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Thursday, August 07, 2008

If walls could talk...

So, this morning, we officially sold our first home. We are now in a lovely apt here in plano... fun times. I didnt get at all emotional during the whole moving process, until I was at my house, alone, last night. I was doing that final walk through making sure everything was clean and out (and yes mom, i even hosed out the garbage cans). I was about to pull out of the driveway for the last time and i got really emotional. Lucky for me, my camera was in the car, and I was able to do a final walk through so I could jot down the memories I had with my house.

This room was the practice decorating room: it was the first room to be painted and it was the first to get crown moulding. Purple use to be my favorite color when we were first married. This room was a tribute to that color and that phase in my life. This is where my grand piano use to reside. I LOVED walking into my house and seeing my beautiful piano. We added the lighting and the chair rail. Becky Eastman helped me paint the room that color. The drapes cost less than the rod they hung on... I had most of my piano recitals in this room. I taught several piano lessons in this room. Choir practice and other music practices were held here too... And now, to my kitchen... I painted the room that red color (all by myself) - then i went ahead and added a shiny stripe (you cant really see it...) i also made the drapes, but they aren't my fav. (again, rod cost more than the fabric). This is the place we had lots of people for dinner and settlers games. This is also where i tried to avoid cooking.

Notice the back door? that was one of the GREATEST investments we made in the last year or so... even though we opened a big can of worms when we replaced it, SO worth it. oh ya, we also put in that 25$ light from home depot... a big step up from our ugly brass one people cracked their heads on.
This is just a shout out to my geek of a husband. He and his dad wired our entire house. every room was wired for highspeed and all of the wires came back to the master closet and the big networking station. we always had a server and maybe even more computers buzzing in my closet. now, many nice homes come wired like this, but not 5 years ago (and esp NOT in our price range). joe you rock.
This is the backyard my kids played in. This is where we had our trampoline. This is where Aaron would play baseball. This is where we put the bounce houses we rented for my kids birthday extravaganzas.
This was my office. It started as Joe's office, then I was able to move in with him, but then I kicked him out and it ended up all mine. Joe put up the crown moulding and chair rail and picked out the paint colors (and even helped paint!). This was the BOYS room. My mom helped me paint this. They built forts on the bunkbeds. They giggled at night and allowed charity to have sleepovers in there too.
This was where I would stand when we couldn't decide which room to have prayers at night. that way, all of the kids could be in their beds, but we could all participate together.
This was charity's room. mom helped me paint it and put the flowers on the wall, and dolled up the little valence with ribbons....
This is how we built out the closets. I needed a way to make my kids more able to hang their own clothes up... joe needed an excuse to use his pneumatic nail gun.
This was my room. I made those drapes the week before I put my house up on the market. I painted the room a few days before it went up on the market. (i was SO tired and did a terrible job - lots of areas need touchup - but that is for the new homebuyer to deal with, not me!!!) cherry and joe helped. cherry thought it was a waste of time, but painting my bedroom and bathroom made a HUGE difference! While all the houses on my street were still getting built, i walked up to one of those painting contractors (who doesnt speak english) and paid them 500$ to paint all of the main living areas which is almost the whole house -(and that included paint!) - these high ceilings were just too intimidating. 4 guys came one sunday (i felt so guilty for it) but they got it done in 2 hours... The drapes were a fun project too - cheap fabric (LOTS of it) and joe on a 18foot ladder about to kill himself as he installed the hooks and hung the drapes on them! SCARY! but speaking of ladders... in the middle of this ceiling is a smoke and carbon monoxide detctor - there were a few times we had to replace the batteries. we would call our buddy greg eastman over to help joe hold the ladder straight up and down so i could climb to the VERY TOP and replace those stupid things... lots of cuss words... scary.
This was my kids toy room. the kids would drive me crazy dropping toys down and popping their heads over the ledge. This was the only fan we installed successfully in the house. too bad it was in the upstairs office.
my mom and i made this upstairs bathroom the under the sea room... that was a fun project - messy paint!
I made the bench with my dad, and laid a bunch of stones to walk on...
After we closed this morning, I drove the kids by so I could take their picture in front of the house so they could remember it. Good ol' 11512!!
This was such a great house, and this was such a great neighborhood. We picked out the house when Joe was finishing grad school (and we were living w/his parents in houston). I was pregnant with Charity. We moved in when she was 2 months old. Nate was born while we lived there. We had so many wonderful memories there. I loved this house and was really attached to it. I love the people I met while living there. As I was packing, the song from "unsinkable molly brown" kept playing through my head... "She's my friend, and she'll stay my friend..." it is a great song, and I really feel like I will keep in touch with the great people I met while living there in keller. My friends are so wonderful! Thanks to all the people who helped us move.

11 comments:

Bob said...

We're going to miss you guys! Let Joe know that he is not let off the hook with regards to the soft ball team! Parker was really sad when we told him Charity was moving away. We wish you the best. Don't let those East side aristocrats corrupt you!

Lydia said...

I knew you would get emotional eventually!

@my said...

what a great tribute to a first home!

CDHowey said...

i am with lyd... When i talked to you and you said you weren't emotional.. I was surprised.. All those years in the house.. I knew you would get choked up some time. Great house.. great memories.. I can't wait to see where you start to build your roots in plano. Love ya

Emily Webb said...

Man I always remember that leaving your first house! Good Luck!

Sorensens said...

OH, I remember that house and those rooms, I did not know you guys were moving, that's what happens when I live so far away. Good Luck with everything, it was hard for me to move out of our first home and the friends I miss.

The Farnsworth Family said...

I am going to miss that house too! WE have so many memories there too! I am so happy for you guys getting to move on to big and better things though. Good luck with the move. Keep us updated on where you guys end up in Plano, Miss and love ya!

Leisha said...

sniiiif. we're so sad you and your family are gone. who is going to throw all the huge birthday parties now? i know how sad and emotional that last walk-through is. i remember walking through and thinking of all the memories and saying goodbye to each room. however, i haven't missed that house since!

have you decided where to settle yet? i haven't talked to you in awhile! i didn't know the last time i saw you at church was like the last time i'd see you at church!

Carie Ann Wall said...

You'll be back! I will hold my breath until you do! I love you!!! Reading this made me cry all over again. You are my one of my greatest friends. I haven't even begun to think about daily life with out you! I'm still holding my breath:)

Meredith said...

Thats so good you took all those pictures, you will love that down the road. Looks like a great house!!!

Meredith said...

You will be missed around here, good luck with wherever you end up. I'm sure they will love you just as much as we do! I think I'll get super emotional if/when we ever move out of our house, there's just something about your home and all the memories that go with it. But now you will get to have a bunch of fun new memories at a new place, it'll be great. I hope you'll find something soon!