Well right after we decided that, I did some searching of my own on the internet and came across a house in Lehi that looked promising. First off, I did not ever want to live in Lehi. Being on the west side of the freeway makes it really difficult to access and the city is growing really fast and is getting so congested! However, the house that we found is technically in Lehi, but it is north east of the rest of the city of Lehi, in a really nice and quiet neighborhood only 3 blocks away from the city of Highland. When we drove up I immediately loved the neighborhood and was shocked that it was actually a part of Lehi. Luckily for us, the home actually looked better in real life than it did in the pictures. It has a very traditional look and layout that we love, but is not very common in Utah.
Because we decided to take a short break from house hunting McKay was at work and didn't come see the house with me, but after touring the house it just felt right. It felt like home. It was a layout and aesthetic that I liked, and it has enough space for our family to grow into without being too big. It also had a really great sized back yard. I called McKay up and told him that he needed to come see the house because I was pretty sure I had found our home. He came up during his lunch break to see the house and felt pretty good about it too. It only took us 3 weeks of house hunting to find our home. I think my family was a little bit shocked. So we put in an offer that our real estate agent was a little worried was too much of a low ball offer, but they accepted! We closed on our house at the end of July, but didn't get possession of the house until August because the previous home owners were really lame and didn't move all the way out...but that is a whole other frustrating story.
After we finally got possession of the house we painted like crazy. We painted all of our bedrooms, the family room, living room, office, laundry room and bathroom. basically the only places we didn't paint were the kitchen and front entry and we have plans to do that later. Our master bedroom has vaulted ceilings, and we are crazy people and painted the ceilings in the rooms as well. Painting the super high ceilings was really difficult and left us with some major head, back and neck aches! Thank you mom for helping do so much of the painting, and I am sorry about the headache you got from staring at a ceiling all day! But it made the rooms seem nice and new instead of 19 years old! I also took on an ambitious project and painted pink and white vertical stripes in Madelynn's room. I don't even know how much time I spent taping off that room, but basically it took me three days to paint that room. It is a good thing it turned out super cute!
Turning this room from blue to pink took a lot of paint
The change in ceiling color
The pink nightmare/masterpiece
Madelynn's room before ^ and Madelynn's room after
We also took on a project that ended up being way bigger than we though it would be. We ripped out the front gardens and all he rocks lining them and replanted the flower beds with lots of bulbs and peonies. In the spring we will also plant some rose bushes. It took every weekend for a month to get that done! we ended up running into problems with aspen roots, yarrow and broken sprinklers so it turned into a big project! The yard looks pretty empty right now, but it should look beautiful in the spring when the tulips and daffodils and hyacinth sprout.
This is what the garden beds were filled with... Ugly
Our empty garden beds waiting for spring
Even though we had to put in a lot of time, money and work we are loving our new house. We moved in on August 22 because that was when our furniture arrived. We have been here for 2 1/2 months and it already feels like home. We still have so much that we want to do with the house and so many small and large projects to take on, but we love it. We love it so much. It is really nice to have a place that is ours to call home. Eventually I will get around to taking some pictures of the finished product, but for now enjoy the pictures of the process!