Monday, February 17, 2014

Bring on the Moving Truck

Oh happy President's Day. 
Oh happy day off of work (for most of you I hope). 

Thank you friends for your outpouring of love about our house. Thank you. We've been drowning in all the To Dos but remembering to take little moments of soaking it all in. Usually those moments make me want to cry a little bit because change is exciting and terrifying and all that in between. Plus, I've never been this tired both physically and mentally. Cue a girl who needs a good cry, a hot bath, a bottle of wine, and a 90-minute Swedish massage. (Is that too much to ask?!?)
The house is beautiful -in the ugly duckling transforming to a swan sort of way. I want to post pictures so terribly, but we're in the midst of construction zone mess and in that "it gets worse before it gets better" part of the process. Jason was diligent in taking before pictures and I have done my damnedest to document everything in between.

I'm busy reminding myself this is a phase. A phase that will come to an end, that will be full of memories that we will look back at with giggles and love, but right now, it's overwhelming a bit. There's more paint, more nails, more putty, more ladders, more tape, more madness and less sleep, less healthy food, less make-up, less cute clothes.
I look forward to the day that we can relax in the house without running around trying to get shit done. I think that day is tomorrow (though I'm sure we'll be busy trying to decide where the "natural" place for things are in the new space of the house), but a glass of wine and a good sit on the couch are surely in order.

We did eat our first meal on the old, dirty carpet. There's no where more appropriate for us to enjoy cheap, yellow-wrapper Mexican food, right? Oh how the days have been long and the nutrition so poor. (Can you tell I'm missing cooking and meal planning and running strong and far?)
I've yet to write in the house. But I can't wait. We've got an office with big, built-in shelves that can't wait to be filled with books and notes and pictures and inspiration. I'm hoping it'll be the craft room, beautiful space to Jason's man-cave, garage workshop.

Now, while you enjoy your day relaxing, avoiding the snow (back East) or enjoying the sun (west coast-ers), drinking a sweet drink of some sort, I'm going to be emptying boxes, organizing our stuff, decorating rooms. Cheers!

P.S. Our neighborhood is awesome and sweet and reaching out to us in ways that are heart-warming and cozy. We're excited to settle in to the community that's already here and enjoy new friendships.

Quick Question: 
Anyone know how to teach a dog to use a dog door?
We've got the dog and the door but the usage is not happening in the least.


  1. I'm so exited for team Thomas in this next chapter! I can't wait to see your new home! And Ms. Hazel will use the dog door when she gets more used to the house. So happy for you guys!

  2. I cant wait to see the finished product!!!

  3. Wheeee, yay for progress! I can't wait to see the finished project. I've always dreamed of having a house with huge built-in bookshelves!

  4. So exciting!! When you are not feeling too frazzled I must come and bring you a housewarming gift! Or if you need help with anything let me know :)

  5. Yay! We close Feb. 28th, so we're right behind you!

    Dog door training: One of you inside, one of you outside, both with treats. Hold the door up and entice the dog to the other side with a treat, lots of praise, repeat. Once the dog gets the gist of quickly in and out, then let the door down and coax through with the door down (sometimes nudging the door so they see it moves easily helps them), again lots of treats and praise. Then, leave the dog inside, and go outside, and call them outside, and when the come treats and praise. After that I was able to just point to the dog door and he would run outside. :) Hope it helps and works QUICKLY!

  6. i CANNOT believe you are doing all this work before you move in. you are a brave (B.R.A.V.E.) woman! can't wait to see it.

  7. AHH so fun!! Did you write anything about the home buying process? We just started "shopping" and I am beyond overwhelmed.

  8. Dog door is a snap. Two ways... I suggest a combination.

    1. Get dog interested in treat/food bowl. Like... REALLY interested. Like... drooling all over itself interested. Then, reach through dog door and sit treat/food outside. Wait for dog to figure it out.

    2. Get dog REAL interested in playing with a toy. Like REAL interested. Like... over the top, "give me my toy now mom!" Once at that hyper stage, throw toy through dog door. Wait for dog to figure it out.

    Also, for a while, when you exit the door, don't allow the dog to go through the main door. You get out and then force them to go through the dog door if they want to follow you. Eventually, after waiting inside and hearing you have so much fun outside, she'll get the picture and follow suit!


  9. So exciting!! I remember our first in-home meal! The day after we closed, I spent all day cleaning every surface of the house & then to celebrate the fact that we could finally start moving things in, we had pizza and cheap champagne on the living room floor. It's a great way to celebrate!

  10. So exciting! It's a lot of work but will be so worth it! I remember trying to teach my dog how to use the dog didn't go well. After trying to get him to follow the lead of my parents' dogs and him not budging, I even went through the door hoping he'd follow me and he did not. He just looked at me like I'd lost my mind. I know this is no help, but good luck!

  11. This is so exciting. Can't wait to see your house pictures!

  12. Oooh, I love what I can see in the picture of the tall ceilings and the open concept of the stairway. I keep telling Chris I want a fixer upper for our next house. I know it's tiring but so worth it in the end I'm sure!

  13. can't wait to see how it all looks when everything is done. congrats :)

    Vodka and Soda

  14. Yay!! I'm so excited for you guys :) Definitely exciting to put your own spin on the house. We still have about a month until we get our keys...and I'm so antsy!

  15. I love the photo of you above the door! You're going to look back on this time with such fondness :) Glad it's all going well - aside from the sleep deprivation haha!

  16. So exciting! Congrats you two! Can't wait to see it

  17. How fun that you're making your new house your own!!! :-) I can't wait to see how you decorate. :-)


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