A Trip to Aggieland

I’m taking a break this week from sharing house updates because, um, there aren’t any.

Corey and I have been taking things nice and slow lately, so there hasn’t been much going on. All of our focus has been on the nursery, and we took the weekend off this week to take a trip to College Station to see our Aggies play some football! Don’t worry, though – we have full plans to tackle another nursery project next weekend, and I have a few other things in the works in other places around the house that I’m hoping to take on soon.

So, I might not have home updates to share with you, but I can’t resist sharing our wonderful trip to our college town. We have been dying to get back to Aggieland to see a football game ever since we left two years ago, and this year we were finally on top of it enough to snatch up tickets before they all sold out. We had hoped to spend the whole weekend in College Station, but it didn’t end up working out so we just spent Saturday there and it may have been a short trip, but we packed it full of fun.

We started off by having lunch at one of our favorite restaurants with a few of my friends from the school I used to work at. It was so nice to catch up with them, and Corey and I were thrilled to get to eat here – we use to have a Ninfa’s in Austin, but it closed a couple of years back and now the closest one is in College Station. The only way it could have been better is if I was able to enjoy one of their margaritas…next time, though!

After lunch, we did some shopping – we’re always on the lookout for cute A&M-related baby apparel, but since we live in Austin it’s pretty hard to come by – everything we find is for UT. Yuck. So, while we were in College Station, we knew it had to be our mission to track down something cute for Monster. And, of course, Target was able to deliver – we found these incredibly adorable A&M jersey onesies in their sporting goods section. I cannot WAIT until he gets to wear them!

Next up was my favorite part of the trip, and the part I think we were both looking forward to the most (aside from the game, of course) – exploring campus. Neither of us had been on campus at all since we graduated, so it was so wonderful and nostalgic to go wander around and see all of the places we used to frequent. It was amazing (and really sad) to see how much had changed in the two short years we have been gone, but most of it was the same ol’ campus we know and love. We even joked when we walked into one of the buildings that it even smelled like campus – I never noticed when I was there, but apparently there is a specific scent I associate with some of the buildings on campus (you know, like all of your friends houses have a scent – anyone ever notice that?) and it was so fun to walk in and take a big inhale and realize how awesome it felt to be back!

After we explored for a few hours, it was time to head to the game. There are no words for how amazing it is to experience a game in Kyle Field, so you’ll just have to trust me. It’s incredible. It was strange not to be in the student section (there’s a very different atmosphere over there!) but I’ll admit it was nice to get to actually sit down during the game, and it was fun to experience what the student section looks like from the other side of the stadium!

We, of course, beat the hell outta SMU, and it was a perfect game for us to go to. The weather was amazing, and it was pretty fun to get to see Johnny Manziel in action in person! And, of course, I got chills (as I always do) watching the band perform.

We came straight home after the game and got home around midnight – we were exhausted the next day, but it was oh so worth it. We’re definitely looking forward to turning this into a yearly tradition and we’re already excited about planning what it will be like next year with Monster tagging along!

And that was our weekend – thanks for letting me indulge myself a little and share about something most of you probably couldn’t care less about. I’m hoping that with this weekend off from doing any work I’ll be able to convince Corey to take on a few different things next weekend so I’ll have lots to share – the insane nesting urges have already hit me, so I’m desperate to do projects all the time!

What did your weekend look like? Anyone else go back and visit your old college town recently?

We’re HERE!

Hello, friends!

You have no idea how much I’ve missed y’all over the last week or so as I’ve been moving, unpacking, and settling in to our new home. I have so many things I want to share, and I’m so excited to be back and blogging again.

I’ll be honest and say that it still feels very weird to actually be living in Austin. Corey and I have been talking and dreaming about it for so long, it’s very surreal to actually be doing it. But, we’re here and we’re here for good so I guess we’d better get used to it! It’s still kind of hard to believe that it was just over a week ago that Corey and I packed up everything we own into a moving van, took a few last minute photos of the empty house, and headed out of College Station for good.

Our last photo in front of our little duplex

Corey and my dad loading up the UHaul

Our sad, empty duplex

For the first few days we lived here, it was absolute chaos. There were people all over the place, installing things, spraying for bugs, and for the first week or so my house kind of felt more like a train station than an actual home. It wasn’t until this past Thursday or Friday that Corey and I actually had a full day in our house without anyone else being there – and it was glorious.

After having our duplex be so incredibly messy for the last couple of weeks we lived there, it was kind of sad to realize that there aren’t any magical moving fairies that come and make your new house look perfect from day one. Instead, I had to deal with this for the first few days:

Oh, the joys of moving.

But thankfully, we’re almost completely unpacked, organized, and settled, and it’s starting to feel a little bit like home.

The dogs have definitely settled in, and they’re loving their huge new backyard. Of course, when we first moved in the yard was practically a jungle because it hadn’t been mowed in a good two or three weeks and we didn’t own a lawnmower. Oops.

You probably can’t tell, but Cullen is actually in that photo, underneath Ranger. He was pretty much completely invisible in the grass.

Thankfully, we have since invested in a lawnmower and the grass is a much more manageable length – and I can actually see Cullen when he’s outside!

I have an insane amount of stuff to share with you, and I can’t wait to get started. But first, tell me what’s new with you – anything new in your lives in the past week? Also, if you’ve made the move from renting to owning, did you forget that you’d need a few basic things (like, um, a lawnmower!) like we did?

Time to Move!

In just a couple of hours, Corey and I will be heading out to pick up our (gigantic) UHaul truck. We’re going to spend today loading up, cleaning, and saying goodbye to College Station.

Then, in the morning, we are out of here.

Things are going to be really crazy for us over the next few days as we get settled and start unpacking – I’m going to try to get as much as possible done over the next week, because I start work the second week of August. So, because of all of the insanity that is about to descend on my life, I’m taking a week-long blogging break. I’m going to spend my time unpacking, enjoying my new house, and possibly (probably?) even adding a new addition to our family (more on that later)!

I’ll be back next Monday, but be sure to still check in on the blog, because I’m not leaving you guys totally neglected! I called upon my wonderful friends, and I have some super awesome guest posts coming your way. So, get excited, and send me lots of good thoughts over this next week – I’m going to be one busy lady!

How long does it usually take you to get settled when you move?

Two Months Until Austin!

Two months. Eight and a half weeks. 60 days. And then we’ll be living in the town that we truly consider home. In our own house.

There are no words to express how excited I am. What’s even more exciting is that we close on our house in a mere 6 1/2 weeks. Ahh!

In honor of having a new house, I thought my list this month would be about the house we’re currently living in. So, I present the top three things I will miss about the house we’re in now, followed by the top three things I will absolutely NOT miss.

1. I will miss having my mailbox right outside my door. Silly, I know, but until I lived in this duplex I had never had a curbside mailbox outside of my house.

Growing up, we lived down a long dirt road, so the mailbox was at the end of the road, about a fourth of a mile away from our house. Then, I lived in apartments with community mailboxes. Then I got this house – the mailbox is at the end of my driveway just like it should be.

Our new neighborhood has those community mailbox stations. So, the mailbox will once again not be at the end of my driveway, and I’m strangely sad about that.

2. My gallery wall.

I love the collection of photos we have hanging in our living room, and our new living room layout isn’t really conducive to something like that. Of course, that’s probably not going to stop me from finding a place for a gallery wall SOMEWHERE, but it just probably won’t be front and center in the living room like it is now.

3. Location, location, location. While College Station doesn’t really offer much in the way of entertainment, we are right in the middle of what it does offer. It doesn’t take us more than 5 minutes to get anywhere in town that we could possibly want to go to, and most places take less than two minutes.

Our new house is still close to a lot of things, but not quite this close. We’ll be very close to our grocery store (which is the most important thing for both of us. Is that a sign that we’re getting old?) but everything else we’ll want is about 10-15 minutes away. Still not bad, but not quite as nice as the super quick drive it is now!

And now the list that I could probably do a lot more than three things on: the things I will absolutely NOT miss in the least.

1. The shaded backyard.

(I don’t have a good photo of just the backyard, but you get the idea)

When we first moved into this duplex we were both very excited about all of the shade in the backyard. Until we realized that it was so much shade that our grass wouldn’t grow. As you can see in the photo above, our yard has NO GRASS. It doesn’t help that the renters before us didn’t take good care of the yard, so whatever grass had been there was dead and gone. It’s finally starting to grow a bit of grass now that we’ve been taking care of it for almost a year, but it’s still only a few patches here and there.

Now, I can live without grass. I mean, it’s not a huge deal to me that the backyard doesn’t have grass. The part that really bothers me is the insane amount of dirt that the dogs track in on a daily basis. With no grass to keep the dirt outside, I could sweep twice a day and still not keep up with all the dirt that covers my kitchen floor. It’s disgusting and I’m more than ready to move to our new house with a lush, green backyard!

2. Crappy appliances.

Our refrigerator freezes things (no matter what temperature we have it set on), our oven’s thermometer is wildly inaccurate, our dishwasher gives me dishes that are dirtier than they were when I put them in, our A.C. is older than I am and can’t keep up with the Texas heat, and our hot water heater doesn’t like cold weather and basically refuses to work when it’s below about 50 degrees outside.

That’s really all I need to say about that, isn’t it?

3. BUGS. Now, I keep a pretty clean house. I mean, it’s not immaculate at all times, but I clean on a very regular basis and there aren’t things like old food sitting around or anything like that. Yet we continue to find ants, spiders, and cockroaches roaming around our house constantly. I have three ant bites on my body right now just from taking a freaking shower. We’ve had the exterminator come to the duplex three times in the ten months we’ve lived here (and he’s coming again today) and the bugs just keep. coming. back.

I will NOT miss the bugs.

And that’s the list for June. Only one more list to go before we’re living in Austin again! Corey and I headed out to Austin tomorrow for our home inspection, and I’ll be grabbing the camera from his parents’ house, so be ready to hear all about our house hunting adventures!

What are some things you would miss (or, you know, NOT miss) about the house you live in now?

Our Exciting News

This past weekend, I hopped onto Twitter and announced that Corey and I would be doing something very exciting on Saturday, but I didn’t really provide any details. I felt bad being such a tease, but I couldn’t hold my excitement in, and I didn’t want to say anything about it until I knew for sure it was going to pan out.

And now, I can tell you what we were doing.

We were looking at a house, because we’re officially hunting for a home to buy in August.

!!!

Let me tell you the full story.

For the last few months, the thought of where Corey and I would live when we moved in August was enough to send me into a panic attack. We had no idea what our plans were, couldn’t figure out what the best option was, and were too stressed to even begin thinking about it.

But one day last week, all of that suddenly changed.

Corey likes to browse real estate listings all the time. There’s just something about the future real estate agent in him that draws him to the internet to look at houses. It’s never been a big deal, until one day he sat me down and let me know that he would seriously like to think about the idea of buying in August.

Wait, what?

I was immediately thrown off. We hadn’t even really considered the idea of buying for at least a few month after we moved to Austin, and the whole home thing wasn’t even on our radar. But Corey had found a home that he loved, and he really wanted to pursue it. I listened to his ideas and looked at the house, and suddenly, I was in love too. Oops.

I was pretty against the idea at first, until I started doing my research. To rent a small house or duplex with a backyard, it would cost us just the same (if not more) as a mortgage (plus tax and insurance) would. If we wanted to save any money, we’d have to move into a 600ish square foot, one bedroom, one bathroom apartment. On the top floor. With 80 pounds worth of dogs. And all of our furniture.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that buying is really the natural option. We know Austin well, since we both grew up there, so we’re not worried about ending up in an area we hate, and we want to buy eventually, so why put it off?

So, we scheduled a viewing of the house on Saturday.

And, oh man, was it ever disappointing.

We actually did like the house almost as much as we had in the photos, but the neighborhood? Yeah, it wasn’t going to happen. Let’s just say it was one of the sketchiest neighborhoods I’ve ever seen, plus it was less than a mile away from a fire station, train tracks, and a major toll road. Not ideal.

So, the house was crossed off the list.

We are pretty disappointed that it didn’t work out, but we’re feeling optimistic. We’re planning on heading back to Austin this weekend to go look at some more houses (w, and we’re feeling really good about some of the options we’ve seen online. We’re so excited about the idea of buying now rather than later, and we can’t wait to see where this journey takes us!

I promise to update on the process as we go, and I promise next time I’ll actually include a few photos! Hopefully the next time I talk about this whole house-buying thing, I’ll have some good news!

Have you ever been disappointed in a house that you loved online?