Our big news this week: my husband and I closed on a new house on Monday.
Well, “new” to us — it’s actually an old home. Long-time blog readers know we had been looking for a while, as well as considering renovating our home to fit our expanded size. The baby currently sleeps in the master bedroom closet. This is actually a family tradition. Baby #1 slept in what was basically a hall when we lived in a 1-bedroom apartment in New York. We then moved to a 2-bedroom apartment, but baby #2 slept in our closet since baby #1 was in the other bedroom. We moved to a not-small house in Pennsylvania, and it certainly seemed like 3 kid bedrooms would suffice, but then we had two more children.
I’m sure we could have made it work — either by forcing sharing or finishing the attic — but we were looking at what was on the market too. We looked at lots of listings online, visited lots of homes, and had seen an old house — with plenty of space, in the same elementary school district — come on the market in the fall. We weren’t convinced from the pictures. Then we drove by it when we both happened to be in the car (my husband was picking me up from dropping my car off to get repaired back in late May) and…well, the yard was lovely and the house looked much more appealing than the pictures!
It had been on and off the market for a while because, as we saw when we visited, it needs a lot of work. The extent of the work became the subject of much negotiation over the next few months, but in August we reached a deal. We were finally able to close this week. It’s been hard not being able to write here about something that is consuming so much of my time and attention! I spent 3.5 hours there yesterday with contractors going through what needs to be done. The good news is that we live 7 minutes away by car (I often run to the house and back on weekends) and we can keep living in our current house while the major work is done. Ideally, we will move in a few months after the major renovations and then put our house on the market since the idea of keeping the house clean for perspective buyers with all of us in it is…intimidating. But we shall see.
The kids are very excited. My older two boys had seen the house before we closed, but the younger kids had not. We let them run all over the place and the yard on Monday and then when we were getting ready to leave the 5-year-old said “wait, I thought we were spending the night here?” I love that he was all ready to leave the old house for good and sleep in a house with no furniture that he was just seeing for the first time. Always up for adventure. He did quickly find a great new climbing tree!
Photo: A little cherub I found sitting on a stone wall at the new house