We have a home

Check it out: As of yesterday, August 21, 2015, Jamie and I are officially homeowners. The photo isn’t the best quality, but you get the idea! Apparently Jamie has loved this neighborhood since he was young, and after visiting it a few time to hang with our friends, we loved the feel of it more and more. We looked around at a few places, and after looking at this house we knew we’d be lucky to get it. Thus began the process of closing on a home! I’m still overwhelmed with the amount of support we’ve received from our family as we take on another “big one”. The next couple of months are going to be a whirlwind, but in a great way.

I was listening to a friend’s podcast a couple of days ago geared toward business owners, all about Being Boss. Anytime I find myself overwhelmed or paralyzed by the enormity of all the things going on in our lives, this is a resource I turn to. (Make a note if you’re a boss and need some support!) In this particular episode, Kathleen and Emily were talking about making the daily grind a little more dreamy. They were talking about how to get in the right mindset when doing work is the last thing you want to do. Emily (I think it was Emily?) said that when she’s feeling overwhelmed or in an un-dreamy place, she reminds herself that she chose the work/life she’s in. She’s created it. And wow was this a powerful mind shift for me.

How does this relate to a new house? I’ve been catching myself get complain-y over the past couple of weeks about how worn out and exhausted I am, and how much work is on my plate. Adding a move to the mix is dreamy…but it’s more work! But then I hear this reminder that I’ve chosen all of this — business, a wedding, a move, home ownership — and it no longer feels as overwhelming. It kind of feels creative and energizing!

The house is move-in ready. The only thing we want to do is get some paint on a few of the walls to lighten the place up. Also, yesterday we found out that we have a family of cats living in our shed so we have that to deal with. The mama cat looks pretty serious (read: scary) and I’m a little hesitant to let my dogs roam around for fear that she’ll attack them. I have zero experience in dealing with cats so I’m a little worried about it. If anyone has any ideas on how to go about doing this safely (for both parties), we’d love to hear them. Oh! And wasps! We have a family of those as well.

But that comes with the territory of owning a beautiful, new-to-us, cool house. I saved the best part for last! We learned yesterday that our home was once home to the BC Clark family. I don’t know the full history, but for those of you reading that don’t live in Oklahoma, BC Clark Jewelers is a well-known, family-owned jewelry shop that has been around since the early 1900s. One of the real-estate agents told us there’s a legend that the home has hidden diamonds throughout it. What an amazing history! I love it even more because that jewelry store has history with my family, too. Every Christmas spent with my dad’s family for as long as I can remember, my mom and aunt would mark the start of the holiday season by serenading us with BC Clark Jewelers holiday jingle. We all loved it — my dad especially. I think he would be so, so tickled to know this fun history about our house.

Well, I’m off get some things done. On that list includes:

  • Figure out what to do about Cat Family.
  • Get rid of wasps.
  • Make a sidewalk sign for our Food Bar.
  • Get Jamie some clothes for our wedding events.
  • Get tire fixed.
  • Pick up paint swatches.

What are you up to this weekend?

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