Hello friends! I hope you’re enjoying your summer!
Life is crazy at the I Dig Pinterest home right now. We’re preparing for not only the birth of our fourth child in about six weeks, but also a big move, which will hopefully happen before the little guy decides to make his appearance. 🙂
Yes, we’re completely insane for uprooting our family while I’m eight months pregnant. I blame it on my husband and his zillow.com-searching binge. 🙂 But the timing could not be helped. A wonderful and very spur-of-the-moment opportunity presented itself and we took it!
We have loved our first home and have lived in it for seven years, ever since my husband finished grad school and landed his first “real” job. It will always have a special place in our hearts. I still remember our first day in it. My daughter was only one, and she literally ran around and around it, visiting every room and squealing with delight because it seemed like a mansion, coming from our tiny 550 square foot student apartment.
We welcomed two more children, made lots of lasting memories and an equal amount of fantastic friendships here. Leaving it is very bittersweet. I will definitely
shed some tears get an ugly cry out as I pack our belongings and close the doors for the last time. Change can be really hard! But the prospects of the future are so exciting to us.
We always knew that we would make our permanent home somewhere else, where we’d have more land for our kids to run free, a bit more space to live in, and where our lifestyle could be a lot more carefree, outside of bustle of the big city. I’m a small-town girl deep down, after all.
I’ve built it up to sound like we’re heading out of state, but we’re actually just relocating about 20 minutes away in the beautiful, picturesque mountains here. We’ll feel more isolated because we won’t have close neighbors like we’ve grown accustomed to, and there will be no such thing as a “quick run to the supermarket” for that forgotten ingredient at dinnertime, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂
It is the perfect change for our family because the kids will attend better schools and they will be able to play in our front yard without my watching them with eagle eyes. What a concept!
Aside from the extreme excitement of having 2+ acres of land with lots of mature trees and our very own tennis court and jacuzzi, we are beyond thrilled about the home itself. It was originally built in the 1950’s and was partially renovated in the 80’s. It has good bones, lots of character, and was very well maintained by the previous owners. But, it is still in need of some definite updates in order to reach its full potential, which I can’t wait to help it do!
About half of its almost 3,000 square feet are covered in beautiful original hardwood flooring, which I’m most certainly not going to change, but the kitchen stands in need of some TLC, as well as the master bath, kids’ bath, front living area, and entry way.
So, that being said, I’m thrilled to introduce you to a new series I’m starting here on I Dig Pinterest called “Refresh It!” where I’ll be giving you an up-close look at the process of improving our “new-to-us” but “old” home.
I’ve always told my husband that I’d like to buy a “fixer upper” of sorts, and now I have the opportunity to live my dream. 🙂 Since the moment we found out our offer was accepted, my mind has been racing a million miles a minute, thinking about projects that I want to undertake and changes that I want to make to this place. I’ve been spending too much time on Pinterest bolstering and inundating my “For the Home” board with inspiration. I’ve already flipped through thousands of pages of home improvement magazines, gleaning a gem of an idea here and another one there.
I’ll admit that I’m a little overwhelmed with my “to do” list, but yet the urge to conquer it and see what comes of it is making my inner “design-obsessed” self completely giddy!
The moment we stepped foot in the home, we knew it was meant to be ours, and we can’t wait to watch our kids grow up in it. I hope you’ll join me on this home remodel adventure! I’ll be posting (hopefully) some mind-blowing “before” and “afters” throughout the process and can’t wait to share this exciting journey with you!
If you’re not already, be sure to follow along on my social media channels so you won’t miss out on the fun!
See you on the other side of Project One!