One year ago today we were packing up our old house. One year ago I was sweating to death while I grabbed odds and ends, throwing them in boxes and cleaning like a maniac. One year ago as of this Saturday we woke up early, threw our overnight things in the back of the uhaul and pulled out of our old driveway for one last time. Later that afternoon we walked into this home as our family home for the first time. It was a great day.
We have now been here for one entire year. Wow. It seems like only a few months. The paint swatches still painted on a lot of the walls defy the year long time that they have been there.
So what have I learned in this year?
1. I now know that I love living on this side of Houston. I lived in Houston for 7 years before I knew that there was an area of Houston that actually had trees. The rest of Houston is flat and mainly old rice fields that they paved and built houses on. But there’s this little gem hidden in NE Houston that is gorgeous with hills, trees, a lake, a river and tons of natural beauty. I am a hardcore outdoorsy girl as long as I’m looking through a window of an air conditioned space.
2. It is hard to keep track of a large house. When we moved we doubled our square footage. Our old house was tiny. My current closet is the size of our old Master bathroom. I used to dream about living in a larger house and I still love it. But it is hard to clean a large house. It is even harder when you add children to the mix. Oh wow. Somedays are more about discovering what they hid that is rotting more so than actually cleaning. Do I have any tips for cleaning a large house? Hire a maid.
3. When you look at a house that has a park like yard, don’t fall in love with it. Here’s the thing that no one realized when we looked at this amazing yard; we have to do the yard work. The first time that we ever worked in the yard here it took us 6 hours. Now we have it down and know most of the time what we need to do so it’s much faster but it still takes a lot of work. There is a huge flower bed on the side of the house that should just be known as more of a weed bed. There’s no room for flowers.
4. You can’t replace amazing neighbors. At our old house we had amazing neighbors. We still think about them and talk about them all the time. Yes we still talk to them but it’s sometimes sad when we’re outside at night and they are not there to just be real with. Get to know your neighbors, even if they have a ton of tattoos. Trust me, the ones with more tattoos than children are simply amazing.
5. A house does not make a family. Yes we are so happy here but we were happy in our old small home too. Wherever you live, if your family is there than it’s just what you need.
6. Paint swatches painted on the wall are going to be the next big design statement. I hope.