Thursday, September 30, 2010

Happily living in our new home

We are finally living in our new home. The kitchen, bathrooms and office are still under construction. So, we are definitely living out of boxes for the moment, but all of our stuff is here.....somewhere. The old place is completely clean. We hand the keys over on Saturday morning. We were so thankful to have help from friends for the move. Erin helped with a little packing. Jaime, Mark and Chris were saints on moving day. Everything went so quickly. Jaime and Mark are getting married in just a few short weeks, so it was really great of them to help when they already have their hands full. Chris is the father of beautiful, energetic twin boys. So it was very kind of him to take time away from his family to help. All in all, we did it. It was hot. It wasn't exactly pretty. But, we are finally here and it feels so good. Yay!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The first sign that we actually will live in the new home. I moved our coat closet over this week. Now that the painting in the main rooms are done as well as the carpet cleaning, I have started slowly moving over breakable, awkward or large items. Yay!

We picked drapes this week. I was surprised that there weren't better options. After looking at a few different stores, we found that Lowe's had the best selection. We chose a cream color for the living room and a nice blue for the bedrooms. As you can see, Honey likes the drapes best as a bed, but I'm sure she'll learn to appreciate them after they are covering the windows too.

Removing the glue from the floor is the dirtiest job that I've ever had to do. It was/is gross. The goof off makes the glue turn into a black, soup-like liquid. It is nasty and really hard to clean up!!! At one point, Josh said something along the lines of, "Isn't this fun?!" I'm sure that the look on my face was priceless. My idea of fun and his idea of fun are surely two different things. Although I love to spend time with him and I do look forward to having the project done, I am not enjoying the process. My personality does not do well with a gooey, icky messes. I've also realized that I really like projects that can be done at once. I'm not good with multiple day projects. They drive me a little batty. It is as if I cannot leave something undone and not constantly think about it. When did I lose my flexibility? Oh well, at some point I think it is best to just accept yourself as you are, flaws and all. 

So we are very much looking forward to moving next week. This week will be a little odd. Josh is heading to Baltimore, so I'm on my own for most of the packing. Honey and I are going to miss him so much!

Phoenix Real Estate Agent Nancy Pilgrim is the BEST!

Do you know how you sometimes meet people in life and you just instantly love them. That is how it was when I met Nancy. She is a good friend's Mom and over the years has become my friend too. She is a special soul. Not only is she a fabulous glass bead maker, she was also our real estate agent. She was patient, thorough, honest and just plain wonderful. If you ever need a great real estate agent in the Phoenix area, please consider Nancy Pilgrim. I promise that you will thank me after you find your dream home with help from Nancy. :)

PS - (1 year later, 10/1/11), Nancy helped my Mom to find a lovely little townhouse in a great little complex near the Biltmore in Central Phoenix. Being that my Mom lives in Montana, it was quite complicated at times but Nancy made it seem easy-breezy. Honestly, if you need an excellent real estate agent, you must try Nancy Pilgrim!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Our new floor

Josh continues to work on removing the glue from the concrete floor (eat-in kitchen area shown above). He is using goof off, which does seem to work but still requires a lot of work on his part to scrape the ooey-gooey glue off the floor. I have no idea how old that linoleum was, but I would not be at all surprised to find out that it was the original flooring. Although I was a little worried about biting off more than we could chew before we move in, I am glad that we moved forward with this project. I would have never been able to clean the linoleum to my satisfaction. This will offer us a clean new start. I just keep reminding myself that it is okay if things are not perfectly ready for us to move in. We have the rest of our lives to work on this house, there is no need to rush.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

2 weeks until the big move!

We only have 2 weeks left before we move and although things are coming along well, there is so much left to do. It gets very overwhelming when we stop and think about it all. Sometimes it is better to just focus on each task at hand. Here are some of our projects from this week.

Before - that big pink spot was a mirror that they painted around. I am pretty sure that every room in the house was some shade of pink at some point in time. I love pink, but not for my walls. No thanks!

The living room is now "bon voyage" and "cozy cottage" with a white "frost" trim and ceiling. Now, we just need to pull up the tape and touch up a few spots. Yay!

Joshua pulled up all of the linoleum in the kitchen, mud room and both bathrooms today. It was pretty disgusting and it had to go. The goal is to clean the floor really well and paint it until we can afford and have time to tile.

It is crazy right now and living between two houses makes me want to pull my hair out. But there are little moments each day that make me smile. The sunset tonight was amazing! I couldn't get any really good photos of it, but it got me outside and I snapped a few outdoor pictures of our house. It gave me a chance to feel really grateful for our new home. As much work as it might be, it is ours, and we are so very lucky to have it. 

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Painting is no joke

master bedroom

Painting the interior of the house has been a mixture of fun, pain, sweat, tears, laughter and singing. It really is a huge undertaking.

Joshua starts off by painting the ceilings and patching/sanding the walls to remove major imperfections and then primes wherever needed.  

guest bedroom

I follow up with tape, two coats of paint on the walls and then bright white trim. I learned early on to put a lot of paint on the wall to get a good coat. I work myself around the room starting at the top and then rolling down to the trim in patches so that the paint can be as even as possible. It is tricky and strenuous work!

Honey assists by providing a distraction when a break is needed and constant entertainment. She is also always available to nap or be petted.

guest bedroom

Both our bedroom and the guest bedroom are now "sterling" and they look so much BETTER! But, we have so much left to do! We decided to not make the move until Sunday, Sept 26th. We just want to be able to get as much done before we move as possible. I'll definitely post "before" and "during" and "after" photos for each room as they are completed.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

New home = hard work

Preparation for painting.

Our paint colors are the two on the far left - bon voyage is the blue color and sterling is the gray color as well as frost white and cozy cottage which is sort of a cream. I can't wait to see the paint on the walls!

Someday this will be our office. All of the glue has to be scraped off of the walls and ceiling so that the walls can be skimmed with joint compound and then painted. Yuck!

Every counter is covered in tools, cleaning supplies, screws, nails, etc.

And this is what happens after a hard day of work. Honey and Josh napping. Aren't they cute!?

Our first official irrigation since we took ownership of the home happens tomorrow night at 1:45am.  Apparently the irrigation schedule is pretty random. We could be scheduled for any time of day.  I'm sure that this won't seem so harsh when we actually live in the house and can just roll out of bed and walk outside in our pj's. 

Most everything seems to be going along okay. It is a lot of work for just the two of us, but we just keep working away at it. We are both feeling more and more like this home is ours.

Oooh, one of the best things that we did for the house was having the ducts cleaned. If you live in Phoenix and move any time soon, I definitely recommend Arizona Air Duct Cleaning Co. They were really nice and did a fabulous job. It felt as if it instantly made a difference in the quality of air.


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