After making it safely stateside and a whirlwind of holiday gatherings (MN, MO, MN again), John and I packed our respective belongings into lots and lots of boxes and moved into the house we are now officially renting.
It is a fantastic house- three floors, four bedrooms, two bathrooms- but it took a lot of work before we could get in. Most of this work was done by my parents while I was still abroad, but I did help with the painting which is an on going project as of yet. The living room was chocolate brown, the dining room was a deep burgundy, the kitchen a dark periwinkle, and the bedroom a combination of a patterned paneling and paneling painted a greenish blue. All is now a nice neutral beige in varying hues except the bedroom, which is near the top of our list of things to do.
Other things already accomplished: towel rod installed in the bathroom, shower doors removed (by Dad) and a shower rod put up instead, patched holes in the kitchen (again, Dad), cleaned the carpet (thanks, Dad), nearly completed unpacking, and thrown a successful small new year's eve gathering.
Things left to do: (obviously) paint the bedroom, organize the office (we have an office!), transition to efficient lighting, landscaping, finish the fence in the backyard... and the list goes on.
In other news, I have yet to do anything more for wedding planning than book the venue and get my bridesmaids. Someday I'm going to go dress shopping, but for now I'm going to revel in our new house!