Before I begin, though. I would like to say a little sometime about my house. My mom helped me buy this house before she died of cancer. She had some money in an annuity that she gave us for a down payment. She told us that she wanted to help us and to start looking. This house was one of the first ones that we looked at and we immediately fell in love with it. In fact, Sweetanlo said she was moving into in with whatever family bought this house. We told my mom we had found the house, but she wanted us to keep looking. So we did, but we didn't find anything else that compared. So while my mom was in town in between chemo treatments, my realtor arranged to let us have a look. I can remember like yesterday, my little mom standing in the dining room after the tour. "If you want this house, you can have it." she said and we set the papers in motion to buy it that very day. My sweet mom died one month after we moved in. Without her help, we would never have been able to buy this house, which I love. To me it's like a hug I get from my mom everyday. Now, on with the tour.
Here's the front door. Actually this leads into a room we call the boot-room where the front door is located.
I like that people who are selling stuff rarely make it to the front door. It also keeps the house warmer in the winter because the front door doesn't open right out into the great outdoors. There's a built-in tiled bench inside, so you can take off your wet shoes or lay your coat.
Come on in. Just ring the doorbell once though. When you ring it over and over and over and over and over and over and over again, like my kids do, it makes the dog a little crazy.
Through the front door, this is the first room you walk into - our living room. One of them anyway. We have a couple others too, which come in handy - with so many people in various age groups living here, it's good to have several different "hang-out" areas. (You can see our school area in the back of the picture. ) We do hang out in this room though. We sing karaoke or build race tracks. You'll very often find Sweetanlo sitting in the pink chair reading. Note to the circle of thieves: our enormous vicious guard dog sits perched on the couch to the right. OK, so she's just an average-sized family dog and isn't vicious at all, but she'll be laying there and will do her best to protect us!
Here's where I usually blog. Yup I'm spoilt! Pastormac got me my own lap top, so I can sit right here on my bed and blog-away. Either here, at the kitchen table or sitting in a the rocking chair in the living room. Usually here though.
This is the kitchen. I was hoping for a little bigger really, although it's very functional.
But what it lacks in size it makes up for in other ways. This is what I see out my window when I stand at the sink. And you can't tell from the picture but I have a breath-taking view of the city and the mountains as well. Almost makes me glad to have to do dishes. OK, I said almost!
Our dining room. We all squeeze in around this table. Could be interesting when we add a couple more kids!
This is where we do school. Right next to the back door so we can kick rowdy boys out for recess and the view from their "desk" isn't too shabby either!
And it wouldn't be a proper tour if I didn't show you the backyard. Here in our little piece of the Land of Enchantment, this is very often what a backyard would normally look like. (In fact, our neighbors on both sides have yards that look like this.)
So you'll understand why I'm deeply grateful that the folks who lived here before us, turned our backyard into this. (Complete with 2 gazebos, 2 decks, a fountain and a pond full of fish.) We love our backyard.
There you have it. Of course, I'm leaving out several rooms, Rummy asks me as I'm getting out the camera, "You're NOT taking pictures of our room, are you??!" No dear, I don't want to scare anyone!
Don't forget to go back over to BooMama's place. There's lots of other homes you can