Tuesday, May 10, 2011

House Lesson of the Day

Two house lessons rolled into one today.

First, before calling the garage repair guy, make sure there isn't a lock on the garage door. True story. Our garage door was only going about 6 inches up, would get stuck and would go back down. We really wanted to use our garage door, so I called the friendly folks at Anytime Garage Door. True to their word, they came out about an hour and a half later to look at my garage door to figure out why it wouldn't go up all the way. And the technician found...a master lock on the roller bar. It ended up being a really good thing they had come out because the rollers were flattening under the weight of the door and we needed new rollers, but Jon and I definitely felt smart at that moment!

Second, before calling the air conditioning repair guy, make sure the breaker isn't off. True story, again. This one is all me and I'll take full credit...errr, blame...for it. I replaced the batteries in our thermostat and the screen appeared for a few seconds, but then promptly turned off again. I re-tightened the screws, same thing. I flipped the air conditioner to on, nothing happened. Thankfully we invested in the home warranty when buying our home (I would definitely recommend it!), so I called the warranty company and got an appointment set up. After looking at the thermostat, the technician asked if the breaker box was in the backyard. After showing him where it was, opening the cover, looking at the air conditioning breaker...it hit me. It was off. Another high five moment for me!

Alright, lesson(s) learned: make sure to check out all the options before calling in the professionals and paying someone else to do what I easily could've done myself. Definitely feel like this (Could've done that myself!)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Home Sweet Home

Well it's official, I'm a homeowner. Jon and I have bought a house in Tempe that we will call home (hopefully) until our teeth fall out and all our hair is grey. That is to say unless we are really, really old! Like this cute old couple:

Cute old couples are the best! Anyway, back to the house. I love it. I am sitting in my living room now tearing up just thinking how much will transpire in this house, how many memories will be made here, and how much I just enjoy being in our home.

Getting to this point has been a little bit of a crazy journey, but it has been worth every moment of stress and every phone call I've had to make (for those of you who don't know, I really don't like making phone calls). I've learned so much about myself and my future husband and our relationship throughout this process. I feel our relationship is ten times stronger having gone through the process of buying a home together.

It has been an interesting experience flying from the nest after 22 years, but I am so thankful to my mom for equipping me to leave the nest in a gracious and capable manner. I think it's fitting to honor my mom for her contributions to my life on this day. My mom has taught me so much about being a woman, being gracious, and being kind. A few things that I will always remember:
  1. "Normal is a setting on a dryer...you are not meant to be normal." One day when I was having a particularly difficult day of junior high, my mom imparted these words of wisdom to me via a note left in my bathroom. What she meant was I don't have to be like everyone else, and I shouldn't want to be like everyone else. That's boring. She was right, I'm glad I'm not like everyone else!
  2. How to put on makeup. I've come a long way from the first days of wearing blue eyeshadow (there's no way I'm ever bringing these pictures out of the vault!), and I am thankful that my mom taught me how to present myself in a natural and appealing way.
  3. Be comfortable in yourself. I think this one flowed naturally out of her telling me I'm not normal. I am so grateful for the lessons my mom taught me about appreciating who I am and how I was made. I am God's creation, and I was created exactly as He wanted me to be.
  4. There is nothing more important than a well written thank you note. This one is self-explanatory, and so true. Everyone appreciates a handwritten note to acknowledge that you appreciate them.
Thank you mom for helping me become the woman I am today!