five things that have gone or are going wrong...

I hate to sound like I'm complaining or being a baby but there have been a few kinks in the road on this new home ownership journey. The house itself is still my favorite thing ever and we're slowly meeting our neighbors and making new friends in the 'hood but I kinda figured once we moved in life would be less stressful than it was before. So silly of me!

We've owned a home before so I should have known that little things pop up and there is ALWAYS a project that could be completed but on a brand-spankin' new house!? Really, these things are minor in the grand scheme of life but still not stuff we wanted to be dealing with 2.5 weeks after moving in...

{ONE | new microwave quit working...}

Say what now?! A brand new microwave just died on us? Not technically died, I guess, but it wouldn't start. We popped popcorn last weekend and woke up the next day to a microwave that was giving us error codes and wouldn't turn on. Four days later, the GE technician came to the rescue, replaced a part and fixed it. He also gave me unsolicited advice on running the dishwasher but whatev. The microwave is working again!

{TWO | new grass not growing...}

Our back yard is looking a little sad. We've been watering the heck out of the new sod and I'm straight-up terrified to see our water bill for the month but everyone else's yard is nice and green and ours is so not.

{THREE | new yard not draining...}

With all the watering taking place to help the grass not grow we've discovered a slight drainage problem in the back and side yards. Standing water, soppy swampy grass, a weird smell. It's super fun!

{FOUR | new tree dying...}

I'm sensing a pattern here. A green thumb I have not. BUT. We've been totally watering the spruce tree the landscapers planted right before we moved in but it's out of control, losing needles faster than I'm spending money. Which is, like, really fast!

Anyway, we called the landscaping company back out (they installed our sprinkler system, too) to get an idea of what was going on. They confirmed the spruce is for sure on its way out but they'll come back in early fall to replace it under warranty. We're now able to cut back on watering the grass so we'll just wait and see what happens there. Hoping it dries out a little bit and will come back to life. And, start saving our pennies for some type of drain system. Adulting is no fun, I tell you.

{FIVE | new walls no longer new....}

Public Service Announcement: don't use the local Sears home delivery people. After we found the rotten meat in our old fridge, we decided the smell was here to stay so my parents very graciously offered to replace it. The guys that delivered the new fridge did quite a number bringing it into the house. There was so much damage, in fact, that we filed a claim with Sears to have repairs made.

I realize it may not be that big of a deal to some people, and honestly, we could probably make the repairs ourselves on Sears' dime but it's a BRAND NEW house! If we wanted to put scrapes and holes in our walls, we would have attempted to haul the fridge to the basement ourselves. But when you pay to have "professionals" deliver and hook up an appliance, I'd expect them to be careful doing so. Not shove it through the opening and then curse under their breath when they realized they completely damaged the door frame in the process.

The third-party handyman service finally contacted me yesterday and they should be out next week to assess the damage and figure out a time to fix it.

Oh, and if you happen to scratch someone's brand new hardwood floors and dent the entire wood ledge on the landing, maybe offer an apology instead of just walking out of the house and cheerfully telling me to "have a great day!" #thatreallyhappened

Ok, enough of the bad!

There is SO MUCH GOOD here, too! I mean, these crazies live with us and they keep things interesting on their own accord, we don't need any added drama! Also, if these pictures don't sum up their different personalities...

Oh, Leighton. Lord help us.

Happy weekend!


  1. It's a fact, if you own a home, something is always in need of attention... but with a new home, you don't expect it right away... ugh! Love the babies' pics!

  2. I think I would feel exactly the same way! Just pour yourself a glass of wine and try and not think about it for at least one night! Have a good weekend!

  3. Oh my gosh, I can't believe the damage the delivery guy did! That's unbelievable. I hope they don't give you issues fixing it. As for the water should talk to your builder about that. Many builders will address issues like that after the fact if they are things that couldn't necessarily have been seen at an inspection (like if it wasn't raining, etc.)

  4. Love your living room set up--the chair, the wall decor, that table! Ours desperately needs a facelift!

  5. No they did not!!!!!!! So glad you filed a claim and they'll be out to fix it...but still, what a PAIN! And we had the same grass problem moving in in July. Ours is still kind of interesting, but it's because there's a lot of clay out here apparently...and it takes something like 7 years to aerate it all. Awesome ;)

  6. Oh my GOSH! I'm glad they're going to fix it for you!