The Strategic Homemaker

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A New Vehicle


I’ve been MIA for a bit here, but that’s because some big things happened around here. We bought a house: this one.


The same day we bought it, we moved out of our temporary housing and moved in with just our suitcases.

Within and hour and a half, our daughter fell down the stairs and broke her leg :(.  (Next time we move, we will bring a child gate with us to the house from the get go. She normally can handle stairs fine, but these are especially steep.)

We ripped up all the blue carpet in the house, revealing the original hardwoods (pics to come).

The fifth day after moving in, our stuff finally arrived. Also at that time, we also decided that the smartphones we’d been trying for a week were no substitute for home internet and switched back to dumb phones and got home internet.

Then we ripped down all the wallpaper in the front rooms, and started unpacking boxes.

and last Monday night my parents and sister arrived to help us do some serious home renovations for a week. I’m basically just coming up for air right now.

Anyway, we needed a second vehicle for TSH to get to work, and here it is:

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The route is roughly 7 miles one way, and 25:31 is his current record after about 2 weeks of riding it. (That’s half the time the bus route takes.) Most of it is actually on a bike route, which was an added blessing we didn’t take into account when buying the house.

If he keeps it up for the next several years, we’ll save a lot of money, and I’ll have a really in-shape husband. I’ll need to put some more effort into working out myself :).

Anyone else avoid buying a car via alternate methods?


6 thoughts on “A New Vehicle

  1. For years Keith rode a bike to work, until it got stollen. Of course we were 2 minutes by car away. And 20 years into marriage, and 6 kids later we STILL only have 1 vehicle. Scheduling can be tricky but we do it. You can too. Cute house, can’t wait to see pictures of the redo!

  2. Way to go, Jen! 20 years is really impressive. We had one year with no car (overseas) and are going on 5 with one car.

  3. lol at his face in that first picture! poor little p – hope she is feeling better!

  4. Yay for buying a house!!! I love it and can’t wait to see the before and after pictures — soooo fun! Hope you are feeling well.

  5. Greg rides his bike the 2.5 miles one way to work too! 🙂

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