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February 1, 2013  —  Written by Julia 

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Bye-bye, January! Get. We are welcoming February with open arms and lots and lots of plans and news!!!  Before yesterday our plans for this month and this year, really, were up in the air.  Chris accepted a new, wonderful job (he’s in marketing) a few weeks ago and he started this past Monday.  He really enjoys this new opportunity, but his office is an hour away. Cue collective groan. One day this week, it took an hour and a half to get there with the bad snow we received.  We started discussing moving.  Like, really really making plans to move to the point we looked at homes, made a list of things we needed to get done here before we sold this house, made a timeline to have it up for sale by April, and made a pros list to moving–all this week.

Then, we started trying to work out a way where we didn’t have to move.  My mom always said if you have a big decision to make, spend a couple days telling yourself–or even saying aloud–you are going to do one option.  And a couple days later, say you are going to do the other. And see how you feel. So for the option of not moving, Chris worked with his bosses who gave him train passes so he wouldn’t have to drive and they even said he could work some hours while on the train so he could still be home around the same time.  We also made a pros list for staying. We don’t do con lists–they normally end up being the pros for the other option anyway. All in all, the pros for not moving were greater than the pros for moving.  In short–we’re staying put, which may seem anti-climatic to you, but for me–after this week–it feels wonderful.  We’re just getting warmed up in making this house our own.

Now that we don’t have to do a ton of projects in the next 3 months, we can really focus on the taking our time with the tasks at hand.  Which brings me to our other big news:

That’s right.  We are finally ready to tackle the kitchen–err, again!!  And we are thrilled about it. Of course there is still work to be done in Greta’s room, specifically the closet, but we generally like to have two (or more) projects going at a time since there is usually down time on the front end of things while we design, wait for things to dry, order supplies and products, etc..

Over the past year, we have really researched what would be best for the kitchen in this house in this area. We want to make sure we don’t renovate over a certain price point, since although we’re not moving now–we will be someday. We went back to the drawing board several times and are now finalizing all of the details and finishes and can’t wait to share with you the exact direction we are going. Until then, feel free to check out and follow along with our Kitchen Reno pinboard–too many inspiring things there.  Really, I wish we could use all 147 (and counting) ideas.

Let the kitchen commence! Happy Weekend, friends.

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  1. Is it weird I’m super relieved that you guys aren’t moving? I just LOVE what you’ve been doing with your house and I really want to see you guys “finish” it, maybe when you’re done done you guys can move ;)

  2. Anonymous says:

    We went through the same thing last year. Hubby got a new job that is an hour and ten min in the mornings and about 1.5 hrs home (due to traffic). We seriously considered moving, but would have had to take a big loss selling our house. We decided to wait and see. I’m so glad we did, because over the last 7 months hubby found out that the company isn’t nearly as great as he originally thought it was. Next week is his last week. He’s going back to his old company, but into a much better position that was created just for him. And it’s only 30 minutes away.
    I can’t wait to see what you do with the kitchen :)

    • Oh man. So glad you waited. That possibility is in the back of our minds and definitely played into our decision to stay. Glad you are in your home and your husband is in a position better suited for him–it makes all the difference. :)

  3. DoublClik says:

    Yes!! I love that home and everything you have DONE FOR it. It truly is the ChrisLovesJulia home. And hey! Ring in more big news with .GIFS!

  4. Umm that would have made a great April Fools joke. So glad you guys get to stay in your home. I can’t wait to see what you come up with for your kitchen.Loving the Pinterest ideas! We’re finally painting ours (the walls, not the cabinets…yet)this weekend!!!

  5. I’ve been seeing your kitchen pins come through over the last week, and it’s so exciting! Scott and I always talk about our dream kitchen, and hopefully we’ll get to finally tackle one of our own sooner than later. I’ll be watching you closely and picking up tips and tricks, for sure.

    Three cheers for smart decision making!

  6. So glad that you guys landed on a decision you’re happy with! I’m happy that his company compromised with you so it works out better for everyone! I can’t imagine having to move after all of the work you did. I am SO EXCITED for project KITCHEN!!

  7. Whoa! Glad things have settled down for you again. I hate indecision–it gives me a stomachache! And I can’t wait to see what you do in your kitchen!

  8. Such great news!!!! What a relief! Excite to see what you have planned for the kitchen. Kitchen remodels are easily my favorite!!!

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