I think of our house as kinda "beaver cleaver." It's not fancy. It's just really comfortable.
You know- everyone has to decide their own priorities. When we were younger we used to buy fancy stuff but we figured out really fast that it wasn't good for us. It didn't make us happier. It just made us want MORE stuff. We aren't against nice things by any stretch. We just want to keep our priorities in a very strict order.
So we made a decision to switch our focus. "Stuff" is not a priority in our house generally. Of course there are times we are tempted to focus on it but we work really hard to keep our attention on things that matter to us. For us-as a family- it is a priority that I am home with the kiddos and our children go to part time private school. We want to be able to adopt and be generous. We also like to go on fun family vacations and have savings for the future. We cut a lot of corners to make sure that is possible while we still live a comfortable life.
Like I drive THIS!! Hee hee... Are you jealous of my super cool mommy van? It has always gotten me from point A to point B and the payment is really low and almost gone so I love it! I really never thought I would get a mini-van when I was younger!! The funny thing is that I was never any happier driving my Mustang Convertable with the leather seats than I am driving this. I liked it- don't get me wrong- but it isn't important. It's just what I drive. It isn't who I am. You should see Russ' car! It's even better. I'll get a picture of that soon and tell you the story. He loves his car.
We are going to paint that bench mahogany... really we are, eventually. I just haven't gotten to painting it. I LOVE decorating on a dime. I would much rather be spending my money on things that are more important to me. So our house has been a work in progress. BUT I do want it to be comfortable...soooo here goes. I'll give you all my secrets. Hee hee.
Take a right and you are in the family TV/ hangout room. Putting down those wood floors a year ago was our first BIG home project. It was pretty easy really and cost half the amount. You just snap the boards together and you have a floor. Very cool. We were so excited! Go through those green curtains and...
...you are in the kids playroom/ TV room/ office. This room was originally a dining room but we aren't really dining room kind of people. We like having the girls' area right next to our TV room. Then they can be with us playing or watching their own show while we hang out and we can always see them. The shelves and baskets were my birthday present from Russ. I LOVE having the girls' toys all organized. Worth every penny! Take a left and...
you are in the kitchen. That table has been four different colors. We got it as a gift when we got married from Russ' mom. It was from an unfinished furniture place. We just paint the table and chairs to match each new home. Only bummer is we need to repaint the table. We did something wrong this last time and the paint is coming off! Arrggghhh!!
This is the backyard.
Right by the kitchen is the sitting room. I call it the "water room" because I have my beloved water wall and pictures I have taken on the beach framed as the wall art. It is such a peaceful room. See ALL the laundry PILED on the khaki couch. Yeah, that happens A LOT!
Here is the pantry- otherwise known as the art gallery. Also, the girls' craft table.
This is our "mud" room and to the right of it is the laundry room.
Both of these rooms now hold the big toys and dress up stuff. See the stuff on coat hangers?? That would be tons of dress up outfits for the girls.
OK. Now we will go upstairs. That basket is the "upstairs basket." We put everything in it that needs to go upstairs. You can see it is very full!
Up, up, up
Straight up the stairs and to the left is our room. We just put in all these wood floors a few months ago. It was pretty easy but we still haven't done the trim.
Here is our bathroom. This one still needs work! :0)
Coming out of our room here is the hall.
To the left is the girls bathroom. We are working toward a surfer Hawaii theme but we haven't quite gotten there!! Hee hee.
To the right is the guest room. Do you like how I moved the bed but not the picture yet??
Straight ahead is Zoe's room. Our sweet friend helped us to decorate it with her sewing skills. Our canopy is drooping. OOPS! Need to break out the hot glue!!!
Other side of Zoe's room... I made the sign over the window. It is one of my favorite sayings. "It is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us." I think that was Dickens... Isn't that sweet?
KK's room.. We redid this for her 3rd birthday present. She picked the colors and everything. It used to be dark blue. We put up the chair rail. I was scared but it wasn't very hard.
Other side of KK's room. :0)
This is the most important part of my house. The people in it. This is where I spend most of my time and energy! :0) That's where I want to spend it.