Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Home Sweet Home

What a blessing this house has turned out to be! We rented it "sight unseen" about three weeks before we moved here. There are not very many rentals in town and I was beginning to think that we might be toughing it out in a second story apartment. But alas, this fell into our laps and we couldn't be happier. The yard is HUGE. It is so much fun for the kids to play and run around. There is a firepit out there and we have already had a campfire. It seriously felt like we were in the woods camping. This is my kind of camping, with the house right close by! Anyway, thought I would post a few pics for fun. This first one is the front view of the house.

The "big" girls' room. This is such a cool room. It is a loft with a bathroom and four giant closets that they use for playrooms and secret hideouts. They LOVE it up there and love having their own space to play and call theirs.

The girls' bathroom.

Closet #1. This is for the big girl toys and barbie house, etc. My girls love to play "people"- meaning Barbie, Disney people, Strawberry Shortcake, etc. Ths is the ultimate "people" room.

This is still part of closet #1. This is where they keep their toys.

Closet #2- they have nicknamed ths closet, the baby closet. This has little people, baby toys and kitchen toys. Oh yes, and the dress up box, which is used EVERYDAY.

Closet #3 we decided to use as an actual closet. I thought we probably needed one, although the girls were against it.

Closet #4 is my favorite. The girls set up a library with all of their books and crafts. They decorated it with their original artwork and they are in there all of the time. They read in there, they color, play games, make GIANT messes, etc. They have a baby lock on the door so that the twins can't get in and they love it. Occasionally they invite me and Aaron to an exhibit to see their artwork or have me come during library hours to checkout books, (which apparently there are late fees for- who knew? Usually I can pay my fine with hugs, or candy or an extra five minutes to stay up at night, but sometimes they charge the real deal). I love that they take such pride in this room. It is "their" room and they love it.

This is mine and Aaron's room. We love it. It is open and light and big!

This is the view we have of our awesome yard. It is so pretty out there.

Our bathroom. Wth a giant walk in closet inside it. I love having my closet in my bathroom. Ahhh- life's little luxuries.

The babies' room/guest room. This room is my least favorite. We decied to make it guest room because there was plenty of room in it, so it is hodge podge and I don't love it, but it is functonal, which is what we are after right now.

This is the living room/dining room when you walk into the house. It is bright and I love it.

A view from the opposite direction.

This is also a really fun room. There are so many windows here. This is the family room and where we hang out most of the time. When I look out the windows, I feel like I am on vacation in the woods. I love it. (not vacationing in the woods, just pretending on my comfy couch in my air conditioned house!)

The kitchen with a window into the family room, which I love except that the kids like to climb up and look at me through the window.

This door leads to the gazebo, where we spend a lot of time too.

This screened in gazebo is great for eating, playing games and getting outside time without the bugs! (cause there are plenty of bugs!)

This is a view of the yard from the upstairs window.

Side yard which looks terrible, but the grass is starting to grow back and is looking much better.

Another view of the yard- and the babies' gate there. They like to run to the street. Seriously, all this yard and they head for the street.

Another view of the yard. Feels like we live at the park. That grass is all grown in now too!

There you have it. We love it. This place is such a blessing. We know Heavenly Father heard our prayers and helped this come our way. It couldn't be more perfect.


mary said...

Oh my gosh, Katie, what a beautiful place. And you have it decorated so well already - can't believe how cute you have made everything. Lovely. So glad you guys have this!

Chelsi said...

Really that house is so darling!!! I love the yard, how amazing with all the big trees. You have made it look so homey and beautiful, good job.I am sure more than anything, you are just loving being with Aaron and having your family all together. Love you guys so much and miss you!!!

All of us, but mostly Heidi said...

Wow--you guys DID luck out! Nice place! The closets are my favorite.

Megan and Shawn said...

What a great house! I love the yard, and I think a yard makes all the difference in the world. We might have to stop by and visit!! So happy for you guys.

allison said...

WOW! I love it! Are you sure you're going to want to move in a year?

mar said...

katie! that is a fabulous house! i cannot tell you how happy i am for you all. love and miss you tons!

Amanda said...

Wow, I am jealous! You guys do such a good job with decorating too! I wish you were still nearby to give me some pointers ;)

Melanie said...

Wow amazing find! I was right there with you thinking we would also be in an apartment. Looks like you were blessed with a great house. Its amazing how the lord looks out for us! What state are you in?

Kasey said...

I am jealous!!! I LOVE that Big Girls Room and all of the closets! That would be BEYOND perfect for my four crazies!! Love it..LOVE it!!! And you are going to leave this in a year?!?! You are crazy!!! ;)