I've been a complete blog slacker lately, and with good reason. We moved!!! This whole process started back in August and we could not be happier that we are finally starting to get settled into our new house.
In the summer of 2011, we started looking at houses. We had outgrown our little 3 bedroom house way faster than we had planned and were ready for some more space. We found a couple of houses we really liked, but never really had a peace about buying at that time.
Fast forward to this past summer. More looking, more negotiating, nothing happening. Then, at the end of August, one of the houses we really liked in the summer of 2011 came back on the market. We went back and looked at it again...which was the 3rd time we had looked at this particular house. We knew we wanted it. We made an offer, and after some negotiating, they accepted and that got the ball rolling!
We put our house on the market in the middle of September. After only 5 weeks, we had a contract on it! We actually received 2 offers on the same weekend. We were very blessed to sell so quickly. I am so thankful for how quickly the house sold for many reasons, but one of the main reasons was that keeping a house "show ready" with 2 little helpers was a job! Not to mention we were in the house all day, everyday so I felt like I constantly cleaned. I think we had about 15-20 showings in that short amount of time.
So many funny things happened in those 5 weeks. So many nights of eating out because we had showings during dinnertime. So many afternoons of mopping and dusting while the kids napped.
Our original closing date on both houses was December 5th. We were able to start the moving process into our new-to-us house on the weekend of December 1st. We spent that weekend painting and cleaning. Josh's parents and my parents where HUGE helps that weekend! We seriously could not have done it without them. I am so thankful for all their hard work. I already had a commitment (sweet Preslee's birthday party) that Saturday of moving weekend, so I a was gone the entire day. Josh and our parents worked so hard and helped so much so that I could still go down to the party. I am so thankful for all they got done that day.
Josh and I doing a little teamwork ceiling and wall dusting! :)
Josh's dad painting the living room.
My dad painted Jillian's room from green to a more neutral.
And painted Brody's room from orange to a much more neutral grey.
We moved the 2nd-4th. Since we didn't move far, we decided to move ourselves and use a trailer. Oh my!! That was fun! :) I'm so thankful for the help of our families, Jill's husband, Brandon, and our friends, Ryan and Adam. We would have never gotten moved without their help!
It was quite a mess around here for days!!
We should have closed the 5th, but there was a delay in some paperwork on our buyers side of things. Absolutely nothing that they could have controlled, but it caused the closing to be delayed 3 weeks. We were happy to be able to spend Christmas in our new house, so us moving when we did work out for us, although, I wouldn't recommend moving at Christmastime. Ha! Our tree might not have gone up until December 18th. And I didn't send out a Christmas card.
We were finally able to close 2 weeks ago! It was bittersweet to finalize the selling of our first home. We loved that house and we love the memories we made in that home. We came home from our honeymoon to that house and brought our babies home from the hospital to that house. It's hard to walk away from something that holds so much joy!
I was reminded during this experience about the Lord's timing and His faithfulness in our lives. We are thankful for this fun new blessing and look forward to lots of lots of wonderful memories in this house!
And maybe if I can get it looking more like a home and less like I mess, I will share some pictures with you all! :)