Check out Part One here!
As I had mentioned in my last post, we started looking for a house as soon as the wedding festivies were over with & we were back from Chicago. The housing market continued to be crazy this month as well. The second weekend in July, we were sitting at our credit union when I saw a new house listed on Zillow in a neighborhood I had saved. We got in touch with our realtor & scheduled to see it later that afternoon. We spent a good 45 minutes walking through the house & checking everything out. We both really liked the house & I was actually ready to make an offer while we were there. I actually ended up going back to the neighborhood later that night (same day we looked at the house) and talked to some of the neighbors! That solidified our decision & we made an offer the next morning. By that afternoon, we learned that the sellers had accepted it!
So, I’m sure you can imagine the next several weeks were a whirlwind. The whole loan approval process made my anxiety go through the roof & I was convinced that we weren’t going to be approved. Turns out I had nothing to worry about as we were approved without any issues. The inspection was completed with very few things to repair. The main thing was a piece of the roof that required an estimate from a roofing company which the sellers “paid” for by including it in their portion of the closing costs.
Other than all of the house-related events, we celebrated Pierce’s 3rd birthday!
August 12th = CLOSING DAY! We signed our lives away that morning & got the keys to our house. Yes, just one month after we put our offer in. The sellers wanted the house gone ASAP as they were living in another state. Their first buyer fell through back in May so they were ready to be done. Our first day in the house was spent changing the locks & painting our front door.
That entire weekend was spent painting. We painted the living room, hallways, kitchen, master bedroom, bathroom, and the basement. Since we still had our apartment through the end of the month, this was the best time to get all of the painting out of the way. We officially moved into the house on August 18th & said goodbye to our apartment on August 31st.
I could write an entire novel on all of the projects & updating we did in the house throughout the month of August. I did posts on each room on my last blog so I might recycle those & talk about them on here as well. Let’s just say that the entire month was exhausting!
House projects continued into September along with purchasing some furniture for our living room & a grill. I also came across an old desk at a junk store that I got for $10 and re-finished. This was my first time re-finishing something & I loved it!
We drive down to Humboldt & Shubert to visit Jacquelyn, Dayton, and their baby Daphne + watch the Husker game.
We also went to Lincoln to see Coheed & Cambria at The Bourbon.
At the end of the month, we went out with some friends to a haunted house, The Homy Inn, and a few bars in Benson. We closed the bars down & realized that we are getting a little too old for that!
I tried out Crossfit for the first time ever as a local gym was offering a free week of classes. I thought I was in pretty good shape but I was so sore the next day. And the day after that. I didn’t end up going back for another Crossfit class until the end of the week when I could finally walk normal. I liked the workouts but didn’t sign up for any additional classes because #expensive.
We hosted a small house warming party with some friends for the Nebraska game. It was fun to have everyone together & hang out as we hadn’t been together since our wedding.
At the end of the month, we went to Kansas City for the Chiefs game. First, we stopped at Ikea to check out a headboard that we want for our bed. We didn’t buy it as it wouldn’t fit in the car but we got an idea of what it looks like. After that, we hit up KC Joe’s for some barbecue.
This was my first regular season Chiefs game so it was a lot of fun. And we had perfect weather for it too!
Life started to finally slow down this month & we didn’t have as many activities or house projects. We applied to be foster dog “parents” in October through Basset & Beagle Rescue of the Heartland & learned that we would be getting our first pup at the beginning of the month. Trisha a.k.a. Luna came to Nebraska all the way from North Carolina after being part of a rescue there. We renamed her Luna because Trisha just didn’t seem to fit her very well.
We only had Luna for a week before she was adopted at an event the Rescue put on at Petsmart. I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much over a pet in my life. I didn’t expect to get so attached to our first one but she was such a good dog. I still kind of regret not adopting her but it didn’t feel right to adopt our first foster.
We celebrated Thanksgiving the weekend before with Curtis’ extended family. Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures from it. The weekend of Thanksgiving, we hosted it at our house with my mom & Curtis’ parents.
We finally got to meet baby Mae when Alice & Thomas were in town from Denver. She is such a doll!
We picked up our second foster pup over Thanksgiving weekend– a 6 year old mostly feral dog from Missouri. I already wrote an entire post about her which you can read here.
After months of contemplating about what to do with my blog, I finally launched Life In Turquoise! I was on Blogger for years & made the leap to WordPress which I really enjoy. Blogger is definitely easier to navigate & understand but I’m slowly learning all about WP and like it so far.
This month was pretty uneventful compared to the rest of the year. Our foster pup Sophie kept us pretty busy. Not to mention that we got our first snow (which melted pretty quickly thankfully) and had some frigid temperatures which made for some rather quiet weekends.
Christmas Eve was spent in Lincoln with my mom & her new boyfriend. Christmas Day was hosted at our house with Curtis’ extended family. Unfortunately, I didn’t snap any pictures besides this one.
2016 – what a year!
Looking back, I have to say that it was a pretty good year. There were times where I was ready to pull my hair out from frustration with wedding planning, house buying, and not getting the promotion that I kind of wanted. Not to mention being exhausted from it all. But I think all of the good times over the past year make up for everything else. I’m excited to see what 2017 brings!