In Between Two Cities

There’s so much to catch up on so I figure I’d start from here, when I left Louisville at the end of June and moved in with my parents to start my new job. So during this time period, I was back and forth between Louisville and St. Louis a lot to get the house ready to go on the market and figure out our move/storage situation.

My first week in St. Louis was a little rough. The car ride from Louisville to STL after this night was horrible. I was not only hungover, but so, so sad to leave Kevin and all of our friends. But, I knew that it was all going to work out so I was optimistic.

Moving in with your parents as a married 27-year-old is weird. I mean, I’m lucky because my parents are legit awesome. They’re so fun, totally chill and I’m super close with them. But still. I went from owning my own house to moving back into my childhood bedroom. It’s not all bad…they would bring me coffee in bed! 😉

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It was a little eerie driving into my first day of work. It was just five years ago that I walked away from the same place that I was driving back to, which I never thought I’d get do.

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But, it was incredible! Some things have changed tremendously but at the same time, oddly enough, it felt very similar.

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It was hard being away from Kevin and home for so much of July, but my work was great with my schedule and let me work from home in Louisville quite often. But on those weeks when I was in St. Louis, I got plenty of girl time with the pups! (My parents are so graciously watching Gracie for us while we’re in transition. We felt this would be best for her, as she wouldn’t have to move from her home, to temporary housing to new house, plus all that travel between Lou and STL so much.)

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On the weeks I did go back to Louisville, I was like a giddy little kid. I couldn’t wait to get back home and see my hubby! We spent many nights out enjoying our favorite spots in the city before we left for good.

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We also made sure to spend as much time as possible with Danny and Sara! This meant many, many euchre nights.

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And, every night possible under the party lights on the back deck.

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We spent a lot of nights together doing paperwork, especially when it came to selling our house. But, that’s a whole other story. 😉

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Painting…Like a Boss

I’ve never been so happy to put away a paint brush. WHAT. A. WEEK!

And we could not have done it without our absolutely wonderful friends and family (THANK YOU, to Kevin’s mom and aunt, Danny, Sara, Kevin and Kirsten for all of your help this week and weekend. Seriously.)

The colors in the house…well…weren’t exactly our style, so we decided to paint almost the whole house before moving in. We were on a mission…and surprisingly it was competed and much more (again, thanks to all of our help).

On Tuesday, Kev and I headed straight to the house after closing, slapped some samples on the wall and began taping off the rooms.

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We started painting the bedroom first, and the stripes were soon long gone.

IMG_2195 IMG_2196After a second coat in the bedroom on Wednesday night, we called that room good and moved to the biggest room in the house…

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…The living/dining/kitchen room that was originally a very odd shade of green. It was bright and dark all at the same time. It had to go.

IMG_2203 We knew we wanted a grey with blue undertones, but picking out a color was really hard! We ultimately decided on the darkest of the three and now that it’s done, we’re obsessed with the color. (I don’t know the name of it off hand…I’ll find it and post it later.)

IMG_2205Thankfully, the big room only needed one coat of paint, and with the help of everyone, we got the main parts done on Thursday and Friday while Kevin’s Aunt finished up the kitchen on Saturday.

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Do you like our lovely window treatments? Floral sheets and black trash bags…how nice. I’d argue they’re better than the vertical blinds.

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After the big room, we tackled the hallways and accent wall in the living room. The previous brown color made it seem so dark and with all the natural light, we were really looking for a way to brighten it up even more…enter…Oyster Bay by Valspar.

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On Saturday, we began the moving process. Danny and Kevin, along with the other Kevin, pretty much moved all of our belongings to the house while Sara and I painted the bathroom and Kevin’s mom and aunt worked on the hallways and kitchen. Team work FTW.

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While all of this was going on, Sara and I transformed the master bedroom from a baby boy’s nursery color to a rich, deep navy.

photo 2I think it’s safe to say we were thrilled when that room was done. It was small, hot and there were way too many corners for our likings.

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Nevertheless, it’s done (being painted) and we love it!

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On Saturday night, we took a well-deserved break and headed to a nearby Mexican restaurant for delicious food and margaritas.

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IMG_2232After dinner, we enjoyed our fridge full of beer. We may not have food, but we have beer. That’s all that counts anyways.

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We slept in on Sunday and once we got moving, Kevin and Danny put up our flat screen above the fireplace. It took a few tries, but now that it’s up, it looks awesome and we love it.

IMG_2246 IMG_2247After Danny and Sara left to go back to Cinci, we started unpacking a bit. We didn’t get very far, but at least the process has started.

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It’s also safe to say that our Grace absolutely loves her new backyard. She’s been having a grand time out there running around (and Kevin and I are loving not having to take her to the bathroom on a leash. Win win.)

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Again, we cannot thank our friends and family enough for helping us this week and weekend. Kev and I would still be painting the bedroom if it was just us two!