Saturday, August 9, 2008

Thinkin' out loud

We've been in our new house a week now, and have we unpacked everything? No. But, I think I'll have it all unpacked and put away by, oh, 2015. The week didn't go as smoothly as we'd hoped. Dan developed a reaction to some antibiotics he's been on, so he was under the weather for several days. On Thursday, the kids and I took a break and went to our local water park. We met my SIL, niece and nephew, and Em brought along a friend. The kids had a ball, and it was nice to sit by the "wave pool" and pretend I was at the beach for the day. I managed a ride on one of the giant slides and a few laps around the Lazy River. But that was the extent of my water activity. I'm anxious to get the whole house set up and hang all the pictures, but Dan reminds me that the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time! So, I've been concentrating on rooms. The first day, I set up the kitchen. Then the next few days I concentrated on bedrooms and closets. On Wednesday, I set up my office, because I need to start working again on Monday. So, if I don't look at the living room, dining room or basement, or the loft -- I feel somewhat organized. We're enjoying the deck in our backyard, at least later in the day, as it's on the east side of the house and the morning sun has been beastly. Dan is already planning a cover for the deck and screening it in. I love the back yard, as the parameter has plenty of room for a rose garden on one end of the yard, and a perennial garden on the other. There are more trees than I remember seeing when we looked at the house, so it's somewhat private and the birdbath we brought with us is nestled in amongst some sweet William, and nicely shaded by aspen trees. If you look at the top picture in my last post -- the top window is the window in the loft, my favorite part of the house. It's spacious and has wonderful light. I can't wait to set up my sewing machine and put in a table to work on photo albums and whatever project comes my way. The kids are loving the finished basement, where the former owners left a HUGE t.v. with surround sound. Once we get some furniture down there (the kids are using our camping chairs!), it will be wonderful for family movie night. I'm thinking we should join Netflix, but I'm afraid I'll never come out of the basement once I'm able to see movies like Gone With the Wind on the big screen. I'm looking foward to getting back on a routine. Things like planning menus, having milk delivery started again, meeting with my Bible Study on Saturday mornings. The kids start school on the 18th, and I think we'll all be glad. And, Joe is coming home for a long weekend later this month. I have missed him terribly throughout this move. I'm glad he can take some time before classes start to come back, (sort through some of his stuff), and see the house. It will be good to pull up an extra chair to the kitchen table, know that he's sleeping in the fourth bedroom, and even have to share my car with him.
Slowly, the place is starting to feel like home. It was so overwhelming the first few days. Luke commented, "It doesn't feel like home yet. But the old house doesn't feel like home anymore either." I sympathized with him and felt so sad! But, last night, my dad and Carol came over to see the house, and today Dan's parents and his aunt and uncle came. Just having family here makes all the difference. Already, it's feeling a bit more like home:)


Jen said...

It will eventually feel like home...when all of your things are in place. It's just so overwhelming right now.....I'm mailing your surprise this week...I had a minor glitch last girl...a new home!

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

It's always strange settling in to a new place. For the first few weeks, you sort of feel like you are waking up in someone else's home.

You are so like me...I want to have the entire house ready the day we move in. I will stay up late and get up early to get it done, and I just exhaust myself!

Can't wait to see the after pictures!


Sandra said...

It's always so overwhelming when you first move into a new house, but I'm sure in no time you will feel like it's home, especially when you have all your things around you :)

Bill said...

Home is where the heart is, and you are going to have a lot of fun putting your heart into making this new house your home.

Sweet Williams are an excellent flower (ahem).

Anonymous said...

Karen, your new home is just beautiful! Sounds like you are starting to settle in. I've moved more than 15 times in my adult life, so I kinda' know what you're going through!

Judy said...

Our house didn't feel like 'home' until after I had a shower for my niece here. It was that first family gathering that did it for me!

Eat that elephant slowly and enjoy each delicious chew!

BClark said...

I am so glad you are getting settled, super you have a special place like the loft. You get to enjoy the last of summer and then can plan over the winter. No time at all and you will have your stamp on it. I would have a hard time counting the number of moves I have made, so can really feel for you.

Barb said...

What a beautiful house, Karen. And a loft! Lucky you.

I think you'll be surprised how quickly it starts feeling like home. All it takes is filling it up with kids and family and making memories.

It's beautiful. I'll bet you're loving it, especially that sunny loft. Sigh.