Home Is Where

The hubster and I recently attended our first wedding as a married couple this past weekend and on the car ride home we looked back on all the good things that have happened in the short (almost) 3 years since he put a ring on it: his new job, our big move, Little Miss being born, finding out we I am not a dog person, getting a new car (and paying it off) and working on buying our first house EVER this summer. It is an exciting prospect that we will be home owners and I can FINALLY paint walls, get rid of ugly tile, and not be afraid to hang a massive mirror and leave holes in the wall. I had always set the goal of owning a home before I turn 30 and it looks like it will be a reality albeit a close shave (I turn 30 at the end of the year) but it still counts!

You can only imagine the debates between the hubster and I for what we want to look for in our “dream” home. And sometimes it really seems like we are buying two different houses (lord knows we can’t afford that!) What are the things we are looking for in a house you ask? Let’s break it down for you (even if you didn’t ask)

My House Wish List

  1. A Craftsmen style house, ever since I was a little girl I have loved this style of house so it would be a dream to actually own one
  2. A porch, cause we all need a place to sit in adirondock chairs and sip iced tea
  3. An easy to maintain yard, my grandma and mom may have green thumbs but I sure don’t (it’s a miracle the plant Padawan gave me for Mother’s Day is still alive!)
  4. A real dining room, a breakfast nook just won’t cut it for this girl and her dreams of fancy grown-up diner parties
  5. I would prefer no stairs but if worse comes to worse I will take them but only if they are/have the potential to be grand and wood (carpet uck!)
  6. Yummy dark wood floors, exposed wood beams, pretty built ins, and a cozy fireplace would leave me weak in the knees and happy to be a home buddy

Home is Where 001All those pictures make me so happy! I would LURVE to walk into that house everyday until I am old and grey (or blue, I haven’t decided if I am going to be one of the those little old ladies that still dyes their hair or not yet). I am willing to put in some hard work and a little, ok maybe a lot of elbow grease to make my dream home more dreamy; anyone else dreaming of marble herringbone floors and fireplaces (and I had that idea a LONG time before Young House Love stole it!)

So there are my critira for a dream home, do you want to hear the hubster’s? Just nod your head and say “Of course  we do” cause we would not want to hurt his feelings and it helps him feel loved when we listen to his ideas (even if we think they are silly and we veto them down). Love ya babe!

The Hubster’s House Wish List

  1. A house with LOTS of property so that we could become self sustainable (I think the hubster needs to be reminded who will be home all day and the fact that was stated in my list’s number 3)
  2.  An unfinished basement (I will take a finished basement cause we all know scary things happen in unfinished basement and they scare me senseless)
  3. Skylights, the more the merrier (Hmmm, I am beginning to think the hubster wants a house full of things his wife is scared of…he knows I will not watch any movies with the “a” word in them so why would I want to have holes in my roof for easier access to me?!?! Crazy hubster)
  4. A zombie proof compound/property (Proof we are watching too much “Walking Dead” cause zombie proof doesn’t exactly scream “welcome”)
  5. A hidden room like Batman’s (Ok, I will give him that one cause that would be pretty awesome to have).
  6. Has a grey water system (I can live with that as long as its for the yard usage and I am not taking a shower in the water leftover from washing last night’s dishes)

Home is Where 002Bet Rick would LOVE to find a zombie proof house like the one on the bottom right, it is pretty cool I will admit. A lot less scary looking then ones covered in barbed wire and on stilts (am I the only one that just had the epiphany that zombies can’t climb things, who knew).  One great thing about the hubster is that more often than not (especially when it comes to make our house a home) he lets me win.  So none of you future guests will have to worry about having to go out and pick your own dinner or de feather it (ya, he is now talking of having our own livestock and chickens. I am not a farm girl I keep telling him) or cross a draw bridge under threat of a flame thrower. I may win most of the time but we agree on some key points:

  1. MUST have more than 1 bathroom, no way a family of 4 will survive with only one (we tried with just 3 of us and that was a challenge)
  2. 3 bedrooms is a given, but we would love to have a 4th to use as an office/guest room
  3. An attached garage. We live in an area known for its rainfall with 2 small kids, no one (me especially) wants to haul groceries back and forth in a downpour
  4. Has good bones, no major overhauls for us please
  5. Has an open floor plan (or an easily converted floor plan, cause I would not mind knocking down a small wall or two. Young House Love makes it look like so much fun!)
  6. Be in a good neighborhood (location, location, location)

So there it is a his and hers look at our next big project: homeownership. Are any of you looking to make this transition in your lives? What are the things you look for in your dream home? Are you with me in something timeless, historical, and full of character? Or are with the hubster in looking for a way to live off the grid and free from zombie threat worries?

30 for 30

Woohoo! I have made it to 30 posts on my humble little blog. It may not be much but after trying to do a blog once twice thrice and never making it past the first 2 or 3 posts, getting to 30 is a big deal. It is even more of an accomplishment when you factor in I am now the ring leader for my own personal circus. So for fun I thought this post could be a little more quirky than normal and I could share one of my favorite things: lists. I make a lot of lists; lists for just about everything, I used to have a journal filled with lists for groceries, bills to pay, ideas for crafts, things I wanted to accomplish that year; you get the idea if there was information that could be written out in a column headed by numbers I probably had it.

Well, I thought this post could feature that oh-so favorite way of mine to organize data (random or scholarly) and share a little bit more about myself (and by extension the rest of the Ponderosa gang). So here it is the list of lists 30 random facts you probably didn’t know about me and may have not even wanted to know. Enjoy!

  1. Until recently I lived within 5 miles of my childhood home and ALL my family members, whereas the hubster has moved more times than he can count
  2. Hubster and I had 4 classes together yet we never spoke to each other until his last day of class (a class I wasn’t even in and he made himself late to by stoping to talk to me)
  3. Hubster knew he wanted to marry me after our first date where I spilt coffee all over myself. He says that was how he knew I was the one.  I wasn’t too sure, I mean what grown man orders hot chocolate when you go out for coffee?!?!
  4. I may be asking for a glass of  Gewürztraminer now (here) but my drink of choice used to be a Pendleton whiskey
  5. The only book I have ever cried while reading is The Deathly Hallows when Snape dies; it gets me everytime
  6. Padawan may look like the biggest Star Wars fan around these neck of the woods, but sad as it is to admit I am a bigger dork than him and spent much of my awkward phase in middle school reading Star Wars books 
  7. We may not have cable but we stock our TV chest with these goodies: How I Met Your Mother, Fringe, Dexter, Lost, and my guilty pleasure Glee
  8. 8 is my favorite number
  9. Little Miss is named after me, well after the  hubster’s nickname for me
  10. Less than 3 hours after taking the first of three pregnancy tests for Little Miss, hubster left and went canyonering
  11. The first person to know about Little Miss (besides the hubsters and I  obviously) was Padawan; he had been asking for a baby sister since he was three so we figured we owed it to him. So glad we captured his reaction during our family pictures 
  12. Growing up I wanted to be a marine biologist/writer for National Geographic
  13. I went to school and when I left I had a degree in Historical Archaeology with a minor in Art History
  14. My go-to sick movie used to be Finding Nemo (here) but it is now Julie & Julia (I secretly pretend to be able to cook like that when I make Jedi Sandwiches “Saaaave the liver”)
  15. Hubster’s favorite number is 16 because he was born 16 minutes before his twin sister
  16. Broken bones in this family include: my arm (I was 4), my toe (I was 6 months pregnant with Little Miss), and Padawan’s elbow…he was bummed cause they won’t put a cast on it and the sling they put him in didn’t allow him to play Star Wars with his cousins
  17. Hubster and I still have Padawan convinced that our car is really a Transformer named Nox
  18. I am a night-owl hence the reason my quiet/craft time usually happens around 11PM
  19. Like a true North Westerner my coffee order is 5 words long: Grande Decaf Soy Caramel Macchiato
  20. Little Miss has 1 blue eye and 1 brown eye, which we think is pretty awesome
  21. These guys are my blogging heroes: Young House Love
  22. I solely place blame on the aforementioned blog heroes for my penchant for ceramic animals (my new desire is this guy) 
  23. I recently renewed my vows to my long-term friend Dove deodorant after the Tom’s fiasco of 2012 (here)
  24. We are a house divided: I say “pop” and hubster says “soda”
  25. Most days I have no idea what is going in his little mind 
  26. Clean sheet day is the best day of the week!
  27. The first thing I EVER won was a free engagement session from local photographer Jasmine Photography (hubster thinks he won because we both entered) 
  28. Hubster is one of the only people I know who falls asleep while drinking coffee 
  29. Little Miss laughs like nothing else when Padawan dances for her, but when the hubster does it she has a very concerned look on her face. Wonder what that says about our dancing skills?
  30. Even though I am against digging my own hole (here), the archaeologist in me knows that digging in a privy is a veritable gold mine (thought I would save that little nugget of information for last)

So there it is a list of 30 very random tid-bits about us here on the Ponderosa. And who knows, if enough people like this little list we just may have to it make a regular appearance on the big posts (50, 75, 100) and maybe we will even take some reader suggestions on what the lists should be about (our favorite movies, foods, things we are scared of, you get the idea). Thanks to everyone that has stopped in and been a part of the first 30!