Friday, March 12, 2010

The Chateau

We cleared two more hurdles today with the bank paperwork getting finished up and faxed to us and dealing with insurance. Having never really owned anything in my life that required insurance I found the process a little trying. The insurance office was busy and crowded. I don't do busy and crowded very well. Lisa mentioned to me she had never been in an insurance office quite as chaotic as this one. So, we ended up taking about 90 minutes to get everything we needed done out of the way.

It was getting late in the day and we had arranged with our realtor to meet at the new house for 4:30pm. Back in the van and running a little behind, I made a semi-frantic call to the girl to apologize for the delay and tell her we were on our way there. Both Lisa and I had a bit of a headache as we raced to make our appointment. (At this point, we were running 30 minutes late.) True to her word though, the realtor was there waiting for us. Any headache I had soon disappeared, especially after seeing the fruits of our labours.....

....and the snazzy little sign with the words S-O-L-D on it! I was only able to get Lisa and the baby in the picture. Tamara and Nicholas, true to form, were already off to meet some neighbourhood kids.

Our house through the trees. This is my favorite picture of all the ones I took this afternoon....and it makes a great screen-saver too I might add.

The backyard is a little tight but I love the deck and look forward to spending some cool summer evenings out on it. There is also a small fire pit out back. I can smell the wieners and marshmellows as I type.

So into the house we go. It's all empty now and not very homey but we look forward to changing that very soon. This is the kitchen at the back of the house.

When you turn to the right by the refrigerator you end up in the livingroom at the front of the house. The picture is a bit dark since I forgot to turn the light on but the nice big window does add a lot of light into the room even though it's hard to tell from my picture.

Looking back toward the kitchen is the dining area although we've decided to incorporate this into the livingroom. The kitchen is big enough for a kitchen table so we'll settle for some more livingroom space. Yes, I know that light fixture is hideous. (At least I think so). We plan to change it.

And here's a quick shot of the master bedroom which spans the whole front half of the second floor. Not the best of pictures but I was in a rush to catch up with the rest of the family downstairs.

The house boasts a finished basement with a rec. room and a future 4th bedroom which for the time being will be used for toy storage for the daycare. I didn't get any pictures from that part of the house since the realtor and I spent several minutes trying to find the light switch to turn off the light in the laundry room. It's exact location is still a mystery to me but we have a lifetime to figure that out after we take possession in a couple more weeks.

So there you have it, our little Fort Mac chateau. I have a few more pictures I might put up a little later. For now though, I'm still trying to wrap my head around the idea of having a house in Fort McMurray. I never really thought I'd have a house for a few more years, let alone a house in Fort McMurray. The whole family is totally in love with the community and I've been giddy all evening. Thanks for allowing me this little bit of self-indulgence. I'm sure I'll come back down to Earth in a few days. We still have to deal with the lawyer and pack up the house here and do the whole moving thing again. But for now, life is soooo good.

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