Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Home Sweet Home

We all love our house! Jay actually picked out the place on his own, during a trip back when we were still living in CO. I know he felt a tremendous amount of pressure picking out a house with the the girls and I, but I must say he did great! We are up in the Northern part of Colorado Springs, very close to Black Forest. As a result, we are set apart from the city and are at a higher elevation. It's just gorgeous up here.

The neighborhood is fabulous! During our first week we had several neighbors come over and introduce themselves, and one family came over with some homemade chocolate chip cookies, along with a note with their address and phone number, should we need anything. How sweet! Even though we are set out a bit from the city, we have a couple of local shopping centers with a King Sooper's (grocery store), gas station, Walmart, Kohl's, Home Depot, Staples, Petsmart, several restaurants, and a couple of other miscellaneous shops. Oh, and let's not omit - It's a Grind, where they have the greatest coffee since the coffee shop at First Christian Church!

The house is extremely spacious with lots of great storage. It's a pain in the tush to clean, because it's so massive, but it's worth it. I just can't expect to clean the house from top to bottom in one day. So, I space it out over a few days and it gets done.

I just love it. Jay did such a wonderful job.

The front of the house. This was taken before we actually moved in, but I haven't thought to go out and take another photo, so here it is.

The master bedroom. Sorry for the remote on the bed.

More of the master

Love the walk-in closet!

The rest of the closet in the master bedroom. Someone has a lot of shoes......

Master bathroom - this tub has already gotten a lot of use! I took a snapshot of the rest of the bathroom but for some reason it didn't upload and Blogger isn't letting me arrange photos once I upload them these days. Sorry about that! Behind the tub on the left is the water closet. To the left of the counter is the shower, with the closet on the left of the shower and the counter has double sinks and a nice, big mirror.

My office/craft room. I am LOVING having my own space for crafting!

I have found some really cute decorations around town. I got those adorable hat boxes at Hobby Lobby and the shelf and canvas drawers at Target, along with the Eiffel Tower.

I got all of the accessories at Hobby Lobby, with the exception of the clock, which was a gift from a dear friend at Surfware.

Hope was all scratched up, so I was only able to purchase Faith and Love, but if you've got faith and love, don't you automatically have hope?

This area is to the left of my desk. I purposely put the crafting table in the middle of the room, because I didn't want to face the wall and I want to be able to pop a DVD into my computer and watch while I'm working.

Jay's office/man cave

Airplanes, diplomas....the usual

The girls' bathroom

Full view of the girls' bathroom

The girl's bedroom. Their room faces Jay's office and my office

The girls' close has some built in shelving and drawers, which come in handy

Girls' room

Desk, drawers

Guest bathroom in the basement

Guest bathroom in the basement - second view

Guest bedroom in the basement

Second view of the guest bedroom in the basement

Main room in the basement

Storage room in the basement. The landlords left this shelving for us and we are making very good use of it.

Entry way. The staircase on the right goes up to the bedrooms on the upper level and around the side of the staircase is another staircase with a door in front that goes down to the basement.

Dining room (obviously)

Half-bath on the main floor (also on the main floor are the mud room, family room, kitchen, living room, and dining room)

Back yard

Back yard

Family Room - once again the other photo I took didn't upload and I can't re-arrange photos on Blogger lately. There is a fireplace and another set of shelves on the opposite side of the fireplace and vaulted ceilings and a love seat on the other side of the room. Darn this Blogger!

View from the kitchen window

Kitchen, which I love. There are lots of pull out drawers and the cabinets on the corners on either side of the oven have big lazy Susan's in them where I store Tupperware on one side and spices and sauces and seasonings on the other side. Everything is very easily accessable and there is plenty of counterspace.

View from the living room into the kitchen, with the dining room on the right

I love this big pantry! There are also shelves on both the right and the left

On the counter, to the left of the fridge

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