Thursday, February 21, 2013

Moving in, moving on

After many days of inversion, move in day dawned crystal clear.  The sun was a sight for sore eyes, but one thing I've learned is that in the winter here in Logan, a clear, sunny day means cold, cold temperatures.

Our movers Tony, Bob and Mo showed up bright and early.

I told them the house was freshly painted and they promised to be extra careful, hence they laid blankets and drop cloths everywhere.

Then, the unloading began in earnest.  Man, was I glad to see my old stuff!  I hadn't realized how much I missed being surrounded by my own belongings until I saw the boxes.

If you've never had the pleasure of being moved by a moving company, someone has to check off each numbered piece as it enters the premises.  That was my job.

Of course, what I failed to realize until we were under way is just how cold it was!  The high temp that day was only 19 degrees and with the movers coming in and out, all the doors were wide open for the entire day. They were there from 9:00 a.m until 4:00 p.m.  I bundled up as much as possible but I was sure I would never be warm again.

You want to know the best part of using a moving company?  The loading crew is responsible to reassemble all the large pieces of furniture.  So, even though they left us with boxes everywhere, at least we could sleep in our beautiful, king-size bed that night.  Believe me, after dodging elbows and tugging covers in my mother's hard, full-size guest bed, it was the best night's sleep we had in 6 weeks.  Climbing in that night, I was almost overcome with a fit of weeping.

A couple of days later, the whole family arrived to celebrate and to help unpack. However, it wasn't all work, work, work.  We did find time to have a little fun.

When we decided to make the move, one thing I worried about was that we wouldn't be able to stay active during the 6 months of cold weather.  Skiing is not an option of either one of us.  Matt because of his bad knee and me because of my general dislike of breaking my bones.  So, Damen and Christy promised to introduce us to the art of snow shoeing.  

We put on our gear (all purchased from Gear: 30), loaded up Mason and we were off for an adventure.

It was so much fun!

For the most part, we stayed on groomed trails, but after a while I decided to be brave and forge my own trail.  

Matt and Mason got adventurous as well.  

Try though I might, I cannot get Damen to take a serious picture.  

Oh well, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.  

Of course, we had to stop for some smooch time with The Boy.  

Hey Mason, what does a Gorilla say?  Ooo, ooo, ooo. 

A big thanks to our lovely guide, Katherine.  When Damen married Christy, we were lucky enough to inherit her amazing sisters as well.  I got three wonderful daughters for the price of one.  

If we have to live in snowy country, we are certainly going to make the most of it.  I definitely see us snow shoeing frequently.  It was great fun and a great work out.  

So from the white slopes of Cache Valley, 'bye for now.  

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Hello, Goodbye

When we first saw our new house, there were several features we fell in love with.  The house was well located, had good bones and tons of storage.  What we did not like and in fact hated, was the color scheme. It was dark and dated.

So our first order of business as new home owners was to get the house repainted while it was empty.  We had roughly a week between closing and when the movers arrived.

At first, we thought we could do it ourselves but after a realistic inventory of the overall square footage and the vaulted ceilings we hired a painting crew for the upstairs and figured we could handle the downstairs ourselves.  Say hello to Juan.  He and his crew of 2 other guys did a bag-up job in a very short amount of time.  I honestly don't know what we would have done without them.

Suddenly, we turned into me when Matt pulled a hip muscle while shoveling snow.  Oops, what was I going to do now?

Kade and Minda to the rescue!

It was a long week of priming, painting, cutting in and touching up but it was definitely worth the effort.

Goodbye, ugly red and tan...

Hello cool, neutral grey.

See ya, dingy khaki sitting room...

So nice to meet you elegant, pewter library.

Cheerio, dark brown nightmare in the master bedroom and bath...

Come to mama dreamy, blue & cream haven. (The red counter tops have still got to go!)  

Toodle-oo, unwelcoming guest beds and baths...

Greetings gracious, calming sanctuary.  

Good riddance dank cave of a basement.  Don't let the door hit ya on your way out!
Tell me,  why on earth would anyone paint an already dark basement navy blue!?!

Welcome light, airy family-friendly room.

I cannot begin to tell you the difference a little paint can do.  Before, the jarring colors in every room made this house feel disjointed and choppy.  Now, with the new neutral colors, it all seems to flow together making it unified and cohesive.

The colors we used were all from Benjamin Moore and they are:
Abalone-Great room, kitchen & family rooms.
Woodlawn Blue-Master Bedroom
Pale Oak-Master Bathroom
Stonington Gray-Guest beds and baths
Library-Revere Pewter

Well, that huge job is now under my belt and I have officially hung up my painter's pants.  The mover's came on Monday and I am now knee deep in boxes.  But, more about that in my next post.