Our First Weekend As Homeowners

June 1, 2011 at 11:33 am | Posted in Around Boston, Home Ownership | 6 Comments
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Adventures in home ownership... weekend #1

Well, dear reader(s), I’m happy to report that, as of last Wednesday, Andrew and I are officially first time home owners!  And like most things, we didn’t do it alone: our families have been there for us every step of the way, from encouraging us to take this purchasing leap to counseling us about mortgages and loans, from house-hunting to cheerleading, our dads (RWFOTB and Charlie) and moms (Lisa and Kathy), not to mention siblings (holla Elizabeth – the most tenacious wallpaper remover in the world!), helped make this post… errrr… I mean, this grown-up step possible.

As I mentioned in my last home-buying post, I think buying a house (especially a “fixer-upper”) is more stressful and more work than getting hitched (and we all know how cuckoo that process is for some people).  There’s not an emotion out there that we haven’t experienced since we signed 30 years of our monies away.

We felt excitement, fear, joy, frustration, elation – and most of all, we were overwhelmed.

When we literally scraped the most ridiculous wallpaper for two and a half days/nights, we were overwhelmed (and boy, does this house have a LOT of wallpaper… hello 1970s!).

When we realized we spent more time in Home Depot (aka our second home) in one weekend than many of their staff has all week, we were overwhelmed.

When Big Charlie and I had to push down a wall together because it was too darn solid to do alone, we were overwhelmed.

And when we think about all the money we… never mind, it’s too overwhelming to think about.

We are overwhelmed by everything we accomplished this weekend – knocking down closets and rebuilding them elsewhere, designing our new kitchen and bathroom, pulling down walls, ridding the house of wallpaper, ripping up carpets and padding and staples, power-washing the house, gardening and cutting down trees, etc. etc. etc. – and everything left to accomplish.

And when we think about how much support and encouragement and love and kindness – not to mention MANUAL LABOR (I’m looking at you, Big Charlie! We adore Costanzo Tile & Marble) – we received from our families, we are overwhelmed with gratitude.

Thank you, family, for everything. And if I never see wallpaper again, it’ll be too soon.

~ Sarah

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  1. alright, who is getting a foot rub in these photos?!

    AMAZING you guys, just AMAZING!!!

    • That’d be yours truly, Liza! But don’t worry, I returned the favor to my momma 🙂 Seriously, our feet nearly fell off our ankles in protest of the weekend’s activities!

  2. As hot and sweaty and exhausting as it was, it was truly a labor of love. The Gerrols and Costanzos strengthened our already close bonds. We look forward to the next onslaught – we against the house. And Unlike the casinos, WE always win.

    • Amen, RWFOTB!! Watch out, house! We’ve got your number!!!
      Love you, pops!

  3. Are you kidding me? You tore down that lovely wallpaper with the home furnishings theme? Please tell me you simply relocated it to your boudoir.

    • Never fear, Arpil- we saved it for you guys! You, too can have jungle flower wallpaper and inappropriate images of native peoples on your walls! What are friends for?


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