Talk to Us Tuesday-On Leaving Our First Home

There are about a hundred steps between where we are and our dream house. They’ll be fun steps. They’ll be sexy steps. And we’ll try not to fall down them together. Okay? -Meredith, Grey’s Anatomy 

Even though I’m on vacation, I’m still talking  with Impulsive Addict and Seriously Shawn. Come join the fun!

Looking around our house at all of our packed boxes, I couldn’t help but get nostalgic. As excited as I am to move, I think a small part of me will miss this little house. It was the first house Match and I lived in together. Before that it was a duplex and of course apartment hell.

It was the first place we lived as a married couple. We spent our entire first year of marriage in this house. It was the scene of so many big events in our lives.

The kitchen where I learned to cook so many tasty (and a few not so tasty) culinary experiments.

The bedroom where we giggled ourselves to sleep. Where Match did his “sexy chicken” dance.

The living room, where we curled up on the couch watching tv shows and the fire on cold nights.



Where we had our first real Christmas tree. Not that tiny joke of a tree from the year before but an actual tree.

And the front porch, where we drank tea and watched the rain. Where we toasted to Match’s graduation. Where I would kiss him goodbye on that first night shift at the jail, when I was so nervous and excited for him.

And this is the house that we were in when we got the call about our offer being accepted on a house, and where we danced together, laughing and crying happy tears.

Yes, the new house will hold even more memories for us, and I can’t wait to build them. But I think it’s important to honor the first home we had. The place where our married life began.

Friday Daydreamin’-Favorite Halloween Photo

[Haley walks in with a revealing nurse costume]
Claire: What the hell is that?
Haley: What? You told me to put on an old costume.
Claire: Not from when you were eight. Are you trying to get candy or Japanese business men? Change it. Go.-Modern Family


This week Becca asked us to post our favorite Halloween photo and describe it. It was 2008, and it was my first Halloween with Match. He was The White Rabbit and I was Alice. It was the last year I wore a slutty Halloween costume, and the first time I’d ever worn a couple’s costume. I couldn’t pick just one photo, so here are a few.

Match was fighting a losing battle with his rabbit hood falling over his face.

This is my absolute favorite picture of the night. I love that Match played along with me and wore that ridiculous hood all night.

We haven’t dressed up in a couple’s costume since, and I really miss it. Hopefully next year we will when we have a Halloween party at our house! There’s still hope that we can throw something together up in Oregon too. We’ll see what I can dig out of my parent’s attic. What are you doing for Halloween this year?

Talk to Us Tuesday-The Alcoholics Are Moving In

Monica: Honey, that’s a great idea nailing your boxes to the floor !
Chandler: I didn’t nail my boxes to the floor.
Monica: Oh so you can move them !-Friends

  • I feel like I’ve been MIA from the bloggy world. I haven’t written a decent journal entry in awhile. It’s been crazy busy around here.
  • Our loan was officially approved today, and we’re down to the last final weeks of this process. We’re a full week ahead of schedule! That means we could be home owners as early as November 7th. Two weeks baby!
  • My life for the past few days has been nothing but packing and cleaning. I’m so ready for our Oregon trip this Friday and vacation!!
  • Do you know it’s damn near impossible to find boxes in this town? All the stores are super stingy about them. With the exception of the liquor store.
  • So now most of our boxes look like this:

 

  • Just wait till the new neighbors get a load of us. Great honey, the alcoholics are moving in next door! 😉

Desperately Need Some New Specs

Match has been bugging me to get new sunglasses since we met three years ago. The problem is, my glasses are prescription. I’ve been procrastinating getting new ones because they’re always so expensive. But let’s face it guys, mine are fugly. I mean, look at them:

What I want are the same frames as Match’s sun eyeglasses but with a prescription. I’m not sure if that’s even a possibility though. I’ve been avoiding it because they’re so expensive to replace. But now that I’m due for an eye exam anyways, I need to bite the bullet.

Lucky for me I stumbled across GlassesUSA.com where they carry multifocal glasses, regular, and Rx glasses online. They guarantee the lowest prices and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. I’ve never purchases glasses online before, but they have this really fun virtual mirror where you can sort of “try them on”.

Right now they’re also offering a few sales: Take $25 off any order of transitions lenses with code Trans25, or 10% off any order with code Blog10. If you’re in the market for new glasses you should check them out. After I get my new prescription I’m going to be ordering a new pair. Hopefully ones that Match doesn’t make fun of. 😉

The Hunt is Over

Marshall: Did [the inspector] say he found a hobo?
Ted: Okay, yes, there are problems, but I see this house for what I know it can be. I see a swing on that tree. I see a wreath on the door at Christmas. I see a grill on the patio where I’ll be barbecuing every Sunday. I see this house for a life I know I can have. (inspector falls through ceiling)
Barney: I see a lawsuit! –How I Met Your Mother

It’s happened guys, it’s finally happened. We are officially…

After four prior offers being outbid, we finally got our offer accepted. We are so over the moon excited! We still have to get through escrow, and I’ve heard closing can be it’s own sort of battle, but I have a really good feeling about this.

I won’t forget the moment when we were on the phone with our Realtor, listening as he told us the good news. Match and I were looking at each other, both of us fighting off happy tears. After the phone call we did  a little dance around the kitchen, hugging and laughing. A house, we may have our house!!

Guys, it’s so pretty. Of course there are little things we want to do to update it and make it our own, but no major home repair seems to be needed.. Here’s a couple of pictures for now, and there will be more than you care to see if we close. Our inspection is this Saturday, and the in-laws are coming out to see it. I can’t wait to show them!

I love the brick red garage door. The front doors match it too.

 

It’s also across the street from a community park. As in, we can see it from the driveway. How cool is that?

I was so excited when I discovered that all the appliances come with the house. Even the fridge! Stainless steel heaven. Ideally we’d like to install recessed lighting and maybe lighten up those dark cabinets. Also change out the counter tops to granite, but that is a change that will have to wait awhile.

I am so nervous/excited about the home inspection. I just pray the inspector doesn’t find anything wrong and the rest of this process goes smoothly.

I can’t stop thinking about the house.  I can already see our table all decked out for Thanksgiving. I can see the Christmas tree in that front window. I can see our future babies taking their first steps in the living room.  This is the place where we’re going to build our memories. I cannot wait to start.