We have a house!!! Not only that, but it’s an AMAZING house. That’s not nearly enough emphasis, so here: my notes and Caitlin’s response to the pics I sent (for the record, she didn’t see my notes until after she used the word and I died laughing).
It’s a brand new, never-been-lived-in three story town house in Manassas Park, about 45 minutes from DCA (Reagan International) and a little over an hour from Martinsburg, where his Guard unit is. I NEVER thought I’d fall in love with a town house, but ohmygosh. It’s beautiful. The top floor has our master bedroom/bath, Matthew’s room, guest room, laundry closet, and guest bathroom. The master bath has separate sinks (no shared counterspace!), and a shower with a double shower head. Our bedroom is plenty big, and has TWO massive walk-in closets, plus a linen (read: shoe) closet.
The bottom floor has a walkout door to the backyard, which is small but doable. That floor will be used for Matthew’s play room, a pullout couch in a fun color, and a TV. It also has a full bath, so we can use it easily as a guest room (without making our guests go up two floors to find a shower!) but it’ll work great for comfy seating for us grownups while babies play, too.
The center floor is the drool-worthy floor. That one, I took pictures of. Of course, you’ll all get new photos once it’s decorated with Pinterest-worthy projects and decor. I might or might not have a different pin board for each and every room in the house, but that just makes it easier to remember where I wanted what idea! (This is only some of the boards… Oops.)
Anyway… Introducing, our beautiful… middle… floor…?
When you walk up the stairs, you see the den to the right and the kitchen counter kind of right in front of you where Ryan and our realtor, Lisa, are standing. The carpet area will be our “grownup den” with the leather couches, big TV, etc. Obviously Matthew will be in it sometimes, but we’re going to do our best to keep it toy-and-kid-crap-free. It’s actually brighter than it looks, but you get the general idea. Thanks to a wall of windows you can see, plus another wall of windows on the opposite end of the floor, and no walls in between, even on cloudy days, we didn’t have to turn on lights to read or anything!
See the two windows and the little corner that juts out? Behind the corner is the powder room for the floor. Dark wood like the kitchen, stainless steel fixtures, and beyond bright (this picture is without a light on!).
This is where we’ll put the dining table. Ryan is going to build me a farmhouse table for it, so we finally have a table we’ll keep forever that will seat all of our kids (hopefully) AND guests. I’ve already got some ideas for how to decorate that back wall, including where I’ll put my herbs (mostly because I’m too cheap to buy them).
The kitchen is the part I lost my mind over. It has a gas range (Cait and I decided we’d trade each other’s bedrooms in our houses for a gas range… Luckily, she doesn’t have to sleep in the hallway like she offered when she saw the kitchen) and double ovens that are crazy fancy (they even have a proof setting for bread!). Stainless steel appliances sparkle with all the light, and I love love love the huge, long granite countertop. We’ll get bar stools for the counter, and it’ll give me SO much room to put out food for our friends!
This back area is probably supposed to be the breakfast area, but it seems dumb to have a dining table, eat-in counter, and breakfast table all in the same vicinity, SO we’re going to use it for a mini-play room for Matthew so he can be entertained while Mama cooks and Daddy is gone. We’ll put down a pretty rug and put his kitchen, a little table and chairs, some art supplies, and maybe his kinetic sand (which he’s getting for his birthday in two weeks… don’t tell him!) since it doesn’t make a mess and will be infinitely entertaining.
We’ve already found a church we absolutely adore– it felt just like home when we walked in, the priest was great, and the choir was fantastic. The grocery store I’ll be going to has 150 options for Greek yogurt and their own organic brand. Y’all, after years of living in Columbus (tiny town) and now Altus (hardly even deserves its name on the map), I nearly cried at how beautiful the produce was.
In short, we are counting the days until we get to move to D.C., and can’t stop talking about where we’ll put what piece of furniture and how we want to decorate each and every corner of the house. It’ll take some time to get it the way we want, but it’s looking like we might actually get more than one Christmas in this house (a first for us in the last 5 years), so I’m excited to put some TLC into the house to make it our home.