just joined club homeowners a few weeks ago, so we know the feeling. I love the cream color in the kitchen but it is shame it doesn't go with the counter tops - the original picture is cream...it's just the lighting is TERRIBLE. I would have expected more professional quality photos. Oh well. You have a house! With an awesome huge tub!! That is the important part :)

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  12. It's beautiful! I love the kitchen sooo much! And the built in shelving in your closet is amazing!

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  13. It's a beautiful house! Congratulations.

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  14. Congratulations!!! The whole house looks beautiful! If you hadn't said anything about the backsplash, I never would have noticed! My first thought was WOW, what a BEAUTIFUL kitchen!! :)

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  15. Your new house looked lovely! Congratulations!

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  16. Beautiful!!!!!! Congratulations on finally getting moved in!!!

    Brianna

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  17. It's beautiful! That tub looks like heaven. My parents remodeled their house a few years ago and picking out paint and backsplash and everything was SO stressful... but once you have appliances and things on the counters the difference in the colors won't be nearly as noticeable, and you'll get used to it soon and it won't even cross your mind (hopefully). Congratulations!

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  18. I bought a condo in the Boston area 9 years ago and it has been way better than I ever dreamed. You will enjoy being home owners!

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  19. Congrats - the house is beautiful! So many changes for you - a precious little girl and now a new house!! I bet once you have the place decorated you won't even notice the slight differences in the finishes - although i think they look great (but completely understand it wasn't exactly what you wanted). Hope that once you have everything in place you will share more!

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  20. It's beautiful!! You are going to make so many wonderful memories there. Please blur out your address on the picture though!! Maybe I'm being ridiculous but people are crazy and this is the internet. : )

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  21. Oh goodness, so exciting! Congrats Bonnie, Greg and June!

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  22. Very nice!! Can't wait to see how you decorate June's nursery!!

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  23. Congrats!!! I can't wait to see more! - And the back splash totally didn't look cream in the sample picture.

    http://polkadottedbluejay.blogspot.com/

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  24. ah congrats! It looks amazing!!! I'm so happy that you guys are in and don't have to worry about that anymore. but I agree with you after we signed our lives away and took everything out of the bank it was kind of sad, but we had a house! yay!

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  25. Congratulations on the new house! I know it's not exactly perfect like you envisioned, but I think it looks awesome!

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  26. Your new home is gorrrrgeous! Your master bath is stunning and that closet?! Totally jealous! Congratulations! What a busy past couple of months this has been for you all! :)

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  27. Congratulations homeowner! Your house is beautiful. I'm jealous of what I assume is a corner pantry in your kitchen.

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  28. Congrats to you!!! The view from your deck is breathtaking!!! Also, it took me FOREVER to choose the kitchen backsplash in our house. I kept apologizing to the lady working with us for taking so long, but she assured me that believe it or not, with most couples it is the hardest thing to choose in the house. Who would have thought a space so small would be so difficult!?!

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  29. Congratulations gorgeous girl! Your life is just so filled with newness and excitement right now it is amazing!!!

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  30. Congratulations!! And that tub! Amazing!

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  31. Backsplash, tile, counter tops, Bon you sure did grow up this summer.

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  32. Such a beautiful home! It looks great. So happy for you guys. We will be home owners for the first time by December. It's exciting yet very scary at the same time!

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  33. Looks good! I agree on the backsplash!

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  34. There is no place like home

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  35. Oh, your new house is just beautiful! I love the white cabinets and the countertops, so clean and pretty. I can see how having the backsplash turn out different than you thought can be upsetting (it looks great!), but the house is really, really gorgeous and looks amazing! And here's to great friends who are willing to move you on the fly, what a blessing.

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  36. Your kitchen is amazing :) Congratulations!

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  37. You have your own closest! That's amazing!

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  38. Gorgeous home. Congrats! Enjoy it!

    I can't wait for my husband to get out of the military so we can have the home of our dreams!

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  39. WOW!! Congratulations!! That' so exciting :) I'm excited to see how you decorate it!

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  40. Looks great...I would make them do the back splash over.

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  41. Your house is beautiful!! I'd say let it go to the little things and just enjoy it! :)

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