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Five year flashback

By Dani:

Five years ago, we bought a house and kicked off the adventure of fixing up our little cape cod. We’ve acquired a lot of new skills through home ownership, like crown molding and deck staining. We’ve bought and sold and moved a lot of furniture. We’ve painted and repainted a lot of walls. We got married, both got masters degrees, changed jobs, and have undergone some extensive home renovation. But that’s nothing compared to our next adventure.
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In 2009, we celebrated our first dinner as home owners with a bottle of 1+1=3 champagne. Tonight, at our five year house-iversary, we celebrated at the same cafe without champagne because 1+1=3 and the third member of our family is on its way.

Here’s a look back on our past house-iversaries: zero, one, two, three, and four.

By Dani:

This probably just looks like a picture of our house but it’s not. It’s a picture of our new and improved dormers!
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A few months ago, we noticed some water damage on the ceiling of the front guest room. It took two different roofers and three visits from our contractor to figure out the problem. Last week, the contractor sent a team that ripped the siding and flashing off our dormers, re wrapped, and resided both dormers. And after several rains this week, the ceiling has stayed dry! Yay home ownership!

By Dani:

I meant to post a picture of the week last night but my arm was sore from the flu shot, also I was distracted by my love for the Nationals. This is our new rug, in all her navy glory! Ella and I watched Brian vacuum and oxyclean the white lines.
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I had come across this rug online a few times and when I saw it on Craigslist for a fraction of the cost, decided to pull the trigger. Pros: we kept something out of the landfill, got to feel the rug before purchasing, paid less. Cons: it’s preloved and shows some wear. But let’s be honest, sweet Ella will throw up on it or run over it with muddy paws soon enough.

By Dani:
Wow, September really flew by on C street. Is this really the first week of October? This week we pulled out the last vestiges of the tomato plants from the garden and celebrated Rosh Hashanah. I’ve had my eyes peeled for a living room lamp and a kitchen pendant (over the sink) for while. While we were in Ikea (for frames and frozen yogurt), we stumbled on this lamp. Yay!!
IMG_0598.JPG I’m sure one of these days I’ll get around to plugging it into an outlet under the couch. In other news, I’ve given up the kitchen pendant search. My chandelier and the window shade will have to be enough pizzaz for one room.

Group Gathering

By Dani:

I know you are all on the edge of your seat for a blog post, right? Well, house projects took a backseat this week to Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. We hosted the holiday dinner for friends and family. I hope each of you, dear readers, has a happy, healthy, and sweet new year!

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Wedding Fever

By Dani:

Three weeks ago, my baby sister and brother-in-law threw an awesome wedding and to be honest, I’m still recovering from all the fun! There were so many personal touches throughout the day and it was a really, really special weekend. Here are some of my favorite pictures (truth be told, I have very few photos because I was having so much fun, who knows where my phone was?). It poured during the ceremony and was so romantic! Love those two lovebirds and wishing them every happiness!
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By Dani:

This post is dedicated to my big brother who gave me a hard time about not blogging for the past three weeks. You’re welcome.

It took us about three weeks to get the basement back in order. Even though we had covered everything in tarps, our stuff was still covered in dust. Dust dust everywhere. It was like the renovation all over again, except this time, we didn’t have more space afterwards. But we do have a plumbed bathroom, fully functioning sump pump and I can now sleep soundly when it’s pouring buckets outside.

We spent a few hours a day over consecutive weekends taking everything off the shelves, wiping it down, moving the shelves, and returning everything. It’s just as glamorous as it sounds.
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Because we don’t have a garage or attic, we keep everything in the basement: ranging from sports equipment, tools, holiday decorations, and home decor not currently in use. Oh, and we can’t forgot about Brian’s beer brewing stuff which gets a section of the basement entirely to itself.
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Now that the clean up is done, we’ve moved on to the next step: donating and Craigslisting what we don’t need.

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