It’s finally happening!!! Tim and I have lived in eight houses and three countries in the past five years, and we are finally ready to settle down and hang some pictures on the walls. Tim was a professional hockey player for 12 years, so between his career that moved him around after every hockey season, and my job that basically had me living out of a suitcase as I traveled the world and hosted the TV show, we could not be happier to finally pick a spot and stay here; especially now that we have our baby girl, Leni Bow.
Both of us are Canadians (Tim’s from Ontario, I’m from British Columbia) and all of our family is back home. So people always ask us how the heck two Canadians ended up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Fair question. It all started a few years back when Tim played for the Carolina Hurricanes (the NHL team in Raleigh), and since then he always LOVED the southern charm and culture of the Carolinas. I had only been there twice: the first time was the day we met and the second time was for our first date a year later (I’ll get to that story on another blog).
Fast-forward four years, a marriage, and a pregnant wife later, we found ourselves house hunting in Tim’s old stomping grounds. Since I was 6 months pregnant and starting to “nest” (that’s a real thing for pregnant mamas!), we quickly picked a house in a cute neighbourhood and made the move from “No Fixed Address” to Raleigh, North Carolina, y’all!
However, not long after we moved in to suburbia, we realized we desperately needed to move out to the country. We both love privacy and trees and space to run around. Not to mention we want to step outside our back door and be able to shoot our bows without our neighbours thinking we’re crazy! We want Leni to play in the mud and get dirty and love being outside in the fresh air.
So we found 15 beautiful acres in the woods outside of town, and I couldn’t be more excited that we’re starting the process of building our forever-home!! We’ve finished the drawings, cleared our lot, and we should be breaking ground within a month or two! This is the first house we’ve built so I know it’s going to be more work than I could ever imagine, but every time I picture us walking through the big, open-plan kitchen or Leni playing in the trees in the backyard, it all seems like it’s worth it.
We visit the land a lot even though there’s nothing on it yet. Leni and I love driving down the muddy driveway and putting on our jackets (it’s on sale right now on the Cabela’s site – click on the link!) and rain boots (my boots are old but I LOVE these and these from Cabela’s) and getting dirty. Seeing how much she LOVES playing in the dirt and running around makes me feel even more confident that we’re making the right decision for our family.
We’re building a ranch-style home (all one level) with a big vaulted living room that’s open into the kitchen with heavy wood beams along the ceiling. We love clean, simple homes, so we’re trying to stick to that as much as we can. I have so many more details to share, but I’ll save that for another blog.
For now, we have a lot of work to do and a lot of decisions to make, but I can’t wait to keep you guys up to date with the progress!!! Right now we’re looking at an end date of 14-16 months from now…here’s to hoping!
Have you ever built a house or done major home renovations? If you have any tips or advice to offer, please comment them below!! This mama will take all the help she can get!