Happy, Friday! I can’t believe it’s already our one week move-in anniversary. I have so much to blog about and don’t even know where to start. It’s my fault for taking such a long break from blogging, but it was much needed. I have been staying busy unpacking, doing a lot of gardening, painting, having lights installed, appliances delivered and a few other projects around the new house. Even though I wasn’t on my computer much this week, I captured so much for upcoming blog posts! I’m excited for all the content to come.If you’ve been following me on my new home account, you know how crazy it’s been over here lately, but it’s the fun kind of crazy! This weekend will be a little less hectic, but lots of projects on the agenda. Since I skipped Monday’s recap post completely, I’ll get started now and fill you all in on (almost) everything I’ve been up to this week! And don’t forget to follow the new home account for even more extra sneak peeks of the projects in real-time.
We started to finish up packing at the end of last week. We were closing on the house Friday but since it was going to rain all Saturday, we didn’t want to move in until Sunday morning. That gave me time to tackle a few projects around the house and have things delivered before boxes were everywhere.
I headed to Starbucks to grab our order for packing fuel and they accidentally doubled our order. Although I could have easily tackled the coffee on my own, I texted a neighbor and left it for them. When it’s hot out, I usually drink a tall almond milk iced latte with an extra shot of espresso. And if it’s cold, it’s the same but hot. Kyle has been getting the almond milk caramel macchiato. After four years with Kyle, I never thought I’d ever see him drink coffee!
I turned Naked and Afraid of (one of my favorite shows) and started packing up the closet. I thought I’d share this photo for a packing hack that has helped me the past few years. I’ve also decided to (maybe) start a Posh Mark with all the clothes I have that I haven’t worn. Let me know what you think! On Friday morning, I had my smoothie bowl which had almond milk, frozen banana, frozen blueberries, frozen strawberries, plant-based vanilla protein powder, and topped with granola, coconut, banana, and blueberries! 😋
At eleven, we headed to the office to close! 😊
Kyle had a super busy day at work on Friday, so I decided to start working on a front yard project. I had a few things that I wanted to get done before the sod rooted to the ground. I am going to share a HUGE landscaping blog post on everything I did so far, so you can look out for that one. Honestly, it’s been the best part of this move so far!
I can’t wait to see all of these plants get big and colorful! If you want to see more on this flower project and what this area used to look like, check out this post right here!
We had the sweetest welcoming gifts from new neighbors. ♥️
On Saturday, we had our couches delivered! The picture doesn’t do them justice. I’ll share more about them when I do the living room reveal 😊 Right now, I’m on the hunt for a new rug, coffee table, and barstools. It’s so hard to pick these things out online!
One of the FIRST things I wanted to do was get rid of the front door. With our builders, we chose an outdoor color scheme. Since we wanted to have a white house, that meant that we were stuck with a red door. The reason they do the color schemes is to make sure the homes in the neighborhoods don’t have the same colors next to each other. Luckily, since we don’t have any neighbors yet, we were able to get the door approved and painted immediately. I’ve always wanted a black door, especially since we are going to be painting the garage door black as well. I think it’s important for those to match. I also thought it would look nice with the black gooseneck light getting installed above it. I will share a blog post all about the painting projects as soon as I’m finished painting the rest of the doors.
We ordered take-out from Jasmine Grill for the past few nights while moving. We get the chicken shawarma with side salads. I’m shocked it took me this long to order food from here because it was delicious and the people working in the store were the sweetest. This meal had chicken, rice, delicious sauces, and a few vegetables thrown in there. After moving all day, this meal was exactly what we needed. The best part was that it’s only $9.
Sunday was the big day!
We couldn’t have asked for better weather. We packed everything up into the Uhaul with the help of my incredible parents and left the townhome behind! It was a bittersweet moment. I truly loved living in that neighborhood and my townhome felt like home. I know the new house will soon have that familiarity.
It took about three trips with the UHaul but finally finished packing the last load around 9 pm. Moving is a never-ending thing though because that just meant unpacking and assembling beds was next.
The best part was that the dogs seem to LOVE their new home!
My parent’s brought us a bottle of champagne to toast to. 💜 The hardest part was done!
Cheers to the next chapter! 😊
I sat outside on the back patio after our first sleep in the new house. I had my coffee and watched the sunrise. I could have cried I felt so happy at that moment. I can’t wait until the fence is up so the boys can run around in the mornings while I have my coffee. We are waiting for the sod to root before letting them wrestle all over it.
I planted seven new rose bushes on Monday!
For lunch, I picked up a Chopt salad. We had our lights getting installed all day throughout the house, and I decided to spend my day outside working on the front yard project. My chopt salad had kale, romaine, sweet potatoes, falafel, brussels sprouts, avocado, cranberries, cucumber, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, and a house balsamic vinaigrette.
I will blog about this soon! Our front hard was 70% mulch, and I wanted to get rid of the mulch and replace it with sod before the sod in the back rooted. I took about four feet off the mulch in the big garden bed up by the house and replaced it with sod from where I planted my hydrangeas and where enemy gardenia trees will be going. I planted about 25 plants that will grow big and luscious too make it look like a cottage-style garden. I can’t wait to see it all grow! I took photos throughout the day for a blog post on this project.
I also planted four hydrangea bushes and white azalea bushes!
Hydrangeas are my absolute favorite! I can’t wait for them to get big and luscious so I can see them from my kitchen window. Today, I’m going to work on planting a few more Shasta daisies, a rose bush near the garage and bulbs. We have more lights being installed today and our fridge delivered, but stay tuned for more! If you love the house content, I’m posting daily on the Cottage Story Instagram! 😊 And since our refrigerator is coming today, I’ll get back to recipe content! I promise 😊
Hope you have the best weekend! Thank you all for all the sweet messages about the move and all the great advice and suggestions. You’re all the best!
Questions for you!
- What is your favorite summer flower?
- Where is your favorite place to buy rugs? barstools? drapes?
- What kind of home content do you want to see?