Welcome to the Primeiro House!
Hi, Kimberly here, coming to you from southeast Idaho. I’m the second sister and I’m excited to tell you about my house. I’ve named it the primeiro (Portuguese for first) house because my husband and I purchased it a month before getting married and just a couple years after he returned from living in Brazil. It was meant to be our starter home but here we remain over a decade later. We’ve spent our entire life as a couple here, brought three baby boys home from the hospital here, and even buried our dear dog in the yard. It’s very sentimental for sure!
In the process of looking for photos of the early days of the home I realized how much has changed since we first moved in. I often look around and see how much still needs attention (not to mention the list constantly grows as the house ages) but it’s always good to remember how far we’ve come too!
Since moving in we’ve completely finished the basement, painted a handful of rooms upstairs, added custom bookshelves, beds, and desks, tiled the living room, fenced in the yard, added some landscaping, replaced the furnace, and of course purchased furniture and decorations. The list could go on and on!
I’m by nature a homebody. I really thrive when I get enough time here but I also by nature love tidy, organized, clean, and beautiful spaces. When we first got married and moved in we had nothing; no furniture, nothing to cover walls or windows, and no good plan. So it’s been a journey to learn how to bring in things that work for our family and find our groove on home projects. In the meantime we made a lot of mistakes. We’ve randomly planted trees that later got cut down, we’ve brought in so many things to fill space that now we have a lot of parring down to do, and we’ve fought over how to hang curtains.
We have figured out so much but the main hurdle these days is time and energy. What an adult problem to have, right? My husband works long hours at his job as an engineer. He’s also currently getting a masters degree on the side. I’m the mom to three very active and energetic boys, two of them go to school and the third just turned one (and is into EVERYTHING). I’m the PTO secretary at my kid’s school and teach children at our church on Sundays. We also have a handful of health issues that keep us limited. All that to say, ideas aren’t the problem but I’m learning to be wise in planning the implementation. Sometimes picking and choosing which idea to follow is the hard part. Slow and purposeful wins the race.
Hopefully this blog can be a help to you as you pick and choose your own priorities. I also hope it encourages and uplifts. Making my home more functional and beautiful has been such an important part of my life and brings me so much satisfaction.
I’ll meet you back here Friday. TTFN.