I’m still loving my new house!  Every day I wake up and think to myself “WoW! I can’t believe this place is really ours!!!”  I’ll be honest, there was a time or two before we moved here in which I thought we’d NEVER find a house to buy and own.  I’m so glad we did. I love LOVE love our place!  It does have it’s imperfections of course, i.e. no grass in the backyard just yet, only a jungle of weeds, a couple of holes in walls and some closet doors, nail holes that need to be patched up and painted over, a crappy kitchen sink that needs to be replaced and reattached to the granite counter top, a kitchen counter top that needs to be repolished and resealed, grout that needs a serious scrubbing with a good ol’ tooth brush, outside 2ND story windows that need to be cleaned, air ducts that probably should be vacuumed out, and a rod in the stairwell that needs to have a new pin put in it so it doesn’t come out of place… my “honey do list” I’ve made for Spencer is a little long, but little by little, my “honey”, Spencer, has been able fix things and check them off the list.  Just this week alone, he replaced the broken 3 piece door handle on our front door, got a new garage pad with a code installed on our garage door, had the tracks on our 3RD car garage fixed so we can finally open and close the door, mounted shelving and floor cabinets in the garage and yesterday he had a crew of men come out and pour curbing around the front of the house so we can plant a nice flower bed.

The picture below is of the shelving and cabinets he just assembled in our garage.  His next plan is to build some metal racks that mount from the ceiling of the garage so we can store some of our boxes and sleeping bags, etc. up above.  Spencer has also been thinking of hanging a swing or two from the ceiling in the 3RD car port so the boys can play in the garage during the winter.

Today, that same crew of men who poured our curbing, came back with a Bobcat and cleared all of the weeds and most of the rocks out of our backyard and even began to level the dirt, so that eventually in the next couple of weeks we can pour in fill dirt and topsoil out on it and let it settle over the winter so that by spring or summer of next year, we can install sprinklers and sod (fingers crossed) Things are really starting to come together here in our home and it makes me so happy!

Quite a few friends and family members (those especially who don’t live here in Utah) have requested that I post pictures of the house…  I really wanted to wait until I have all of my pictures and decorations hung up around the house before posting any pictures, but we’ve already been here for two months now and I still haven’t hung any of that stuff; it’s not that I haven’t had the time to do, I’m just a perfectionist… a matter like where precisely and how to hang a picture can be a very troubling decision for me to make without thinking it over for some time.  It might be a year before I get pictures and decor hung just perfectly SO I’ve thought it over and I’ve decided to for go my initial plans; I’m going to post pictures of what the house looks like now in its current condition.

I thought any one who may be reading this post might particularly appreciate the fact that while I snapped pictures of our home my husband threatened to delete my blog if I post pictures of the house… apparently he thinks the ONLY reason I’d post pictures of the house on my blog is for bragging purposes.  What ev. Like I said, I’ve had family members and friends alike begging to see pictures for the last two months;  even if he was right, SO WHAT!  I think I’m allowed to brag! I love my house and not only do I love it, but I’m tickled about the GREAT DEAL we got on it.  We waited a LONG time to find and buy this house and Spencer worked hard to earn it.  I’ll brag about if I want to THANK YOU VERY MUCH but please do keep in mind, bragging isn’t really part of my nature. 

Anyhow, without any further adieu, here are some pictures…

The front of the house… 

we have a really large front yard
and two really BIG side yards; 
however, only one side of the yard is already fenced in.

…when we first moved in, our front lawn was dead; the only thing alive on the lawn were weeds, 5 feet tall to be exact. I refused to let the boys walk on the grass without shoes for fear of stickers, not to mention the previous owners left all sorts of trash littering the lawn, i.e. broken toy cars, a butter knife, graham cracker boxes, broken glass and I even found a rod iron bar buried in the grass! It looked pretty much like this yard below (it’s the yard across the street from us; the house is vacant and for sale so the lawn has been totally neglected)… our lawn was totally dead and practically HOPELESS… 

… we thought for sure it would take a year or two to get our lawn looking nice, but to our surprise it’s taken far less time… Spencer‘s really been babying it… he had a difficult time locating our sprinkler heads on the front lawn, the reason being because the previous owners dug them all up and took them with them (they were just weird people) so we had them replaced and then he began by watering our grass twice daily for the first couple of weeks.. he also fertilized it a couple of times, had somebody come spray it for bugs and weeds, he edges and mows it faithfully every Saturday morning at 9 on the dot… it looks AMAZING now!  Our neighbors comment on the lawn all the time and I tell them Spencer deserves all of the credit (however, come to think of it, I did get up early one morning to weed the flowerbed so maybe I deserve credit too)

Below is our jungle of weeds (a.k.a. a portion of our backyard)…

This is the entry way of our house… 

on the right is a guest bathroom and a coat closet.
The hallway in front leads into the kitchen/dining room,
the stairs lead to the bedrooms on the second story,
a door in the hallway leads down to the unfinished basement and to the left is the living room.
This is another view of the front entry from the living room…
… Below is our guest bathroom… 
it really baffles me as to why anybody would build a house and put the 1/2 bathroom next to the front door, especially since the bathroom has a window!

This is our living room…

  it’s pretty empty right now…

…eventually we’d like to put wood flooring in this room and the office, then have somebody build really tall bookshelves with a ladder across the wall that has the painting on it.  We’ll probably just furnish it with sitting chairs, maybe an ottoman, and leave it as a music/library room.

… the living room leads right into Spencer‘s office 

 a.k.a. the bird room.  
The previous owners used this room, which is actually meant to be the formal dining room, as their bird room.  So. W.I.E.R.D

There are two ways to get into the kitchen from the front of the house; you can enter by either going through the office or through the hallway…

 … the two white doors above, are doors to the pantry….


I L.O.V.E. my kitchen. 
The island isn’t quite as big as the island I had before in my last kitchen 
BUT
the flow of the kitchen is MUCH MORE practical and that makes it easier to prepare meals in.
…the dining nook…

… another view of the dining area, along with the little study area and door to the mudroom…

… our little study area…

… Below is a picture of the mudroom.

LOVE it! 
especially the bench we can use to store all of the boys balls and sporting gear in…
… Below is a view from the kitchen and dining area into the family room…  

…can somebody please agree with me and tell Spencer that the couch (it’s a sectional) would look better if it’s centered in the room, out away from the window??? Please!  I tried to suggest it would look better that way but he’s worried it won’t and that people won’t be able to walk around it if we pull it out away from the window and corner… um, yeah… The only way a person wouldn’t be able to walk around it is if they’re the size of an elephant!  If you agree with me, please give Spencer a call. He won’t listen to me, but maybe he WILL listen to you.  Thanks!

… another look at the family room…

B.T.W. we just had not too long ago, shutters installed on half the windows in our home (the other half will be installed in another month or so) and I absolutely LOVE them!  We asked to have ours cut 2/3RD’s of the way up so we can keep the bottom portion closed for privacy but open the top part to let in sunlight.  I am SO thankful to have SOME privacy now after living without window coverings for the first two months.  I’m still slightly embarrassed to meet a couple who live behind us for fear that they’ve seen me once or twice in my birthday suit after getting out of our shower. I THINK (though I’m not sure) they could see into our bathroom window from their top windows; I always tried to be properly dressed should they ever happen to be looking, but there was at least a time or two I let my guard down, praying and hoping they wouldn’t be looking… wouldn’t that be awkward if they did see me?!  Anyhow, I’m just thankful to have window coverings now and so are the boys; instead of waking up at dawn every morning like they did for the first 6 weeks we lived here, now they’re sleeping in.  I can finally rest comfortably AND have my sanity back!

My favorite thing about our family room is this little nook where we keep the ship my grandpa made.  It fits perfectly in there and it looks AMAZING above the fireplace.  It’s really a focal point for the room.

Moving onto the upstairs…

…this is the view from the top of the stairs…

… the laundry room is on the first right, 
followed by the toy room, 
the master suite is sort of behind this picture on the left 
and the room straight in front are the boys bedrooms and their bathroom.

… here’s another view from the upstairs hallway…

… that door on the left is the laundry room and the door behind Cohen leads to our master bedroom.
The hole on the wall next to the laundry room is a hole left behind by the last owners.
It’s a fist size hole. 
Probably got there as they were parting with the house.
People do some pretty douchey things when they’re upset and they’ve lost their home.
We’re just thankful they didn’t think to put cement down the toilets to ruin the plumbing.

… The laundry room… 

 our laundry baskets are ALWAYS overflowing with dirty laundry…
I don’t want to imagine how much laundry I’ll have to do as the boys grow older!

… the toy room…

It’s really a 5TH bedroom but we chose to make it into a toy room instead of another bedroom.

…. another look at the toy room… ever since we had the shutters put in, I haven’t been able to figure out where to put the boys missionary piggy banks.  I had them sitting on the window ledge before the shutters were installed, I suppose now, I’ll just have to ask Spencer to hang a shelf to sit them on.

… The closet in the toy room is big (it’s a walk in) so it’s perfect for storing and organizing all of the boys toys.

… Below is the boys bathroom we NEVER use, only because they like to shower in our bathroom and use our tub…

… The following bedroom belongs to Ian and Cohen
They share the bunk beds. 
Cohen sleeps on top and Ian sleeps on the bottom. 
I haven’t really even started to decorate their bedroom yet;
I was going to decorate it with an animal/alphabet theme, 
but now I’m thinking it would look better if I decorated it with superheros, 
perhaps Spiderman???  
They L.O.V.E. Spidey.
The room below is Noah‘s bedroom…
For the time being, until we finish the basement,
  his room will also serve as the guest bedroom, hence the reason he sleeps in a queen sized bed 
(Note to potential future guests of ours: NO WORRIES, he doesn’t wet the bed.  
In fact, he’s NEVER had any sort of bed wetting accident EVER!).  
I’m trying to make his room Dr. Seuss’y… 
it’s almost finished but not entirely, I’m still working on a few things…
… Below is Bentley‘s room…
I inherited this awesome white cabinet/hutch with drawers from my sister Tricia when she moved
and it looks perfect in the nursery.  
Now I just have to figure out what stuff I’d like to display in it…

… We’ve had this brown crib for the boys so long it’s starting to look a little boring… I’m hoping to paint it white like the cabinets.  I think all I need to do is just sand it down, prime it and then paint it… Right???  Help me out, I’ve never done any sort of painting project before.  Any advice from someone with experience???

… And finally, we’ve come to the last room in the house… our master bedroom…

It’s pretty much just big and drab right now.
Eventually I’d like to paint it a soft country blue/green color  
(I’ve forgotten the real name of the color I like, but trust me, it’s beautiful) 
and someday I’ll find a bed frame I like that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg… 
until then I guess the bed might look a little nicer with a bed skirt around the bottom of it…
We have a lot of empty wall space in our room;
I think I need to make it into a picture wall.

…This is the master bathroom below,
with sinks for two…

… and a nice jetted tub with shutters above it… thank heaven for our shutters!  Before we had them installed, the only form of privacy we had in our bathroom from our neighbors was by means of a large towel we draped over one side of the shower.

… and last but not least, the picture below is of our master walk in closet. 

It’s HUGE!  
This picture only shows half of the closet. 
It’s like the size of another bedroom. 
Actually, I have to admit, the first week or two while we were living here and before we had all the beds and the crib in the bedrooms set up,
there were a few nights,
I just let Bentley sleep on the floor in our closet.
He LOVED it and he slept so well!

Okay, so that’s it.  There’s your complete tour of our house, minus the basement… the basement won’t be finished anytime soon.  That’s not probably going to happen for another 3 or 4 years.