We have a wide open space between the living room and dining room that has hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings. Perfect for jump roping, rounds of twister, sprawling out on a sheet for painting, art projects, etc.
Just about every room has a window(s), but in our entire house, only 1 window faces the front of the house where people could see in, and that window is lead glass/diamond pattern.
On the same note, the entire perimeter of our backyard has hedges so tall nobody could look over them if they wanted to. Of course, this creates a constant need for yardwork to keep those hedges in control, but so worth it for the privacy we have.
Avalon's room has an adorable little nook off to the side, which is perfect for her dollhouse, little kitchen and beauty center.
Loudoun's room has a sunroom off of it, which is perfect for all of his toys and playing with friends.
Our kitchen bay window looks over our backyard where I can keep an eye on my kids.
We live on the corner, so kid bike riding is expanded in 2 directions.
Our hallway is long and the kids like to have sleepovers there. Right now the laptop is propped in between them and they are having movie night since tomorrow is a holiday.
Our bedroom has a skylight which lets in the most glorious rays of sunshine in the morning, but also gives me the best view of our nectarine tree anytime I want.
I asked Rick his favorite part of our house: "our bedroom, it's a getaway oasis." And I have to agree. It's comfortable, roomy, private, full of light, bed super wide for all 4 of us, and at the far end of the house. And we have real bedroom furniture!! We never had that in our apartment.
I asked the kids their favorite part: "the POOL!" Duh.
Our neighbors all look out for each other, bring baked goods to each other, and feed each others' kids dinner. They bring bikes back to your garage when youngsters leave them out over night, and they offer to walk your dog when you have the flu. They help you hang Christmas lights and offer tools to complete projects.
We feel so secure and protected here. We feel free to be ourselves in this home, and love each other with open arms but still give each other space. We feel blessed that God has given us the opportunity to enjoy this house. In July we will have lived in our first and only house for 2 years, and we still wake up every day amazed that we are here.
Our house was built in 1964, so while there is a lot of charm, there are also a lot of quirks! While composing this post I originally thought there would be a couple of quirks, but there ended up being a lot, so tomorrow's post will be all about the quirks.