We moved into our first house the week of Labor Day, but it is slow doing much to the place when you are so pregnant or with a newborn.
Every. Single. Wall. And ceiling in our house is textured to feel like sand. Why anyone would want their home feeling like sandpaper I don't know, but to each their own. That said though, I'm not about to paint anything without trying to sand first, so no painting has commenced.
While it was very helpful that the previous owners left almost all the window blinds and treatments, I hated the one in Brigid's room.
The second thing we did was get rid of an old, rotting wooden step that was nailed to the side of the house. Honestly, I tried to use it once while I was pregnant and forbid anyone from using it I was that worried about it just falling off and someone getting hurt. When my father-in-law, who had worked in construction and concrete for decades, was visiting, I joked how I wish I could have hired him to pour us some concrete steps. He said that there were places that sold concrete steps. I said, "Really?" and "Aren't they heavy as hell?" Yes. And yes. So James and his dad went and bought a double step and used a dolly to roll it to the back door.
Yes, we still need to even them just a smidgen but they are so much safer than what was there! You can see the remnant of the step on the ground beside it and the board that matched it still attached to the house. And now we can actually use the back door! Yay!
But the most important improvement so far has been a back yard fence, courtesy of my parents:
Rosie has certainly been enjoying the yard although I discovered today at lunch that she has found a way to get under the fence and out of the yard. My thought is to buy some logs and just put them around the inside perimeter of the fence. We could even bury them under the fence, which might help keep the rabbits from any garden as well. We will see. One thing at a time, but we are making progress. It is just slow-going what with 6 kids including a newborn and 3 homeschooling. :)