Party Time!

This week was full of finishing enough of the house that it looked beautiful for our friends and family to come and visit! My dad was kind enough to use some of his vacation days and come down to help Jake and his dad finish up the house. They did an amazing job. We had a going away/house warming party on Saturday and it was wonderful. We are so excited to move, but also so sad about the family and friends that we won’t be able to have over like that on a regular basis. However, we know that we are so lucky to have such amazing people to miss and to COME VISIT US IN MONTANA!

Our family at the going away/house warming party!
Our family at the going away/house warming party!

Besides the party this weekend was also a big deal, because it was our 1st anniversary! So, it made it even more special that on the same weekend that we were celebrating our wedding last year, we were spending it celebrating our next big life event with some of the very same people!

THE BEST DAY EVER.
THE BEST DAY EVER.

We even got to sleep in our new house on our anniversary night! This was not the plan; however, I am glad that it happened. See we were going through the tools in the garage with some of our friends when one of them said, “is that a snake”. Let’s be honest, I have no idea if there was a snake or not because the minute I heard that word I bolted to the other side of the yard. From this other side of the yard this is what I heard, “ Ah yes that is a snake, let me get it!”, “Holy s#%t, it’s got to be 4 foot long”, “ Eww, that is so gross I cannot look”. There were three people in the garage that point: Jake and our friends Brett and Shontelle. I will give you a guess of who was the one who went into the garage to try and get it out…..THE GIRL. Well, after around 15 minutes of her on her hands and knees trying to look for this snake that slithered away between the boxes that we have stacked in there…the snack remained hidden. So, obviously I refused to sleep in the house any longer. I love the outdoors, I love nature, I love going into the woods and backpacking for days…I do not love when that same “nature” comes into the house. My wonderful husband and friend then proceeded to take out KING mattress out of our bedroom in the house and put it in our bedroom in the new house! It is amazing. It fit perfectly, after redirection from myself and Shontelle, and we honestly had the best nights sleep we have had in a while. We slept in our FIRST house, on our FIRST wedding anniversary and it was perfect.

King mattress going in!
King mattress going in!
The look we got when we told them it would fit better turned around since the mattress wasn't square.
The look we got when we told them it would fit better turned around since the mattress wasn’t square.

Eighth Week of Construction Lessons

  1. Trim makes everything better. Even when you thought it looked perfect before.
    Trim going up!
    Trim going up!
    The trim is finished!
    The trim is finished!
    Trim in the master loft
    Trim in the master loft

    Trim in the guest loft
    Trim in the guest loft
  2. The freaking white washing is NEVER DONE. I should have accepted this about 3 blog posts ago.
    White washed pallet wood for shelves.
    White washed pallet wood for shelves.

    Just in case we need a little more..
    Just in case we need a little more..
  3. It feels SO good to go to home depot to RETURN items rather than buy them.
    Loading the corrugated metal into the truck to be RETURNED!
    Loading the corrugated metal into the truck to be RETURNED!

    $1,500 richer after these two babies got returned!
    $1,500 richer after these two babies got returned!
  4. Seasoning something does not just mean to add spices to it.

    I
    I “seasoned” the counter tops that Jake made out of an old walnut tree that was at the end of our driveway. That little bottle right there in the middle is the butcher block season that I had to put on 4 coats of!
  5. Plumbing is a pain in the rear end. Or so I have gathered from the amount of curse words that I had heard from the house.
    Kitchen sink plumbing in!
    Kitchen sink plumbing in!
    Bathroom sink plumbing in!
    Bathroom sink plumbing in!

    “If the house falls on me, tell your mother I love her.” Morbid.
  6. The way to a girls heart is through surprises. I freaking love surprises.
    Jake told me that we were not going to have stairs or a ladder until we got out to Montana...I came home from running errands all day and we had BOTH!!!
    Jake told me that we were not going to have stairs or a ladder until we got out to Montana…I came home from running errands all day and we had BOTH!!!

    I love that man.
    I love that man.
  7. Our animals are still spoiled. Also, yes they did sleep in the new house with us on the first night!

    Jack loves the couch.
    Jack loves the couch.
  8. Build the house to fit all circumstances. Just do it.
    This is the storage box that will house the batteries to the solar panels that we are getting when we get to Montana.
    This is the storage box that will house the batteries to the solar panels that we are getting when we get to Montana.

    We wanted to be able to live under any circumstances and ideally, eventually, we would like to be able to live
    We wanted to be able to live under any circumstances and ideally, eventually, we would like to be able to live “off the grid”. so, Jake hooked up all the “insides” of the house to be able to be run off of hookups and “off the grid” capacities. That man, I tell you what.
  9. It’s all in the details.
    These are the cabinets that will be our
    These are the cabinets that will be our “upper” cabinets in the kitchen once we get to our final destination.

    The
    The “pot filler” next to the stove. Genius and yet another surprise.

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    That faucet. It might be one of my favorite things in the house.

    The ladder pulls up by this pulley to get it out of the way...this is the
    The ladder pulls up by this pulley to get it out of the way…this is the “complicated” system I could not understand before. lol
    Jewelery storage that Jake made me...it swings open and has storage on the back as well.
    Jewelery storage that Jake made me…it swings open and has storage on the back as well.
    Bathroom sink! Adorable.
    Bathroom sink! Adorable.
    Coat closet
    Coat closet
    The master loft stairs..these will have drawers that pull out eventually.
    The master loft stairs..these will have drawers that pull out eventually.
    How the pulley attached to the rope.
    How the pulley attached to the rope.
    Storage in the kitchen..those shelves will be nailed in soon.
    Storage in the kitchen..those shelves will be nailed in soon.
    Shelves by the stove.
    Shelves by the stove.
    Will you look at that sink?!
    Will you look at that sink?!
    Our lights turned out AMAZING!
    Our lights turned out AMAZING!

    Master loft
    Master loft
  10. Beer. Always a good idea.

    We got a keg, invited friends/family over and showed off our FIRST home with a going away/house warming party!
    We got a keg, invited friends/family over and showed off our FIRST home with a going away/house warming party!
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