1) Painting is hard work. I thought we'd only paint a few rooms starting out. Well, everything got painted except the kitchen and two bathrooms. So, three bedrooms, three ceilings, one large living room (and we had the ceiling done/textured by a friend), the entire basement room and floor and stairs/walls going down to the basement. Whew. I may never paint again. Just kidding. I already have about a million "little" painting jobs to do . . . like frames, and small pieces of furniture, and . . .
2) Sanding floors is hard work. And man, those machines are powerful and scary all at the same time. Oh my goodness, it looked so much better when we were done! Come see for yourself! :)
3) If you move in to a house thinking you'll only do a couple things, a couple will turn in to many more. And cost more than originally thought. And be a lot of hard, but rewarding work. I'm pretty sure IF we ever move again, hehe, it will be into a house that needs NO work at all. Those homes exist, right? I guess since Ethan and I love older homes, that's not very likely. (And I say "if" because I can not possibly imagine moving ever again right now. Give me 5 years. :)
4) Moves are stressful. I know, obvious. I had forgotten already though. Plus our 10 am pickup for our U-haul fell through, and we had to scramble for a new one. And of course we had people waiting/ready to help us, which really made me stressed. But, we started at 10:30, and were done moving in the last box by 1pm-ish. (We had three different places to pick up stuff from. So not too bad, considering.) And we were lucky to have some great help from friends!
5) I love our new house. Oddly enough, it feels much bigger with all of our furniture in it. With our Front Street house, it took us awhile to fall in love. (I think we were just really nervous about the large purchase for awhile.) But we are instantly in love with this one. Probably since we've already "given" so much to it. It's so perfect for us. And has some old charm to it too - fireplace, built in cabinet, original maple floors - which we've always been drawn to. It is a little weird being in a one story; I feel like we have to be more mindful of privacy, but at the same time I love everything being on one level. (Oh, and there is the basement play room, but that's only usable when the space heater has been going for awhile, or the kids are completely bundled up to go downstairs . . . but it'll be awesome in the summer! :) Anyway, we are happy to have our own place again. Especially this place. We feel very blessed with how everything turned out.