Monday, September 15, 2014

Enjoying our new digs!

We are slowly getting settled into our new place and LOVI,NG that we no longer share walls, ceilings or floors with anyone. Our nearest neighbor is over 50 yards away and that's the only one for quite a space. We are also super happy for Luke to have his own room for the first time ever!

Our landlords are snowbirds and have headed south for the winter, so we shouldn't have to move again until next May -- yahoo! (I think this was our EIGHTH move in just over 12 months, so nine months in the same place sounds a-mazing!)

From the road, our place doesn't look too exciting, just a three-car garage (which is exactly what it is, with a little extra!)

But, if one happened to be approaching it coming up through the woods, it looks like this!

Inside, we have an over-sized laundry room - a great place for Luke to play during inclement weather this winter.

Up a steep set of stairs is our cozy cabin -- complete with everything a person could need to live here (and a lot more!).

Every evening we continue to enjoy the outstanding sunsets from our deck. With Jason commenting "I think this is the best one yet" -- everytime! They are fabulous and we are trying to drink them in (and the nice, long days we are still having -- we know they will be getting short all too quickly). Our camera has been blowing out the sunset pictures which is frustrating - no matter how I fiddle with it, the colors just don't come out right :(

The view is still amazing anytime! And, we are completely stoked to have a BBQ grill for the first time! We're already using it a ton and loving it!

Perhaps my favorite room of the place is the bathroom. I know this is weird, but I'm pretty sure it has something to do with the fact we had no towel racks/hooks or basically anywhere to put things in our bathroom in Guatemala (the only cupboard available was constantly filling with termite waste and water - ick). And, for the two years before that we had a very rudimentary bathroom in our Vermont barn. This one makes me feel like I'm in a hotel...perhaps it's because our landlady folded the towels so neatly? Whatever it is, it's lovely to be in a bathroom that has all the facilities and also feels clean.

Our room was decked completely out in pink flower decor - really pretty, but poor Jason. I de-pinked it a bit and while it doesn't look quite as 'together' I think it's for the best. There's a skylight above the bed that makes me think of the Swiss Family Robinson house ... after over a month on our air mattress and nearly a year on a full-size mattress, this bed feels heavenly!

Luke's room also sports a queen-size bed, and his pack-n-play -- someday we're hoping to get him a real crib/bed. The right one just hasn't popped up on craigslist yet. In the meantime, he doesn't seem to mind the only bed he's ever known -- our landlord thoughtfully found a changing table for us to use which was really sweet and unexpected.

We've thoroughly been enjoying the 25 acres of outdoor space here. Plus, this property borders the 160 acre Virgil Phillips Farm which was donated to the city as a park/recreation area. So we have that to explore too.

The only downers are that we are a one-car family and 5 miles from town (with nothing in between) which can be pretty isolating for me, especially on Jason's longer school days. Luckily, since we live right off the highway (which is the other downer because of the constant highway noise as big rigs try to get their loads to the top of the hill that we live on) and one of Jason's co-workers is able to stop and pick him up several days a week which means I can get out on those days and keep from getting too stir crazy :)

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