Settling In

We have officially been homeowners for one month now. We are far from finished settling in, but we have made a lot of progress.

We first focused mainly on getting the kids rooms set up. Initially the older girls wanted their beds debunked, but this arrangement really did not allow for a lot of living space. We had decided to store their clothes under their beds in an effort to save space, but this wasn’t nearly as convenient as we thought it would be. It took a little convincing, but we got Abigail and Sarah to agree to bunk their beds again. We also purchased a real set of drawers for their clothes. Now they have all sorts of room to play around.

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Lily and Levi’s room is pretty simple. For the first week Levi was sleeping in his pack-in-play because we had misplaced the crib hardware during the move. Once we got his crib set up we were able to put the furniture where we wanted it.

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Our kitchen is pretty big when you talk square feet. As far as counter space and storage however, it seems to be lacking. Jonathan and I decided we wanted some sort of island to add extra work space and storage-plus it would serve as a table for breakfast or the occasional lunch for the older girls. Off to IKEA we went. They were sold out of the island we originally wanted, so we opted for a bigger one instead and I LOVE it! I feel like it was made for our kitchen. Despite it’s size it really hasn’t seemed to take away from our larger kitchen. Here it is before and after we added the island.

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Jonathan has already started a bit of landscaping work. Last weekend he tackled a large flower bed in our front yard that was taken over by lilies. It was just too much. We’ve also got a ton of them in the backyard-but that will be a project for another day. We still need to figure out what to do with this flower bed, but I think it looks so much better when it isn’t overgrown with plants.

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Finally, the girls love living here. The best part would probably be the 7-year-old grand-daughter of our next-door neighbors. She has already been declared Abigail’s best friend. Once I told Abigail that they couldn’t go out to play with her (for whatever reason) and she said, “but we never leave a friend behind!” They were disappointed to learn that she doesn’t actually live next door, but she is at her grandparent’s quite often. I’m sure the girls will know her schedule by heart by the end of the summer!

So that pretty much sums up how things are going in the abode so far. We are looking forward to continuing to make this house our home. And we thank God for the blessing to be able to do so!

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