Summer home projects

We moved to our new house in November–just in time for winter. I’m so excited that the weather is getting warm and we can now spend our days outside! We have just over an acre so there is tons of space for Ryan to run around and lots of land for us to make plans with. Things on our wish list: a sandbox for Ryan (Steve wants to build it), a swingset/playground area for Ryan, a garden, a compost pile, a rain

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Steve and I counted last night… we have moved 7 times in the last 5 years. At each new place, we knew it would be temporary. First, we were in Iowa finishing school, then we moved back home and were renting. So we’ve never felt like we’ve had our own place and because of that, we’ve never really gotten into decorating. We’ve paid monthly for a storage unit for the last 2 years and most of our decor things were kept in there.

As some of you know, we finally

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new house wish list

This list is more for my own benefit because I’m one of those nerdy list-makers and it helps me get things done. I’ve been stalking craigslist the past month while we’re waiting to close on our new house. We moved from Iowa (where we were at school) back to Illinois in my parents’ basement–so we got rid of a lot of our stuff and the rest went into a storage unit. When we finally got our own apartment, it was only a 1-bedroom so we didn’t have much space and slowly starting accumulating our

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House hunting

We’ve been renting for just over a year. Well, at our current location. I guess you’d say we’ve been renting for YEARS. And we’re ready to settle down and find a house! Before it was an issue of not really knowing where we’d end up or what jobs we’d have. Now that Steve has found a job he loves, we’re ready to settle in this area.

We know what we’d LOVE and we’ve been searching, but it’s so hard! How long did you spend house hunting? We have our list of “ideals” and a

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