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$100 grocery challenge ~ week 3

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I have a half written post in the draft box for the third week of the $100 food challenge.... but my heart is somewhere else today. The truth is, this house stuff is completely dominating our lives right now. All in a good way, and I truly cannot complain one bit. It's been so very busy! When I shared a bit of the recent chaos on facebook a friend replied, it seems like a good problem to have. She's so right... it's all good chaos right now.

I'm a bit leery to relax just yet, we still have an appraisal to get through, but things are looking good. The inspection went really well yesterday. It looks like we will be closing April 4th, perhaps sooner! We even have at least two families who want the house if this deal falls through. Everything seems almost too good right now, and while my first instinct is to be wary.... I'm quickly reminding myself to believe that things can work out just right every now and then.

So, while I'm riding the wave of beleiving in all things wonderful, I wanted to tell you the truth about the last three months. Joe & I have been a nervous wreck. The market has not been good here. We've watched houses sit for months unsold, or sold for really low prices. We were really concerned about having to split up the family. Joe going to RI for his new job with the teenagers to start school, me staying behind with the little kids waiting for the house to sell. We worked hours and hours a day, everyday, for the last three months finishing up the renovation projects, cleaning, and painting. We have truly poured a tremendous amount of work and love into this house. We made it a home. Selling a home is different.... it's more than just a house. You know?

And while this might be really bad financial advice.... we decided we only wanted to make back what we put into it. We weren't worried about all our time, or the tiny crumb we nibbled off the loan in the last four years. We just wanted what we put into it, and someone who would love it. We priced it a bit lower than other homes and had two offers in less than a week. The second one being exactly what we had hoped for.

Yesterday I loaded kids and dogs and cat into the van for the sixth time in 10 days. I gave Joe a good luck kiss and headed to the park while he stayed for the home inspection. Three hours later he sends me a text. "Everyone is leaving. They want it, as is. You can come home." 

sigh of relief.....

He said he sat with the buyer on the covered patio and she told him how much she loved the house. She loves the color, the wood doors, the kitchen, the patio, the moulding that took Joe hours to put in. She loves all of it. I can't tell you what that meant to a man who has spent hours making a house a home.

I still owe you guys a post on kitchen cabinet refinishing.... but today, I wanted to invite you in to see what we've done over the last four years. So come on in, there's coffee and fresh donuts from the best place in town in the kitchen. Take your time and wander around. Welcome to our home.....

 

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the formal entry, or foyer as the real estate agent likes to call it

 

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from the foyer the kitchen & living room are to the left, the music room & bedrooms to the right

 

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the music room (somehow the guitar collection increased these last few years!)

 

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down the hall we come to the main bathroom

 

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you can see the last bit of yellow peeking out from behind the shower curtain

 

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the boys room (no more pink carpet!)

 

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the girls room

 

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our room

 

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the master bathroom

 

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master bathroom

 

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the living room, those french doors both open to the patio and to the left corner is a doorway into the kitchen (some good during the process photos)

 

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we replaced all the doors with those solid wood ones, the one in this photo leads to the laundry room

 

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the laundry room (and the tile job here)

 

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the patio

 

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roadside chairs and table

 

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the kitchen, this is my favorite room in the house... that island is fantastic....

 

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one more kitchen photo 

So there it is. You can visit the whole renovation album on flickr if you'd like to see the progress and before photos. It has been such an amazing experience..... so much work.... but in the end a job well done that we are so very proud of. And most of all, a home to pass along to someone new.

{ps ~ just want to say once again to my husband, who did all the hardest work of this project and managed to renovate an entire house on evenings and weekends..... never hiring a single job out.... you amaze me. I am most certainly a lucky and very grateful wife ~ xoxo}

 

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