That old feeling

July 5, 2011

We’re all moved into our new house. And it’s lovely. It needs some work, but nothing we can’t handle, and remind me never, ever to complain about my husband not helping enough around the house. This 3 day weekend Sam spent all his free time steam cleaning the carpet for hours, on the roof checking the air, outside working for Bella to have some lawn, and helping put all the furniture and back together and in place.

This morning I got that feeling I haven’t had much of since we sold our home last July. I was walking on the cool tile, getting ready for the day as Bella slept in our room. It’s hot enough that the most comfortable thing is to wear a dress or skirt everyday (which aside from the daily leg shaving, I am growing to love). The washing machine was going, the cloth diapers were ready to use again (how I’ve missed them), the fans were on to ward off the upcoming heat, the recycling bin was out again (yes. I missed it) and I was making breakfast. I looked around at our clean, white, pretty home and I was content.

And I had that overwhelming feeling of happiness for what life has handed me. I was thankful to be at home. To be *in* a home. To have the time to cook new recipes and clean till it shines. To wash cloth diapers, start a garden, knit slippers and be a housewife. To have farmers markets, Gymboree, an awesome base, and a zoo close by. To have a backyard for Bella to play in. To sit on my porch at night and listen to the children in our neighborhood play and laugh. To curl up to my husband at night again.

To have a Super Target, Olive Garden, and The Children’s Place within a mile of me.

Had to throw some shallow in there. 🙂

It’s been a hard few weeks. And it wasn’t the easiest to move in here. Everything that could have gone wrong did. But it’s been worth it. Because if that time in the hotel and the first couple days here hadn’t sucked so much (and they really, truly did – from the movers showing up 3 hours late to 2 cats running away to the air conditioning breaking to the smell of cat pee that took days to get rid of) I wouldn’t appreciate this as much. I wouldn’t see that El Paso offers some of the same things as Denver, or walk through my home and see the good instead of picking it apart.

Is life perfect? No. But quite honestly, it’s better than I could have imagined in the past few months of turmoil. I’m beginning to love it here.

And? Vlog of the house coming soon. 🙂 Here’s a peek:



  • Kelly

    July 13, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Your house is adorable – I love ranchers! I’m relieved to hear things are starting to settle down and you’re getting into a routine that you can live with (and like).

  • Miranda

    July 10, 2011 at 6:52 am

    So glad you’re getting all settled in. So glad you’re “home.”

  • Testing

    July 8, 2011 at 12:16 am

    It’s me Diana! Just testing something…

  • Noelle S.

    July 7, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Yay! Your house is so cute. Glad you are settling in to your new city.

  • t.bird

    July 7, 2011 at 7:09 am

    hooray for completion!

  • Jen

    July 6, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Red brick houses are so super cute. And I also feel such a sense of happiness knowing I have a Target and Children’s Place nearby. The heat is excruciating, but thank God for air conditioning. I’m so happy for you and Sam and Bella. Let me know when you want visitors 🙂

    1. Diana

      July 7, 2011 at 11:59 pm

      Um, now? Since I won’t be seeing cute, pregnant you in August?

  • Laura

    July 6, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Your home as beautiful and so were your words.

    1. Diana

      July 7, 2011 at 11:59 pm

      Thank you so much.

  • story

    July 6, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I am so happy for you. It sounds lovely. And give yourself credit because I think the thing making it so lovely is you. You and your beautiful attitude.

    1. Diana

      July 7, 2011 at 11:58 pm

      This made my day. Thank you lady.

  • Samantha

    July 6, 2011 at 10:00 am

    What a pretty home! I’m excited for you. it’s sounds almost heavenly, super jealous of the farmers markers close by. I bet they are amazing.

  • Jessie

    July 6, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Sometimes it takes a little (or in your case, a lot) of bad to really truly appreciate the good. So glad you guys are settled. And a bit jealous of the local farmer’s market.

  • Jen

    July 6, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Oh I’m so glad that things are turning out better than you thought they would. I think moving to any new place is hard, even if it’s where you want to be. Cute house for sure!

  • Jen

    July 6, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Oh I’m so glad that things are turning out better than you thought they would. I think moving to any new place is hard, even if it’s where you want to be. Cute house for sure!

  • Amber

    July 6, 2011 at 7:58 am

    The house looks cute! So happy to hear that you are settling in nicely (and have so many comforts close to home).

  • Suz @ Suz’s Treats

    July 6, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Very pretty house! So glad the rough spots were able to make you appreciate the good even more. Also, I’m super jealous that you have a Super Target that close!!!

  • Mrs. MidAtlantic

    July 6, 2011 at 6:45 am

    What a happy post – so glad to hear you are really loving your new El Paso life! It’s only going to get better from here 🙂

    1. Diana

      July 7, 2011 at 11:40 pm

      I hope so! I really do. And thank you. 🙂

  • angela

    July 6, 2011 at 5:43 am

    I’m so happy things are looking positively! (And yay for settling into both the house and the city!)

    1. Diana

      July 7, 2011 at 11:38 pm

      Thank you!!

  • Good Girl Gone Green

    July 6, 2011 at 5:32 am

    I am so happy everything is working out! So, now sit and relax and enjoy!

  • Kim

    July 6, 2011 at 5:28 am

    I’m so incredibly happy that YOU are happy. That you guys are feeling settled and home. This made me tear up and feel all misty. It sounds warm and lovely.

    1. Erika @NAMAmmaSTE

      July 6, 2011 at 11:35 am

      I second that 🙂

      1. Teresa

        July 6, 2011 at 2:24 pm

        …and I THIRD that!!!! Just what I was going to say.

        And the brick house? LOVE.

  • Alexia

    July 5, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    So so happy for you guys! And glad you’re settled in. Can’t wait for the Vlog!!

    BTW totally jealous over the Super Target and a Gymboree close by. We have neither within 100 miles. It’s the little things, really…

    1. Diana

      July 7, 2011 at 11:38 pm

      It really is. We used to live 30 miles from the nearest WalMart. So I get it. And I appreciate it all the more now.

  • Cathy

    July 5, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Love it

  • Alyssa

    July 5, 2011 at 10:20 pm


  • Claire

    July 5, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I’m beyond jealous. We are in our new house but won’t have any furniture for two more weeks. That will be six weeks of living out of our suitcases. It’s driving us all nuts.
    So basically what I’m saying is that I cannot wait to reach that feeling you have now. I know it will happen soon and I’m soooo happy that you are feeling good about the move. I know it was tough. Yay for feeling settled!

    1. Diana

      July 7, 2011 at 11:36 pm

      When we were in that hotel, I forgot that one day I would be settled again. And I got VERY cranky because of it. I felt like it was going to be a mess forever after.

      It does pass. And no furniture for two weeks – oh my. ((hugs))

  • TheNextMartha

    July 5, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    This sounds so great! SO glad some of the bad bumps are behind you.

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