Such a lovely word it is. Home. Our home. Our new place where everything begins. Where we grow, learn how to treat each other, make memories, laugh, cry, yell, and eat. We have been here about three weeks now, and to tell you the truth, it feels like we've lived here for years. This place is so perfect for us.
I've almost forgotten about those chaotic first few weeks of moving. The constant eating out, boxes everywhere, continual cleaning, piles and piles of laundry, heck...piles of just plain everything. Schedules are totally off, kids are staying up until late at night, I'm staying up until the wee hours of the morning just to get one more box unpacked. It's madness. There is just no way around it. But I am so grateful to have done it, to live here and be so close to everything. I finally feel like the place is ours. I've found homes for most of our stuff and what I do have left to organize at least can be hidden away in closets until I can get the time to do it.
We have an awesome yard. The previous owners took such good care of it and we get to reap the benefits of their hard work!
I had to take a second look when I saw TJ moving the yard for the first time. I have this exact picture of him mowing the yard of our very first home. He's wearing the SAME t-shirt from TEN years ago!
Firsts. Everything we do is a first in this house. The first dinner made, first family movie, first time having friends over to play, first time baking a pie, first time driving to Mass, first time entertaining...I love it.
My sister Megan was here for a few days! We were so happy to spend time with her and that she got to see our new house. We sure miss seeing her!
This was hilarious! The first time we had our friends the Vacek's over to play, we had a wedding! The kids found my wedding veil, dressed everyone up, and George and Maggie pretended to get married. Oh my were they cute.
I think we've already convinced Annie to have her wedding reception in our backyard one day. Wouldn't that be awesome!!
Our first real meal made. The Pioneer Woman's Pot Roast. Oh divine goodness.
We had our new neighbors over to roast marshmallows. They are awesome. A girl who is ten and twin boys who are eight make great friends for my kids. It's so fun to watch them play together, you would think they have been best friends since birth. Kids are awesome at making friends.
We ate our first meal outside in the gazebo. Of course it had to be none other than our tomato basil pasta.
So cheers to our new home!
I will thank TJ everyday for the rest of my life for working so hard to provide for us. For moving our family to the neighborhood where I wanted to live, and for this beautiful home!