As we cautiously anticipated, we closed on our new home yesterday afternoon. I know, blah blah blah, it probably sounds all dramatic that we didn’t know when we would close for so many weeks on end, but much like the first time I bought a house, we didn’t actually get the final word that it would happen yesterday until mid-morning, same day. I’ve basically chewed away all of my fingernails as I hovered in this ongoing state of anxiety, I’m so glad it’s over. The closing itself only took 45 minutes, a miraculous feat of hand-signage on 100+ documents.
If anyone was as excited as we were to have the house, it was Julia. She hadn’t seen inside yet, given that we did our initial viewing, inspection, and final walk-through during the school day. We were only able to show her the perimeter of the property in the weeks prior to closing, taking quiet moments to sneak around and let her explore the yard with us. We didn’t mention to her that we would be closing yesterday, even though we had been pretty transparent about sharing information and timing as we learned about it. She asked us often when we would be moving in, but because we didn’t mention anything about it in the day before we closed, we had the unique opportunity to surprise her after school with the keys. Her reaction was priceless, almost speechless with joy, I almost cried, maybe I’m too emotional lately. We took her straight to see the house.
I had planned to do a walk-through tour for you guys, but the 7-minute video that I captured instead is way better. Pete and I watched it together several times last night, and we thought you’d like it too. Audio is necessary, it’s just cute to hear a candid 6-year old’s reaction to this new experience, or at least we think it is. Completely unedited, it’ll definitely give you a sense of our new home’s layout and design on Day Zero. Pete claims that he didn’t know I was filming the whole time (assumed I was snapping photos), and I’m sure Julia had no idea, so it’s candid videography at it’s finest. I’m just happy the camera auto-focused correctly.
- All of our closets are like refrigerators.
- All of our appliances are old.
- Doc Martens are an accurate measuring instrument.
- I told you our master bedroom was big.
- Somewhere towards the end is a reflection of a 17-week me, baby spies.
- Sometimes sneakers are hard to remove.
- No basement footage. I took a second video of us exploring down there but it didn’t focus.
- The tub “IS BEAUTIFUL.”
- I tried to keep the camera at waist level while filming, Julia’s eye level.
- It’s my favorite family home video ever.
Today and tomorrow, we move. Enthusiastically! Hurrah! Follow me on instagram (and #merrymove2013) for more throughout the day.