10.29.2015

Our Colorado Home

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When we decided that we were moving we hustled and got the house ready for market. Going into the fall/winter months we felt a little constrained by time and things naturally slowing down.

Some friends came over and helped me declutter and take down personal touches. I took a few pictures and we went live the next day.


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This is the entry. 

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There is an office/den immediately to the left with beautiful paned french doors. 

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It's where I'm sitting at this very moment. Rosie is playing with a friend and Roo is home from half-day kindergarten. She is chatting to herself in the family room. I will see the big girls walk up in a few moments from school just getting out.

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As you continue on there is a small dining area to the left. This room doesn't get much action, but sometimes we play games or work on puzzles here. The piano is on the right and when it's played you can hear it ring through the whole house. This room was bright baby blue when we moved in. 

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Finally you end up in the family room and kitchen. This is where we mostly hang out and where I hear Roo's chattering from. The coffee table is often used as a prop in playtime activities and when we watch movies on the weekends the table gets moved and we scatter on the couches and rug.

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My favorite thing about this house is the kitchen. I really really wanted a white kitchen. This one is quaint, has a farmhouse sink, and a window where I can look out on my garden or the kids playing while I do dishes.

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The kitchen had pendants hanging over the island when we moved in and the walls in here were beige. It's much more fresh and open now. 

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On the other side of the family room is a powder room that I painfully painted when E was out for a few days on a business trip using an Ikea plate as a pattern. If I ever find out that it's painted over I'll have a fit.

Now we go upstairs.

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Rose and Roo's room that I recently painted the softest sea blue/green. 

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The older girls' room, then we have a bathroom for them, sewing room, and a play room. 

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Lastly, there is the master that I painted white last year with a grey accent wall. 

All the floors in the house are hardwood which I love, but we miss having a place to relax and roll around on the floor. Also I have loved the knotty alder doors and custom railing on the stairs. 

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The back yard is on the smaller side, but affords plenty of room for us to run and play. When we moved in it was nothing but a barren plot of dirt. We have loved beautifying it and watching it grow. It has been hard getting used to the split-rail fencing, but with good neighbors it isn't really an issue.

In less that 2 weeks packers will be here loading everything up into boxes and before we know it our sweet cozy home will be bare. I'm having an especially hard time leaving it. We have grown so much here. This is the first home our girls will really remember. We have amazing neighbors, a summertime pool, trails behind us and a single-track bike park. We can ride bikes to the library, rec center, and even to the little downtown that is just starting to get revamped with restaurants, a better farmers market, and other activities.

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We will miss our town of Erie. And I will miss driving my kids from place to place and looking out and seeing the majestic Rockies towering in the east. They just got their first coat of snow about a week ago and are looking quite spiffy. I will miss the half dozen hot air balloons that we spot almost every single morning working their way to land in an empty field nearby.

There are a few things we won't miss. The dump nearby, the little airport next door where tiny planes buzz off the runway right over us early in the mornings and especially on the weekends, the outdoor shooting range that is so close we can hear the echoes of target practice, and the fact that I have to drive 15 minutes to get to any kind of store other than Walgreens.


4 comments:

Kelli said...

Come decorate my house please! I love your style.come decorate my house please! I love your style.

Kelli said...

I like to say the same thing twice for emphasis. Haha

Meg said...

After 4 babies and school and work all crammed in together in a few years, along with a handful of moves, it looks like Colorado is where you found your YOU again. She'll be with you in Boise, too, and you'll flourish. I love the way you embrace change, and accept every opportunity to grow and learn and be even more amazing. Good luck on a new chapter, friend!

Andy said...

I will miss floating hand made boats in that farmhouse sink.

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