Saturday, April 21, 2012

Home life

I can't explain just how much I'm in love with our new house - the space, oh the space!! It's only now that I am realising how much we were all living on top of each other in the old unit. Slowly, slowly the spaces are coming together.
My bedroom is almost, almost just how I imagine it to be....
My bedroom would have been the lounge room in the house in it's pre-extension days so I have a closed up fireplace & mantle in my room which I adore!! I have absolutely no idea on how I want it to look though :-( At the moment it's adorned with a clock, simple framed photo of Charley and a few candles. I have definitely been on pinterest trying to get some ideas!!

The oven in our old house was ok - I learnt to live with it but it wasn't great. It was too hot or not hot enough and never seemed to cook evenly but you really can get used to anything. The new oven though....oh the new oven....I'm in love!! It's big enough to fit my cookie tray in (a new experience!!) and cooks beautifully. So far I've been baking the usual suspects - roasts, cookies & cupcakes but I'm really keen to expand my skills and try some new recipes. The first thing out of my oven was a roast chook - gorgeously browned, juicy and the veges were delish too.
Kids are great as usual - I'm really loving having them home for the holidays. No uniforms, no lunchbox to pack, no school runs - yes PJ days, yes sleep ins, yes walking to the park/shops/library, yes movie nights and yes to loud radios, singing and dancing in the lounge room!!

Fun times!!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Love. Breathe. Unpack. Laugh

We are now officially all moved in. The boxes, cartons, baskets and bags are all moved from our old unit which has also been cleaned to within an inch of its life!! Moving is not something I enjoy doing and I hope that I won't have to do it again for a long, long, long time!!

We are finding out that there are all sorts of quirks in living in a house that is older than my grandmother!! We are all totally loving it though - the sunlight, the space, the garden - just the general character of our cottage has been something that we are loving exploring!! The number of boxes is slowly dwindling as we unpack and find places for everything.

My favourite space in the house would have to be our lounge room - I love the natural light and heat that comes through from mid-morning through to the late afternoon. It's lovely being able to sit on the couch and read a magazine while watching the kids play outside.
I'm loving our Jasper couch in this room too - the chair up the top of the step is our 'reading' chair which has been good for home readers and school work. I love that the modular design means I can change things around whenever I feel like it! I've got a few other arrangements in mind that I'll be trying out over the next few months.

When I asked the smalls they had the same answer for their favourite space in the house.....

We've had quiet a few trips to Bunnings to get new swings/trapeze bars etc but it's been so lovely to see them outside, getting along (most of the time!!) and away from 'screen' time. On the screen issue our new home does not have a television aerial so at the moment we aren't able to watch telly - while my dad is horrified I'm actually enjoying it. The radio is on most of the day and I am finding that I am far more productive without the lure of the box.  
Packing/unpacking has also meant quite a few trips to the Salvos as we try and declutter but on my last trip there I dropped off a few boxes and came home with a chair. My sister saw it first and demanded I get it for Izaak - while it did take some re-arranging to get it to fit in the car with 2 adults and 3 children I'm glad I listened to her because he does love it. Secretly, so do I!!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

These times they are a changin'

So much change is happening in my life and that of my little family at the moment!! We are leaving the cosy unit that we've called home for four and a half years now to move into a cute three bedroom cottage about 5 minutes away from where we are now. The kidlets are very excited about having their own rooms and a backyard which includes monkey bars, slide, swing, sandpit and the best bit (well according to the kids anyway!!) is the cubbyhouse in the corner of the yard. This is our new humble abode....
I'm excited and motivated at the moment - both to declutter what we've got here in the process of the move and in the challenge of turning the four walls of our new 'house' into 'our home'. I've just bought two books about handmade and making and decorating homes through handmade. Nervous would be the best description about how I'm feeling about the yard/garden though - I'm definitely not a green thumb (in fact purple would be a better colour description!!!). In fact, I don't even own any gardening equipment - no spades, shovels or mowers in my shed so I'm about to embark on a whole new adventure! Wish me luck!!