April 28th (moving day) came fast since we were busy every night after work, finishing the kitchen and painting the last walls and touching up the ceilings. We also had our baby shower on April 22, which was beautiful and so touching as we celebrated Baby B with close friends and family.
Thanks to the tremendous help from Garrett’s brother Austin, friend Chris, my sister Stephanie, my mom and dad, we got everything out of the apartment (in one piece) and into our house.
Here we are, saying goodbye to the Wakefield apartment!
My dad was working up to the last minute to hook up our fridge and dishwasher so we’d have functioning appliances (everything works great and looks so nice in uniform black!).
Here is our new bedroom and the guest room, waiting for furniture!
We all crashed Saturday night, and Garrett and I got up Sunday to begin the arranging and unpacking. My aunt Nancy stopped by as a surprise with some delicious meatballs, sausage and homemade sauce… it was amazing to have a home cooked meal (and left overs!) without having to cook after such a long weekend.
After having more time to unpack all those boxes, we’ve started finding homes for all our stuff…we have a TON of stuff.
We still need to do some rearranging, but that comes as we go, day by day. And we’re still searching for some shelving to put above the fridge instead of cabinets, to make the most of that space that we created – we’d love to put our extra glasses (tall beer glasses and margarita glasses and pitcher) up on a neat shelf…so we’ve been searching every Homegoods and TJMaxx type store around for the perfect piece.
Here are some shots of the near-finished kitchen with dining area, plus our living room and the bathroom. It’s amazing to see what a difference the fresh coat of paint makes, not to mention filling the rooms with our furniture and accessories.
It’s been weeks and we’ve stayed busy, but I can’t describe how nice it feels to be HOME after all those days of commuting to work, to the apartment, to the house, back to the apartment…and so on. We have some time now to come home and crash, work on a project for an hour or two, and then call it a night.
Garrett was most excited (no, really!) about cutting the lawn for the first time. So, I had to take a picture, obvi. And then, he came in to enjoy the Kentucky Derby with a beer – the first time in SO LONG that we just sat on the couch for 10 minutes to watch t.v. – ahhhhhh!
Garrett and Dad are still at it on the weekends, as we begin phase two with the downstairs projects (front door, electric water heater, tiling the floor, ripping up carpet and installing wood laminate flooring in the downstairs playroom and office, and eventually turning the half bath into a full).
Saturday, May 12 they tackled our new front door. After two trips to Home Depot, they ended up with a completely different door style and color (the door we originally purchased was incorrectly labeled for size, and then later they found we needed a completely different sized door anyway…hence the multiple trips). We started with a white door and ended up with a beautiful mahogany colored fiberglass door. This will change some things on the exterior of the house (I’d like to paint the shutters since I don’t love the red with the brown door) but the door itself is an upgrade and is absolutely beautiful.
The baby will be here so, so soon (I’m 36 weeks on Monday) so it’s time to finish the nursery. We (okay, Garrett) spend a lot of time putting together this beautiful crib, a hand-me-down from our neighbors (thanks Nick and Amanda!). And Sunday (my first Mother’s Day) after an indulgent brunch at the Cafe Fleuri in the Langham Hotel, we came home and put the mattress in with freshly washed sheets and quilt.
We’re making more progress every day, and are really excited to host our first weekend guests in a few days as our friends Kaitlin, Jim and their baby Henry will be staying with us while visiting for our friend Allison’s wedding shower. Things are looking pretty good! We are excited to show them how far we’ve come.