August 1st was the day we could move into the house so we borrowed air mattresses, sheets, pillows, towels, a pack-n-play, and we moved on in to rough it for a little while without a refrigerator or a washer and dryer.
What was our initial reaction to the house? Well, the girls loved it; in fact, all the kids did. Everyone was happy with their room assignments. I am not as cool as the dad on Cheaper by the Dozen, just sending off all the kids to fight for their rooms. As a child I thought that was awesome, but remember being horrified by the thought, rewatching it as a mother. I mean that poor Mark, nicknamed Fedex, just totally got stuck in a room by himself and left out...yet again.
I was pleased by the size of the rooms and was disappointed by the quality of the paint job and the general care of the home. Paint had been slapped on and not even going all the way to the trim. There are some things that have been Jerry-rigged, like the dishwasher and the backdoor.
I love the size of my new pantry It is bigger than my kitchen in Germany!
The open kitchen and living area design is great, but the dining room is far from the kitchen which is not awesome when serving up dinner.
Our master closet is also huge and such a welcome change from the small bureaus (AKA Shranks).
In fact, all the rooms have walk-in closets and I plan to put their dressers in their closets to make more room in the bedrooms since we are all doubling up in the four upstairs bedrooms. The girls in one, Isaac and Bobby are together, and Drew and Judah are roomies. We decided against having a guest bedroom and having four boys in one room, but we are leaving the option to switch that by having a bottom bunk in Drew and Judah's room in case we want to move Isaac's top bunk to their room. For the moment, Bob is still very happy in his crib so we are leaving him in there for now.
Brian was less than thrilled with the house because he cares a lot about the care and perfection of fixing the house or when making "upgrades." It is frustrating to him because he can't really fix anything up the way he wants and it doesn't seem like our landlord is going to be doing many of the repairs we asked for. She's new to the business of renting and doesn't have a property manager which is a huge issue as it turns out.
More pictures to come in the future when we have our furniture and things on the walls.