Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Why you should buy our house (part 1)

(with real life cluttered unstaged pictures of our home.)

3 bedroom
1 bath
tuck-under garage
large private lot
wood stove


This home is perched at the top of a hill overlooking the beautiful neighborhood of Woodland. It is within walking distance of Woodland Community Center, Piggly Wiggly and Hartley Nature Center.

2. YARD, YARD, and more YARD!!

In my humble opinion, this home is situated on one of the best lots in Woodland. Lot size is 60 by 300!!! Pick your own raspberries, let your kids go "exploring" in the woods as you as you supervise through the huge kitchen window, enjoy the neighbor's gorgeous perennial gardens (without having to weed),

host killer parties (patio added in '06),

drink your morning coffee on the patio surrounded by greenery and wildlife,

have a camp out in your own backyard,
let your kids bring a bunch of junk into the woods and call it a fort (hours of fun!),

swing under the mighty oak in your underwear
(if that's your cup-o-tea,)
Did I mention this yard is very private?

or fully clothed (if you prefer.)

This huge private yard can't be beat!!

#2B Did I mention the yard has lots of flower beds?


This home is full of natural light.......just what you need to fight those winter blues. New energy efficient windows throughout the home including a brand new picture window with fabulous sunset views of Hartley Park.

(view from kitchen window overlooking backyard)

(sunroom with windows galore!!)

(nothing like washing your babe in a nice deep sink while the sun streams thru the window.)

(view from 2nd story bedroom)

(bright dining room with southern exposure)


This newer Lopi Freedom Stove effectively and economically heats this home AND adds ambience galore. There is nothing like cuddling up next to the warmth and glow of a cozy fire. (There is also a newer forced air furnace and hot water heater.)

Stay tuned for more info about the inside of home.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Smooth Steve

An hour before our church/elder Christmas party tonight Steve shaved his goatee. There had been facebook talk that it would make him look younger and possibly help him find a job in this tough market. And so he did it. His whiskers in a jar made for an entertaining white elephant gift. And he does look younger. Much younger. He's had facial hair (per my request) pretty much since we got married 11 years ago. Now I can't stop staring at him and I'm afraid it's kinda creeping him out. I can't get used to it. He looks like the boy I dated instead of the man I married. Ella cried when she saw him.....not just a whimper, but a full blown totally devastated wail......"I DIDN'T WANT DADDY TO SHAVE!!!!!!"

I think I may have wanted to cry just a little bit too.

pictures to come.

Saturday, December 12, 2009


Several weeks ago when I asked her what she wanted for her birthday, all she could think of was "to go on a family date to see the [Christmas] lights."

When I asked her what she wanted to eat on her birthday she said "pancakes for breakfast, PB&J for lunch, and BBQ chicken and mixed vegetables for supper."
Mixed vegetables!!!?!!!!
(She is her father's child.)

When I asked her what kind of cake she wanted (homemade vs. store-bought) she decided, "whichever one is cheaper."

Man, I LOVE that girl.

I can't say enough good things about my cuddly little Josie Mae.
She is my biggest helper.
Today we will CELEBRATE!!!!
Happy Birthday Josie!!!!
I couldn't be more proud of you.