The Joys and Pains of Homeownership – One Year In

We just recently celebrated one year in our house. Already, it has been home to so many memories. We’ve laughed here, we’ve cried here and we most recently brought our littlest fur baby home here. We’ve made this place ours since the day we moved in, but seeing Opie love this space and feel so comfortable here makes me never want to leave.

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Welcome!

It hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows, but reflecting on this past year, we’ve had many happy times:

  • March 2015: We close on our house, get the keys and move in. We are thrilled and terrified all at once.
  • April 2015: I have my bridal shower and Nick and I haul all our wonderful, thoughtful gifts back home to truly make our house a home.
  • May/June 2015: We celebrate our last few days as an engaged couple, get married and come home from our honeymoon.
  • July 2015: We host our families for July 4 (our first holiday hosting experience; cops are only called once—wish I was kidding).
  • September-December 2015: I celebrate turning 29 happy and healthy, and we enjoy our first holidays in our home, hosting our family and friends for a great holiday party!
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New landscaping and fall decorations
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Home for the holidays
  • January 2016: Opie joins our family! Time freezes for the next couple months as we dedicate ourselves to training him, trying to get sleep and keep our lives somewhat normal.
  • April 2016: We get our backyard fence and all is right with the world again, as Opie has somewhere to run around and play (on his own!!!).
  • May 2016: My sister graduates and moves back home from Chicago. We now have her near us. We celebrate Nick’s birthday and our 1 year anniversary this month as well!

And though we LOVE our house and have no sites on leaving ANYTIME soon, there of course have been some rough patches that evened out the highlights above:

  • Our water heater breaks right after I run 4 miles outside in the freezing cold. Ever rinsed off with freezing cold water after a cold yet sweaty workout? It’s thrilling in a not so good way.
  • Our toilet breaks. After trying to fix it at least 10 times, Nick gives up and we go buy a toilet. Those things aren’t cheap.
  • Our backyard is temporarily a MUD PIT because of some trees we had to uproot, and Opie treated himself to a mud bath. At 6 a.m. Nick was conveniently out of town. J
  • We host a Christmas party (high point) and had red wine splashed ALL OVER our beautiful ikat fabric ottoman (low point). I managed to get it out with dish soap, laundry detergent and tears.
  • Countless Opie accidents all over my beloved rug; thank goodness for textured patterns and multicolored flecks, they are very forgiving.
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Chaos in the family room. But just look at that little face.

Phew! Lots to be thankful for and for the things that went wrong, they are just that—things. I love this house, not because of the furniture and pretty things inside it, but the love and memories we share within it. If you own a house, you understand. If you don’t, I highly recommend buying one at least once in your lifetime. It will be the best and worst thing you’ve ever done.

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