On Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 we were finally able to move into our new home! To say we were excited would have been an understatement! The previous owners told us they would be out by 12:00. So early in the morning my sister Natalie and my mom came up to help me pack up and clean up the Boudwins home. It took us a lot longer than we anticipated - I still can't believe how much stuff we have, and most of our stuff was in storage. By 3:00 we were finally at a place where we couldn't really move forward until we emptied some boxes into the new house, but the previous owners were still there packing up. We tried to be patient, but it was hard - it was funny how the roles had reversed. By 4:00 we could not wait any longer so we dropped a few things off and my mom and sister had to leave. I went back to the Boudwins and continued working hard until Jared came home around 6:00, we kept working and moving more over Cami and Derrick tried to help in any way they could, but Derrick was still recovering from his stay at the hospital and Cami was pregnant. I was so happy and impressed when our new next door neighbor (Lynett McNaughten) came over and started helping right away, and she called her husband who was in his bishopbric mtg. He, our new Bishop and the second counselor all came over, each with their truck and started helping - they each moved over our mattresses as well as a few other belonging. There was a lot of cleaning that needed to be done before we got too settled in, so we limited our move in to the family room. Because we moved in on a Wednesday we knew we wouldn't be getting the rest of our stuff out of storage until the following Saturday when more people would be able to help us. So we planned on camping for the next few nights in the family room, but after one night Jared's allergies reacted to the previous owners dog and cats fur, it was covering the floor - there had been no cleaning done, when they left which was very disappointing. Once again we were blessed when several women from our old ward and my mom came to help me clean. These women worked SO hard scrubbing bathrooms, vacuuming, sweeping and mopping and cleaning kitchen cupboards and shelves. Kelli Winn, Cami Boudwin, Sharece Rowser, Karen Edwards, Dana Brosnahan, my mom and myself made an amazing team.
The next month was very busy unpacking and organizing our new home, my mom was wonderful to come up at least twice a week to help out. I began each morning enjoying my time walking Brandon to school with Grant on his bike and Trent in the stroller, seeing hot air balloons always felt like a great start to the day. :) Our home is less than half a mile from the elementary school and I can see 3/4 of the walk to and from the school, so Brandon has been able to go to and from school on his own without me being too worried. :)
We were SO busy settling in that mowing the lawn was the farthest thing from our priorities. After nearly 4 weeks of going unmowed it was time to cut the lawn, but our poor mower had been in storage for nearly 2 months and it struggled badly with the nearly foot long grass. We went over it on the highest setting and it still stalled often, but we persevered and got it done. Our yard is HUGE, just mowing the lawn will take several hours each week, but the space will be so much fun! We have so many fun projects in mind for the future. :)
When you walk in the front door immediately to your right is a set of french doors that lead to our formal living room. The hard wood, fireplace and beautiful mantle sold us on this house from the minute we saw it. I love that I have a place now to put my future baby grand black piano, and then a place to have piano recitals. :) I also love that this room can be a formal dining room when I need it to be. The furniture that we inherited from Wyn and Dee Anns IF condo fits beautifully in this room. We searched all over for curtains that would be a balance of modern and classic to suit my personality and the furniture's personality. I love the curtains we found. We also bought new throw pillows to tie things together. We still need a rug, but they are super expensive and finding just the right one is very tricky! We also need to someday find something to go on the wall opposite the fireplace. But for now, it is perfect - we love this room it is so cozy and inviting, the light from the windows is bright and refreshing and it is the perfect Christmas room!
After you walk through the living room you exit the second pair of french doors into the kitchen/dining room.