Archive for March, 2009

Settling in to the New House

It was two weeks ago today that we moved in to the new house in Frisco.

I am thankful that it was only 4 miles down the road, because moving is hard enough, but only having to go a short distance was really nice. Especially all the subsequent trips we made back and forth to get the miscellaneous items that don’t fit neatly into a box – like a weedeater or a lamp.

So the past two weeks have been super tiring. Starting with the day we moved in, we’ve pretty much spent every night working until its time for bed; doing things like carrying boxes up and down stairs, putting beds together, arranging furniture, unpacking boxes, arranging closets, etc.

Another activity that took up a lot of time was replacing light fixtures. That is not easy, let me tell you. The concept is simple, but the execution is challenging, unless you have four arms with built in tool appendages.

We purposely waited to unpack and hang up certain things like curtains, pictures and nick-nacks. We were waiting until we got the walls painted. When we moved in, all the walls were white. While we appreciate the “blank slate”, we were anxious to get some color on the walls to give it some warmth visually and to help make it feel more personalized. So last Friday, we were able to have all the walls painted. It makes a huge difference!

Little did I know that once the paint was dry, the real work would begin. Wow! This past weekend after the painters left, we began getting serious with personalizing this place with our own “stuff”. Saturday and Sunday we worked like slaves. I worked like a dog and slept like a baby. :)

But it was fun work. And very fulfilling getting the new house to feel like home.

Cori and I are the type of people where our house is “our castle”. We would rather have a nice home and drive old, shabby cars and not have the latest electronics equipment or cool gadgets. We feel like our house is our sacred abode where family nurturing and growth happens and we feel its important for us to establish a “homey” environment for that to take place. This is one reason why we are very thankful that we did not have to rent an apartment or house for awhile, which we thought we may end up having to do when this whole process began.

We are far from finished, as evidenced by the plethora of unpacked boxes in the garage and the array of nick-nacks and frames placed in the staging area (dining room) waiting to find a permanent place. But we are getting there and are taking pictures so we can show a before and after motif, hopefully.

I’m sure I’ll leave some things out, but here’s a list of things we’ve accomplished in the past two weeks:

  • Install light fixtures
    • Kitchen – over island (still a mess, pictures coming soon)
    • Kitchen – over sink
    • Breakfast nook
    • Front porch carriage light
    • Ceiling fan/light in living room
  • Assembled basketball hoop (much harder that it sounds or looks)
  • Assembled two bookshelves for kids’ rooms
  • Put together 3 beds and 2 dresser mirrors
  • Curtains
    • Living room
    • Kitchen (still in progress)
    • Bennett’s room
    • Chloe’s room
    • Gavin’s room
  • Several frames of artwork, a couple of wall shelves and numerous wrought-iron “things” all over the house
  • Installed a new dishwasher (and then cleaned up a huge water leak mess caused by the fact that I didn’t realize one of the hoses was leaking. I made like 3 trips to Lowes and actually ended up installing twice after having to pull it all out to properly seal the hose. Also cut my finger real bad.)

I’m so tired of my seeing my toolbox. I want to just fling it in the creek out back, but I don’t think I could throw it that far.

I’ll end with a couple things I’ve learned through this whole process:

  1. Mortgage loans are much harder to get these days (tighter regulations, more expensive in terms of closing costs, origination fees, etc.)
  2. Directions that come with light fixtures, ceiling fans, shelves and basketball hoops are worthless.
  3. The guy who invented the Phillips head screwdriver: genius. The guy who invented the slotted type: not so much.

:)

iPhone Scrunge Wallpaper Set

While working on a project recently, I created a background pattern that I really liked. I liked it so much I made it a full-sized desktop background for my iMac and my Macbook Pro.

Scrunge Wallpaper Set

I also really wanted to put it on my iPhone, so I modified it just a bit and created a handful of color variations that can be used as iPhone wallpapers. I’ve packaged them together and offer them here for you – a free download.

Enjoy!

(btw: Scrunge = scroll + grunge. Just in case you were wondering.)

Home

By the Grace of God, we have found a house that will soon be our new home. In two weeks, we’ll say good-bye to this house and all the memories we’ve made here and move to the new house. We’re ready to start some new memories there for sure.

This is our new house on Snowshill Drive in Frisco. We love the street name because it is such an oxymoron. Its not on a hill. And chances are slim that there will ever be much snow around these parts.

New House

They say that home is where the heart is. Well, I think our hearts are already there. This past weekend we started packing. The first phase was the de-decoration phase. In one day our beautiful home underwent an amazing transformation from cozy, homy abode to a stark, barren shell. And all we did was take down pictures, artwork, nic-nacs and curtains.

I was pretty surprised by the sudden difference in the feel of this place. Now that all of our personality has been removed (other than furniture), I’m ready to get to the next house and make that one “our home”.

In the design world, there’s this concept of form vs. function. There’s a fine balance in there somewhere. Even though this place is still fully functional, the form is gone. Its like viewing a website with only the text – no pictures, colors or style.

I am thankful for a wife with the talent to work such magic on this shell and make it a home. Next time your wife asks to buy some new decoration for the house, don’t be so quick to balk at it. A little decoration goes a long way. :)