That new home smell… and look… and feel…

Between packing, moving, unpacking, getting internet, and not feeling 100% (I blame moving in the cold, wet, rain- it *did not* feel like May the weekend we moved in), I’ve been MIA for the past week or so. Sorry I’m not sorry.

On Friday, I woke up early and ran an easy 3 around the neighborhood- my first after the May Day Half Marathon (May 1). It was a surreal run knowing it would be my last run around that neighborhood as a resident. I won’t miss that townhouse- at least not the paper thin walls and lack of storage- or the bad drainage problem that causes the road to look like the Charleston Mega Mud Run Course every time it rains.

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After running, showering, and breakfast, we headed to the house at 10:30 for our final walkthrough, then off to the lawyer’s office for closing. The closing actually wasn’t so bad- just remember how you have to sign your name or initials on all the documents, especially if you go by a middle name or double name or you’re like me and people aren’t quite sure what your last name is. The law firm also had complimentary soda and coffee so there was really no reason to forget when you’re caffeinated.

We closed, got our keys and garage door openers (I feel like Homer Simpson when I pull into it), then headed off to Ladle’s Soups for lunch because by then it was about 2:00 and we were pretty famished. I had the grilled fruit salad (the fruit was bananas… grilled bananas are delicious) and Clay had a sandwich on pretzel bread that looked really good.


We ate at Ladle’s when we came to Charleston last year to look at apartments so it’s like a little tradition for us. Plus it’s cheap, close, convenient, and tasty- and free wifi. Score.


Saturday was moving. All day long. It drizzled rain off and on and we had a couple guys and friends with trucks help. Our fridge was delivered and I unpacked while the guys moved stuff, and on Sunday, the guys made a few more loads and I unpacked more. Fortunately, the townhouse is only about 4 miles down the road, so we didn’t have to rent a Uhaul or hire movers, but I wish we had a Uhaul or box truck because it rained like crazy and was cold on Sunday. It did not feel like May in South Carolina- it felt more like winter.

And with wacky weather comes feeling under the weather…

Anyway- despite the cold, wet, sore, feelings and lack of water for two days, all is well here! Since you’ve read this long, here are some moving pictures to enjoy. Everyone told me on Facebook to post pictures, and it’s not like my home is elaborately unpacked and set up yet, so don’t mind the boxes and randomness. Don’t lie, you know you clean up to take pictures for the internet.


The first thing we did was mark our territory. We had to let the neighborhood know that USC fans moved in.


We always have to take this picture. Always.


Wiped out and wearing sweats in May. I thought this was the South…


Kitchen. I displayed the shot glasses from our 2011 Freedom of the Seas cruise in the window. I never even unpacked them after we moved from Florence, so it was fun reliving the vacation from two years ago. That was one amazing honeymoon…


Keurig is all set up. Priorities.


Our almost empty pantry. All of our food fits in two corners. Even if I go extreme couponer crazy with getting free cereal (it happens!), I think we’ll be okay.


Our little dining room table looks pitiful.


Living room in progress.


Home office. The previous owners conveniently left some nails above the desk, so the race numbers have returned (when I worked in the ACS office, I had them lined up on my cubicle wall, but I won’t do that in my house).


Medals will be hanging eventually. Between placing in races or doing half marathons where you get finisher medals, I have to decide which ones are “worthy” enough to go on the wall.


That’s right, I rock a 2005 home and a 2001 car.

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28 Responses to That new home smell… and look… and feel…

  1. Yay! So happy for you. You have really gotten in there and set up fast! I love the landscaping in the yard. Is the backyard big?

    • Amy Lauren says:

      It’s not very big, but it is big enough for a small garden, grill, things like that. I didn’t want a really big one because that means more grass to cut and more upkeep.

  2. pickyrunner says:

    Aw yayyyy!!! The house is so perfect and so big!!! The kitchen looks awesome! A big pantry is a sign that the house is perfect.

  3. Congrats on the new house. It looks awesome!

  4. Congrats! It’s a beautiful home. I am sure you guys will get it looking perfect in no time. Though no rush because it’s yours!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thanks girly :). I hope you can come see it sometime when you’re in the area, we still need to hit the Charleston Coffee Shop sometime soon too!

  5. The house looks beautiful – congrats! Settling in is my favorite part of moving, so hopefully it’s enjoyable for you too. 🙂

  6. congrats! I bet you are more relieved to just have the whole process over with. now you can soak up that new smell while it lasts.

  7. Thanks for showing this off and I know how excited you must be. It looks like a great house and boo for moving in the rain. I feel like some of my college move ins have always be in the rain. I know with your sense of style (and magically ability to find good deals on just about everything) you are going to have a seriously cute house.

    Random but yesterday Tim told me his first place he would move after graduation could be Charleston. I thought of you. 🙂

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Come on down :). You would really love it here except we don’t have too many good waffle places, but lots of other breakfast foods and good coffee and running. Isn’t he in the Air Force? We have a big Air Force population here and I have a few friends who are in it actually. Also, Navy is pretty big.

      We already have a list of things to buy when I find a deal hehe 🙂

  8. spectacuLAUR says:

    I love the look of your kitchen! And I would have set up my Keurig first thing. It’s true, coffee is number one priority 😉 I hope you feel better despite the bad weather/moving in the rain! I always tend to get sick when I start walking around in the rain when it’s changing seasons from winter to spring. I forget it’s still a little cold out and jump the gun. Hopefully the weather will change for you and the Charleston weather will be back in full swing. Have a great day!

  9. jeksca says:

    Your house is adorable! I love it!

  10. Congratulations! it looks nice so far!!! 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you do to it! 🙂

  11. Ahhhhhh! Love it! Love it! Love it! Love it! Love it. Loveeee it!! 😀


    This is really awesome to read. I wish you and Clay THE BEST as you begin your homeowning adventures.

    And I love the bed pictures! 🙂

  12. KrisLawrence says:

    I’m catching up on blogs and have to say CONGRATS on your new home! It is gorgeous! I’ve lived in 8+ houses but never a white one. Something about the white makes it look so perfect! Enjoy that new home smell 😉

  13. Yay! Congratulations! Finally you guys moved in to your new beautiful home! 🙂
    I love the shot glasses display on your kitchen sink! That’s cute!!! 🙂
    OMG! I used to do the extreme couponing too. Not much these days ‘coz it does require a lot of your time. But I still collect coupons. I get excited when I score for some free eggs or cereal. 🙂
    I am really in love with your porch! 🙂

  14. allieksmith says:

    Sweats in May?! Are you sure you didn’t move to Pittsburgh?! LOL.

    Again, congrats on your HOUSE! I always love the bed pictures haha. That’s like a trademark of your blog!

  15. chasingthekenyans says:

    Congrats!! Such a cute house. I lol’d at the cleaning up comment. Guilty! But my house is such a hot mess. If I didn’t tidy up you wouldn’t know what I was taking a picture of. 🙂 hope you are settling in easy!

  16. I absolutely love your house! I would give anything for a front porch

  17. Kara says:

    What a beautiful home! I LOVE IT!!!! So envious 🙂 I can’t wait to have a house! Oh, also, I’m crazy and love unpacking and settling into a new place. It’s just so exciting!

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