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Settling In

by Meghann on September 15, 2014

It’s Monday, again. Where did the weekend go?

House update: it’s still a mess.

We made some progress on the bedroom/bathroom this weekend, but it still feels like we have so much farther to go. Just when I think we’ve finished one area, we’ll find a new box of stuff I’d forgotten about and need to find space for it. Luckily I’m more motivated now to trash things than I was when we were packing. Do I really need to keep all of those old spirit shirts from high school that are now paper thin and falling apart? Nope – in the trash!

We celebrated a couple of firsts in the new place:

We bought our first lawn mower!


Who knew there were so many options in the land of lawn mowers? You have push, self-propelled, gas, electric, etc. etc. While I zoned out during the guy’s sales speech, Derek bought us a classic push gas lawn mower.  Works for me.

Derek could hardly wait to cut the grass and use the lawn mower for the first time. I wonder how long it will take that excitement to wear off? He was just so proud and he should be. The grass looks awesome and it looks like we have a real lawn again, instead of the forest of weeds that had magically propped up in the 2 weeks we’ve owned the house (dude, grass grows fast!).

We used the pool!


Well, it was really just a photo opp. Our floating chorine tablet holder broke at some point Saturday night and the bottom portion sunk to the bottom. Since one of us had to dive to the bottom to get it, I volunteered and spent a blissful 5 minutes chilling on my raft before needing to get ready to leave. The water was an amazing 82 degrees. Since we don’t have a heater, we really need to take advantage before that temp heads south in the winter. Who’s up for a pool party next Sunday?!

This also led to our first trip to Pinch-a-Penny to replace said broken floating chorine tablet holder and discovered yet again how little we know about pools. Sales Guy, “How big is your pool?” Us, “You mean in length?” “Nope, gallons.” *blank stares* Sigh. We’re still learning. One thing at a time.

I also had my first splurge fest at Target.


Derek and I made a pact not to buy anything that’s not absolutely needed until all of the boxes are unpacked and we 100% know what we’re dealing with. AKA no trips to Ikea anytime soon. BUT the pillows! The rug! The organizer! How could I resist? #mustbuyallthings

And, finally, we booked our first trip in our new house.


We’re going to Switzerland!

We’ve been talking about going to Switzerland ever since our friends Ashley and Bo moved to Geneva last year. We’ve penciled in a few different dates, but things always came up. First it was work, then it was buying the house, then it was the pregnancy, and so on and so on. We had so many excuses not to go, that it started to feel like a pipe dream. Then Ashley emailed me the day after my surgery, begging us  to visit them. This time I was out of excuses. Life is too short for excuses.  So I spoke with Derek and we both agreed that we need to get away and have an amazing adventure. So last night we both held our breaths as we purchased our tickets for November.

Let the countdown begin. It feels good to have something new to look forward to. I need the distraction. 🙂

1 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs September 15, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Glad that you’re settling in! How exciting about your trip — I bet it will be amazing! And I always find that looking forward to a trip is almost as much fun as actually going 🙂
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2 Anne September 15, 2014 at 9:03 pm

I don’t know if the lawn care excitement subsides. We’ve been in our house almost two years, and my husband is still so particular about it. You should hear him talk about “his babies” AKA the baby grass that he got from seeding the lawn last fall.

3 Kari @ Kari On September 15, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Yay for booking an exciting trip! Europe is awesome, and there is always so much to see there.
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4 Stacy September 15, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Awesome, I’m so happy for your trip! My husband and I are debating if we can afford another big trip abroad this summer…so expensive, but so worth it!
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5 Ashley September 15, 2014 at 10:40 pm

Looks like you are settling in juuuust great 🙂 <3 Sending you tons of good vibes.
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6 Melina Gerow September 15, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Hi Meghann,

I own a pool service business in California. Hit me up if you have any questions. Sometime the retail stores want to sell you things you don’t really need. I admire your restraint. I’d need a truck to get home from target!

7 Elyse September 15, 2014 at 11:14 pm

Oh you will love Switzerland! My fiancée and I went exactly a year ago today and it was the most incredible place. Will you be traveling outside of Geneva? I backpacked thru the whole country and it was amazing. Since the country is so small and transit is so easy, you can see so much!

8 Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona September 15, 2014 at 11:24 pm

You’re going to love Switzerland – it’s such a beautiful country.
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9 Tricia September 15, 2014 at 11:49 pm

Your Target finds are adorable! Congrats on the new house! Good luck with everything!
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10 Brandy September 16, 2014 at 1:08 am

Yay for the trip! I also can’t wait to see photos of the house. I do hope you will share them. There is so much fun ahead of you guys.

11 Libbi September 16, 2014 at 3:59 am

My brother in law and his wife are moving to Geneva in a few months for his job (for a couple years). We’re now living in the UK so we’re excited to have them nearby. Looking forward to how that trip is because we’ll definitely be heading over once they get here!

12 Danielle @ It's a Harleyyy Life September 16, 2014 at 6:46 am

We just moved and bought our new house too! The main rooms (living room, bedroom and bathroom) are put together but not finished (we need more money for that). We are slowly getting there though. We are taking a couple of weekends off and just enjoying the house before we pick back up again and start doing some more home improvement projects. I think fall/winter will be good for that!

My husband also bought a lawnmower… I don’t think hes excited about it though haha.
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13 EB @Running on E September 16, 2014 at 7:57 am

I’m so jealous of your trip! How wonderful!
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14 Elaine September 16, 2014 at 8:03 am

That is so awesome about Switzerland! You are going to have a wonderful time! And it is SO hard not to buy everything in sight for a new house! 🙂 It is just so fun!
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15 Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed September 16, 2014 at 9:25 am

Since we live in PA (where our grass stops growing when it gets cold) and we’re moving in late October, we’re pushing our lawn mower shopping off until next spring but I think we’re leaning towards a riding mower since our yard is huge. I know my husband will be excited about his new toy haha. I cannot wait to binge on home decor at places like Marshalls, Ross, and Home Goods!
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16 EL September 16, 2014 at 10:00 am

We had the guys from Pinch-a-Penny come out and teach us how to use our pool system. They are the best!

17 Reenie September 16, 2014 at 11:05 am

I love to mow and never get tired of it. It’d be hard to get any work done with the pool staring at you!! Love the rug. 🙂

18 Kelly September 16, 2014 at 11:07 am

That’s exciting! I have a lot of friends that live fun places and sometimes it is easy to procrastinate about seeing them. Heck, I don’t know what is wrong with me but I have become a procrastinator when it comes to travel in general! I know it sounds like you guys have a lot on your plate but if I could give you one piece of advice it would be to unpack as soon as possible! When I didn’t do that I ended up with boxes that I didn’t unpack for months, which can be frustrating when you can’t find that elusive thing or when you still have them taking up room. Doesn’t even need to be a big endeavor, sometimes just unpacking one box was enough. Maybe the lure of the home products store is a good enough carrot to prompt you to get started. My way of doing it was to zone out while watching some mindless TV while doing it, but I know you love audio books so that would work as well.
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19 Renae @ MissFit Mixed Chick September 16, 2014 at 11:09 am

I’m glad you guys are settling into the house. I think my boyfriend would be super excited to use the lawn mower for the first time…after that I don’t think he would touch it again. He does landscaping all day and I don’t think he would want to come home and do more.
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20 Lee @ Tri*Inspired*Life September 16, 2014 at 12:22 pm

YES! Life IS too short for excuses! So cool that you pulled the plug for your trip! I bet it will be amazing and it is awesome to have some fun like that to look forward to!
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21 Rachel September 16, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Taking care of the lawn is something my husband LOVES to do. It’s a point of pride, I think! How awesome that Derek is so excited about it.

22 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner September 16, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Switzerland–how cool! I bet you could use a nice trip.
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23 Stephanie @ My Freckled Life September 16, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Buying a house is such a crazy adventure! I remember doing the final inspection at our house and walking around, just nodding at whatever people said because I was thinking “I really have no idea what anyone is talking about…” now, 2 years in, we’re practically pros (total lie…)
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24 Courtney September 16, 2014 at 9:25 pm

We ended up hiring a lawn service. I know we could do it ourselves, but the lawn looks so much nicer now that it is being maintained regularly and its worth our saved time and prevented arguments over whose turn it is 🙂
Can’t wait to hear all about Switzerland! It is definitely on my bucket list (well, along with about 100 other countries too!)
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25 Tabitha September 16, 2014 at 10:54 pm

You guys deserve a fun trip! Congrats on the house and the trip. May there be many more blessings in your future.

26 Goldie September 17, 2014 at 3:06 am

I fully agree. An adventure is just what you
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27 Ariane September 17, 2014 at 7:50 am

Switzerland is amazing. If you like chocolate stock up on the cheep chocolate, its a million times better then anything we have in the states

28 Laura@SneakersandSpatulas September 17, 2014 at 9:58 am

We have a deal where my husband mows the lawn and in turn I do all the laundry. Works for me!
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29 Beth September 17, 2014 at 10:53 am

The pool looks lovely! I look fwd to just lounging in one vs actually having to swim laps. Haha

Yay on the house and the trip! Switzerland is absolutely beautiful. One of the cleanest places I’ve ever been. It’s like Disney clean. I kid you not.
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30 Kristie September 17, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Unpacking tip – get the boxes into whichever room their contents belong too. It’s a pain (especially if they aren’t labeled) but then when you work on a room you can at least mostly know what you’re dealing with and what all needs to fit. And it helps get the ones in more visible/annoying places unpacked sooner ;).

31 Billie September 17, 2014 at 5:07 pm

You will love Switzerland. Christmas markets should be in full swing too. I’m nipping over to Berlin for a long weekend when you are in Geneva. I’m just back from an amazing week in Rome. Grab the opportunity while you can. 🙂

32 Sophie September 18, 2014 at 3:02 am

enjoy the upcoming trip, you deserve it!

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