See that house right there? Well, we just bought THAT house last night. Yep. Bought it. Signed the papers. Put a big chunk of money down on it. BOUGHT IT! Done and done.
Yes, we still have some of the mortgage left to pay. But seriously y'all, we bought it. Whaaaa, whaaaaaaat! Now, to the non-discerning eye it's just a house. A big yellow, maybe slightly run down house.
But to those of y'all that know me, those that know where I grew up and especially those that know THIS HOUSE...well, your jaw it likely hanging on the floor. Yep, it's THAT house that all the Vero people have driven by countless times on 4th Street. My grandparent's house. That house that means so much to me, so much to my family, so much to Walt.
So, wanna hear some fun facts about this house?
- My Grand built this house
- My Mom grew up in this house
- I grew up 5 blocks away from this house
- This house has been in my family for 60+ years
- I spent countless family gatherings, Sunday suppers and week long Gamm Camps in this house
- Too many pool birthday parties to count were hosted at this house
- Famous Dodgers were housed here (during spring training)
- Local Mormon leaders were baptized in this pool (even though my grandparents were Methodist)
- Foster children were given a place to stay in this house
- This house was considered so far 'out in the country' when my Grand first built it that he gave a few other families some acreage so that they'd have neighbors
- There has only been one 'non family' family rent this house ever...other than that, it's been in our family the entire time
So, we bought this house. Last night. And it's in Vero Beach, Florida. And we're in Austin, Texas. So yep, you guessed it...we're moving. We aren't sure about the exact move date yet but it will be within the next few months for sure.
The biggest blessing of all? My parents live next door. Yep, grandparents right next door. Just like I had my grandparents 5 blocks away, we get to give this to our children. How lucky are Nash and Clover? What a blessing that we can give this to them. A super close relationship with their grandparents. And future cousins (wink, wink...Beckett and Preston...get to work on that, will ya!?)
The next biggest blessing? Walt is taking a sabbatical. Well, he's just taking some time off to enjoy these years. He's going to work on the house and remodel it slowly over the next few years. I will be working from home a few hours a day doing Jamberry. But that's it. Yes, you heard it right. Jamberry has overwhelmed us with such a financial blessing. I am able to be our provider. Just me. We have enough in savings for an entire year of living expenses if anything were to happen, so don't y'all worry. You know we're super traditional with that sort of thing. So of course we have an emergency fund/backup plan. But I don't think we'll need it. Jamberry is exploding, as is my team of 850 hard working and absolutely amazing consultants.
We are truly so excited about this new slower pace of life. Beach life. Oh my gosh do we ever miss the beach. It's only 10 minutes away. And with family next door. 2015 is going to be a huge year of changes, but such blessed ones!
What we are super sad about is leaving our 'found family' here in Austin. But they all seem WAY MORE excited about coming for a beach vaca and/or meeting us at our family cabins in North Carolina. We will have so much more time to travel now with the kids and just enjoy these years. We can also afford to travel to California and visit Walt's entire family much more easily now.
I love that I'm able to provide this for our family. Don't get me wrong, Walt has worked his tail off for years and restoring this house to it's former glory and modernizing numerous parts is truly going to be a full time job for him. It's been his dream since we were just dating. He's wanted to buy this house from the second he laid eyes on it.
We are looking so forward to all these big life changes in 2015 and although Florida is a permanent move, we can't wait to travel and see more of this world...with our two fun and funny little gingersnaps. Of course we will blog some of the house changes so I'm sharing the before pictures NOW. Yes we clearly have our work cut out for us but what a fun project it will be. I'm excited to finally be able to share this big news and can't wait to share with you more about our remodeling journey via the blog!
Here's more pics:
And here are some of my personal faves of mine, creating memories in this house back in the days...so excited to create so many more wonderful future family memories here:
Wishing you and yours a wonderful start to your new year and cheers to many great memories and highlights to come! I can already tell that 2015 is going to be an awesome, awesome year!