July 24, 2021, was the four-year anniversary of the day we moved into our house in Rochester, Minnesota! It was a whirlwind move that truly was an incredible story (you can read about it HERE.)
On our first night in the new house, we just had the contents of our vehicles, a few new purchases (like a carpet cleaner), and some borrowed air mattresses. All of our furniture was set to arrive the following day and not be fully unloaded until the weekend, so there was a lot of sitting on the floor or standing around bar when it came time to eat. The tricky think about eating on the floor with a dog in the house is that he thinks the food is fair game! So, for our first dinner, we ordered Fazoli’s (Italian fast food) and sat out on our deck to eat.
We picked Fazoli’s because it had been my favorite restaurant when I was in high school. There was one next to the movie theatre, so my friends and I would eat there and then see a movie. As a pasta-and-bread-loving girl, that was the perfect fast food place for me! I haven’t seen a Fazoli’s since! I think many of them have closed down, but miraculously, there is one still hanging on here in Rochester, Minnesota. It’s definitely not my favorite place to eat as an adult, but I was excited about trying it again when we moved here.
When our one-year anniversary rolled around, the boys asked if we could order Fazoli’s to celebrate. We did and it has since become an annual thing. It’s one of those quirky family traditions and I’m glad we take time each year to celebrate our move. It’s a big milestone and something worth remembering and reflecting on. We talk about what we miss about Pennsylvania and what we like about Minnesota. We talk about our memories of looking at this house for the first time and making friends as we were moving in. It’s a sweet time topped off by a “cheers” of our breadsticks.
Jeff was on a hiking trip with a friend, so he ate breadsticks with us in his heart.
It’s sort of hard to believe how much this house has changed since we first moved in and I thought I would take some time over the next few weeks to go through each room and share the progression. Until we get into the details, here are some then and now pictures to show you how much has changed…
There are so many details to share in each space and I’m excited to walk down memory lane and share them with you. It’ll be nice to have all of the projects and resources for each room consolidated in one place, too. I’ll sprinkle those in as I continue to share the basement makeover and other things I’m up to.
If you are inspired by the way we’ve customized this house, then I think you will love Feels Like Home (my new book coming out this fall.) It’s filled with the thought process behind the makeovers and lots of information on how to customize your own home in your own unique style.