Have you seen Matilda? If yes, keep reading. If no, stop reading, go watch, and come back.
You know that scene where Miss Honey finalizes the adoption with Matilda and then they rollerblade in the house and do crafts and end their day reading novels that are above the average child's reading level? It's a wonderful dream life. The exact way that I've imagined my future since I first saw the film. This weekend, I felt the future, my future, our future in the home that we recently purchased. I felt the things I've wanted come to life and begin. The future I've dreamt began to become reality. (I feel I should tell you now that I am not having a child...so, sorry if you got your hopes up.) Just keep reading.
This month has been great! We celebrated our 2nd anniversary a week after closing on our house with a prosecco and pizza celebration! Then, we got to work: taping and painting and sawing and ripping up laminate and flooring and then we stopped working and hired people to take over. And then we planned and packed and purchased and brought our books over and moved one piece of furniture and fought a tiny bit and hired movers. And all the while, I pinned and pinned and pinned.
This past weekend, Byron's family came in to check out our new digs! We are lucky to have a team of dreamers and visionaries that nudged us into a wonderful choice of more demo and ripping and sawing and hammering and peeling up to reveal more gorgeous original hardwood floors and on Wednesday...we'll have all of our things over at our new house (including a wi-fi connection the day of our move...PTL!) and we'll sleep there and begin a new chapter of being homeowners.
This has been such an exciting time and even though all of it has been real...it hasn't felt real. It felt like we were fixing up a new house and packing up the old house for just another move. It didn't quite set in that we were leaving behind rental life and moving into the house we will be in indefinitely, a house that will hold within its walls memories and gatherings and dinners and parties and perhaps new arrivals...puppy #3! This weekend, as I said above, I felt that future that many dream of, that I have dreamed of.
Our niece Charlotte helped me to see it all. She often pulls me out of the adult circle and into her world, an act of which I am extremely grateful, to play and dream and create and be silly. So, while the rest of the family was downstairs, planning and seeing what secrets this house held beneath an elevated dining room, C and I were playing telephone and running around and playing with a roly poly and it felt like the Miss Honey, Matilda scene. It felt like a much older version of me and a child who still looked exactly like Byron but a bit more like me. It felt like the walls had bared witness to lots of life and had contained so much love. And I realized, this is our house now! We own these walls and floors and windows and land and I am so incredibly excited to begin our life here on Wednesday!
Enough with the sappiness? I'd say! Let's get to the nitty gritty renovations we've been undergoing, huh? Here's a before and after of the main living floor; post living room floor makeover and painting, pre total finish of the dining room floor.
More floor pictures below! Very soon after our closing, we knew we wanted to see if what we suspected --original hard woods--was true. Luckily, we peeled back a few layers of lamintate, chiseled through 2 layers of plywood and "AHHHH!" -- a chorus of angels sung their flooring praises. We called in the experts and let them get to work! We were lucky enough to find hardwoods in good shape in the kitchen as well. We did find some termite damage along the way, but a quick call to our local pest guys got us all fixed up and soon after all repairs were made and we had a beautiful sanded floor ready for a big decision!
After a stressful thought session and frenzied pinterest search, I decided to celebrate the natural character of our gorgeous white oak flooring and go with no stain! Tough choice, but we were SO pleased with the look of the floor when it was finished. The next day, our family came in town and with socks on our feet, we decided to see what was underneath that raised dining room that we had originally decided to lay floor on top of. "AAAAH!," the angels sang again! Today, our flooring guys gave up their Memorial Day to finish the job in time for our move on Wednesday! Here is the almost finished product (first pic is the living room floor, not dining room) :
So, that's that! A very exciting time for us! We are so thankful for this past weekend of family who have poured their sweat, blood, and love into our home this ready--and we are looking forward to more family visits with decorating and finalizing. Be on the lookout for an announcement for a big housewarming open house! We can't wait to have you over!