New House Party

After living here for six months, we finally got our act together and invited friends and family over for a New Year/New House party. We had a great turnout and much more food than we could possibly have needed for that many people, and it was absolutely wonderful to see these people who I hadn’t seen in a while (my aunt and uncle among them) and catch up. We got a lot of compliments on the house while we were giving folks the tour, with “it’s got character” and “OMG it’s huge” being the general theme of the day. It’s bigger than it looks from the outside and it always surprises people, and since it’s an old house with a split-level floorplan and there’s a large addition stuck onto the back, you’re not sure what room you’re going to come to next. It’s quirky, and that’s why we love it.

I’m looking forward to having folks over more often – we don’t get a chance to be very social because we’re always so busy, and this party reminded me how many awesome people we have around us and how much we need to make more time to see them.

The hidden bonus to doing something like this is the incredibly clean house we have because we were embarrassed to show off our usual clutter and cat hair. Honestly, this place has not looked so good since the day we started bringing boxes over in the moving truck. It was a ton of work but completely worth it – I just hope we can maintain it for a while before it reverts to its natural chaotic state, which it most definitely will if we aren’t vigilant! I plan on making a conscious effort to keep everything tidy for at least a week. At the end of that week I will pledge to try for another week. And we’ll see where I end up.

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