Warming of my House
As I've mentioned, Clint and I recently bought a house, and moved in April 15th. We just love it! We love the backyard, the freedom, the lack of people living below or above us, and we love having it together. Every day gets better, and I could not be happier or more content with my life right now.
I decided to have a House Warming at the end of May. I wasn't sure if I wanted one, but I decided to do it for a few reasons.
- It would force me to unpack and have things ready. I have a tendency to leave boxes for way too long. This way, the office was unpacked and ready to show off.
- We wanted to celebrate our big step with friends and family. Most of them know what this move together means. It's PRACTICALLY marriage (but without the ring and dress.)
- We wanted to show off the house. It's a great house.
- It was a great excuse to invite the great people in my life to hang out with us. It's one of my favourite things to have so many people I enjoy near me.
I've always loved celebrating birthdays, but houses or "Erin wrote a book" parties, are different. They're important, and they celebrate milestones. Yes - birthdays are milestones, but not in the same way.
I have owned a condo in the past (that's a whole different post), but this one was a big step towards my future with Clint. I cannot argue with celebrating that.
I did a lot of Pinterest planning on ways to make our House Warming fun. We did the backyard barbecue party, (with Sangria's), but I wanted a few more things to make it my own. Of course, finding things on Pinterest is the opposite of making it your own.
For the most part, trying to find things on Pinterest, just gives me an excuse to plan my imaginary wedding.
We rented a 'giant' Jenga game. It wasn't as giant as I hoped it would be, but it was still a hit. (The picture is below.)
I also wanted some sort of proof or guest book, without actually having my own guest book. It seems kind of corny to have a guest book at an outdoor party for JUST a house warming. I thought of a great idea (if I do say so myself) without the help of Pinterest. (Hear that? No Pinterest).
I bought some sidewalk chalk so people could sign my cement patio, and then took pictures of the artwork when I was finished. I plan to frame it all, or put it in an album. It was a lot of fun, and I've been using the chalk like crazy! I'm still having fun with it.
A collection of the Art.
We thought this would be cute, and added an imaginary ring. It's not real... Just funny for now. (Until it IS REAL!)
These guys left without signing, so I got some signatures later.
As we all know, I'm a kid at heart, so I loved this idea. And of course, was very happy that I thought of it without the help of Pinterest.
I had a great time. I 'flitted' from group to group, trying to make sure I spoke to everybody. Clint barbecued, and I think it went pretty well until it got cold out, and anybody who was still there had to warm up inside. Luckily, our furniture had been delivered two days before, so we were prepared. It was also a great time to bring out Cards Against Humanity.
I get extra loud and hyper when surrounded by friends and family. I just overflow with happiness. It was a nice time for me, and I enjoyed having people over to our new place.
Here's the not so Giant Jenga. I actually didn't get a chance to play it, but everybody seemed to enjoy it. I'm hoping somebody will make me my own set someday! (PLEASE!)
I made Sangria for the first time. It wasn't bad, but I think I can do better. I just need practice.
While, I don't think we'll have parties often, I did enjoy the celebration of our new house. It is a big important moment for both Clint and I, and we can't wait to have more get together's with the people we love.
Also, one of the next posts will be about the newest member of the family. He thinks our house is his now. He's probably right. It'll be posted next week.
A funny picture for you. We opened a bottle of champagne once we came back inside the house. This was my first time ever opening a bottle of champagne. Mostly because I'm scared of the cork. Luckily, I didn't hit anybody (or myself), but there were some great shots from all angles.
Lastly and most important:
"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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