Saturday, December 26, 2009

Journey to the Vally of the Sun

We moved to our very first house last Saturday. We left the cold state of Utah around 9am with Nolan and Sasha in the Uhaul and me, Dillon and Cevin (the cat) in our car. Cevin cried for the first hour or two. She found refuge in her litter box and stayed in there most the time - good thing it was clean. She was a little pathetic.

One of the few times she wasn't actually in her litter box

Dillon in his angelic-ness... in mine

Our view for 750 miles

Our trip was, thankfully, uneventful. There was no weather what so ever which made it even more ideal. We made pretty good time and arrived at the house shortly after 9pm and that was with stopping for lunch for over an hour.

Once in my new house, I was greeted by a local right from the get-go.

I didn't think he was alive so I turned on the water. He was alive! He started pinching and stinging the air instantly. He was so creepy.

The next day, his big brother decided to welcome me to the neighborhood.

I love our new house. We bought it sight unseen which would have been scary had I not known this was the place we were supposed to be.

The layout of the house is kind of like an "H" with one section being the entrance, sitting, and formal dining area, another the living, kitchen and breakfast nook, another the laundry room and master bed and bath, and the last being the three other bedrooms (guest room and offices) and guest bath, all with hallways down each side and connected in the middle. I really like it and the separation it provides.

Master bedroom

Dillon in the master bath

West hallway from the master bedroom


Entrance and sitting area

Formal dining area

East hallway from the kitchen

Bedroom #4 and Dillon's office

Bedroom #3 and my office

Despite me absolutely loving the place and the potential, there are some things that are definitely off about it. For instance, every single room has a totally different metal and style to the ceiling fixtures. With as many as there are, it would be hard to do. I also hate all the industrial style air vents. Those will be one of the first things to go.

Dillon's office doesn't even have a light fixture anymore.

The mismatched lights don't hold a candle to some of the other stuff. There are paint, walls, flooring, and other problems around the house.

Cevin is forever trying to get into this hole. She's going to get stuck one of these days. I've had to barricade it until I can fix it.

(See? I can't even take a quick picture of the thing without her sticking her head in.)

I hate this little, thick half-wall. It takes up so much room of a space that doesn't have a lot to begin with. It's coming down as soon as I get new floors to put where it was.

There are also some really cool things about the place too. I love the tile work.

There's a super cute pet door leading into the laundry room.

It's totally Cevi's room.

We have a nice, substantial back yard. Our dishwasher is a great one. I used to try to sell it all the time when I worked at Sears. It's so nice. I can't wait to have a full load to use it. I love that I have a three car garage. With only one car right now, that leaves TONS of space. Rob lent me his tools since they are renting and don't use them. I can't wait to use them. He sent over a table saw, a circular saw, an air compressor with nail guns, and some other things. I have so many ideas and things I want to do. I really need to pace myself though. If I don't, I will run out of money real quick.

The weather here has been nice - lows in the 40's and highs in the 70's. It sprinkled a little one day. I bet the natives thought it was pretty awful weather that day. I saw a girl the other day with a winter beanie and snow boots on in 50-60 degree weather. I chuckled to myself.

On Monday morning, Dillon's dad took us out to a great little coffee shop - Black Bear Diner. It's right near our place. I think I'll go often. It's very yummy.

Again, I love the house and know this is where we are supposed to be. Thanks to everyone that made this dream of home ownersip a reality.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Two Christmases

BTW, when my dad was in town, he watched that movie with his "girlfriend" and her family while we watched it with Nolan and Heather - two different places, same movie, same time. I know, right? It's like something out of the twilight zone. Okay, maybe not... Oh, that movie was Four Christmases...

Anyway, yesterday we celebrated Christmas twice before we leave for AZ. First we went to my mom's house.

Emily wore some awesome "Santa" shoes. She had a Santa hat on too.

AJ wants a front tooth for Christmas.

We had traditional holiday food. It was soooo good. I ate until I was full - then I ate some more.

Hailey did some crazy ninja eating.

Brooklyn and Hailey played the piano for us. They have both gotten really good.

After eating, we opened presents.

Webkinz attack!

My mom got Paul and I each a Dave Ramsey kit. He's awesome.

I made my mom keepsakes from our Air Supply concert this year. She said that she was going to frame the picture of her and I and give me that and the signed DVD she bought but she ran out of time. Great minds...

I also got my mom an LDS children's songbook with LDS illustrations throughout. When I first saw it I loved it. When I noticed what the first song was, I loved it even more. It's a song I used to make my mom sing to me over, and over, and over at bedtime. She was such a good sport about it and I loved hearing it. It's called Baptism.

Paul made Bill (aka Godfather) a funny shirt based on our Mario Kart Wii adventures. They are pretty competitive when it comes to that game, and the shirt depicted Paul "owning" Bill. It was pretty funny.

Cute, happy couple
Bill brushed up on his peeps.

Nolan and Heather got us beef sticks and gift cards to Lowes for our new place. So awesome!

We will be moving Saturday, so I may not have time to post for a while. I hope your holidays are safe and shared with loved ones. Merry Christmas!