Well, I feel like it's less that we bought a house and more that we're now paying off a 30 year debt. We are still going to be in Oakland and are still in the same church ward. Everywhere is still as bike-able and walkable as before. So that's a plus!
I was originally hesitant to say that it's a fixer upper because it's livable. But a friend told me, "It has emerald green carpet. It's a fixer upper." It's small, less than 1000 sq feet. It has lots of growing potential and a 2 car garage that we definitely don't need that can transform into living space in the future.
Some "before" pictures! I took these last Saturday, which was the first time I saw it without the previous tenant's belongings in it. I was a little overwhelmed with how much work needs to be done.
|Master Bedroom. Fancy green carpeting.|
|Large, walk-in master closet. Look at that particle board closet organization system!|
|We took out that particle board shelf and this is the carpet directly underneath it.|
|Gotta go buy a washer and dryer that'll match the 1980s linoleum.|
|The bathroom has been updated more recently than the rest of the house|
|It could still use some love, though.|
|Tiny kids room, featuring vertical blinds!|
|The living room also has vertical blinds and cable hookups. The kids' room and master bedroom also had cable hookups. And I think the dining room does, too. Not sure who needs that much cable.|
|Aw... look at the baby kitchen! We plan on expanding it out when we save up money.|
|This is the kitchen window from the outside. It has shelves for potted plants! Yay herb garden!|
|Gigantic yard! The best part of the house. We have lots of plans for this place.|
It's a lot to handle right now with school, nannies, a house, and kids. My knitting is going on a back burner for a little bit. McKay keeps thinking I need to take more off my plate, but I'm not sure what I'd take off. I like teaching YW at church. I like taking LLL phone calls and emails. I like knitting. I like my programming class. What am I supposed to take off? I'll just keep pushing through. That'll work. And if it's too much, my body will give me mastitis or something; it's generous like that.
We just hired a new nanny to replace our other 3-day/week nanny who is moving out of the country for half a year. So that'll be something new and fun. She's from Brazil and speaks fluent Portuguese. Now I'm wondering if we should switch Margaret from Spanish to Portuguese. Hmm.
I really need to get a job once my schooling is done to pay for all of this.