In March we put our house of 5 years on the market so that we could move into town to be near schools, church, and work. It took a little over 6 months to sell and in God's perfect timing, we sold our house to the first people that looked back in March. We loved our house and knew it was perfect for a family like us. When we bought it in November 2007, I was pregnant with our second and due in March. The couple that bought our house this November is expecting their second child in March. That makes me happy. I feel like they will love it as much as we did!
If we had sold our house in March when they looked the first time, we would not have bought the house we did. We would not have been willing to buy a "fixer-upper" and it wasn't even on the market! After we closed on the houses last Thursday I had a "what in the world were we thinking" few days. However, I am over that now and very excited! We could not be more excited that Zeb's dad is spearheading the renovations!
Zeb and I are both sentimental and we will really cherish the work he is doing in this house! Also, we know it will be done correctly! Work began this week and I can't believe the progress already! Most of the wallpaper is down and everything that had to be ripped out is out! I hope (even tho G would never say) to be in the house in about another month. If not, it's no big deal, but we will be spending Christmas Eve in the house even if we are sleeping on the floor and eating doughnuts and bottled water! We have been living with my parents the last two weeks and it has been so good! They have gone out of the way to make the 5 of us, plus our crazy dog, feel comfortable and welcome! We obviously could not do it without our parents!
The house was built in 1986 and was owned by an elderly couple who is now deceased! It is in immaculate condition, but it is very out of date. It is in the perfect location for us. I feel so safe and tucked away! Most of the house has floral wallpaper--which we found out this week is two layers deep in most places! Here are some before pictures. I had one friend say "boy, Anna, you have vision". That made me laugh and then I realized by her comment how much there was to do. But the thing is, I have NO sense of style when decorating! I had all the paint picked out and had to start over and it completely stressed me out! I wasn't sure if I could do it again! ha! Painting starts Monday and I hope I like the colors because they will be there for MANY years! Thankfully, I have a mom who will sit and listen to me talk about gray undertones for entirely too long!
The screened porch--my favorite part!
The next two pics are both in the girls' bathroom--yes, two different wallpapers--one room!