I’m feeling a little nostalgic this morning. We are celebrating our third housiversary! Three years ago we became first-time homeowners. Today we are giving our home some love.
When my husband got out of the military we found ourselves between homes. He was starting a new job and needed to go to training in another state (nowhere near any family) for a couple months before he would be going to his actual job location. So I packed up our three-month-old son (with some amazing help from my mom and Hub’s dad) and went home to family.
After a few months of training and a visit home, he finally made it out here to Arkansas, and we decided that I would stay with our family in Texas until we found a home. Let me tell you a few things about that: 1- Talk about lighting a fire to get things done! I loved staying with my mom, but I was ready for my son and I to be back with Hubs. Long distance is for the birds. 2- It’s really hard to shop for houses when you’re not there. I was permanently glued to every realty website and app I could find. I’d look up houses, send the info to Hubs, and he’d go look. It took a little over a month to find this one, and then another month for all the paperwork, but finally it was time to sign papers.
My mom, brother, and I drove up here the night before. We had been away from Hubs for two and a half months at that point (since his last visit home), and I’m not sure who was happier that night: me, Hubs, or our son. The smile on Monster’s face when he got his daddy back just melted me.
The day we became homeowners, we woke up, went to the bank, and signed the papers. After that I finally got to go see our new home. That’s right, I never saw it until after we signed. Everyone thought I was crazy for letting Hubs pick the house and signing the papers before I even saw it. But we had talked so much about what we wanted that I knew he wouldn’t disappoint me.
As soon as I saw our home, I fell in love with it. It looks small and quaint from the front, but it has add-ons in the back that make the house huge. Our house is not perfect, and it’s not brand new. But it is exactly what we need. We have plenty of room to grow (not to add more people, but room for the kids to get bigger), and to run and dance. We have a gas fireplace to keep us warm and cozy in the winter. We even have a bar in the living room. Our kitchen has more cabinets and counter space than I’ve ever seen in a house. Every room has its own built-in storage. The layout is amazing.
There are so many projects I want to do if I had the time and money. I’d replace this brown floor. Paint a few more of the rooms (that’s easy enough). I’d love to have new doors and energy-efficient windows. We could use a new garage door, and maybe a new refrigerator. I’d love to replace the countertops in the kitchen. Paint the walls in the garage, and fix up the shelving. Replace the boards on the back deck. Are there any homeowners who don’t have a giant to-do list or wish list?
When I look at our house, I look past all of its imperfections. I don’t see ugly brown tile in the dining room; I see where all three of our children learned to take their first steps. Instead of the roughly textured hallway wall, I see the sweet look on my son’s face after I kissed his booboo better every time he ran into that wall. (I swear that wall has a magnet in it, I lost count of how many times he’s run into it.) The purple paint stain in the carpet reminds me of how excited we were when I was pregnant with the twins (and how difficult it was to get around or do anything after 28 weeks).
So how does one celebrate a housiversary? By showing the house some love! I’ll be spending today scrubbing, cleaning, and decluttering. Tonight we’ll have a nice dinner, and make a toast to the house that made us homeowners.