…from the first time I set my eyes upon you… And by “you”, I mean my house. ;) I LOVE my new house! We moved in mid-January and although it was later than expected, it was well worth the wait. Since then I continue to convince myself that I can’t possibly love it more, but as days go by I continue to find new things that I love.
I love the house itself. I love the floorplan – it’s exactly what we were looking for. I love that I have a dedicated office, albeit it desperately needs organized. I love the finishes that we chose – sorry to my neighbors, but I still think it’s the best looking house on the street. J I love that everything came together – the granite, the counters, the floor, the tile… so hard to choose, but totally nailed it! I do have a love-hate relationship with my wood floors though – they are impossible to keep clean (but beautiful when they are)! I love finally having a pantry. I love my double sliding door. I LOVE my slightly ridiculous master suite. I feel like I’m in a hotel! I love the over-the-top walk-in tile shower. I love my massive closet, although I’m positive I need more clothes to fill it (although I'm having other issues in that department). I love the built-ins – all the closets (so much easier for kid clothes!) and around the fireplace (although they are a bit bare). I love the coffered ceilings and the beams in my living room. I love my backyard – the comfortably shaded patio with a view of my beautiful green grass, a field, and the mountains, with the babbling sound of the irrigation ditch nearby. I even love mowing it with the new mower we got (that I also love!).
I love the stuff we put in the new house – new couch and loveseat, new appliances, new bed. I LOVE my washer and dryer – I actually don’t mind doing laundry or dishes anymore. I love my pics I put in the entryway. I love my shrine to my Bailey Jo in the living room. I love the beautiful exhibition of the flower painting Loren’s dad gave us (one of the main focal points in the living room). I can’t wait to decorate more (all these new things have strapped my budget a bit).
I love the area – quiet and safe with friendly neighbors. I love going for walks in the neighborhood and that I can let the kids and dog play in the front of the house without constantly fretting. I’m loving Star in general – such a small town feel while being minutes from city comforts. I love the post office and city hall – so quiet and personable. I love that there are town and neighborhood events. I love that my mom is 1 mile away. I love the 15 minute highway drive to Nampa (it’s quite a beautiful ride with an open view of fields, mountains, and sky) with Costco and everything else I might need. I love the Star Merc, that has a little bit of everything. I’m not even minding the drive to work and the kids’ school – traffic usually isn’t too bad and I grew up with highway driving that I don't mind (SO much better than city driving!). I’d much rather spend 40 minutes of highway driving home than the 20 minutes of city driving I had before (especially in my Rav, that I also love). Stop, go, stop, go, stop, go, stop, effing GO!!! It gives me a bit of time to unwind from the day and I can enjoy some music.
I’ve had people ask how the new house is, so there you go. I have to send out a huge thank you to Donnie Dwyer, our builder – he made me pull my hair out at times, but he’s a good guy and I know I could have never built this house with another builder for the price. If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have my dream house! And I think I owe an even bigger thank you to Miss Jennifer Hickey, from Boise Real Estate Pros. Without her, I don’t think I would have survived this build. Heck, it would have never even happened. She listened to what we wanted/needed, knew even better than we did what would be a good match, and was there every step of the way, cracking the whip with no questions asked. Totally got us the hook-up too, on several things! She is, put simply, pretty freaking awesome. ;)
Now, the hardest part… finding the motivation to do anything but enjoy my new house this summer! It really feels like there is something else I need to be doing… some pesky little thing… oh yes, a dissertation… :P
*sidenote* Holy crap, it's been a year since I written on this!