|First family selfie in the new yard.|
When I first started writing this blog, the tag line was "A blog about our first house, our first baby, and our adventures along the way." I'm really glad I documented some of this stuff--especially the stories about Millie---because I don't remember any of it. Apparently, my brain is like "I'm just going to block out any memories involving xylophone music, cool?" And I'm like, "No brain! I want to remember this stuff." And my brain is like "I NEED THIS, OK."Consequently, Millie's early years are just one slobbery, screamy, cuddly blur to me. Five years later, we seem to have circled back around. New house. New Baby. New Sean and Katie. (Again.) This time, I know how important it will be for me to write it all down.
We welcomed our son, Ben in July, and moved out of our beautiful first home in Oberlin, Ohio a month and a half later. After crashing with friends in NC and renting a truly tiny apartment, we've finally settled into our new house. IT'S A GOOD ONE. We found a place in the country, with a super big wooded lot. Like-- ten acres big. We've got a creek in the back where we can sit and drink beer in the summer, and by "summer" I mean "in March" because we live in North Carolina now, and it's delightfully mild here. According to my neighbors, there is even a white deer that lives in our woods. Obviously I've been freaking out about that because A WHITE DEER IS BASICALLY A UNICORN. And then, they told me that the horse farm down the street raises peacocks and sometimes they escape and run wild through the woods, and now I'm like "THE WORLD I LIVE IN IS MAGIC, AND ALSO HOW DO I BUILD A PEACOCK TRAP?"I know at this point you have a lot of questions. Have you started building trails into your forest? (Yes.) Has Millie started her wilderness skills survival training yet? (Yes.) What are you going to name your peacock? (Reginald.) Is it pretentious for you to refer to your grounds as "Pemberley?" (Try and stop me.)
Anyways to update you all, I'm including some photos of the new house. I also have a before and after to show off of our guest room because I know how much you like makeover magic!
|Cricket surveys her new kingdom, on the alert for any rogue peacocks.|
|Look at this flippin deck!!!|
|The guest room when we first moved in. This carpet smelled like funky mouse balls.|
|The guest room after Sean finished with it. #seanwillyoumakeoutwithme?|
|The white deer living in our woods. *visual approximation|