Friday, June 28, 2013


June 28 - That's it, ladies and gentlemen!  We are officially closed.  All of the paperwork is signed and we are the official owners of Our New Venice Home!  It was a ton of signing and a bit of an exhausting day for all, but we did it.

Look at that stack of paper.  I think they killed an entire rain forest for this one.
So, that leads us to our very last edition of the countdown.

One last time, for the fans in the cheap seats, a reminder of our countdown so far:

                   30.  The Garage
                   29.  The Community
                   28.  A Backyard
                   27.  Family Space
                   26.  The Soaking Tub
                   25.  The Kitchen Cabinets
                   24.  The Outdoor Carriage Lights
                   23.  The Master Closet
                   22.  The Dishwasher
                   21.  The Landing Window
                   20.  The Laundry Room
                   19.  New Carpet
                   18.  The Mudroom
                   17.  Our Landscaping and Trees
                   16.  The Reading Room
                   15.  Our Neighborhood Playground
                   14.  The Home Office
                   13.  Our Lighting
                   12.  Storage
                   11.  Speakers in the Ceiling
                   10.  New carpet.
                     9.  Our Master Bedroom/Owner's Suite
                     8.  Energy Efficiency
                     7.  Our Basement
                     6.  Our Wood Floors
                     5.  Our Stairs
                     4.  Our Fireplace
                     3.  Our Children's Big Bedrooms
                     2.  Our New Venice Home

And now, for the moment you have all been waiting for:

Getting the keys to our new home.  That is a crowning moment that brings so much happiness!  We are so very happy to have our new home.  All of the ups and downs have  Now, we are ready to move in, relax and be content just sitting watching the wheels go round and round.  

Bryan was the first to try the key and enter as a brand new home owner.
We also stopped by the house to make sure our keys worked before we showed up with our loaded U-Haul and guess who we saw working into the evening hours?

Bryan and our kids with Super Drew, our project manager!
Well, that's it, dear friends.  The blog will continue on, but that is a wrap for the building process.  We begin the loading and unloading process tomorrow, but all documents have been signed, notarized, and penned in blood.  We are now owners of our new Venice home and we could not be happier!  


  1. Congrats on your new home. Enjoy the new memories. Can't wait to see more pictures and I'll need the humor your blog has offered.

    1. Thank you so much, Rome! We will continue to post more when we can.

  2. Congratulations Bryan and Angela! Thanks for sharing your experiences up to this point! Hope we can continue to see what's in store post-closing

    1. Thank you, J and M! We will try to update as much as possible.

  3. A big CONGRATS Bryan and Angela!! Thank you for sharing your journey, and I hope you will continue to share!!

    1. Thank you so much, Stacey! It has been an honor getting to know you and all of our blogger friends!

  4. Congratulations! Wishing you many, many years of joy in your new home!

    1. Thank you so much, newbie! We are hoping that this is the last house we will ever buy. Let's see if we are still blogging about it when we are in our 80s.

  5. CONGRATS!!!!!! How exciting!!!!

  6. Congratulations!! Isn't it fabulous to be in your new home!!

    1. Thank you, Nadase! Yes, it is sooooooo wonderful!

  7. Congratulations!!

    Enjoy your new home!

  8. Very happy for your family. I hope you get to enjoy all 30 items on your list and hundreds more over the coming years as your raise your family in this very beautiful home. What a journey! Thanks for taking us along :)

    1. Thank you, Ella May! Thank you so much for joining us on this crazy journey! It has been wonderful to follow you as well!