Home Sweet Home
Wow, I haven’t been on here since May – oops. Was a tad busy! I hope to be back here on a more regular basis in 2013.
Since May, a lot has happened. We sold our house in Pennsylvania and then bought a great, new house in Virginia (which I’m so happy about; see below). I traveled to Chicago and Indianapolis for work as well as a few visits to the office in PA. Peter had a very busy week or two at work for the 150th Anniversary of Fredericksburg battles, which was very impressive. I went to see My Morning Jacket in concert. I ran two very fun 5Ks (Crystal City Twilighter in July and the Glo-Run DC in October). We had fun with Abby for Halloween and took her trick or treating where she dressed as BJ from Barney. Breast cancer has returned to the family, which will not be discussed on here. Peter and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. We had our first holiday in the new house on Thanksgiving with family. We traveled to Pennsylvania for Christmas and visits with family which was really nice. We’ve had visitors stay for the weekend at our new house. A new baby girl was born in the family. There have been parties and gatherings with friends. Abby has gotten bigger, smarter, funnier, naughtier.
The main thing we were busy with was selling our old house:
And then buying our new house:
There’s so much to do and I love it. We are not in a rush so we plan to take our time with making it our own and figuring out what we want to do with each room. For now, just getting boxes unpacked is pretty nice, haha. We settled on October 31st/Halloween and moved in the following weekend.
The house is a plantation colonial style, built in ’85. It sits on 1.4 acres (part of that is a wooded lot to the left of our house) and has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 car garage, 3 room shed, huge deck on back (with 2 trees within the deck itself which I love), 2 porches on either side in the front, and an overall warm, cozy feel throughout the whole house. There are lots of tall trees around the home (can be nerve-wracking when there’s a storm with wind but it’s worth it for the scenery and nature-like feel when looking out the windows) and the neighborhood is what we were aiming for when we started house-hunting. Each house is different and I feel like I could close my eyes and pick any house and be happy with it. The people we have met here so far have been nothing but wonderful – very welcoming, offering desserts, treats, homemade veggie soup in a big crock pot, cheese and crackers, veggie trays, fruit salad, homemade pound cakes, homemade wine, and more. Very generous and friendly – good ol’ southern hospitality! Still gotta get used to this. Also, our neighborhood is within good proximity to my parent’s house, Peter’s work, shopping and dining, and 95. Abby has more room to play and take up space with her plethora of toddler toys, and a nice backyard to play in when the weather gets nicer and warmer.
One of the best parts is that we are paying LESS money on our mortgage compared to our house in PA which was considerably smaller in square footage and land. We’re also paying less in taxes. Winning! Overall, we’re quite happy and have much to look forward to in our new home sweet home. We just had our first Christmas here with Abby and I couldn’t help but think of all the future Christmas memories we’ll have with her, and all the memories in general as she grows up in this house.
More to come!