The house is a hot mess, come on in!

Hey y’all. Moving to our new house seriously kicked my butt. I am neck deep in the “oh-crap-I-just-downsized-and-have-way-too-much-stuff” phase. Like, seriously. Waaaay too much stuff. I guess knocking off more than 800 sq ft of livable space will do that to you. I am not complaining, I am merely stating that I have been in Operation Create-a-new-garage-sale-pile the past few weeks, but there’s so much crap to sift through that the Operation is moving very slowly.

I also realized that I haven’t shown you the whole house with all our crap in it. Be forewarned, the pictures are not pretty. They are messy and cluttered. This disaster is what happens when you move just before the end of the school year (and are required to devote extra time to your children and their classes) and when you downsize. I dream about the day my life gets a little calmer. Four more days of school!

First off, here are a few pictures from moving day. We moved ourselves and drafted a few family members to help us load and unload. The boys got creative and literally backed the truck directly into the house. Sure made unloading easier.

Okay, so now for the house tour. We have our stuff inside the house, but we are not “moved in” by any stretch of the imagination. Most boxes are finally unpacked, but all their contents within are now piled on the floor, in corners, on counters, and in closets.

When you walk in the front door you see the family room directly in front of you.

I’m pleasantly surprised how well the furniture fits in here. The white chairs are debatable though.

And a view of the family room from behind the couch.

The piano room is to the left when you walk in the front door.

I had hopes of carving out a little office for me in here, but the kids computer desk and my son’s drum set won out. The curtains will be replaced by my orange aviary curtains from my old dining room, but the windows don’t have blinds so I am leaving the old curtains up until I can get the blinds ordered (they are extra tall so regular blinds from Home Depot are too short).

From the front door, directly to the right is the kitchen. This view is standing in the family room.

The kitchen is my least favorite space in the entire house. The cabinets seem to be piecemealed together and half the doors open the wrong direction. The island is awkward. And the worst part of the kitchen? The breakfast area. It just isn’t big enough for a normal sized table. I will have to figure out a new configuration for the cabinets and breakfast area. We plan on gutting this space and completely starting over.

Off the kitchen is the mud room/laundry room that leads to the garage. In contrast to the kitchen, this is probably one of my most favorite spaces of the house! It is oozing with potential.

When you walk into this area, the pantry is on the left. It is HUGE which I love. I’m not digging the wire shelving, but I have big plans for a nice overhaul of this space too.

On the right is the door that leads to the garage and a little area that I call the mud room. I envision lots of built-ins like I did in my previous laundry room.

And then in the far back corner is the laundry room. It’s a nice sized area and once I rework the shelving in there I will have tons of storage.

Now lets talk about the Master Bedroom for a sec. I just shouldn’t even show you these pictures. They are bad. Really bad. But, we just moved in so I hope you’ll understand. The room is actually pretty large, but it is so full of crap at the moment that it’s hard to tell. In one corner I have piled high to the ceiling all my craft stuff that was in my office at the old house. When we downsized I lost my office. I need to figure out where to set up shop, then unpack all this stuff, and get rid of at least half of it.

In the corner next to the bed there is another pile… the growing garage sale pile. I didn’t know what I wanted to keep before we moved in, so now as I unpack and move things around I’m starting to realize I have way too much decor. Hopefully I’ll be able to unload all this stuff within a few months.

I want to put it all in the garage, but now that we live on some land we have some serious bugs out here (welcome to Texas!). Like, big gross beetles that seem to be everywhere, scorpions, and spiders. I don’t really want to risk bugs getting into my stuff if I put it in the garage.

Okay, now on to the rest of the house…

Our son’s room. Painting the rooms is first on our agenda. Promise. I will not live with walls like this for much longer.

Our daughter’s room. Everything in the entire house is set up, but totally not organized. We have been living in controlled chaos for a month. I’m losing my mind!

Ben’s office. No words for this mess. Nothing to see here… move along.

And last but not least, the gameroom. Here’s the view from the door.

Again, boxes are unpacked, a few things are set up, but still a whole lotta chaos going on. And this is a view from the couch looking towards the french doors that lead to the back yard.

Keepin’ it real, folks. I took these pictures this afternoon. Obviously I was way too tired/overwhelmed/busy being a mom to even bother trying to clean up for you guys. Hopefully this gives you a better idea of where all the furniture ended up and how everything is fitting (it’s not).

I am super backlogged with posts to share, I just haven’t had 2 free seconds to even edit the photos and write up posts for y’all. Once school ends this Friday I really feel like life will slow down a little bit more and I can get you guys all caught up on everything. Being so behind with posts is driving me batty. Stay with me, my friends. I promise, I’m still here!


     

Your questions answered about the new house!

You guys, we bought a new house! And y’all sure are nosey. I am here to answer all your questions and to give you all the details (or at least as many as I feel comfortable sharing online). I’m glad you asked questions because sometimes it’s hard for me to remember every detail that you might be curious about. So here goes nothing…

Q: How many square feet is your new house? How many was the old house?

A: The new house is approximately 2,800 square feet. The old house was about 3,650 square feet. We shaved off about 850 square feet when we purchased this new house. We lost a bedroom and a dining room. And before you ask, yes, we sold the dining room furniture. No room for it here!

Q: How old is this house?

A: The house was built in 2000. It’s new enough to have good bones but old enough to need updating.

Q: How much land is the new house on?

A: The new house is on a little over an acre! Our kids are in heaven. The yard needs tons of TLC though and a fence, so we have a long road ahead of us.

Q: Does the house have a garage?

A: Yes, the house has a two car garage. It’s a side-entrance one so it was hard to see in the first photo I shared.

Q: Can we see the frontyard?

A: Yup. The house has a U-shaped driveway with a grove of awesome climbing trees out front. The kids absolutely love it.


Q: Can we see the backyard?

A: Sure! Most of our property is in the backyard and side yard. The house came with an awesome deck off the back of the house, swingset, fort, two sheds, an above-ground pool with a deck surround, and a half-court basketball court. The yard and “toys” are all in rough shape though, so they will need lots of love and care from us. Eventually some day we’d love to take down the above-ground pool and deck surround and put in a real in-ground pool.

Q: What type of flooring does the new house have?

A: The new house has four types of flooring: hardwood, tile, vinyl, and carpet. The family room and piano room have hardwood. All the other open areas have tile. The bedrooms and game room have carpet. The office has vinyl. I will do a separate flooring post soon so stay tuned.

Q: Are you in the same school district?

A: Unfortunately, no. We are close enough though that the kids will finish out the current year at their current school. In the fall they will start in the new district. After lots of research, we are in one of the top rated districts in Texas which is primarily why we chose this area to move to as opposed to other more rural areas.

Q: I thought you weren’t going to be able to move for at least another year?

A: I have only mentioned this detail in the comments section or through email exchanges, but for those who know our situation, Ben is an Independent Consultant and is a 1099 employee. Because of new laws regarding Fannie Mae, in order to qualify for a home mortgage if you are a 1099 you need two years of tax returns. We only have one (he’s been Independent for about 16 months now). We thought we’d have to wait until at least April 2014 before we could get a new mortgage but after shopping around for quite awhile we found a local bank who was willing to assume the risk and give us a mortgage with them in-house.

Q: Any sadness at all moving out of the other house? Or was it like when you got rid of the van?

A: LOTS of sadness. I was so excited to move into this new home, and within a few hours of signing on the new mortgage I literally had a full-blown panic attack. I then proceeded to be hysterical for the next three days. I’m nothing if not dramatic. It was the exact opposite reaction I thought I’d have. I don’t know where this reaction came from, but my husband probably thought I had lost my marbles. I even had a day when I tried to talk Ben into selling the new house and backing out of our contract on the old house. Ben, our realtor, and my neighbor had to talk me off a cliff. It was probably the most upset I’ve ever been in my entire life. After Ben agreed that we’d move into the house on a “trial” basis I was able to calm down. Now that I am officially moved I LOVE the new house and never want to move!

I think the idea that I was leaving my old neighborhood, old friends, old school, old community, and everything familiar to me hit me all at once once the papers were signed. And I just totally flipped out. This transition was not easy, but it was so worth it. I love my new home!

Q: Can we see a floor plan?

A: I would love to show you a floor plan but I seriously suck at those online floor plan makers. I have it drawn out on paper with a sharpie so I’ll scan that in and show you as soon as I can find my scanner.

Q: Are you going to do the same color scheme you did in the first house?

A: I am undecided. I am definitely not doing the butter yellow again even though I love it. I really love the gray undertone though instead of a tan one, so I’m conflicted. I will probably go with gray again but will choose a different shade that has more of a taupe undertone.

Q: Is the new neighborhood far from the old house?

A: We are about 20 minutes away from the old neighborhood. In order to get an acre of land and save money on the mortgage we had to go a little further out from the city center.

Q: Is there a Basement? An Attic?

A: The house does not have a basement. Most homes in Texas don’t because the water table is too high or because there’s too much limestone. Yes, the house has an attic. The A/C unit is up there. We probably won’t use it for anything though except storing random stuff.

Q: You already moved in? did you sell house #1 yet?

A: We just moved in on Saturday. The house is such a disaster from moving that I feel like I live in an episode of Hoarders. House #1 is under contract. The buyers will sign the final closing papers in about a week.

Q: Dana from House*Tweaking bought a smaller fixer-upper last year. Are you copying her? Young House Love just bought a new house too.

A: Seeing Dana downsize to a smaller house to save money and to help her family feel more unified definitely was inspiring for me. That is when the idea started mulling in my mind. We originally were looking at houses around 1900-2000 sq ft, but this 2800 sq ft house popped up and we just had to jump on it. Most of the extra 800 sq ft are the extra 4th bedroom (office), a 3rd bathroom, and the gameroom.

Like everyone else, I had no clue that John and Sherry had purchased a new home. They posted about their new home just a day after I posted about mine. I joked with a few friends that it wasn’t fair because they stole my thunder! I’m sure their 5-million-page-hits-a-month blog doesn’t need any of my thunder. I’m just happy they even know who I am. hah ;)

Q: Where did you get that yellow bag?

A: The yellow bag is my camera bag and it’s from an awesome company called JoTotes! It is faux leather and is so super soft and my favorite part? The inside is houndstooth.

There you have it. All your questions answered. I am determined to be a more organized blogger this house go-round. My right-brain has a hard time with organization and blog posting schedules. But I’m going to try! YHL’s consistency is so inspiring to me. Cross your fingers that I can stay on top of the projects and the blog enough to keep it coming to you real-time and consistently.

Now that I’ve shared all this stuff about the new house I’m going to pop back over to the old house and share some loose ends about prepping the house for listing, packing up, and moving, so keep an eye out for that. Also, don’t forget my weekly hookin’ up with hoh party is tomorrow night at 9:30pm CST. Be there or be square.


     

Jamielyn from I Heart Nap Time {probably} thinks I’m nuts

So, last week I went to the SNAP Conference…

WAIT. Don’t stop reading. This is not a recap post, I swear.

So my plane was delayed and I got there late and everything had already started, so I dropped my bags in my hotel room and raced to the first class which surprisingly I was on time for. Well, the class was about using Pinterest and how to take better “pinterest worthy” photos and how to promote your blog better on Pinterest… yadda yadda, you get the idea. (You know what? Maybe this was the 2nd class of the day now that I think of it. Honestly, doesn’t matter.)

Anyway, the class was taught by two lovely gals, one of which is the amazing Jamielyn of I Heart Nap Time.

I don’t know why she was chosen to teach this class because she only has like 4.1 freaking million pinterest followers. Up until this class I was feeling pretty good about myself with 28,000+ followers. Way to put me back in my place.

Okay, so she was one of the gals teaching the class which was really awesome be-tee-dubs and I left feeling all inspired and ready to tackle the universe. Or at least the internet.

And before I forget, I need to mention that I have read Jamielyn’s blog since I started blogging more than three years ago. I know this chick very well and I had just sat in on an hour and a half class of hers starting at her face the entire time.

This has a point I swear.

After class it was time for dinner, which had me pretty excited because food was involved. So I met up with several of my blog friends and we were just chatting it up with all these rockstar bloggers, saying hi and introducing ourselves to a few dozen people.

So I go up to this girl and I’m all, “Hey! I’m Allison from House of Hepworths. It’s nice to meet you.”

And she was like, “I’m so-and-so (I’m terrible with names and forgot) from I Heart Nap Time.”

Me: “Oh my gosh! I LOVE your blog! I have read it for three years!”

Her: Awkward silence.

Her again: “Um, well, er, um… I am actually Jamielyn’s virtual assistant. It isn’t my blog, it’s hers.”

Me: Awkward silence.

Me: “Oh my gosh, haha, I totally knew that.”

Her: backing away… “It was nice meeting you.” (And I’m sure she was thinking “crazy weirdo” as she dashed off.)

Did you catch that? I have known Jamilyn for three years and just sat in an hour and a half long class taught by her. I was on the first row, starting at her for an hour and a half. And then I go to her assistant and tell the assistant that I love her blog.

I am such a tool.

……

When I got to the conference the first person I ran into was Brooke from All Things Thrifty.

She was like, “Oh my gosh House of Hepworths, hi!!”

And I was like, “Brooke! I love you!”

And then we hugged. And then she called me Heather, and immediately knew she had the wrong name and apologized profusely and then called me by my real name. It was seriously water off a ducks back. But poor Brooke was so embarrassed.

So later that night, after the I Heart Nap Time caper I ran into Brooke and she apologized again for calling me the wrong name.

I was all, “Seriously Brooke? That is nothing. I have a story 10x worse”. So then I told her that just 2 minutes earlier I told Jamielyn’s assistant that I love her blog. And to make matters worse, I had literally just sat in Jamielyn’s class and after class even had a full-on conversation with her.

Brooke was laugh-crying by the end of the story. And I’m pretty sure I made her feel 100x better about calling me Heather.

And that is why Jamielyn from I Heart Nap Time probably thinks I am nuts.

And also why I shouldn’t be allowed in public. Or allowed to talk.


     
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