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Posted Nov 13 2012 9:34am

The past few days have been a whirlwind. After signing the final paperwork , we received a call Friday morning with big news: our house was officially “our house!”

I had to impatiently wait most of the day to pick up the keys because of work projects, but it was worth it. After an initial walk through the new place, Bobby arrived and the excitement really began!

We’ve been fortunate enough to meet and chat with the previous owners, who have been extremely welcoming and helpful during the transition. They kept the house in perfect order and so beautiful, which is how we fell in love with it in the first place! And they’ve gone above and beyond to make us feel like part of the neighborhood already. We were given an invitation to a block party upon move in and after meeting many of our new neighbors, it’s obvious that everyone here is community- and family-oriented, friendly and fun. We are truly thrilled to be residents!

To celebrate our new home ownership, we made a trip to Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers (straightforward restaurant name, right?), which we had visited after making our first offer on a house! I started out with another Papago Orange Blossom , which was just as delicious as last time.

For dinner, I went with the truffle burger, which had caramelized onions, tomatoes, baby greens, gruyere cheese and truffle oil. You really can’t go wrong with any burger on the menu – they are all bursting with ingredients and flavor. On the side, I had the sweet potato tots.

We’ve been moving boxes ever since – big THANK YOU to my parents and brother for making multiple trips back and forth with our stuff – and are having various pieces of furniture delivered throughout the week. I’ve taken the before pictures and will be sure to share the final results once our interior is no longer strewn with boxes. Mama Bender has also been instrumental in the organization process. She is extremely handy and looks fierce with her tool belt in tow. We truly appreciate everything she has done so far, and I’m hoping to learn a thing or two!

Bobby and I also enjoyed our first meal in the new house on Sunday. It was super impressive – those turkey sandwiches don’t just make themselves, you know…

In reality, I can’t wait to use our new kitchen! It was one of the major selling points for me.

Bobby and I feel so fortunate to have closed on our new home here in Arizona. We have loved our time staying with my family, but it’s also thrilling to have our own roots here for the long haul – and now we get to repay them for their hospitality with unlimited meals. :)

I’ll cheers to that! And cheers to the journey ahead.

What’s one thing you are excited about this week?

I’m excited to watch our house transform into our home.


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