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Wednesday, October 14, 2015



Yesterday was quite the eventful day for my sweet hubby and me. We got the keys to our new home, I turned 65 and I now have a Medicare card.

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Our builder makes it a wonderful occasion by the way they present the keys to the new owners. After them telling us what a pleasure it was to build our home for us we received a beautiful gift basket with a bottle of wine, olive oil, and honey all made fresh at Trilogy. 

Our community is surrounded by olive trees, and grape vineyards, and it has it’s own bees so they make it right there. It had a beautiful historical book all about the town of Brentwood as well.

They handed each of us a little black box tied with yellow tulle and inside was a shiny new key….

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When our salesman found out it was my birthday he was very generous and gave me a gift certificate to the Sawa Spa at our clubhouse. 

To say we were feeling special is an understatement.

This builder goes over, and beyond to make you feel like you are very special.

Next we went to "OUR," house! 

We had a quick lesson on how to program, open and lock our door with the key pad, and then we walked into our new home, this time officially as the new owners!!

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After the representative left, and we closed the door, Yes! I did the happy dance, and Yes we both cried a few very happy, grateful tears. 

We both are beyond grateful about this new journey in our lives. It has been quite the year for us to say the least, and to be standing in our new home together is surreal.

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I brought a few necessities to start with, and will continue bringing smaller items throughout the week.

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It’s official our monogrammed towels have put our name in place!

Thank you all for your comments, and for cheering us on and praying for us this past year, it has been quite the journey, that is for sure. 

There is more to do, and more to see so I hope you will continue on with us on my little blog!

I am REALLY!!:

“Enjoying The Process!”



Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Congratulations!!! Such a wonderful new home and I am so thrilled for you.

Elizabeth "Libby" Day said...

I am so happy for you both and your happy smiles says it all. Now, the real fun begins for you as you put your personality on the inside. I can't wait to see it all unfold. Thanks for sharing this journey with us.

Ivy Lane said...

Congratulations! Happy Birthday too! Yay!



sallyj said...

Whoop Whoop!! So excited for you. Can't wait to watch you put your own stamp on the space....lots of blog fodder! Yay!

Kat said...

Happy birthday and congrats on the lovely house!!

Karena said...

Kathysue I am so excited for you both!!
It will be so much fun to watch the progress as you settle in!
Happy Birthday indeed!!

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Anonymous said...

Hi Kathysue! Yay! I'm so happy for you! Your new house is beautiful and I know you're just so excited. I know I would be. The towels look right at home! Don't work too hard moving in!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

And, now the fun begins as you make it your home. I look forward to watching it all unfold.

Sue said...

Hi Kathysue! And Happy Birthday! I have been gone for awhile and how fun it has been to catch up on the progress of your sweet new home. I am looking forward to seeing how you decorate and settle in. You always give me lots of things to think about in my own home. I know you will enjoy the process of moving in and getting things arranged.

Sandy said...

Congratulations! We are in the same stage of life and after buying our brand new vacation (retirement) home in May we spent one week getting some first things done to make it livable then went to our permanent home for the summer. We just spent last night here as I consider it the first real night of living here not vacationing here. We will be here for the winter. Mixed emotions of missing the familiar of our home and discovering all the treasures that are this home. I look forward to following as you make it your own.

Melissa said...

That must be the very best birthday present a girl could wish for. Congratulations and Happy Birthday. This is one you will always remember. Now to make lots of wonderful memories.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Happy Birthday wishes and congratulations on your new home! I have enjoyed watching your journey through this. Love love love the kitchen picture with you at the island. It gives some perspective as to how large it is! Your appliances look fabulous too! I bet your just itching to move in and start living there!

designchic said...

Yay, Kathysue! I'm so excited for you both and it looks amazing - know you are beyond thrilled!! Happy Thursday ~

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Congrats on all accounts!....Love what you did to "claim" your house by first putting up the monogrammed towels!....So happy that you are so pleased with the house and the builder...Now the fun begins....Happy Birthday!!

Unknown said...

I'm so excited for you and your hubby! I just started following your blog and LOVE it. I've been reading many of your past posts and have learned SO much from you! I love that you teach your readers the thought process of planning a room. Your posts have been a great help since my husband and I are in the last phase of a complete home renovation. I'm in the process of planning what I want the rooms to look and feel like. It's a bit overwhelming, but with the wealth of design knowledge you have share in past posts I feel like I'm up for the challenge. Thanks for sharing and please keep blogging!! Can't wait to see you make your new house a home!!

Lady of the Manor said...

Congratulations and happy birthday!!! Have fun and keep us posted as you continue this exciting adventure!

Donnamae said...

Congrats! Your smiles say it all! Now comes the fun part! Cannot wait to see you put your special touch on your new home! Enjoy this time! ;)

Victoria said...

Happy Birthday, Kathysue, and what a way to celebrate it...a new home custom built for you; a lovely community, considering the welcome you received from the builder and -- most of all-- your sweet hubby's good health. You both look great, by the way, and glowing. I couldn't be happier for you. XOXO, Victoria

noreen said...

What an exciting day and a special birthday gift. Enjoy your new home!

Marty said...

Happy Birthday! Your new house is adorable. I foresee that the two of you will be really happy there. I'm anxious to see what you do to make it "yours". All my best wishes.


Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

YAY! Such a lovely home and your kitchen is to die for, what a fabulous space! You are going to have FUN! Congratulations!

Tessa and Mark wedding photos said...

What a great way to present you with your new home. Sounds like it was a very memorable day. Can't wait to see what's to come!

Dream House Trish said...

Your new home is beautiful Kathy-Sue, I cant wait to see it after you have applied your personal touch. Congratulations & a huge happy birthday as well