When we first moved to Utah, we lived in a dark, dreary apartment under some very VERY loud drunken stompers. Hawk and I didn't realize how depressed we were there until we finally got out. There was no natural light in our apartment, it was very small and cramped, there was a major street just outside our door, and it was loud. We hated it. We lived there for a year, and barely survived. On May 31 of last year, we got the keys to our townhome. We signed a year lease. I don't think there has been a single day in that year that I have not woken up and been grateful and happy to live here. Every day I search my soul and just feel peace about my home. The rent is a little steep, and we aren't within walking distance to anything, but I love our quiet neighborhood, I love the church we go to, and I love our home. Sparrow and Hawk love our home too.
Yesterday we renewed our lease for another year. We had considered moving to Provo since I am going to school there in August, and rent is soooo much cheaper and there's plenty of things within walking distance there. But every time we thought about packing and moving... it hurt. So we are here for another year, and I am ecstatic! We have lived here for one year and three days - and it's the longest we've ever lived in one place since we got married in December 2006. We've set a record!
To celebrate my home, won't you come on a photo intensive tour with me? I considered cleaning before I took these pictures, but decided that then I wouldn't be an authentic blogger. So this is what my house normally looks like on a day-to-day basis, although usually with less clutter on our kitchen counter because it drives me nuts.
This is our home. You can't see it very well, but I put vinyl lettering on our door that says "Peace be unto this house." Or something like that.
This is what you see from our front door.
A close-up of my fireplace/mantle area.
My messy kitchen area. I really like how the kitchen and living room are all one big room. It's nice to cook while Sparrow plays in full view.
Sparrow likes to sit at our table and point out the pictures of different family members.
This is one part of our view. On a clear day (this is not) you can see Salt Lake City, and even all the way up to Ben Lomond, a mountain in Ogden.
Let's go upstairs now.
The other side of Sparrow's room. The empty picture frame is eventually going to have pictures of family in it; I just haven't gotten around to developing them yet.
The Master bedroom. Look - I didn't even do my laundry!
The other side of our room. We have a master bath that hooks on and a HUGE walk in closet. Our bathroom is smaller, but our shower is enormous.
Time to go all the way downstairs to our basement.
This is our laundry room and the cat's room. It's the biggest room in the house. What you don't see is the Rubbermaid storage boxes stacked two deep and four high on the left wall. We have all our food storage down here too - now that we are staying here for a year, we can fill our 55 gallon water storage bucket!
This is our family room. You can see Hawk's messy desk over there.
And this is our entertainment area.
The basement closet which I converted into my sewing/craft room. I really like having my own space to keep all my crafty crap. A bathroom hooks onto this room, so I don't have to go upstairs all the time. I am nothing if not lazy.
And that's my house - probably more than you ever wanted to know about us too! Here's to another awesome year in our awesome home. And maybe here's to a slightly cleaner year as well :)