The anticipation of moving was making life pretty exciting for a while there, but now that we've moved, the excitement has dwindled. I've been very short with people as of late and I'm not sure why. It could be the fact that even though we bought the house we can't stay in it full-time until May or it could be for other reasons. I seem to have good days and bad days. I'm not normally the type to "shut down" but I just haven't wanted to be around people as of late. I wasn't happy during thanksgiving despite having a great meal and I haven't been happy in general, again, for unexplainable reasons.
I think a lot of it has to do with not being able to see my family. I had the chance to talk with my brother on the phone yesterday which was good because we hardly ever talk, but other than that, I don't see/talk to my family. I talk to my folks once or twice a week but I never see or talk to anybody else. I have over thirty aunts and uncles and double the amount of cousins and sometimes it feels like nobody exists. When I was a kid I saw family all the time. Living up here, there's no family around. I worry that Lily is going to miss out on that part of her life. Yes, we travel on holidays (which sucks) but there isn't anyone local. It's also not the same. We have to travel to my folks the weekend before Christmas and her folks the weekend after. Who wants to do that? Both families are three hours away in different directions, the driving sucks, and staying in someone else's house for three days wears you down. Plus, it's not just a visit. We have to do separate Christmas's so that everyone can see Lily open her gifts and we have a friggin itinerary for the different stops we need to make during the trips. The other downside of living so far away is that you always feel obligated. Oh, you haven't seen me for a while? Guess I'll have to drive up for a weekend. Yeah, it sucks.
Blah, let me vent.
I go through these mood swings every now and then. It doesn't happen often, but maybe once or twice a year, usually around the holidays. I go from being really charged and upbeat to being a downer. I assume I know why and sometimes I come up with things to believe that's what's going on but really I don't. I tend to just roll with it and eventually I snap out of it and back to my normal self. I'm a quiet person in general so if you were around me you probably wouldn't even notice but it is what it is. During this whole downer thing I've been really stoking up the basement of the house. I've created a really nice billiard room with lights all around the pool table and it really looks good. I have one more neon light on the way and it will be complete!
I'll try to get some pics up in the near future!
Friday, November 22, 2013
Last Friday was the closing and I'm glad to report that everything went smoothly! We met the former owners of the house and closed without any problems. I had the opportunity to ask some questions about the house, including how the electric hot water heater worked. As for the process of purchasing the house, I couldn't have been more happy. It was very easy from day one and the Realtor was very good. She was especially good at assisting us with any questions and concerns and reaching out to the owners for us when we needed their assistance.
|On the porch after closing. Officially home owners!|
We moved in on Saturday morning with the help of several co-workers and friends. It couldn't have been any easier. Each person that showed up to help did so with a smile and motivation. I think we were all moved into the house within two hours! We filled two very large trailers and made two trips. For the remainder of the afternoon we made up some hot dogs on the grill and socialized. My folks drove up to assist and my Dad brought three dressers that he completely re-finished and a desk for Lily that he refinished. Let me tell you, those things looked good! He did a great job!
|Our new family room furniture.|
Now that we're in, we've been trying to organize. Unpacking and organizing has been a pretty slow process because we've had to watch Lily while doing it. It's hard to take our eyes off her as she's now getting into everything! I spent Sunday night cleaning up the garage and I found a few places where water comes in when it rains. We had some rain and I noticed that water was seeping in under the rear entrance to our garage. I also noticed water coming in through some wood near where the deck is. It's all in the garage so it's not a real big deal but they're issues that I will need to fix. I tried putting the caulking gun to the floor around the door seal but because it was so cold most of it just cracked.
|Lily and Chloe playing in the new backyard.|
As for the house, it's great. Great views, great yard, and great comfort! It feels good to be a home owner. I've set up plowing for the private road we live on and I've purchased a snow blower for the driveway. I'm very much looking forward to this weekend when we get our "high speed" internet installed. It's also a big weekend because we're picking up a pool table that we ordered for our basement. As a kid, I had a three in one tournament table and I loved playing pool. I always said that when I bought a house I would purchase my own table. We haven't even been there a week and I've got one coming!
|Chloe running all over!|
Chloe and Lily love the big backyard. Lily especially loves the swing set and Chloe loves the open field and being able to run all over the place. As the process continues, I couldn't be any happier. I'm very thankful for all those who have helped us with the transition. I'm also very thankful for our financial situation and as thanksgiving approaches, it's only fitting that everything fall into place. We plan to host thanksgiving this year, as we do each year, but this year it will be at our new house. It's going to be exciting and this weekend we'll be putting it into high gear trying to get the house all ready for Turkey day!