365 days

As of today, we have officially owned our home for ONE WHOLE YEAR.  Whoa.  I don’t know where the time went but I feel like we’ve learned so much as home owners.  Things like:

-Forest hates painting now.  Owning our home ruined him of the joy of painting walls.

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-I [still] love the smell of freshly cut grass, especially our own.April 2014 Rainbow over house

-You don’t realize how much stuff you have when you have to unpack and find a new home for all of it.

-Home seems different after vacation.  When we walked in after a week-long trip, it seemed plain.  But familiar and comfortable.

-Things break.  Like the dishwasher, the hot water heater, the pool, the screen door. 2014_04_18_1204

-New things are expensive.  Lawn mower, patio furniture, area rugs, chairs.

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-The weeds that grow in the flower beds are relentless.

outside3-The flowers that grow in those same flower beds are gorgeous.  And I can’t wait for them to bloom again.

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-We can handle the maintenance of a pool.  Even if it was only for 1 summer.wpid-img_20140605_192805.jpg

-We like hosting cookouts.  Beautiful weather + our big deck + our back yard = cookout at the Johnson’s.2014_05_26_14952014_05_26_1490

-We take a reaaaaaally long time to do some projects.  I’m looking at you kitchen shelves and unpainted desk legs.

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-Water in the basement isn’t the end of the world.  We’ve learned this on 2 different occasions.  It was scary and completely overwhelming the first time but the second time, not so much.  We just hope it doesn’t happen a third time!  And it’s always the first thing we check if we’ve been away from the house for several days.

-Shoveling snow off of the deck is pretty simple; it glides across the surface like butter!

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-The furnace needs the filter changed (we found where it goes) and the sprinklers need blown out before it gets too cold.

-We can put up trellis around the deck so a curious little pup won’t go under there again.  And we can do it in December if we need to.

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-The floors will always be dirty and something always needs dusted.

-Sunsets in our neighborhood are spot on.

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-The dog will tear open bags of dirt and spread it everywhere.  And she’ll insist on playing in it every time she goes outside.

-Not letting a solar panel salesman into the house to “use a table to just down something down.”  He’ll make himself comfortable at the kitchen island while dinner gets cold.

-The neighbors will hang no less than 10 bird feeders from their tree in the winter so birds congregate in our trees too and it will always sound like spring.

-We do have the perfect spot for a Christmas tree in our small living room.

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-Dinners in the den with the fireplace on are fun.

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-The dog will chew on the door trim in the hallway.

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-Having the laundry in the basement isn’t as terrible as I thought it would be.

-Having 2 bathrooms is amazing, especially when we have guests.

-We are horrible about putting things back where they belong.  At least once a week we get tired of the clutter and put everything away only to repeat the process the next week.

-We have to lift up a just a little bit to close the nursery door.  It’s so annoying.

-We don’t have nearly enough decorations for every season and/or holiday.  But I also don’t feel the need to buy more…. Yet.

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-The easiest way to get rid of wallpaper is to cover it up with bead board.2014_03_30_1059

-The kitchen island is perfect for games of tag.

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Mostly we’ve learned that love is what makes a home.  Whether it takes forever to finish a project or just 10 minutes, whether the floors are dirty and things aren’t where they should be, whether we still put the mail on the island instead of the spot next to the door, whether things break, whether we have the money to buy everything right now… we’ve filled our home with a lot of love and memories.  We’ve built things, painted, hosted, brought Indie home, found out we were expecting, announced the gender of our baby, played, fixed things, planned, studied, prayed, cleaned, loved, and made this house our home.  I’m so excited to continue pouring a lot of love into and making a lot more memories in this home.

Until next time — Cindy

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