Saturday, September 7, 2013

Moving to Virginia, part 2

Here are some more photos of our townhouse. I finally took a photo of the outside the other day. I've taken quite a few photos of the 1st and 2nd floors of the house but very few of the 3rd (where the bedrooms are), so that's my next project.  
The front of our house:

The kitchen/office area, which is on the 2nd floor at the back of the house:


The family room, which is on the 2nd floor at the front of the house:


The dining room, which is adjacent to the family room:

Close-up of my mom's hutch:

The playroom, which is on the 1st floor at the back of the house:

Lila showing off the "reading nook." The side table was built by my maternal great-grandfather, Ray Taylor. He was a carpenter, and my mom had quite a few of his pieces at her home. The rocking chair may have belonged to the Taylors, but I'm not sure. It is a really awesome chair, but it's extremely old. I tried to make it a little more comfortable (and fashionable) by adding a few pillows.

The kids posing at the work/craft table with their masterpieces:


Posing in front of the "vehicle table," which we got at a garage sale here after we moved. Sometimes the kids set up a showcase of all their vehicles on top of the table. If you take off the top, there's a cool set of tracks for them to use with their Matchbox cars or trains.

Our back deck. It's huge and it has a really nice view of the wooded area behind our townhouse. We all love to hang out there or eat a meal there at our outdoor table.

This Step2 slide is one that we move all around our house and yard. When we first moved in, we had it in our "backyard," which is below the deck. We've also used it on our front driveway, on the grassy area in our neighborhood (in conjunction with our inflatable kiddie pool), and in the playroom. 

Our new Weber grill. Daddy was tempted to buy a much cheaper brand, but I was able to convince him to get the one he really wanted. He LOVES it. Every time he uses it, he raves about how perfectly it cooks the meat. Worth every penny.

The grassy area down the street (literally 3 houses down):

We play baseball, Frisbee, golf, and soccer here. Here are some pictures of Lila on her favorite (but now deflated) purple bouncy ball and some of John just relaxing in the grass.


We've even brought our kiddie pool and slide to the grassy area. (Our "backyard" isn't really level enough to be suitable for the pool, plus there were a ton of mosquitoes back there this summer because of all the trees. Our front yard is the size of a postage stamp, so there's not enough room there.)

And finally, here's the neighborhood playground, which is adjacent to the grassy area. It's small, but it keeps the kids entertained with two "big kid" swings, two balance beams, and a big slide. They love to ride their bikes there.

All in all, it's a pretty fantastic neighborhood. We are so happy living here! Photos of the 3rd floor to come soon.....

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