Our family being in Arizona and driving back to our new home (for at least this year) all began two and a half weeks ago. We pulled up in perfect Bellingham fashion with rain pouring down in mid-July to a first time view of this quaint farmhouse. Our friends came by to welcome us and even provided dinner our first couple nights. Side note: even if you can cook and enjoy cooking, say yes to friends offering to bring dinner when you first move in.
My kitchen with all it's natural light splendor streaming in is one of my favorite spots in the whole house, especially morning. Our condo was a dungeon in comparison. It didn't take long for the kitchen (along with other rooms in the house) to look like a crash site. Boxes everywhere with trails of "stuff" spilling out left me like Mikey and his inhaler quite often.
Our bedroom is the largest room with windows facing east, south and west, which means the sun circles around it all day long. It's only disadvantage is on those hot days we get here in the PNW turning the room into it's own easy bake oven.
Remind me that moving in takes a while as the pile o'clothes seen on the bed.
Another favorite spot is our back porch looking out to the backyard. Here is Caprice donned in country living (ie, boots, purse, birthday suit). The girls have been loving their new open space to roam & explore. V came in the first sunny day to ask if it would be alright to play on the "playground" (our rickety play set) to which I replied, "Yeah--it's in our backyard! You don't have to ask."
Another thing is how peaceful and quiet it is here. I can see why people live in the country to get this and see the big night sky undisturbed.
Tay is living up to her name, "Farmer Tay" quite gloriously. She is my partner in crime when it comes to working the garden or the yard. Always eager to find new ripe blackberries everyday. She is truly my daughter.
When our landlord offered to till the overgrown garden I took him up on it. That night after returning from VBS we found this and Tay found delight. Let's be honest, we both did.
Our breakfast nook is possibly one of my favorite spots in the whole house, especially on a sunny day. The rays of light and the shadows cascading off one another. Fortunately, we eat most of our meals right here. The stove is right behind me here and it's perfect for girls coloring or creating as I make meals.
I was gone one morning taking V to a doctor appointment to return to the living room semi-put together. Prior to this there were boxes everywhere. How I unpack is quite different from how Ben unpacks. His method is to put it all away and organize later. Meanwhile, I prefer to not unpack it until I know exactly where it's to go. I think his way of doing it is more effective at this point. Plus, we might actually unpack all the boxes before Christmas this way.
By the way, built in shelves, natural light...swoon!
This is another favorite spot of mine. There are a couple places with open shelving. I had this spot with some nice little trinkets of such. Then, it hit me...cookbooks! I got to work to make this my cookbook hub. And those eggs--from our chickens.
My family right here in all their non-staged photo op glory. We are still making progress in our new place little by little. It's been more rainy this week, and I hope for more sunshine to finish off summer well.