Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Two years

It's been two years today since we moved into this home. It's our "forever" home. As in, I won't be moving ever again, unless you take my cold, dead body out of here. This is the third home we've owned since we got married. We built it ourselves. We designed every facet of the house. It was a labor of love. We picked out flooring, paint colors, cabinetry, countertops. We picked out appliances, General Electric of course (my dad worked for GE for 33 years, as an appliance salesman). We looked at sinks, toilets, hardware. It was fun, yet stressful. We had a deadline to meet. Meg was to start kindergarten in September of 2006, and we needed to be in the house at least a week before school started. We didn't want to register her in our old city, have her start there, then move. That wouldn't have been fair. We got into the house with just a few days to spare.

It's taken time to make this "our" home. We don't have window treatments in all the windows, still. The kids have done a good job of leaving dirty fingerprints on the walls, and dirt on the floors, so we know they feel at home. We're still trying to make good use of the space that we have, as our last home was small and we were overcrowded. I'm used to the quiet now. When we first moved in, it was so eerily quiet here that it was almost too much to handle. We can see the stars so much easier now, since we're away from the lights from the city. We are quite accustomed to the fauna that traipse through our yard.

I still can't believe how quickly the two years have gone by. Meg is going to be a 2nd grader next week. The twins weren't even born when we moved in. They are the same age now that Drew was back then. We've had Christmases, birthdays, Thanksgivings, cookouts and bonfires. We've had lost teeth, snakes, tears and smiles. It's been a good two years here.


Robyn said...

Happy Anniversary! We're almost at 3 years in our "new" home (that we built ourselves, etc.) and we STILL have paper blinds in our dining room and only a couple rooms are painted.

It takes a lot to make a house a home, but it sounds like you are well on your way. Your home looks beautiful!

AndreAnna said...

So jealous! I'd love to build my dream home.

Looks great!

creative kerfuffle said...

ok, so fess up. is building your own home the nightmare that i've heard it is? we've been in our house about 6 yrs and though i still love it, i do dream of bldg our own some day. it just scares the bejeezus out of me.

Sammie-J said...

Wow, what a beautiful home. Someday I hope to post about my dream home, but I'm sure it'll be years and years down the road.

Anonymous said...

Your house is beeeeeauuuuuteeeful! I can't wait to someday make a house a home, just like you described.

Astarte said...

I like it!!!

I think it takes a long time to make a house feel like home. I was only just starting to feel at home in our last one before we had to move!!! This is definitely my 'cold, dead hands' house, though. I'm done.

Tigriswillreign said...

It's a darling house!! I love all the trees! *sigh*

So, is that the only pic we're gonna get?? I want to see these famous cabinets! Though, I suppose I wouldn't want to take a pic of my kitchen... It's always a state!