Sunday, June 29, 2014

To Stay, or Not To Stay

Three years ago, we bought our house....

We were IN LOVE with this house from the moment we pulled up in the driveway with our Realtor in tow. And I fell even more in love with it as soon as we walked in. We came from a house that I bought when I was just 22 and single. It was a shoebox...horribly laid out. BUT, it worked for me. And it worked for us when I married my husband. And it even worked when we had our first born, Autumn. But then, we found out we were expanding with Brooklynn. NOW, we were stressed about living there. We found this house the DAY it went on the market and it was a short sale! It was meant to be ours!

Fast forward three years. We've done some landscaping and some odds and ends around the house to make it our own. But we were never really sure if we were going to STAY here forever. Ron really wanted at least an acre of property. But after looking for quite a while, going back and forth on what to do, putting some bids down on houses and properties and it not panning out, and me not really decorating the house or really making it our own, it has finally come to the point where we just can't find anything that is better than the house we have...without having a mortgage that takes up both of our paychecks.

So, we're staying.

We. Are. Staying.

Whew! I can FINALLY start planning! For someone who doesn't like unfinished work or living life without a plan of action, this is a HUGE sigh of relief! I really didn't care if we stayed or if we moved, I just wanted to NOT be in a state of limbo anymore!

So, now I've gone full force in planning....

I have TONS of BIG projects in the works. First up?? POOL! If you know anything about me, you know that the beach and the pool are a HUGE part of who I am. I grew up with a pool in my backyard. I love to be able to just wake up and go swimming, entertain around the pool, relax at night in the pool, come home from the beach and jumping in the pool. I just love it...need it. HAVE to have it.  

And now I will. Well, next year I will. No sense in putting it in now when it'll be done in the winter and then I can't really use it.

I have MANY more projects that will need to get done. And I will need a contractor to help me with them. Thankfully, my parents are moving back in November and my dad is a builder. He will already have his first jobs lined up when he moves back. 

So now, you'll get to see the transformation of my house. This is why I love blogging; because now I can look back and see everything that we've done. 

I've been on a pinning rampage for kitchens, bathroom, pools, and offices. (check my boards!). If you know of any good blogs for home designing, decorating, remodeling, let me know! 


  1. Looking forward to all your great pictures!

  2. I have an acre. Ask me how much fun it is to mow it. (My BIL used to, until he moved to Florida.)

    I'd love to come down and swim in your pool next summer. I'll bring the cocktails!

  3. Awesome! I'm glad you made a decision that you are happy with. I can't wait to see pictures! ;)

  4. How exciting!! I love my pool and couldn't live in Texas without it!
    Cant' wait to see the changes :)