a busy season.

it's christmas + i am wishing it was a slower season for us. a season for advent - looking forward to the birth of Jesus.

but it has been busy busy.

we made an offer on a short sale in october and requested to close at the end of november. i don't know if you know much about short sales, but generally they are long sales - we did not expect to hear anything soon, but low and behold at the end of november we bought a new house!

here's me + mr. j with the keys after a long day at a craft show + it snowed!

it did not need quite as much work as our last house. well, that is a mostly true statement. the townhouse was remodeled in 2004 (originally built in early 1900s), but the former tenants did not clean or keep it up very well, which allowed us to afford the house and fortunately meant somethings were still intact and in good shape - like the heat, ac (which is unusual to have in new england) and new windows. however, the carpets were trashed. trashed. cabinets - nastified, as my friend cindy would say.

so we have been cleaning + then unpacking...

and painting...i went with moonshine by benjamin moore for the main color in the house. i'm into grey these days, no more beige for me. jude has been a trooper. and he's smart as a whip. he picked up the spatula i gave him to play with and started to pretend to paint.

philip making progress on the floors. he is laying unfinished red oak 3 1/4" floors. this is why i am not seeing my husband much these days, but i will be grateful come january.

i'll try to give more of a thorough tour soon!



  1. congrats! that's awesome that 1) you got a house & 2) you scored a quick deal on a short sale! the very first house we put an offer on was a short sale and it took fooooorrrrreeeeeevvvvvveeeerrrrrrr (say it in the Sandlot voice). We gave up and found this place, which is so much better. There was a reason that house didn't work out for us, but there's a great reason yours did work out for you three! can't wait to see more pics!

  2. Hi Katie! I nominated you for a Liebster Award because I love your blog! Check out my post to see what to do next!


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    1. Wow - thanks Angela - it may take me a little while to get to this - but I will do my best - thanks again!



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