As some of you may know we just bought our first home!!! Not too far from our other home so Im still local. It's pretty exciting but I think the excitement has been over powered by the amount of work we have been doing to it! It's definitely a fixer upper and we've been here everyday working our butts off this past month to have it at least move in ready. We can't afford to fix EVERYTHING that we'd like but we're doing what we can. I made sure to take before pics so you could see the disaster, but the photos don't show the amount of dirt we had to scrub off the walls! Yuck!
I always thought that buying a house would be such a awesome experience! I
told Jack that when we get the keys to surprise me with a big red bow on the
door! I clearly watch too many movies! It was complete opposite of how I
First off the houses that were in our price range was an eye
opener! Stressful. Then you finally find one that you absolutely LOVE!
You picture your life in this home, your kids room, them playing in the
backyard, walking to school etc. Exciting. UNTIL someone outbids you
and your dream house is swept right from underneath your feet! :( Then every
house you tour just reminds you of how perfect the dream house would've been.
Depressing. Then randomly you come across one that you may have
overlooked before and you can see beyond the dirt and cracked tile and you
become hopeful. Little by little you realize that this is where you
should be! There ends up being more perks about this house than the "dream"
house, it just need some TLC and I've realized that the TLC is what makes that
home YOUR home!
So basically we found OUR home! The place we should be!
The place that our boys will grow up,
have their own rooms,
learn to swim,
play in their backyard,
ride their bikes in their culda sac,
and walk to school. Blessed.
For the next couple of weeks I might be MIA because juggling renovating, moving, kid,
baby, and business has been tough work! So I'm gonna take a few weeks to get
unpacked and everything ready for my sons big "5"th birthday and hopefully start
planning a house warming partayyyy! Woop woop! (a lil shoulder bounce) :)
Thanks for reading! And come back soon because I've got some exciting
new things coming up... a photoshoot getting featured on Style Me Pretty,
three new weddings to post and wrapping it up with the last wedding of the
season in December!! Yay! So excited to shoot my first winter wonderland
wedding! That's gonna be cool! Taa Taa for now ;)
We just added some new cement work to the backyard and so glad that we got to
leave my boys prints!
I'M JANELLE MARINA
Wife, Mama Shark, + Photographer.
Most days, you'll find me in mismatched socks and a top knot, working behind my computer with a smile on my face, listening to Zac Brown Band and R&B
--or, dancing in the kitchen with my 3 littles and hunka husband, seeing who could come up with the coolest dance moves. I'm a wedding photographer, West Elm lover, aspiring advocate for our buddies with special needs, and a Certified Dreamer since 1986. We live in a cozy city in Southern California and are always up for a good adventure. I enjoy telling stories with my camera, grubbing on spicy food, and solving the latest Dateline case.