Friday, September 08, 2006

Jessica calls it a "work in progress"....

I call it the end of my sanity. Yes, I speak of the unpacking and setting up of my new home. Two things keep me right-minded about this. 1. That we OWN this house, and 2. That we quite possibly won't be moving again for a VERY long time. Our intentions of having a weekend of painting the ENTIRE house after moving in didn't go as planned. Money issues may keep us from painting for a long time, so we are living with the brick-painted floors and the red fireplace for a while. The problem with this is, after a while of living here it starts to look *okay*, I don't EVER want to be okay with the paint jobs here! AHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Honestly, I have to take good pictures and post them for you, because it is hard to make you understand the strange taste the former owners had without seeing it for yourself. I am going to post a few that we took when we were just looking at the house, but they're not very good. But atleast you will get a peak and the potential.

house1

This would be the front of the house. We haven't figured out paint color yet, but it will definately NOT be grayish green brick. I hate painted brick, but atleast ONLY the front of the house is brick, the other sides are all cedar. Go figure.

house2

This is the back porch. The porches were a selling point for us, they scream for rocking chairs that we will someday buy. Or maybe get as Christmas presents......

house3

A view of the back of the house from behind the fence. We have a YARD!!!! And the land behind the fence that I was standing in is ours as well, we even have a barn all ready for a horse! Not that we will be getting one anytime soon. Maybe a goat.


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This is the hideous HAND-PAINTED kitchen floor.


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I will try to explain the room, I'm sure I will do a bad job. It's a "great room", so the kitchen and living room are one big room. This is the "island" that seperates them. The original porcelin (I spelled that wrong) is in the island and it's really neat to get to wash the dishes and watch TV or be a part of the conversation. Plus, it's a very tall sink so you don't have to bend. There is a bar with stools on the other side. On the floor you will see that this woman only painted half the room brick, the other half she did faux-marble. It's just as bad. And you can sort-of get a look at the red fireplace. This picture really does no justice to the room, I promise it's better than it looks. It's very country-farmhouse feeling and that's what we were looking for! John and I are having issues with the fact that I want to paint the wood paneling and he doesn't. I don't care if it's real wood or not, paneling dates the place to the 80's! Anyway, I should stop, this is getting long now.

But, aside from the desperate need for new paint, we love it here. It's definately in the country, which is exactly what we wanted after living in the city for the last 7 years. I'm absolutely completely freaked out about the whole "mortgage" thing, and frequently have the sneaking feeling that we can't afford to live here, but other than that homeownership is wonderful. It will take a while to get used to the bugs, the night noises, the neighbor's very mean-looking boxer-doggie that likes to stand in my yard and look at me, the funny taste of the water, and the fact that I am 7 months pregnant with a house I want to do so much to, but can only do things in 10 minute spurts without having to sit down and rest.

I had my first visitors last week. There are two 80 year old sisters who live next door. Never married, always lived together, CUTEST old ladies I've ever met. They stopped by and brought me a strawberry shortcake. Boudreaux was so excited about visitors he couldn't contain himself and ran out the door right at them. I almost had a heart attack imagining him jumping and hips breaking and cake flying, but thank God he stopped! But anyway, they came and and stayed for about an hour. They lived in my house 30 years ago and wanted to take me on a tour and show me how things used to be. It was so much fun, and Ms. Estelle was "tickled" that Sadie was now sleeping in her old bedroom.

I hope the pictures didn't scare you, it really is a great place. It has so much potential, and I can't wait to see what it all looks like in a few years when actually get to do everything I want to do. Anyway, I just wanted to update you on what's going on here. I would tell you about other things in life, but this has gotten long and I'll write another soon. Yes, Jessica, I will.

18 comments:

  1. it was so good to hear from you. i'm happy for you about the house. just rest now and enjoy it and then you can work on it sometime when you aren't caring for the babies.... =)how close are you to pitkin now?

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  2. Just "borrow" some rocking chairs from Cracker Barrel. :)

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  3. YEAH!!! I have really missed your blogs and following y'alls journey. Home ownership is scary. Trust me, be glad you are there and not here (in Denver). It is bad (housing costs everywhere) but Denver topped the list, well the top 10 this year AACCCKKK!.

    Nesting.....normal in pregnancy and now you have that plus the reality of just moving into your own home. Bless you, girl.

    Enjoy your home,your family and a few more weeks before little boy arrives.

    Take care.

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  4. i'm don't think i demanded a blog post, but if you say so...

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  5. it's a....POST! only kidding, amy. i know how tired you are. i was pregnant with ethan when emily was 9 months old. it's very hard to be pregnant when your first is so little. rest when you can; you'll get to do all the fun things you want to do with the house just in time for christmas! :)

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  6. Hey! I kinda like the kitchen floor brick...the red part. I am so happy for ya'll to be back in the state and HAVE A YARD!!!! We dream of the day that we can have a yard and not touch our neighbor when we reach out the window.

    love ya

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  7. glad to hear things are going well. it looks like we are both enjoying country living. i'm sure you'll enjoy the backyard. jolie LOVES playing outside. hopefully, we'll see y'all soon.

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  8. I like the porches as well. Rachel is very much in favor of porch swings and keeps trying to fit one into our tiny back or front porches.

    Also, I'm not mad at you or John, I just haven't gotten a chance to call since your move. Also, the phone number I had for you is obviously not working anymore.

    Could you email me your address and phone number so that we can try to get together next time we're in town. aubryhenkel@yahoo.com
    Thanks.

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  9. Amy-we have lived here for a year and a half and I still have paint samples taped up in almost every room in the house - it's so attractive!!

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  10. I agree w/ Mrs. Elly...I've lived in my house for almost 2 years and STILL need to paint! Get those college kids to come out and paint.

    I've seen your house and it is PRECIOUS! Y'all have SO MUCH ROOM!

    And what's up w/ John? I thought he was going to let you paint the walls. MEN!

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  11. Hi, neighbor.....
    I think it's so awesome that your new house is only about 5 miles from where I grew up! I might swing by and see you guys the next time I'm home. I have an interview in Hammond on the 25th! :)

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  12. You better come visit us when you're here on the 25th!!!!! Come for supper or something, bring your brother and I'll show him all the things we need to fix. hehe.

    Yeah Shandra, he backed out on the painted wood. I'm working on him though.

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  13. Hi Amy,
    I am so happy for you and John that you have a house there.Don and I where talking and we figured we should come and move in with you there. I can be your nanny and Don be the serurity guird and buttler for you and the dogs be add protections.LOL
    Anyway hope all is good for you there your house looks really good.You don't have much longer till the baby comes. When is your due date?? We miss you and love you guys. Call us here or a least email us back please when you can.
    Love Amy Moore

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  14. Oh, a house of your own to decorate and fix up...how much fun is that!! It looks great. I'm so glad you guys got settled in somewhere.

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  15. Autumn6:03 PM

    AMY! Hey I have read some of your stuff trying to cacth up with ya'll. It looks like ya'll have been busy! Just wondering how in the world have ya'll been. I hope to hear from you soon!

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  16. Anonymous10:21 AM

    Cool place. You could have tons of fun BCU events out there, if you wish. I'm personally thinking bonfire.

    How's the baby room coming?

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  17. Anonymous1:29 AM

    Hi Amy,
    Don and I just wanted to wish you happy Canadian thanksgiving here.Hope all is good there with you and John.It sure would be nice to call you there.
    rose777@shaw.ca
    Love Amy& Don

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  18. Congrats on the baby and congrats on the new house. Tell John, that would really like to get together with him for lunch one day. I will have to call the BCM and set that up. My wife, Jennifer, and I also have an older daughter and a younger son. It is fun, yall will love it. Have a great day!

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