Sunday, May 13, 2012

Officially Homeowners

Well this is definitely an exciting year for us. Having Baby Daxton join us in July 2012 and buying our first house in April 2012.Two big exciting milestones for the Carpenter Family, as they say timing really is everything. We have been searching for a Home since we got engaged. We wanted to buy instead of rent an apartment since you can save a lot more by owning your own home instead of renting. Needless to say we searched and searched and never found anything that we loved so we settled on a apartment in Orem while we continued to look. We have loved starting our life together there. We have made a lot of memories that will always remind us of our first place together. It was fun showing my friends and family our apartment and let them see how excited we were. Since then we have found a couple homes that were nice but we ended up backing out of them for various reasons.  It definitely has been an Up and Down roller coaster, the House Hunting Process that is. We searched for Houses and Town homes and wanted something that we could see ourselves starting our family in, as well as something that has that "this is Home" feeling. I can honestly say our Realtor Sheila was amazing throughout it all. Starting in December 2010 we began our journey with her. It started off as a business relationship but quickly turned into a life long friendship. We would like a House then come to find out it would have multiple offers, so we would have to start all over again. Well Around Thanksgiving 2011 we found a Town house that wasn't even on the market yet. We walked in and said this is "Home". It was a Short Sale so we knew going into it that it wasn't going to be an easy short process. A few months later the sellers accepted our offers and now it was off to the bank. They finally accepted our offer in early march and with all the paperwork and logistics we finally closed and signed our papers on April 19th,2012. It was very exciting and surreal all at the same time. We started painting right away and I attempted to help paint but it was to hard, being 6 months pregnant and all. Luckily my Father in law was generous enough to come up for 3 days and help John paint and do some handy work around the house.  It is definitely a change from an apartment to a house, we are so happy for this new exciting  milestone in our lives and of course to be able to bring baby Daxton home to his nursery. Our official moving day was kind of a nightmare. We had moved most of the small stuff and just needed to move our Furniture bedding and other things. We decided the night before to get a U Haul so that it would be easier to take it all over in 1 load instead of multiple loads and the commute is 30 minutes each way. So we called the night before to make sure that there was one available. The next morning we went and it was un available so we called and called and had no luck. I kept praying that something would come up and finally after calling countless Moving truck Companies we got one! I went over to the house and waited for Best Buy to deliver our fridge. In the process of them delivering and installing it, they scratched the whole side of the right door and bumped a couple of our walls. Luckily they replaced it for free being that it was their fault. I have been so fortunate to have Married into an amazing family, The Carpenters. All of John's siblings and spouses helped us move. Amy, my Sister in law,  was generous enough to bring her carpet cleaner and clean all of our carpets before anyone came and moved stuff in. She also hung out with me while we we're waiting on Best Buy and the Moving truck to come. We are slowly getting settled, unpacking and sorting out things, hanging up pictures and making our house a Home. We are so excited for the memories that we will make here and for our family and friends to come relax and have countless family get together, Birthdays and holidays to come.

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