This week, while unpacking I found myself mucking around with packaging from inside a modem box, and as I looked down a 'tube' of cardboard, I found myself looking into a metaphor for our lives at the moment. After so many years under a dark cloud, we're finally blinded by the light at end of the tunnel.
Anyway, do you want to see our new house?
Nah, I know, looking inside other people's houses is so boring, right?
Okay, here's a little tour for you - excluding the master bedroom because I just can't be bothered clearing up the floor-drobe in there today.
When you walk in our front door, this is what you see! I have been dreaming of having a family portrait wall all these years! There is room for photos of Bryn and Ari and of members from Dave's family and my dad's side of the family when we get them - we've been a bit neglectful on the photo printing side of things...
Dad's tea towel holder and mum's castle are in their proper place right by the front door, too. We have also established a 'No Shoes Inside' rule for this household, so there is a small box of visitor slippers by the front door now.
Bryn and Ari have their own room. There is so much more space for all the boys now. This room is directly opposite the lounge room so Ari can play in his room but still see and hear us.
I got the boys a few new bright boxes for their toys as well.
I love the set up of the lounge room now. The tulip cabinet is no longer standing in a hallway, but has pride of place in the lounge room. The arrangement of the couches means, not only do we have enough seats for everyone including guests now, but we find we 'commune' more, just hanging out in each other's company or chatting face to face, it's very cosy!
I have a knitting nook now; complete with rocking chair, the chest my dad made (fully of family treasures), my grandfathers embroidery, my Butterfant print, all the yarny goodness. And colour, never forget colour!
The dining room! Woot! A dining room floor I can actually sweep and mop after the feral five have devoured dinner! That is my great grandmother's horse-blanket embroidery hanging in the background, there.
The breakfast nook. It's a bit bare yet, and I'll probably want to crochet something bright to hang over those bland blinds, but it's a very practical space as well.
The bathroom... but wait, there's more...
The shower! It looks to be a separate room, but as you see the wall doesn't reach all the way to the ceiling. It's quite interesting actually because it means someone can take a shower and other's can still brush their teeth or chat in the bathroom next door without anyone having to sacrifice their privacy - I love it! I also love the indoor sun (heat lamps) in the shower, no more drying off in the cold! The toilet is separate, but right next to the bathroom as well.
Funny story: the first day we were in the house properly Bryn couldn't find the toilet. He was completely confused that it wasn't adjacent to the laundry at the back of the house because every house he has ever lived in had the toilet practically outside!
The study - it is huge, though not quite this huge. This photo is obviously taken with a wide angle lens. We've taken down the original shelves which were on the wall and are replacing them with narrower, shorter shelves so the doors of my cabinet don't crash into them.
I absolutely adore the afternoon sunlight streaming in on my desk! You can't really make out my view from this photo but I look out over the trees in the front yard - it is really beautiful!
The other end of the kitchen. Dave loves this kitchen. I love the dishwasher and the crockery drawers! Oh, and the glass stove top - so practical!
I also love this nook in the kitchen, I can't tell you why exactly, it just feels nice.
I don't have a photo of the boys' rumpus room downstairs yet (can't show you everything at once), but that is also something which is making all our hearts sing these days.
Oh and wall sockets! This house has so many wall sockets I've only had to use one extension cord and two power boards so far! It's these little things that make a whole lot of difference.
I love the ducted heating. The ducted heating and the car have already changed my experience of winter this year. I just don't feel cold anymore. So, okay, I'm a little bit scared about the utility bills for this winter, but I'm trying not to think about that too much...
We live at the top of a hill and at the bottom of the hill there is a playground - how handy is that?
Two minutes walk in another direction there is a milk bar.
Right outside our house there is a bus to the local shopping centre, which also takes us to Dave's mum's house in the other direction. Erik can get home from school in 30 minutes now. If Lukas and Bryn took the bus, it would take them about an hour, but because we have a car, they don't have to take the bus. It would also take me about an hour to get to my work station at Uni - which, ironically, is just 10 minutes longer than it would take if I was living at the previous house!
Life is good!