Last year we had the big adventure of moving from our apartment into a home! We had been looking for a home for almost 8 months, and had seen and put offers on too many to count. For some reason we just couldn't get one we loved or if we did someone would beat us out of it. I'm so grateful we had an awesome realtor that was so patient and understanding throughout the whole process! If you are in need of one Chase Watts is your guy-find out more about him and his contact info HERE! He seriously made the process so fun and relaxing. It's so crazy looking back at the homes we thought we liked (even loved) and realized they were nothing quite like the one we got. It was such a great reminder for us to remember Heavenly Father has a plan for us and cares about all our worries, and that He wants the very best for us!
But before we get into all of the home stuff I wanted to share a little bit about our first apartment for memory sake. I took these pictures pretty soon after we found out we were going to move so most of our things were boxed up or going to be boxed up soon so sorry for the lack of décor.
We moved into a 1 bedroom apartment in Salt Lake close to where we both work right after we got married. At first I was SO nervous to live in Salt Lake, but now it has a special place in my heart. I loved the area, our ward, even our neighbors were amazing! We had the most amazing neighbor for the majority of our time there and he was so great! Persanna would share with us his Indian treats and dishes that he made, and he made the whole house smell incredible with his cooking. Beyond all the nice things he gave us he was just an all around nice guy, we got super lucky having him as our closest neighbor! We loved the area and being so close to so many different restaurants and stores.
Dallin and I will never forget watching movies together and watching a Box Elder bug fly right into that closet because it couldn't close. And playing Pickmin together for hours.
I loved attempting to decorate those cute little shelves that we had in the main room, and hanging our stockings there during December.
I love the stack of blankets pictured because it shows just how crazy the temperature was there. During winter it was seriously freezing inside and we would have to bundle up just to go to bed, and of course it was the total opposite in summer and I'd be wishing for those freezing nights!
Look! It's our Easy Bake Oven that's what we lovingly called our baby sized oven-that couldn't fit about 90% of our pans. But we actually did love all the storage space in this itsy-bitsy kitchen. We didn't love having the smoke detector go off almost every time we were cooking though.
And trying to make it smell like our own place with loads of candles instead of a suuuuper old building/grandma. No offense Grandma, you smell great!
Straight shot back from the main room was our little bedroom. Don't be fooled by that A/C unit, it didn't do anything. And we definitely should have gotten black out curtains because our neighbors loved having the biggest, brightest flood light on at night. Which made it look like we hadn't turned off any lights on in our place in the middle of the night.
And not to be forgotten the little bathroom with leaky pipes and faucets. I did find my love of IKEA through this mini apartment and how to maximize on space. Who needs that magic art of tidying up book anyway just live in a mini apartment for a while. You'll see what you really need pretty quick. And the closet just ahead of it that could only fit one person at a time-sideways. In the closet if you looked up to the ceiling it had an entrance to what I called the "creepy attic" for reals guys it was the creepiest thing. The person who last went up there didn't fully close the little wooden door so you could see just a little bit into the attic. I seriously thought I'd see someone looking back at me if I looked up there, so I never looked up. haha
Around back beyond that ginormous tree/bush on the left you could squeeze your way to where we would park. Every morning when we would go to work there was the cutest little black and white stray cat. We named her Oreo until one day when she randomly disappeared.
All jokes aside we really did love our first little apartment together. Sure it had it's little quirks and things I'm grateful we don't have to deal with now, but it was ours for a little while and we loved every minute of it!
On to moving day! We chose the rainiest day of the year it seemed but really who can predict the rain that far ahead? You've got to move one way or another! But once we started loading up everything the rain stopped and all of our stuff was nice and dry. Little blessings people!
On moving day my mom was sweet enough to give everyone sugar cookies from Schmidt's bakery and during the morning Dallin and I got everyone doughnuts from Banbury! Their donut holes are incredible BTW!
The only picture I got of people were Bethany and cute little Adam helping load the truck! I'm so bummed I didn't get more pictures but these two are pretty cute so they make up for the lack of others right?!
We love our new home and can't wait to make it ours! I know it will be a long time coming to add all the little touches that we want but that's ok, we are enjoying it just the way it is right now.