We're here! We finally unpacked (mostly) and this is somewhat of the ending result. We are LOVING our neighborhood. The house is wonderful, just a little smaller than our Indy house but it's actually working out really well. Just know that when you come visit, it'll be close quarters :)
This is the front of the house. We went looking for chairs to put in front of the window today. We didn't find any but I know once spring comes around there will be patio furniture and plants all in front.
Thanks for the sign, Mom! It's next to our front door.
Our living room. And new TV :) The right corner with the globe, bookshelf, and wine will all change here shortly. The bookcase is going in the spare room. The movers lost the hardware pieces to even put the shelves up. It's on our to-do list to buy soon. We're looking for a big double chair to put there to serve as a reading area for me, extra seating, and a place for John and I to sit on and drink wine in front of the fire.
Our wood burning fireplace that we are so excited to use. There's alot going on over there but like I said, a few things will change and mostly it's a resting place for pictures and stuff while we figure out what's going to be happening to the bookcase.
Another view of the living room. Between the couch and chair is one of the two openings to get into the kitchen. You can also see the front door. And did I mention our (ahem) new TV. ; )
View from the front door.
Our dining room. I am so excited that I can fit my great grandparents dining set (minus the bench) and china cabinet in here. The bench is an old church pew that John got. Mom made 3 small pillows in the same fabric as the chair cushions to place on the bench so it all ties together. The boxes on the left are now in the garage. I'm going to put these curtains on the other side of the fireplace and buy these fabulous curtains I saw at Target to put here. It's also the door to get to the backyard.
Our kitchen. When we first saw pictures I thought it was pretty small. However, it's really wide. I was very surprised with how spacious the kitchen actually is. Maybe if 5 of us try to get in there it may get crowded, but it's perfect for us 3.
Here's another view of the kitchen. We have plenty of counter space and I have already used all of it! I believe I have cooked dinner every night and breakfast most mornings. I went through a few cajun cookbooks and wrote down about 20 new recipes. I'll let y'all know how they turn out. Tomorrow night, Crawfish Stew! Yummmmm! I love having a husband who adores my cooking. Makes living with me easy :)
View from kitchen to living room in second opening. You can also see the hallway.
First bedroom is our spare room. Yes, it's your bed when you come visit. I will say now, the mattress sucks, so sleep at your own risk. A new mattress is in the works and hopefully we'll have it soon. This room is actually kind of long. On the other side of this picture is a dresser and TV. There is also enough space for the bookshelf to go in here.
The second bedroom is pretty small. It's our office/ second spare room if we need it to be. The couch is a pull out so we have the extra sleep space if it's needed. We also have a blowup mattress, so there's plenty of room for people to sleep! It's also our office and (hallelujah) we got internet today! Both rooms also have closets.
This is the hallway bath. Pretty cozy. It's also the only bathroom with a tub so I'm in here pretty often.
Small hallway into our room. Bathroom area is on the right side.
Vanity with really large shower. It's not a double shower, but it easily could have been. It's a really small room and probably only one person could stand in there, but 3 people could fit in that shower! Not that we'll ever have 3 people standing in the shower at once. Unless we're fully clothed and seeing if, indeed, 3 people could actually fit in there. Ok moving on...
Yes, our king size water bed fits perfectly. Originally we were giving up the water bed but we're going to wait a few months and buy the things we need now then we're going to buy a new bedroom set. I want a new bed and dresser.
Both of our dressers. Again, I'm ready for one of those really large dressers that we'll share. Our curtains aren't up yet and we have alot of crap on top of the dressers b/c we're still getting situated. On a side note, we tried getting curtain rods up today but we won't finish until tomorrow. Or December when Keith comes to help. "We" really means John. I'm not strong enough (or maybe just not tall enough) to get those nails in the wall. Anyway, we're putting up the red curtains that were in our living room in Indy. Over the door and window. I can't be having any light shining on me at 9am. That's way to early to be getting up. Just kidding. 7am is apparently the new 10am.
Yes, we have the 70's closets complete with mirrors! I opened it a little so you can see that they are kinda deep. All of our clothes fit well, as you can see they fit plastic drawers.
Our spacious backyard. Today is the first day it's rained in the 2 weeks we've been here. Every single day has been 75 and sunny. Today is like 60 and rainy. Anyway, look at all of the room we have! We went to an outdoor place today to look for outdoor furniture. We probably won't buy anything until early spring. But we're looking at table and chairs as well as a small outdoor couch and chair. Riley is just hanging out. He is loving it here. Besides his allergies, he has really enjoyed our house/ neighborhood so far. I didn't take a picture of the entire backyard but it keeps going on the other side of the picture.
This is an area on the side of our house. It's kinda nice though it's also a waste of space. It holds our trash cans, grill, Riley's pool, and it has a shed for the lawn mower and things.
All in all, we have really enjoyed this house. It has everything we need and it's centrally located. We're walking distance to the important things like Starbucks, Baskin Robbins, and a great Chinese place. The grocery store is also a couple of streets down as well as a ton of places to eat. There is also a Blockbuster right down the road. Less than 4 miles from our house is the Walmart, Target, and a huge Galleria mall. Across the street from the galleria is another huge area with stores like the Barnes and Noble, Best Buy, Petsmart, PF Chang's. Those kinds of places. Everything is so close and so clean! I've never seen an entire city so clean. The people here remind me of Lafayette. They are the most friendly people and so many have gone out of their way to help us one way or another. John and I found another favorite. The In-N-Out burger place. OMG! Delicious! We ate there today and we're going try out a Mexican place tonight. (Today is our eating out day). Anyway, this is our house and next week I'm going to post pictures of our trip here. Bye!