Photo tour of our new home
I've had these photos for at least a month, but never found the time to post them. I guess part of the reason is that I didn't think anyone would really be interested in seeing our house. After all, it's just a standard apartment; nothing remarkable in my opinion although by now it does feel like "home" to us and that is enough! :)
So, due to the prompting of a few readers... here we go! :)
This is what you see as you enter our living room. (There is a fireplace on the left -- see top picture.) The bookshelves hold the majority of Joshua's library of Biblically-related books. :) I do have one shelf of my own books, and there are a couple of shelves that are empty right now, as Joshua is selling a few books that he already owns digitally.
The cedar chest holds extra blankets and sheets. :)
The futon doubles as a couch (day time) and a bed (night time). We put the air mattress under the futon mattress for sleeping; it's actually quite comfortable and was the most affordable solution we could come up with, since we already owned the futon and the air mattress.
Because, embarrassingly, we have too much stuff for our 2-bedroom apartment! One bedroom is used for the children's beds and clothes and toys, and the other bedroom, which should be our bedroom, is full... of other stuff. A dresser. Another bookshelf. Two desks. An exercise bike. A few buckets of grain and a few totes of stuff.
Ahhh, stuff. We didn't really keep that much stuff, but in an apartment, everything has to be stored indoors. The stroller. Tools. A fan. The infant car seat. Tennis equipment. My wedding dress. Board games. The box of stuff that needs to be dropped off at GoodWill. Everything.
So, we fit everything into our bedroom except for the bed. Oh well, a little camping out in the living room never hurt anyone. If only the children hadn't all discovered that they can come and camp out with us during the night, and we're too groggy to notice... ;)
The other side of the living room. That bookshelf holds school books, children's books, puzzles, crayons, etc. You can see the kitchen and dining room from here. (I already posted a photo tour of the kitchen here, in case you missed it!)
Standing in the dining room, you can see the entryway on the left side. The plastic dresser holds our coats, hats, gloves, flashlights, scarves, and the children's shoes. The adult shoes are in the two boxes beside the plastic dresser. This entry way is kinda tight so we're trying to stick to the basics to keep things under control. :) It is a constant job, though, whenever we go in or out! :)
In the picture above, the living room is on the right, and straight ahead is the children's bedroom. Let's head in there...
Yehoshua and Eliyahu share bunk beds. My parents actually bought these bunk beds second-hand when I was about 8 or 9 years old! When Ruth came along, Yehoshua and Eliyahu moved from their two cribs to these bunk beds. :)
Here is Ruth's crib, and the small dresser that holds Yehoshua's clothes. See Ruth reaching to try to touch her quilt? :)
The children's bedroom in our last house was a bit smaller and had no closet, so this room feels spacious! I wasn't accustomed to storing their clothes in a closet, so right now we're using the closet to store toys, clothes that don't fit the children right now, etc. I get out a few toys at a time for them to play with; the rest stays in the closet. :)
The top of Yehoshua's dresser has the children's story Bible (which we really like!), a little lamp, and a cd player. Having a cd played in their room has been fun! (The electrical outlets in their last bedroom didn't allow such. ;))
I usually keep two cds of classical music out at all times: a calming, soothing cd for at bedtime or during a "rest time" (which we take as needed, maybe once or twice a week; the boys don't usually sleep but the "time out" helps them re-adjust their attitudes if it's been a rough day!) and a more exciting, upbeat cd for during the day.
The Pooh quilt hanging on Ruth's bed was a baby gift for Yehoshua when he was born. :) I love quilts. :)
The other side of the bedroom has two dressers. The tall dresser holds Eliyahu's clothes, miscellaneous baby stuff (baby toys, hair stuff for Roo, etc.) and baby blankets/bedsheets.
The long dresser functions as a changing table and holds Ruth's clothes and some cloth diapering stuff. :)
On top of the changing table is a big stack of my homemade prefold cloth diapers. I love the various colors and designs... so cheerful! :) These diapers have gotten a lot of use from Ruth already. (I had some inexpensive store diapers which I used for Yehoshua and Eliyahu. By the time Ruth was born, those diapers were in shreds -- literally!)
And my newest cloth diapering love... wool soakers! I was given one as a baby gift when Ruth was born and LOVE IT!! Then, a kind blog reader sent me two more that her girls had outgrown. And just recently I bought two more for Ruth, since she was outgrowing the smaller one. I am blessed to have a friend who knits and loves to make soakers! ;)
Okay, enough about diapers! :) On to the bathroom...
This bathroom is really nice! It's bigger than our last bathroom, and has two towel racks, plus a big cabinet above the sink with a huge mirror! The light fixture is pretty, and there's an exhaust fan! We definitely upgraded in the bathroom department. ;)
I couldn't find a good place to display my wedding bouquet, so I hung it in the bathroom! :)
...and here's the rest of the bathroom. I pulled aside the shower curtain; otherwise, that's about all you'd see in this picture -- shower curtain and wall! ;)
I did find a trick to making our bathroom feel a little more spacious. I use a laundry basket as a laundry hamper in there, and putting the basket in the bath tub saves some floor space. We just have to take it out for baths/showers, and put it back in afterwards. :)
And... that's it! :) Hope you enjoyed the tour. :D