As of the fourth of July, it’s been a whole year since we moved in to our house — and it’s come a long way from the bare, empty, blank slate that we unloaded the moving truck and all our belongings into.
The following is a partial list of some of the projects tackled and memories experienced in the first year since moving into this house:
- Refinished the floors – technically done before moving day, since we knew it’d be a lot harder once all our furniture was moved in.
- Installed a dishwasher – which has been a complete and total life-saver, especially with a baby in the house.
- Painted all the rooms, including the nursery mural.
- Added some new furniture, like the living room sofa as well as various nursery furniture.
- Brought our first baby home from the hospital.
- Celebrated the holidays with our first real Christmas tree.
- Had the brick work and tuckpointing done, which most importantly repaired some very unhappy-looking cracks in the outside of the house.
- Rewired the entire house after some surprise electrical problems.
- Created a flower garden out front where there was only grass, weeds, and overgrown shrubs before.
And even with a few other house-related items still in the pipeline to be posted on the blog, it feels like this is just the tip of the iceberg. They say the whole “make a house into a home” thing never really ends, so it’s fun to wonder how many more changes and memories will be added to the list when our next “house-iversary” rolls around on the fourth of July another year from now.
Speaking of the fourth of July: Over the past week, we’ve been having a bit of a heat wave here in Chicago, with temperatures over 100 degrees for several days in a row. Thankfully it’s cooled down a bit now, but at the height of the heat wave, a lot of fireworks displays ended up getting cancelled or rescheduled due to the heat and drought. Sadly, this included the one we’d been planning on attending up by my uncle’s house, although maybe it’s for the best — we had some concerns over bringing Lillian to a noisy and exciting event that would likely keep her up past her bedtime, even though my mom reportedly had no problems doing so with me or my siblings when we were babies.
How was your Fourth of July? Anyone else have problems with the weather putting a damper on their plans? And if you’ve had any experiences with bringing a baby to a fireworks display, either this year or in previous years, I’d be curious to hear how it went.