Home Sweet Home – Jason and I have joined the ranks of home owners!


Whoa! Look at that cutey of a house! Those big windows are mirrored on the back with another set that look out on the back yard!

For the past 2 1/2 months Jason and I have been working towards home ownership. While this is definitely made possible through his job and not mine, I’ve contributed a lot with loads of running around, research, and now packing and cleaning, which is pretty important to a good happy home.


Looking from the corner of the backyard you can see the addition that wasn’t visible from the front. That’s the master bedroom and master bath. We never thought we would be afford a 3 bedroom, 2 bath kind of place.

It’s been really stressful and honestly, if you would have asked me last Friday, I would have told you that none of us thought it was going to happen – even our real estate agent. We still didn’t have our closing date… and Friday was the day we were supposed to be closing.

Monday morning Jason bolted into the bedroom and woke me up: “Guess what?” “whaat?” (mostly asleep still). “Lisa called! We are closing on Wednesday!” What! 2 days notice for closing. I’m happy, but wow. We busted our butts and got everything together. And by Wednesday night we spent our first night in our new home.


Whoa! Look at that big back yard (which makes me think of this magazine I used to get as a kid, haha). Our lot, back and front included, is a little over a 1/4 acre, holy moly! Love it!

We have 1 month to move out of our apartment, so we are going to do a few things each day. We both are really slammed with work right now – I do have the book that needs finishing by September 1st! It’s coming along, but has a long way to go.


Our first Home Ownership Experience

You see that tube snaking to the drain there? Yep. Well, that’s the sump pump drain tube thing-a-ma-jig. Last night we had are first home ownership experience. Our second night here, the sump pump stops working at 1:30am. And by 2am it was starting to overflow the pit. You know, I hate Walmart. I really prefer not to shop there. But last night, being able to run to walmart at 1:30am in the morning and get a sump pump and hooks ups was pretty great. Our basement would have flooded by this morning and there would not have been a thing we could do about it.

We handled it pretty well and everything is running smoothly – and flood free in our basement now. Hooray! Now on to other things like mowing the lawn for the first time.

After searching the classifieds we found a great lawn mower that was refurbished by a retired guy who liked doing it for fun. Perfect! It was about 50% the price it would have been new and everything we needed.

More soon….

I only have my 55mm lens on the camera and need to unpack my other lenses. I’ll take some nice photos of the inside – super cute – tomorrow and post those over the weekend. I’ll post some pictures of my garden plot at the organic farm too. It will be a homey weekend here on Craft Leftovers, then Monday will be back to some crafty fun – the July Craft Leftovers Swap!

See you all soon and have a great weekend!


19 thoughts on “Home Sweet Home – Jason and I have joined the ranks of home owners!

  1. Congratulations! Sleeping in your own home is a wonderful thing. You'll have fun putting your own personality on the place.

  2. Congratulations!! Home ownership is truly fun, disappointing and a ton of work, but totally worth it!

    1. It's like one huge diy project, I am loving it. Little overwhelmed with how much should and could be done, but we are taking it one weekend project at a time – this weekend: getting the washer and dryer hooked up + setting up one of the bathrooms to be 100% functional.

  3. Congratulations! That is truly something to be proud of. And the house is gorgeous! I'm very jealous of your yard…

  4. Make sure you get insurance to cover stuff in case the sub pumps go out. My moms went out during a power outage 2 weeks ago and they lost the washer, dryer, hot water heater, couch, chair, flat screen tv, and the treadmill. Insurance wouldn't pay for any of it b/c it was the subpumps and they didn't have specific insurance.

  5. Wow, congratulations!! That yard looks HUGE! Funny how you and I are on the same track all the time… quitting our day jobs at the same time and now home-ownership… thanks to partners with more adult incomes than us! Can't wait to see more on the garden and the inside!

    1. I think you are a bit ahead of me :) I'll follow your lead, it seems to be working, haha. Yeah, love the partner with an adult income. It's so nice. But then again he can't cook and doesn't like yard work – so this definitely wouldn't work if I wasn't doing my half :)

  6. That's awesome, Kristin! Congrats on joining the ranks! I love the yard and the big windows, and I can't wait to see what you do with the place. I'm sure there will be lots of crafting for the home and gardening!

  7. Kristin, Congrats to you and Jason. I worked for a title company for years as a recruiter and learned one thing from the many, many people that I prescreened and interviewed for title positions. Closings never go smoothly and almost always get delayed or rescheduled. It is maddening and very, very stressful, but I am sure that first night made it all worthwhile.

  8. Congratulations! We bought our first house a year ago last week. Home ownership was brought me to tears a few times with stupid things going wrong (we're no strangers to the flooded basement, either), I'm so glad we dumped our landlord! I'm looking forward to your crafty take on making the house your home.

  9. Congratulations!! What a pretty house. And that giant yard – wowee! I see a massive garden there someday. And a chicken coop. Maybe a sheep? Oh, wait – two sheep, because they'll need company…

  10. Congratulations!! What a pretty house. And that giant yard – wowee! I see a massive garden there someday. And a chicken coop. Maybe a sheep? Oh, wait – two sheep, because they'll need company…

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