moversary | or, we've lived here for a year

How fast a year can go by, am I right? Last March there was a weekend spent cleaning like I have never cleaned before, followed by the most tearful goodbye to our neighbors and best of friends ever, and then lots and lots of heavy lifting. We spent one week in what can only be described as a frenzy of cleaning, painting, unpacking and hanging at which point I looked around and deemed it "home". This picture was posted to Instagram after that first week.
Since moving in we have cleaned (did I mention the dogs?), painted every single room (literally) minus the closets, updated light fixtures in 15 rooms, updated all exterior light fixtures, painted shutters, the side garage door, garage doors and the front door, painted all interior doors (23 to be exact), finished the basement, added molding and wrought iron to our foyer, landscaped, spruced up the kitchen island, replaced three (!!) kitchen appliances, stained the deck, added a pergola to the deck, got rid of a hot tub and added an inflatable pool and probably other things that I just know I am forgetting.

We have bought a van, grown a baby, had a baby. Letty has started school. We traveled to Florida and Disney World as well as Cape Cod and Ocean City, MD. We celebrated a second birthday and a fourth birthday. We had fun decorating this house for all the holidays, it was like shopping in your own home!! And in between all of that we've been keeping ourselves busy (the mind reels, I am aware).

We are so lucky to have been able to move closer to my parents and my sister's family. We are even a few minutes closer to Matt's brother! Hell, we are closer to every single person we know, minus our Fitzs of course (sad). We still forget that it doesn't take thirty minutes to get eveywhere, and the culinary choices in this town compared to Maytown? Might as well be NYC. There is a McDonald's two minutes away. Two! So the move was good! It was great! It was grand!

We have packed an awfully lot into the past year, more than most sane people would. But Matt and I aren't quite sane. We like to be busy and we love to-do lists and crossing things off those lists. Do we have anything left on a list for this house? Well funny you should ask! For we do!

- Build gates for the deck
- Replace the kitchen floor
- Add a backsplash to the kitchen
- Add a wrought iron railing to the entryway (I'm on the fence with this one)
- Landscape lighting around the walkway along with a spotlight
- Add decorative molding in the dining room
- Replace shower in the master bathroom
- Replace all faucets in the bathrooms

And a zillion other small diys for Handy Matty to complete along the way. It's just what we do.

For all the before and afters click here.