Cleaning and listing and neighbours OH MY!!

It’s been slow in a news sense, and crazy in a work to do sense, so I’ve been pretty quiet on here.

But! there has been progress.

We took a trip out to the house last weekend to peek at the framing in the basement. It’s going to be huge, with lots of room in my office and a nice sized room for my Mom and another for Jenna.  It’ll be nice to be able to store things properly, rather than having to play a game of Jenga mixed with Tetris every time I need my suitcase.
Nothing new to report upstairs, which was a little disappointing lol I get more and more excited every time we go out and I just want the move to be done already.

While out there, we took a walk around the street and scoped out some of the completed homes. Of the 4 completed homes on the street, at least 2 of them have younger children, so we’re pretty excited about that. Hopefully we can find a bunch of fun young families that had just had enough of the city.
We also had a chance to meet a nice couple that moved into the very house built in that new development. They’re not in our cul-de-sac, but are across the street from us the other way.
They were quite nice and excited to finally be getting neighbours after being alone since last June!! They had lived in Cranston (SE Calgary) for 12 years and got sick of the commute in to downtown form there everyday. So, moving 30 minutes north of Calgary makes for an easier commute into downtown than living IN Calgary.

Go Figure.

We’re listing the house today, which will be a huge weight off our shoulders once it’s sold. We’ve had to gut our house, and have put a bunch of stuff into storage to make it “showhome ready” forcing us to live in a “Zen” state. Toaster oven? Apparently fancy asses that buy houses don’t use those. Who needs a coat rack? Only chumps have things in things on their shelves. It’s caused us quite a bit of stress because we still have to live there and we’re dismantling our lives to fit in this catalog picture.
That being said we’ve come to a startling realization…

We have too much crap.

We’ve near filled a 10×20 storage unit and we have just about a reasonable amount of things in the house. Some of it I’m sure is a gradual collection of things over a span of 8 years, but really, we just have too much stuff.
So that’s another part of our move. A clean slate, where we have a place for everything and everything will be in its place. Quality over Quantity.
Do I really need 4 monitor cables? Prooooobably not.
2 IKEA bookshelves in the living room? Well, really 1 would work.
The amount of toys the kids have is embarrassing. I’m thinking there’ll be a lot that don’t make the cut.

but, as we stand back and survey the clutter we’ve eliminated, we realize we’ve also eliminated it from us. We’re starting to quite like the open spaces we’ve created and the peace of mind that comes with an uncluttered environment.

The time for cleansing is here!

We can learn to live zen!

(Drill)Bits and Pieces

“I love moving!!!” Said no one ever
I think I’ll be happier when the box fort that has taken over our living room is gone.

At least we’ve started with some of the fun stuff, like picking colors for the counter top and flooring. Well , I saw “we” in very general sense. Kelsey and her mom have started telling me which colors we’re having 🙂 I think they’ll do fine, lets just hope it doesn’t end up looking like:

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Kelsey got a reminder yesterday of WHY we’re leaving the city.
At coffee with a friend of hers, she enjoyed a grand tale of the 100 different things her kids were registered in for the summer. Camps and classes. Then some classes and camps.

No thanks

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Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
But, I’ll take some running around the back yard and finding all the walking trails in our area any day.

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Progress pics

So, they didn’t have too much done, but at least we get a better idea of how everything is coming together.

Front View

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Build in for TV above fireplace, will be stained to match kitchen

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Some pictures of the kitchen

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You can see the park from this window, it’s right over the fence.

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I think I’m most excited about the kitchen! We spend so much time in it already, and we love cooking together so this will give us that much room to do that.

It’s also mind boggling that this house costs about the same as the one in Tuscany. Such a premium to live in the city!

We got to design the basement development, so I get an actual real office with a door and everything 🙂 Currently my desk is in the same area as the kids play room, so quiet working from home isn’t really an option.

The kids got to run around the house for a bit, and seem pretty excited to move. The builders are going to be a bit surprised I think when they get back today and find the scrap wood Stonehenge the kids left in the basement.

The extra bedrooms in the basement are hopefully well loved. My mom is moving into one of them for the week off she gets every month or so, and hopefully Jenna (my 8 year old in Newfoundland) fills the other one more often.

Overall, it was a happy weekend, with Saturday filled with a hard days work packing and dismantling furniture, and Sunday visiting the build and dinner at Kelsey’s moms house.

Keep Calm and Build On!