If all goes well the word SOLD will be placed diagonally across our For Sale sign come the middle of April. Our house went under contract to sell 5 days after we listed it! We've looked and looked for the perfect new home for us. I'm sure most people haven't peeked at my earlier days of blogging BC (before crash), but I'm sorta a MCM (Mid-century Modern) enthusiast pre-Mad Men. I love it. It's by far my favorite type of architecture. We looked at a total of 9 houses. We put an offer on a Mid-Century ranch but didn't get it for whatever reason. It didn't feel completely right anyways. But it was completely remodeled tastefully, which I found to be a rare case in our tight budget. Ryan later told me he was surprised I even went for it, since it was a ranch style home with stairs. We ended up putting in an offer on the first house we looked at. Have you ever noticed when shopping around for something you almost always end up going to the first place you looked? It was designed by an architect named Ron Molen. Love his work! We actually fell in love with another design of his 6 months ago but weren't quite ready to sell this house and it slipped through our fingers. That house had a lot of the original elements that I long for. It also had an atrium in the center of the home also a fireplace with a conversation pit (swoon). I imagined if Colum was still here I could throw him in the atrium to dig holes & get dirty while I made dinner. And throwing a skeleton in there every Halloween, a Christmas tree every Christmas. But it was on a busy road and it wasn't meant to be our house.
It's a MCM house! But it needs a complete remodel. Its a single level home which is going to be great for our knees. It came under budget so hopefully we can just remodel most of it prior to moving in. I feel like I'm living in my very own fantasy in doing so. I've always wanted a house just like the one we are moving into. I'm excited about something again. I'm passionately fixated about what I used to love (and still do) BC. The old flame has been re-lit, and all the MCM decor and housewares I've been hoarding in my basement for years will get a thorough dusting and can finally be put to use. Ron Molen designed most of the houses in the neighborhood which will be great eye candy for years to come. The area is beautiful, surrounded by mountains and there are a lot of new restaurants to try. The schools are good and the change will be refreshing.
The more I think about it the more I'm certain we will just take all of our memories of sweet Colum along with us. It's painful. It still stings. We all miss him so painfully bad. But we carry him wherever we go in our hearts. I'm starting to understand what 'he's always with you' actually entails. Most of the time when we talk about him it's usually while riding in the car, playing precious memories like a movie in our heads. I hope moving helps loosen the locks of my chains some more and being free of this house helps me feel less trapped.