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Monday, June 20, 2011

Happy Happy Joy Joy

After three long months of waiting, waiting, waiting, we can finally call it our new home! Nearly 5 glorious acres with no neighbors, no traffic, 40 minutes from the beach and 10 minutes to school. We’re just really a few miles from our current house, so the kids will go to the same school with same friends — bonus!

Our Urban Farm is a big part of our family’s journey of “going slow” — we love all the outdoor activities that our family can enjoy in. There’s a fishing pond and dock – there’s a couple thousand fish in that pond, including bass!

We also have a private 4-hole golf course that surrounds the property.

The house and land has been vacant for a few years, and needs a little TLC inside and out.

Here’s a sand trap as part of the golf course – and by the looks of the contents in the trash can, it was quite a popular spot to congregate.

Of course, the water hazard is the fishing pond. Another bonus, NO MORE ALLIGATORS in our backyard! (and if we do find them, since we don’t live in a planned community anymore, we can shoot’em and eat’em)

Here the back of the main house.

With a gorgeous swimming pool and a patio big enough for massive parties.

We also have a guest cottage right off the fishing dock with a bedroom, kitchenette and a pretty big bar/entertainment room that the previous owners had called, “19th hole”  <– As a non-golfer, I didn’t get that until Scott explained that in golf, there are only 18 holes, and so the 19th hole is where you finish….with a beer in hand.

There’s one more building on the property — this will be my little project — I’m building a studio kitchen in this building, tricked out with perfect lighting for taping television shows or podcasts, mounted video cameras and editing room. I can’t wait to start — I’d love to have bloggers come out and tape some shows with me! Wouldn’t that be fun?

Before we move in, there’s a ton of work we need to do – ripping up all of the carpet and installing new carpet in the bedrooms, digging up all of the tiles and replacing with wood laminate flooring.

And of course painting. Every. Single. Wall.

We have a clear division of labor – I’m the floor and trim (my knee is still on the mend, so no ladder work for me), the kids are — well you can see what they’re doing, and Scott is the roller guy. My friend, Kelly is the ceiling trim gal.

Coco….she supervises.

Apparently for Coco, supervision means taking naps against the wall. She loves leaning against the freshly pained baseboards.

We’re absolutely thrilled for the new home – it will give the space we want to built a little farm for the family. The 5 acres will be put to very good use. I don’t know if we’ll keep the golf course up – it’s quite a lot of work just to keep that special grass. We’re definitely keeping it until Scott’s parents, who are golf fanatics, come and visit. They can at least play a few rounds!

Future plans for our urban farm will include learning how to raise chickens, growing tons of produce, exotic fruit trees, beekeeping, and exploring as many methods of gardening as possible! Once the studio kitchen is built, I’d love to teach cooking classes to the kids in the area. This is the “Go Small, Have Fun” plan that I was talking about!

Our entire family is involved in this mini-farm  – the kids are insanely excited about the chickens – we’ll get started with building the coop this summer. I’m also going to remodel the entire kitchen in the main house with my friends from Thermador, so I suspect this summer will be a lot of outdoor grilling.

All of us, including the kids, will be documenting all of the fun projects that we’ll do together on the blog. It’s a dream come true for us. We just wanted to take a moment to THANK YOU. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being a friend and reader of Steamy Kitchen.

Lots of hugs ‘n smootches,

Scott, Jaden, Andrew, Nathan and Coco

 

 

 

 



137 Responses to “Happy Happy Joy Joy”

  1. Jeanette — 6/22/11 @ 7:19 am

    Jaden – congratulations! What a wonderful and spacious setting to raise your family and build special memories with your two boys. Looks like more than enough room for everyone to enjoy, and can’t wait to see those chickens and your studio kitchen!

  2. Michele — 6/22/11 @ 8:20 am

    The house looks great! Congrats on the move. I am an avid golfer, so I envy you for having a golf course, but it will be a lot of work for you to keep up. Maybe you can just keep the greens in good shape? Can’t wait to see pictures of your kitchen studio.

  3. Claudia — 6/22/11 @ 8:55 am

    Congrats on move for your family! Just found your blog through the lovely Ms. Adventures in Italy.

    Sounds like you and your family are on your way to more balance and fun in the years ahead. Enjoy all the adventures coming your way.

  4. Tickled Red — 6/22/11 @ 9:49 am

    Congrats love!! It looks and sounds fantastic :) Slowing down and having fun is always the best choice. PS: Glad to hear that you’re staying off the ladder…right.

  5. Sherri M — 6/22/11 @ 12:00 pm

    Congrats, Jaden, to you and your family. It’s so exciting to have a place that can be customized to your needs. Maybe one day, I’ll get to have that. Your place is gorgeous!

  6. Cookin Canuck — 6/22/11 @ 12:39 pm

    Congratulations, Jaden! It sounds and looks like an idyllic spot. It sounds like you have some work ahead of you, but it’s always fun to really make a house into YOUR home.

  7. Olinda Paul — 6/22/11 @ 1:23 pm

    I am so envious that your going to have chickens! I love fresh eggs. We used to have a little coup on our dairy ranch in California when I was little. Have a great time getting everything together. I love re-do’s. I love to see the changes made. It can be tough living through them but they make for good stories later. Have FUN! Love your site.

  8. Maryann — 6/22/11 @ 1:27 pm

    Congrats!! Lotta work but a lot of reward. A one stop shop for all your family’s needs and close to where you used to live. Priceless!!

  9. Jena — 6/22/11 @ 1:47 pm

    Congrats! That looks like the perfect spot for you & your family & your plans! Chickens! Bees! I’m jealous!

  10. Shannon A. — 6/22/11 @ 1:47 pm

    Congrat’s on your new home — looks like all the Family is pulling together, to get things, the way you want them to be. I love your site — always beautiful ideas — very creative, and interesting — and simple I have 2 kids 12 & almost 14 — both, are insisting to be vegetarians — I’m strugging with the tofu thing — any suggestions???? :0) thnx, and Good Luck with the move!!!! ~Shannon

  11. dotti — 6/22/11 @ 6:38 pm

    congrats on the new home…and 5 acres wowow but i would have kept the tile flooring….very sturdy unless it was in bad condition….

  12. Susan — 6/22/11 @ 7:01 pm

    How exciting for you and your family. It sounds as if you’ve got a million projects planned! Wishing you much joy in your new home.

  13. Erika — 6/22/11 @ 8:56 pm

    Wow so very beautiful, a pool I am jealous and a pond..wow I am surprised at how small the kitchen looks though. Your adorable boys are so cute helping to paint. Pretty color too. sigh!!! Congratulations on your new house!!!

  14. Always Wright — 6/22/11 @ 10:28 pm

    What a beautiful family! Enjoy your new home! It sounds like lots of fun times are in your future. Coco looks like a real sweetie! She would enjoy playing with Buddy, our Chow/Golden Retriever mix. Thanks for a great blog!

  15. OMG finally have time to catch up on blog reading. Congratulations!!! This is INSANE, it’s like half of Irvine. LOL. Congratulations again, having a dream home is like…well a dream come true!!!

  16. Holly — 6/23/11 @ 1:12 am

    Congrats to you and Scott (and A and N, too!)! It looks perfect for you guys! Shane will be jealous of the golf course!

  17. Kiran — 6/23/11 @ 3:34 am

    Congratulations to your and the family! This is awesome-sauce! I can’t wait to see what plans you have for gardening with all those acres of opportunity :D

  18. Shar — 6/23/11 @ 3:57 pm

    That’s huge. I’ll try not to be jealous! Have fun with your new home.

  19. Kim in MD — 6/24/11 @ 9:20 am

    Wow, Jaden…I am so happy for you and your family! I can just imagine all of the wonderful activities you are your family can do on your farm! I love everything about it, but especially the pool!

    Oh- and I almost spit out my water when I read “Another bonus, NO MORE ALLIGATORS in our backyard! (and if we do find them, since we don’t live in a planned community anymore, we can shoot’em and eat’em)”! You are so funny! :-)

  20. Congratulations on the house! It looks fantastic and I’m sure it will look even better once you are done with the renovations. I love projects like that – making a house a home! The mini farm sounds awesome. I am so jealous that you’ll have fresh eggs in your backyard. Good luck with everything and I am anticipating great pics along the way.

    Terri <3

  21. Sandra McKenna — 6/26/11 @ 5:05 pm

    This is magnificent Jaden!!! Congratulations to you and the boys. Looking forward to “Postcards from Paradise”

  22. Ann — 6/26/11 @ 5:29 pm

    Congratulations!

  23. Andrew — 6/26/11 @ 10:15 pm

    call me crazy that actually sounds like a ton of fun!

  24. Winnie — 6/26/11 @ 11:51 pm

    Wow Jaden,
    Looks incredible…I am so happy for you and can’t wait to see how all of your new home projects turn out (especially that kitchen studio!!!)

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  26. Vanessa Naidoo — 6/28/11 @ 5:15 am

    Wow u’r place is beautiful and after that coop is built getting up to the sound of cock’s crowing priceless,stay blessed :)

  27. panu — 6/28/11 @ 1:54 pm

    You DO realize that last picture would be deemed as Child Labour back here in India! (big grin) Nevertheless, I am so glad to see this beautiful house and the way you guys are making it into a home. I have been following Steamy Kitchen for the last 2 years or so, and for I think the first time, I felt the itch to leave a comment. All the best for your future Jaden, you go girl!

  28. Cynthia — 6/29/11 @ 1:24 pm

    Congratulations! You painted those walls the color I adore. Your home is fabulous. Wishing you many years of happiness there…

  29. Teresa Wise — 6/30/11 @ 2:27 pm

    Glad to hear you are getting settled in. I know you must be so happy.

  30. Jee — 6/30/11 @ 2:48 pm

    Jaden!! Congratulations on your beautiful new home!!
    It looks absolutely wonderful!!
    I think I’ve been following your blog for the past 3 years or so and you post such wonderful recipes, cool giveaways and of course many happy memories of your family, it almost feels like that I know you personally – :)
    I bought one of those escape package thingies to Mt. Dora and can’t wait to use it with my new hubby. Yay!! :)
    Thanks to you we’ve been to Mt. Dora a few times (just day trips) and loved every minute of it!! (oh..and he proposed there too!!)
    All the best wishes go out to you and the family and I’ll be looking forward to those posts on your new adventures in your new home!!

    – Jee

  31. Karen Munro — 6/30/11 @ 4:18 pm

    Another new path for more memory making .Enjoy the journey!~

  32. yasmin — 6/30/11 @ 8:42 pm

    hi jaden! it’s been a while since i’ve been to the site and what great news to come back to! congratulations! what an amazing home and project. i am in love with the pool and that glass ceiling/enclosure! and your own kitchen studio? i can’t wait to see that. so many great things!

  33. neo — 7/4/11 @ 1:40 am

    Congrats! Love that wall color. What brand and name of the color is it?

  34. Kathy Buchholtz — 7/28/11 @ 2:31 pm

    You will make this your home. Your family will be working together. Enjoy all the hard work and time spent with each other. I admire you for pulling this together and envy what it means for you in memories and teamwork (familywork?). Go forth and conquer!

  35. hettinger — 10/24/11 @ 12:41 am

    Congratulations!

  36. moses — 11/6/11 @ 12:57 am

    It is wonderful new home. Lovely.

  37. Sukosena — 1/16/12 @ 10:28 am

    It is wonderful new home.

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