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Life in Texas: New House Bucket List

Now that we’re in the new house, it’s time to start dreaming! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I’m so happy to finally be living the suburbia life. And while we also lived in a neighborhood in AR, this one just feels a little more cookie-cutter. Sidewalks, small yards, little trees – you name it, we got it! All that’s missing is a mini van! JK JK JK. But really, our next car will totes be a mom-mobile. I can’t wait for automatic doors!

ANYWAYS. I’ve compiled a starter bucket list for our new house. This is the home that Adeline is going to grow up in. We don’t have any plans to move, and I’m so relieved. It’s nice to feel like we’re ready to truly plant roots, roots that will grow and strengthen for years to come.

I recently purchased a large statement piece to go above the mantle. I think it captures what our vision is for our new home. It’s a motto I want Adeline to grow up not only reading, but also living.

cute wood sign above mantle

“In our home, let love abide, and bless those who step inside.”

(PS my mantle is SUPER plain right now! I’m still trying to decide what to add/take away to make it perfect. On the wall behind me will be a collage of family photos so I’m trying to keep the mantle less cluttered. I’m kind of thinking maybe a pretty green succulent??)

I want our home to be a place where we not only make memories as a family, but where we also welcome others. We’ve already talked about hosting small group, getting involved with the youth group at our new church, getting involved with school once Adeline starts her elementary years, and just being more outgoing with inviting people over.

Anyways, let’s get to the bucket list. I think it will complete my thoughts.

New House Bucket List

  • Host Adeline’s 2nd birthday party (and more)
  • Have a family pizza party picnic in the playroom
  • Spend the night in a tent in the backyard
  • Host a baby shower for a friend, or a bridal shower for a young bride
  • Host a family Christmas
  • Decorate our banister for Christmas
  • Give Adeline an epic bubble bath in our master bathtub
  • Bake cookies and take to a neighbor
  • Find the perfect play set/swing set for the backyard
  • Hand curtains on the back patio, string lights, and someday a baby swing for #2
  • Teach Adeline how to ride a bike on our sidewalk
  • Host a sleepover for Adeline and her friends
  • Host a New Year’s Eve party
  • Trick or Treat with our wagon
  • Sign Adeline up for soccer and practice in the backyard
  • Finish remodeling the media room into an office (level out the floor, paint, new carpet)
  • Easter egg hunt in the front and backyard
  • Fill our stairwell with photos of our children
  • Have friends over for game night on a regular basis
  • Set up a projector and watch a movie in the backyard
  • Host small group
  • Decorate our front porch with all the pumpkins in the fall
  • Have some of the youth group girls (or guys) over for dinner
  • Watch the 2018 winter Olympics, and the 202 summer Olympics and host a watch party
  • Help Adeline with her homework at the breakfast bar
  • Walk Adeline to her first day of 6th grade (We live right around the corner from what will be her middle school, assuming we don’t move. But on second thought, that will be August in Texas and what 6th grader is going to want to frizz up her hair?!)

I think that’s a pretty good list to start with.

It’s fun to dream, isn’t it? Here’s to a new chapter, and all new memories. I thought I’d already lived “the best” but I think the best is yet to come.

What would be on your bucket list? Do you plan to stay in your current home for the foreseeable future?

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    Virjinia
    July 20, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    This list is so sweet! Having a big house like that is truly a gift. Being involved in the church will have your house full with small groups and teenagers all the time!
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    Heather
    July 20, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Love this! We live in Apex, a super family-friendly suburb outside of Raleigh. We purchased our house in 2012, and plan on this being our forever home. It has everything we need size wise, with the exception of a big yard. (Dont know how it is in TX, but unless you are spending close to 500K in a nice neighborhood, you don’t get a big yard here with new construction). Fine by us, since my husband can mow in like 15 minutes LOL
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    Melissa
    July 20, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    You will never regret a mini van 😉 Seriously, just do it! lol.

    I love your focus on community and wanting to have others in your home. We love entertaining too even though our place is pretty small. I’m looking forward to having a first birthday party for Stella in our house (maybe). All the kids in the house is a little overwhelming to think about!
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    Katie
    July 20, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    We plan on staying in our house forever. This year we checked gardening off the bucket list! 🙂
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    montessoriishmom
    July 21, 2017 at 7:04 am

    I love this list so much! We definitely do not plan on staying in our current house forever. We just bought it a year ago and are already talking about moving. We don’t hate it or anything, but it’s not the perfect neighborhood I picture our family gorwing up in. It’s kind of hard in Austin (and I’m sure lots of places), the houses sell SO quickly that you often have to make a decision the same day you see the house, so it’s hard to get to know the neighborhood if you’re not already familiar with it. That’s amazing that you wound up loving your house / location so much having to choose from far away!
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    Bethany
    July 21, 2017 at 7:38 am

    I love the sign and the hosting a small group! Small groups are so life changing and can be hard to find.
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