Towards the end of the year an opportunity arose… there was the potential of buying a new house. When we bought our current home back in 2012 it was a new build and very much out of our price range. However, after much consideration, we went for it and we are so glad we did. The first couple of years were so tough financially, but we found our feet and it has very much been the perfect family home. A forever home.
So, when this opportunity arose for a new house, there was a lot of deliberation. It was a project, a big project which included building work and planning permission. And whilst there were pros and cons to moving it was difficult not to get excited. A whole new space, a blank canvas, with enough rooms so the girls wouldn’t have to share and a dream kitchen designed just as we wanted it.
However, just as my imagination was starting to run wild with all the possibilities, the opportunity was gone, the deal fell through. Naturally we were disappointed, who wouldn’t be, but I guess there was a small part of me relieved. It was a decision that was no longer ours to make, it was taken away from us. Truthfully, we love our current home, it is a 10 minute walk from the school, close to potential secondary schools and a home full of special memories. Me and my husband are firm believers that everything happens for a reason, and this new house mustn’t have been right for us.
This whole experience has made me want to give our home a little love and attention. There is so much we want to do including extending the back kitchen, allowing for a bigger family space. We would also like to add another bedroom and just need to think about the best way to do this. These are big jobs, ones that won’t happening for quite some time yet there are smaller jobs that we can start on. I desperately want to decorate our bedroom, the only room that has never been touched since moving in. I also want to sort out the storage issues in our home, as you can imagine we have so much stuff that needs sorting. We are not great at finishing rooms so the study, living room and Alfie’s bedroom all need pictures and mirrors hanging.
At the moment I feel like we are stuck between not wanting to spend too much money with the children being so young but then not wanting to wait so long that we don’t get the full benefit of our lovely home as a family. The perfect example of this is that we are desperately in need of a bigger sofa in our family area, yet I don’t want to buy something new and expensive whilst Alfie is still throwing his food everywhere (not to mention the girls forever spilling their drinks). Yet I don’t want to wait until they are older to buy one only to discover that they no longer want to sit with us. I want to make the most of our life together now.
So although the last few months may have been a little stressful and a little disappointing, it has ignited my passion for sorting out my home, adding some finishing touches and making some plans for the future, together as a family.