Welcome to Holly Springs!

18 Nov

Well, hello there.

A couple weeks ago I was so on a roll with posting on this blog.  3 posts in a week?!!

And then moving week came, and I don’t think I touched my computer for about 5 days straight.  Seriously, didn’t touch it.

It was kind of nice.  But let me fill you in on our week.

Monday I spent most of the day packing up the food from our pantry, our bathroom stuff, cleaning supplies, and some clothes.  I packed a bag with clothes for each of us so that we could find at least SOMETHING once everything was in boxes.  I went and bought paint for the living room wall, nursery, and dining room.

Tuesday we closed on the new house!  After closing, we came down here and started painting the accent wall in the living room.  The winning color?  Determined Orange!  We got about half of the wall painted that night, but with Clara with us, it was kind of difficult to get more than that completed.  With only half the wall done, I wasn’t sure about the color, but decided to finish painting it and live with it a while to see how it felt.

Because, you see, I have a problem.  I am a serial painter.  If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that right before Joel and I got married, we started to work on the house he owned.  One of our first projects? Painting the downstairs.  I picked out what I thought would be a beautiful combination of navy blue for the kitchen and butter yellow for the living room/dining room.  But once they were on the walls, it looked more like primary colors in a kids daycare than navy and butter.

I hated it.  And I cried.

And then we picked out new paint.  Dark grey for the kitchen, white paint for the cabinets, and green for the rest.  And it was much better.  Some people thought I was crazy for painting the cabinets, and I get that.  But they were cheapo builder spec cabinets and looked terrible, so I didn’t feel too bad about it.  It was a much bigger project than I expected, but eventually we got it done.

Anyway, back to the present.

Wednesday I packed some more, and my dad came to Raleigh in the afternoon.  We loaded up some things and came down to the house.  Once the orange was done, it looked much better, and I love it.  Love it.  Bravo to Candice Lanning for suggesting that color.  It’s beautiful!  We worked at the house until about 9, and headed back to Raleigh.

Thursday was packing day.  Joel headed off to school, and my dad came down here to work on some more things.  Three dudes from Allied moving showed up at my door at about 8:30.  They were super nice, and after a quick tour of the house, got right to work.  And let me tell you, they work fast!  Everything in the whole house was in boxes by 12:30!!  Our friend Debby came to help supervise the packers when I had to leave at 11 to be at the new house for the tv, phone, and internet guys to come hook everything up.  We spent the rest of the day working on taping Clara’s room and the dining room along with a few other things.

Friday was moving day.  The Allied guys came and carried all our stuff up our steep driveway and onto the truck.  They had it all done by about 12:30, and were off on their way to the new house.  There’s still a lot of work to be done at the old house – patching nail holes, touching up paint, repainting a couple of rooms, and general cleaning.  But I’m so glad to be out of there.

Joel recruited some friends to come help us unbox after the movers finished unloading, and by the end of the night on Friday we had maybe 15 boxes left in the whole house.  Thanks for the help if you came by that night!  We appreciate it!  I was completely exhausted, and probably not very social, so sorry about that.

As a side note, the paint we used was from Sherwin-Williams.  Never again.

Seriously, never again.  Their top of the line paint took 5 coats to cover in both the living room and the dining room, and not once did their employees ever suggest that I use a primer.  I picked their paint, thinking that they are a professional paint store – it should be good stuff.  But really, it just turned out to be expensive, and frustrating.

I’m tempted to write one of those letters to the store manager.  You know, the kind they get and never read.  But for some reason it makes you feel better.

Or not.

Anyway, our families were here to help us over the weekend, and we never could have gotten everything done without them.  Including the 11 coats of paint that were required to paint the dining room, accent wall in living room, and Clara’s room.  That’s right.  So thanks, parentals!  We love you!

I love Holly Springs so far!  We aren’t too far from Raleigh to get back when we need to, and in Apex, there’s a whole shopping center full of just about everything you could ever want.  We’ve met most of our direct neighbors, and they are super nice.  One of them even brought us brownies.  I can’t remember the last time I knew my neighbors.  Well, that’s a lie.  I can.  It was when I was a kid in Wilmington.  The elderly lady next door was really sweet, and my great aunt and uncle lived down the street.  But all my friends lived in a neighborhood across town.  I’m looking forward to having conversations with my neighbors as I go out to get the mail, inviting them over for dinner, having our kids play together…



ps. pictures of the new house to come.  there is NOTHING on the walls yet… but if I wait for that, you may never see pictures.  I have this theory.  Once you get all the pictures hung, that’s when you move again…

One Response to “Welcome to Holly Springs!”

  1. Kelli November 20, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    Yay! I’m so happy for you guys! I hope our new neighbors bring us brownies…that’s so sweet! Let me know if you need help unpacking any more boxes after next week, I’d love to help out any way I can!

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