Tonight, we are sleeping for the first time in OUR first home. We closed this afternoon after only a minor bump this morning when we didn't get our final total from the bank on time. Better late than never. We ended up having plenty of time to transfer money, and the actual closing process [basically just signing a fat stack of papers] was surprisingly quick and painless.
And then we drove home. To our new house. That we already live in.
I hate to be so anti-climactic, but the house we bought is the same house we have been living in as renters for the past 3 years. Yes, we have slept here many nights before, but for the first time, it's all ours.
That's why I have a picture of it covered in snow.
And another with green grass and sunshine from last summer.
We have seen this house through every season, a few times now. After hunting for months for our perfect first house, we realized it was right in front of us. Honestly, the house itself is far from perfect, but it is exactly right for us. And we can't wait to get our hands on it. Finally!
For the past 3 years I have been cursing the dated teal carpet, loathing the pink tile on the fireplace, dying to rip out the hideous vertical blinds blocking the awesome windows in our great room. And finally this place is all ours, to change as we please. It's almost overwhelming when you've had so much time to get to know a place and imagine every detail you wish you could change. Our to-do list is huge.
First on the list is saying goodbye to our roommate. I don't think I've mentioned him much here on the blog, but when we moved into this house, Randy's previous roommate came along too. It's been great sharing the bills with a third person, but now that we are getting married soon, we are both very ready to start making this house our home, just the two of us [and Riley, of course]. We probably won't make any big changes until we have the house to ourselves. Hopefully soon!
If you're wondering why we would buy this not-so-pretty place, the answer is 100% location. We absolutely love where we live. We have so much space [2.5 acres!]. I have never even walked all the way to the back of the property line in all the time we've been here. Right now a lot of the acreage is covered in forest and weeds, but Randy has already started clearing away the brush to open up our backyard and eventually plant more grass. He's made such an improvement in just a week. I love that he is so motivated to make our house and yard look great. It has so much potential! It will be fun to see how it evolves once we really get to work on it.
Even though we feel like we are in a rural area [our neighbors have cows and horses, all of which have shown up in our yard at some point], we are only 10 minutes from downtown Tulsa and Randy is less than 5 minutes from work. I don't think a better place for us exists.
For some reason I don't have many pictures of this house. I'm sure that will change as we start working on it and I can now take Before pictures while anticipating the Afters. The photos above were really the only ones I could find. And this one:
[our friend Ryan, mid-snowball-fight]
I am only posting this picture to showcase the lovely color choices our landlord made for the exterior. She's a big fan of teal...
All of that to say, I'm really excited to be a homeowner! Even if I don't feel like one quite yet.
We have big plans for this place, and I can't wait to share our adventures in decorating, renovating, and home-ownership as we go.
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