Adding to our family this past fall was not the only crazy thing we did. We also bought our first house a whole month before the little guy was born.
Being homeowners is pretty great for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that we don’t have to live in our rental house anymore. It only takes one squirrel in your living room to assure you that your decision to move to a different place is a good one. Trust me.
Having our own place also enabled us to set up a great nursery for the baby. It’s the only room in the house that we have had a chance to really work on, but I love it. Even though I hadn’t packed a hospital bag yet when I went into labor, and was therefore clearly unprepared for the unpredictability of parenthood, it was nice to know that my little one had a cozy little room all ready for him at home.
Though there’s still plenty of work to do in other rooms, our house is just right for us, and I am absolutely thrilled with it.
Of course, homeownership has its down sides, as well.
On New Years Day my dad discovered a fountain in our yard. Unfortunately it was not a fountain of youth, nor was it flowing with almond milk and honey. It was just a good old fashioned broken pipe, and of course no one would fix it for days because of the holiday. When they finally did come out to fix it, we discovered that there was electricity flowing through our water pipe (yes, that is bad). What they didn’t tell us is that when they fixed the pipe (using plastic), the electricity no longer passed through that way, and instead caused some pretty intense surges in our house.
The furnace went crazy, and eventually stopped because a transformer on it blew. A number of our basement lights were ruined, as well as our bread maker, two fans, one of my husband’s photography flashes, a dehumidifier, and the control panel for our oven.
Needless to say, we looked up the phone number on the home warranty pretty quickly, and they told us that they wouldn’t cover the damage because it “wasn’t normal wear and tear.” So, we called our homeowner’s insurance provider, who told us they probably wouldn’t cover it because “it was just normal wear and tear.” Yeah. Figure that one out.
In the end, the insurance did cover it, and though we’ve been without an oven for a few weeks (the stove top still worked), my new one arrived this morning!
Though we could’ve done without the drama of the front yard fountain and massive electrical surge, our house will be fine and our stuff can be replaced. Let us know if you’ll be in town–we’d love to have you over to our home sweet home!