Officially Alaskan

June 19, 2013

June 18, 2013: A Monumental Day:

Matt & Emily Stewart officially became Alaskans. They also became Anchoragans (Anchoragies?) as well. (Side note: why did I feel the need to talk in third person here?!)

We officially closed on our house! On Monday, we went and signed all of the paperwork and handed over our money for the new house, but Alaska does homebuying a little different than in the South – You don’t actually get the keys until the deed records. So while we were filled with excitement and joy, it wasn’t officially ours. Until now!


Ahhh, keys!

Since Matt was at work when it officially happened, I was the lucky one to ‘move into’ the house. This is the first time we’ve had a garage, and I was worried that the truck wasn’t going to fit. It was very very close, with about 5 inches on the front, and 5 inches on the back. whew!


Tight Squeeze

I unloaded the truck with all of our world possessions we’ve been carrying around for the past month (Literally – we sold the house in Greenville on May 18, got the Anchorage home June 18). I was impressed: we fit a lot of stuff in that truck!

World Posessions

World Possessions

Want a tour of the house? Sure ya do!


Kitchen – Fun Fact! We have heated tile floors, for those chilly winters


Dining Area – Right near access to the upper patio


Living Room – My first big project


Master Bedroom – My 2nd big project


Master Bathroom – Separate standing shower!


This tub is glorious

This is one of the things that sold me about this house: this gigantic jacuzzi bathtub. Taking baths is one of the most amazing things to me. So our plan in here is to build built-in shelving on the side wall and mount a TV with a Roku box so we can watch tv from the tub. I am so so so excited for this project!



We are no longer sharing a sink (yay!) but we are able to share a closet now. Only time will tell if Matt’s clothes have enough space in here.



After unpacking everything, I went to pick up Sasha Bear from the boarding place. We missed her so much over these past 2 days, I was so excited to get her and introduce her to her new home. The first thing I showed her was her amazing backyard! I think she likes it:

There are a few more rooms in the home, but nothing worth showing without furniture. I’m hopefully getting a painter in this week to make the bedroom and living room a bit more colourful, and our furniture arrives on Monday the 24th. I can’t wait to show the transformation of the home to y’all!

And to conclude the home tour: here is our backyard. It’s amazing: we’ve got a lot of beautiful green grass, a great deck, a cool area to grill out, and plenty of space for Sasha to enjoy.

Please note the moon in the upper left corner. It was midnight when I took this.

Please note the moon in the upper left corner. It was midnight when I took this.


At lunch, I went and picked up Matt and we scooted over to the DMV. We were ready to get those Alaskan drivers licenses so that we could get on the ball with the residency requirements for the hunting/fishing licenses (Matt’s concern) and the residency check (my concern). Alaska does this cool thing where they give their residents checks every year – something to do with the oil, but I’m not entirely sure. Once I figure it out, I’ll let you know.

So we went to the DMV, and waited. and waited. and waited.

Matt clearly doesn't love to wait.

Matt clearly doesn’t love to wait.

After an hour, our number was finally called (hooray!). We took our vision tests, passed our knowledge tests, and paid the fees to get the beautiful licenses.

So excited!

So excited!

So now you have it: you, my dear friends, now know TWO Alaskan people. I’d consider that a badge of honour if I were you.



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  • Reply nailah June 19, 2013 at 09:33

    that’s awesome! I am looking forward to hearing more stories on your journey! congrats!

  • Reply Michelle Felak June 19, 2013 at 09:38

    We probably haven’t talked since college, but I’ve been loving reading your blog about the awesome Alaskan adventure! Best of luck with everything and can’t wait to read more! 🙂

    • Reply Emily Stewart June 19, 2013 at 17:28

      Thanks Michelle, or should I say Mrs. Gruening! Congrats on your wedding – I peaked at the photos and you look so BEAUTIFUL!

  • Reply Terri Lester June 19, 2013 at 10:03

    Awesome Miss Emily!!! I am SUPAH excited for yous!!!!! Xng my fingers your Momma can get her wings back so she can fly out to see yous soon!!!! Of course my Mom would probably drive with her!!!!!

  • Reply Jennifer June 19, 2013 at 19:33

    Emily, I have been enjoying your blog about the fantastic road trip! Looks like you three have had a great time! Looking forward to hearing about your new life in Alaska!

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