Question: What is 2041?

Answer:  The year our last mortgage is due.  Whoa.  Eric said to me today, "We have two kids and own a home.  When did we get old?"  We signed on the dotted line today and walked out with some keys and a boat load of paperwork. 
Signing our loan paperwork with our Wells Fargo liason, Laura Weiner
During the signing, our realtor, Jill Connolly of Re/Max (who is fantastic by the way), leaned over and said 38.  It took me a second, but I knew exactly what she was talking about.  38 is the most houses that she has ever showed before for a client house hunting, and yes, we earned the title. 
Here we are with our realto Jill (middle) and the broker Laura (left)
After the signing, Eric went back to work and I ran over to the house.  Tomorrow is when I break ground on the hardwood floors.  First thing in the morning, I am picking up the drum sander and edger from Home Depot.  They are charging $54/day for the drum sander and $35/day for the edger.  Today, I laid out all my supplies, organized myself, hung some plastic to block off the dust from entering other rooms, tried on my awesome ventilator mask, rolled up the carpet that is hiding the stains on the wood and took some before pics.  Those you will have to wait to see until I finish the job.  Hopefully I'll have the project wrapped up by Friday.  I'll keep you posted.



 Tomorrow is the big day.  We close on our house at 1pm, and then we will officially be home owners.  We already have our laundry list of things that we want to do to the house.  Here are some of the first projects that we are going to tackle in the coming weeks.
  1. Refinish the hardwood floors in living room, dining room, 3rd floor.
  2. Paint the entire interior
  3. Paint kitchen cabinets
  4. Lay tile on kitchen floor and backsplash
  5. Install powder room on first floor
  6. Install bookshelves in living room from Ikea - but doctor them up so they look custom
  7. Address mud room ceiling, paint, add storage/countertop
It is going to be a very busy month for our little family. Once we close tomorrow, I will be at the house prepping for the hardwood floor refinishing job that I will be doing on Wed and Thurs this week.  I'll post some before and after pics of the hardwood floors, as well as details on the job.  So far, I have picked up all the materials from Home Depot except for the drum sander and edger which will be rented on the day of.  This is what I have so far...

Minwax stain - Dark Walnut 2 quarts
Polyurathane Fast Drying Gloss 1 gallon
Pole Sander
220 Grade Sand paper for sanding in between poly coats
Mineral Spirits to use after sanding the floor
Roller to apply stain
Paint tray for stain
Rags to wipe up stain (old t shirts)
Lambs wool applicator for Poly
Ventilator mask to wear throughout the process (only $24 at home depot) 
Exhaust fan for the window
Plastic to tape off doorways

I also purchased the Dremel 3 pack which basically has a million uses.  I know that this little tool is going to prove very handy for all of our little projects.  The main purpose I picked it up yesterday was because it has a sanding attachment that will help me reach areas that the edger wont get to.  I also am going to be sanding down some outdoor patio furniture that I picked up at a garage sale a few weeks ago and this will come in handy for that project as well. 

So, the next time I post, we will officially own a home!