You have to understand something. Brendan and I have been married six years. In that time, we have lived in student housing, a basement, student housing again and an apartment. All have been two bedrooms, about 500-700 square feet. We have never had a washer/dryer or dishwasher. The only time we had a yard was in the basement apartment- and Anna was just a baby there so the yard really didn't matter. The last apartment was about a block away from the railroad tracks in a bad neighborhood. Our front door had obviously been kicked in at some point. The police patrolled regularly.
This house is like heaven. It is wonderful. Packing everything we own and moving to an unfamiliar place- totally worth it just for the chance to live in this house.
It's a corner lot in a quiet neighborhood. Only about half a mile from Brendan's job. We have a garage! No more scraping icy windows. Anna is in charge of the garage door opener and thinks it is a magic button.
The front yard has three shady trees.
Spacious living room.
A dining room which actually fits our entire table without it needing to be pushed against a wall or squeezed in between the fridge and the couch. And a sliding glass door out into the back yard.
A kitchen that both Brendan and I can be in at the same time. With plenty of counter space, a microwave, a dishwasher and a little something I like to call "The Fridge of the Gods". It makes me want to head to the nearest Farmer's Market (half a mile away on Saturdays) and cook something fantastic.
Laundry room. Not much exciting, other than the fact that there is one. I did a little happy dance the first time I started the washer.
Kids sleeping room with brand new twin bunk-beds.
You know what that means- new twin size quilts! I knew this was coming, so I've already collected the fabric and even started cutting before the move. Samuel's crib is also in this room now- kind of behind where I stood to take the picture. We're going to have to see how that works. Last night was no problem at all.
Playroom, complete with closet full of toys, easel and dollhouses.
My favorite part is the playhouse corner- play kitchen, new table and chairs, and dolls.
Bathrooms- only exciting because there are two.
Master bedroom- with pictures still to hang and a quilt which does not match the walls. In this case, that doesn't call for a new quilt. I just have to dig out the quilt I made for our wedding and we'll look all snazzy and color-coordinated.
It also has a door out into the backyard.
Office with a fold-out table temporarily borrowed from the kitchen for the sewing machine.
Yes, I do already have a project going. Did you expect anything else, really?
It also has a closet for the crafty supplies to call home. We'd like to put a futon or sofa-bed in this room so it could function as a guest room as well. Probably where the sewing machine is set up now and then it could go by the wall that's behind where I stood to take the first picture.
There's a deck pretty much along the full length of the house in the back. On the left side of the picture you can kind of see our apricot tree and our apple tree.
It's a great place to just sit and relax.
In the back corner are some rose bushes I am going to have to learn how to take care of. There are two in the front of the house as well.
We love it. We love it. We love it. I'm really not sure what more there is to say. Now I'm off to finish unpacking the last few boxes.