Sunday, July 25, 2010

Turning a house into a home... Part 1

It always feels a little lonely to show up in an empty apartment with bare walls and no furniture and think "this is the place." I can only imagine what the pioneers thought as Brigham Young proclaimed that in Salt Lake. I would have thought to myself... why couldn't he have said that months or weeks ago. But here we are in our new house that somewhat resembles a blueberry and everyday becomes a little more "ours" and a little less generic.

Our Couch History:
Our first couch was given to us by the Carters when we got married. We loved it! But it was very old and not worth too much moving and so we left it in Provo. Our second Couch we got free on Craigslist. It looked only slightly better than free, but was comfy and was fine for 7 months in Irvine. Then we lived at my parents where we got to mooch on their couch. Trust me, if you haven't sat on it, you should, it is comfy. So, here we are in Sacramento couch-less. We had saved a some money for moving and so we decided to spend a little on an inexpensive, but nice new couch for our time here. We will be here at least four years and as anyone knows you spend a lot of your time on any good couch. So, we picked out our favorite in our price range and trucked it home (only a 15 minute drive). Kenzie, my mom, Tyler and I attempted to shove it in. There was one problem. It did NOT fit. Not only did it NOT fit, but we had slightly scuffed it in all our huffing and puffing. So, we couldn't return it and we couldn't get it in the house. Everyone was distraught, but especially Tyler. If you know Ty at all you know he is a problem solver. If there is a solution he will find it. There was no solution.
A few prayers and a good night sleep later and who could imagine the answer... Jean (the general contractor) decided that he had remodeled the entry way so that it was too tight for anything to get in and so he would just take part of the wall out. Who knew! So, a little wall removing here and there and we now have a couch ladies and gentleman!

Welcome to Sacramento!


the Horton Hurricane said...

That couch looks like Stacey's and a little like mine, and if comfort is what you want you WILL get it! great story, here's to the next four years on that couch.(cheers)

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

I'm so glad you can post again.

That is one lovely couch. Glad you didn't have to build the house around it.

You're so right, everyone needs a comfortable couch. I wish I'd have been smart like you and realized it when I was young. Glad you have years to enjoy it.


I used to worry about moving my family. Would it ever be home...yep, it's the people, the food and the spirit...betcha could make a tent home Danielle!!! :) Looks great!!!

Kathy said...

I LOVE that solution. I am all for moving walls that don't work! Enjoy your new sofa! Many happy hours!

Heather Williams said...

haha, that's a funny couch the way, awesome couch too! Oh, and uh, Emree is growing up way too fast, even since the last time we saw you guys. I need to give you a call soon.

Miss you guys!

Crystal and Kyle said...

Oh my gosh!! You're pregnant!! Congrats. I am calling you soon. I love the new couch. Glad it all worked out. We love you guys. Hey does the school up there have a Physical Therapy program?