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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

We Bought a House, Ya'll!

First of all, thank you for your beyond-kind comments yesterday! They totally choked me up (or maybe it was my PMS), and I'm thrilled you find a bit of inspiration here.

The last six weeks have been such a blur, that I don't even know where to start, or really how it all came to be...but as of New Years Eve, we are now the proud new owners of this gorgeous house! This picture is from the listing, as I haven't even had a chance to take any of my own.

Hi Sugarplum House

Were we looking to move?  
Moving wasn't even on our radar, or even something we talked about! While space was a little tight, we were happy as clams in our home now.

Did we look at any other houses?  
Nope, we're moving because of this house...it feels as though it found us.

Have you sold the house you live in?  
Um, not yet.

Aren't you freaking out about having two houses?  
More than you can imagine!!

One day I'm dropping our son at a friend's house in a new-to-me neighborhood, and the next we're touring this house up the street from him. A few days later we put in an offer, and by Thanksgiving we were under contract. Not to trivialize, but this really is one of those situations that was so meant to be, there was no stopping the train.

Each time I would fear our decision, or come up with a reason why we shouldn't do it...another door would open, revealing we were on the right path. You know decisions aren't my strong-suit, and we are very conservative when it comes to spending, but God all but knocked me up side the head, pushing us in this direction, giving us signs along the way.

I hated keeping all this a secret from you guys, but I really couldn't talk about it until the deal was done. (Mr. SP is afraid of The Jinx.) And then, when it became clear we were in fact moving, we had to scramble to prepare our house for the market! So while many of you were sipping cocoa by the tree, we were painting and mulching, cleaning and caulking. It was a busy holiday break, to say the least!

That hard work paid off when we listed our house this weekend, but because of the whole jinx thing, I can't talk about it yet. But once again, the door opened easily, and it became even more clear we made the right choice.

So when are we moving?!? Funny you should ask, because this tale gets even more interesting!!! The day after we went under contract on the new house, with a close date of December 31, we got word that not one, but TWO, national magazines wanted to come shoot our current house! Oh yeah, and at the end of January.

Of course I'm thrilled beyond belief, and not about to miss this opportunity...but it means we can't move, or even pack a single box, until they are done. (That was an interesting conversation explaining to Mr. SP why he couldn't move in to the new house yet!!)

It's all great news for you guys though...because now we're scrambling to complete all the unfinished rooms and projects in our current house for the shoot, while also using this time to knock out some big changes we want to make in the new house (calling Mr. Rockstar Contractor!), and I'll document it all here! I'll admit, I've got a bit of the wild, crazy-eye thing going on right now!

I am so excited for the change, overwhelmed by all the work that lies ahead, and anxious about making this house feel like our home. But mostly, I'm just so grateful to continue the next chapter of our family's story here. I hope you'll follow along for the ride!

84 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! What a great new house- can't wait to see what you'll do to it. And, congrats on the magazine shoots. Your year is definitely starting off with a bang!

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  2. No way!!!!! I about chocked on my coffee in excitement when I saw this post! All I keep thinking about is the fabulous new bathroom :D You must recreate it! So excited for you guys!

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  3. This story is AMAZING!!! Congrats Cassie! What a beautiful home! I cannot wait to see what you do with this one!

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  4. I'm so excited for you and your family! The new house is beautiful and I can't wait to see how you make it your own. Congratulations on the magazines, you totally deserve it!

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  5. Yea! I can't wait to see the inside. Your house will look beautiful all lit up at Christmas. I really like those steps leading up to your front door. Congratulations!

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  6. So fabulous! I love when something happens and it is so clear the decision is the right one. It's beautiful and I can't wait for the tour!

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  7. Wow! Congratulations! I can't wait to see the new house. The exterior is just lovely! What a crazy, whirlwind, exciting time for you. Go big or go home crazy eyes! ;)

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  8. Congrats!! It's beautiful - can't wait to read more about it!

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  9. Exciting! It's simply gorgeous!! Can't wait to see more of the inside! :)

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  10. How exciting! That's kind of how we got into our current home! It's been the best move we ever made! I can't wait to see what you do with that beautiful home!

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  11. Congrats girl! Can't wait to see the inside. And two photo shoots? Awesome.

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  12. I am freaking out right now!!! Girl that house is amazing!!! PS Meeting you in Dallas was one of the best parts!! I can't wait to see you again in May!!!

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  13. Yay congrats! And wow i can see why you're stressed but you got this!!! Can't wait to read more posts about everything!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away
    www.askawayblog.com

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  14. congratulations!! it's BEAUTIFUL! can't wait to see you decorate it! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  15. Yaaay!!! Congratulations to you for both the new house and the magazine shoots. You must be crazy excited. :)

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  16. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and your family! The buyers of your house will be some seriously lucky people! Their house will be famous! ;) I can't wait to see you make your new house a home!

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  17. congrats! Can't wait to follow along!!

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  18. Holy smokes! How freakin' exciting!!!

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  19. GAH!! So exciting!! You're current/old home will be amazing in print and what a fantastic way to celebrate all the memories you've made there before moving on to the newest home adventure. Can't wait to see it all unfold! Congrats a million times over!

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  20. Congrats on the new house! And on the magazine shoots! I am excited for you. Looking forward to reading about each step. Don't forget to breathe during this busy time. :).

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  21. Wow! I think I would have dropped everything and moved there too! It's gorgeous! Reminds me a little bit of my all time favorite Father of the Bride House. Can't wait to see more and congratulations on the upcoming magazine shoots. You're starting off 2015 with a huge bang!

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  22. Congratulations, Cassie! Your new home is gorgeous! Great for you for seeing an opportunity and going for it. :) And I can't wait to hear more about these home features!! Perfect reason to move late, if you ask me!! :)

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  23. Congrats!! It's beautiful! I can't wait to see more photos, and the way that you put your magic touch on this gem! Your story sounds a lot like ours...we weren't in the market at all for a house, but one just fell right into our laps and it was too good to pass up. Now it's our forever home! :)

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  24. Congratulations on your new home and the photo shoots on the old. So happy for you!

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  25. Congratulations on all this excitement! I know you will be busy, but it sounds like so much fun! Good luck and God bless.

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  26. yay!! so happy for y'all. I cant wait to see pix and such an amazing opportunity for the magazines.

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  27. Bonne et heureuse année pour vous et votre charmante famille.Félicitations et bon courage pour le "move". J'attends avec impatience vos futurs reportages de nouvelle décoration. Bravo pour votre blog, de loin l'un de mes préférés cette dernière année.

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  28. Love it! Can't wait to see what all you do!!

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  29. Ooooo! I love it! I am so excited to see what's coming up. Congrats!

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  30. oh wow! how exciting! The exact same thing happened to us at the end of last summer (minus national magazine thing). Everything happens for a reason! 2015 is going to awesome!

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  31. Congratulations!! So excited to see what you have planned!

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  32. Looking forward to some decorating ideas! Congratulations!

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  33. Holy doodle! I almost spit out my coffee and then I cursed not being able to purchase your current home :) All the best chica!!

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  34. This is so exciting! Congratulations and best wishes and good luck and all of those things and more! I cannot wait to see what you do with your new home!

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  35. I'm so excited for you! And I can't wait to see more pictures of the new house! :)

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  36. Congrats Cassie! Amazing start to the new year!

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  37. SO beyond thrilled for you Cassie!!! I cannot WAIT to see the inside and what you plan to do with it! Good luck with the move, the photo shoots and selling your current house. I have a feeling it will go fast!! ;)

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  38. OMG, we are in the same boat. 2 houses is scary, but I know you will make it work. We are renovating a kitchen and refinishing hardwood floors in January and early February before we list. If anyone can pull it off you can.

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  39. congrats!! can't wait to see the new house!!

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  40. so cute! Cant wait to see what you do with it!

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  41. SO exciting!! Can't wait to hear more about the magazine shoots!! xoxo- C

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  42. So happy for you all Cassie! What an exciting time! And I will be praying that things go well with the sale of your current home as well...after the magazines do their thing of course :)

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  43. Congrats!! So many exciting things going on!! The new house is beautiful!

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  44. Can't wait to see what you do with it!!

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  45. So exciting! Congratulations! That is exactly how our story unfolded two years ago (minus the magazine shoots) and we haven't ever regretted our decision. When you know, you know! So excited to see the new digs. The exterior is gorgeous!

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  46. Congratulations Cassie on your new home and your magazine shoots! I am so happy for you! You are most deserving of all good things coming your way. Beautiful house! 2015 is startng off to be a wonderful and exciting year for you.

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  47. That is such exciting news! I cannot wait to hear all the details about the new pad and follow this new adventure on the blog! Yay for all of you! Congratulations!

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  48. OMG! BAM! What A NEW YEAR for you all with a NEW HOUSE! COngrats on the feature, that is my dream too, I'm sure it will be wonderful, as for the new house, it is gorgeous, and excited to see what you'll do with it!

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  49. Oh my gosh, and I thought MY move situation was nuts! I mean it was, but two mags coming right before you move. YIKES! No doubt you'll handle it with grace and ease (and wine and Mexican takeout) though. The new house is beautiful. And I felt the same way about our new house - it totally found us :)

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  50. What a beautiful home - and what a wonderful and brazen move to start the New Year! Isn't Life just full of surprises? When you're full of positivity and gratitude - BAM. It may not always be a new home and a magazine shoot (or two!), but the world will work in your favor. Congratulations! Can't wait to see the amazing things you will do with your new home. Until then, good luck with the magazine shoots and the move! Sounds like it will be a stressful couple of months but just think to yourself, "serenity now, serenity now..." :)

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  51. congratulations all around sugarplum family! magazine shoots... bonus mementoes of your current house. (and i'm sure it'll sell quickly! the market is hot right now and your home is gorgeous!). can't wait to see the magazine spreads. pam

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  52. Congrats Cassie! Cannot wait to follow along and see the rest of your beautiful new home.

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  53. Absolutely gorgeous house Cassie! Congratulations! It sounds like it was definitely meant to be. Can't wait to see more of the new place!!

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  54. What a gorgeous home! I cannot wait to see what you do with it. It is so great to see good things happen to good people. You are so inspiring!

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  55. I CANNOT wait to follow this!!! And you know I love a good colonial. :) Can't wait to see more!

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  56. Beautiful House! I can see how you fell for it without even knowing that you needed it!!! I love your blog and I can't wait to see all your new projects in the new house. Congratulations!!

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  57. Gorgeous!! Please tell me that it's closer to me?? I doubt it, but one can dream! I cannot wait to see the inside and what you do with it!

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  58. So beautiful. I can't wait to see more.

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  59. Congrats Cassie! That house is GORGEOUS!! What a perfect find! I love that it is so unique looking because that can be hard to come by around our parts of the area! Can't wait to see inside!!

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  60. Oh my gosh, it's gorgeous!! My favorites are traditional looking homes and you walk in and are totally blown away because the decor isn't at all what you expected - totally you!! So thrilled for all your fun news!

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  61. That house is totally gorgeous! Congratulations, I cannot wait to follow along and see what you do with the new home!

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  62. This is so exciting!!! I can't wait to watch (stalker-like, in my lurking ways) as you make the new house as awesome as your current home! How fun!

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  63. Congrats!!!! Great news for you guys! I can't wait to see the amazing decorations that you will do before and after!!!!

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  64. YAY!!!!!!!! I can't get over the new house. LOVE the drive up, it's GORGEOUS.

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  65. So excited for you and your adorable family! I know it will be stressful to not move anything yet (I bet you are itching to start decorating the new place) but now you can properly say a fond farewell to your current house! So fun and can't wait to follow the new house's journey!!!

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  66. Congratulations!!! I love the picture of the outside of the new house. I can't wait to see some interior photos. You will have certainly have lots of topics for the blog as you make your new house a home.

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  67. Can hardly wait to see the new home! Congrats SugarPlum Family! And I'm thanking God for y'all as well!

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  68. How exciting! Imagine all the blogging material you'll have! Can't wait to see how it all unfolds!

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  69. Looks like a pretty southern charmer like yourself! You and your family deserve the best. Next time you are in SoCal lets ditch our responsibilities and got for those Margaritas!

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  70. This is probably as much fun for your readers like me who use you as our sweet treat break at work as it is for you and your family... just less work on our end! Contratulations, have fun, and take care! p.s - I ordered the GroupDealz vest yesterday.

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  71. Ahhhh so exciting!! Ha I love how all of this fell together…so many opportunities for you! Congrats Cassie!!

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  72. So so fun! Congrats, Cass! I hope everything goes smoothly! I'm dying to see the floor plan of the new house (already trying to figure it out in my head-- I'm crazy!) :)

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  73. Congratulations Cassie!! I'm going to live vicariously through you if that's okay. I'm so excited for you for both the new and the closure of the old after the photo shoots. WOW!!! You're a talented woman and you deserve everything that's going on now (except for the stress of course ;) Good luck! Linda

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  74. Cassie, how very exciting!! That house is beautiful! Can't wait to see what all you do. And way to go on the photo shoots! That's amazing news as well. haha I can only imagine how that conversation went. :)

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  75. Congrats! So happy for you guys! It's gorgeous!

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  76. Cassie, how exciting! This looks like such great house, can't wait to see the inside. Happy 2015!

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  77. Oh. My. Goodness. How are you handling all this while also working full time AND blogging? Craziness. Excited for you and the fam, and looking forward to following along!

    Hollie

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  78. I'm so excited to follow your moving and making your new house a home story... love your style... hope to get some good ideas (as usual :)) from you! Congratulations!

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  79. I would only
    be more excited if it was me.
    I'd also be crazy and nervous and tense.
    Can't wait to take the ride withyou!

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  81. I love a home renovation! Can't wait to see what you do. Congratulations, great story,

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  82. Ohhhh so beautiful! I'm excited to see what you do to it!

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  83. Congratulations! Your house is a real heaven! Looks so cozy and warm! I hope that some day I will be able to move to such a house! Wish you luck!

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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