Woohoo! Friends….I was definitely planning on waiting to share this little tidbit until we had moved in, but I’m just way too excited to not share: we bought a house!
The short story is this: we had been working on a major remodel project for our current house (a cute and slightly boxy house built in 1961 that Nate bought about 5 years ago). The purpose of the project was to open up the house to create the desired “open floor plan” that makes cooking and hosting and entertaining so much fun!
The remodel project fell through 1 week after our wedding, mostly due to some engineering changes we would have had to make. It was a major bummer, because we had poured so much time and energy into this project. But it just didn’t make sense to do it anymore. We had picked appliances and tiles and flooring, and we were all ready to sign to start the project right after our wedding! 🙁
So we went back to square one. We knew that, long-term, we didn’t want to be in a house with a teeny kitchen like ours. That’s where we spend most of our time! So we started scouring Trulia for houses, thinking we would probably never find something that we loved in the right part of town. Umm, but then we did. Knowing the CRAZINESS of the Austin real estate market, we knew we had to make an offer right away!
End of the story: we closed on the house last week, and we’re SO EXCITED to move in when we get back from our honeymoon! We’ll be staying in south Austin, just moving down the road a bit.
Psst: here’s a little preview of the kitchen! I can’t wait to host friends and family and share food with them here!
To say that “the first 7 weeks of married life has been a whirlwind” would be an understatement. 7 weeks feels like 7 months because of everything that has happened… UGH! I’ve mentioned that my car broke down, and I’ve now shopped for and purchased another one. In addition to that, Nate’s car decided to hit the hay too, so we were functioning solely on ride shares and rentals for a while. (I’d drop him off at work at 6:45 a.m. so I could make it to teach at 7:15… Cue the coffee!) Also, I’ve had a little bit of a career change in that I’m opening my own private violin teaching studio from home. Fun, but also intimidating! We’ve also had no access to our kitchen over the past two weeks while we’ve done some “sprucing” on our current house, so we haven’t been able to cook at home. Life has been BONKERS!
I will NEVER look back at this stage of life and think, “what a boring time.” Haha! Life has definitely kept me on my toes! I’m infinitely grateful to be going through all of this with Nate by my side.