Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Numbers....And The First Pictures

It's been a bit of a fog around here. We have been living in our new little paradise for 6 1/2 weeks and I am 14 1/2 weeks pregnant with our sixth child. Our move took an exhausting FIVE WEEKS to carry out....and there are still stacks of boxes in my front room. I have spent the last two months on the couch in my pajamas, and my grandmother died three days ago.

Needless to say, we've been doing a lot of just "holding on" these days. Only this week have I begun to feel like I am waking up a bit. All I have wanted to eat since October is toast with butter and glass after glass of apple juice....all of which have done a number on my blood sugar now that I am pregnant again...only exasperating my first trimester fatigue. Justin has been a rock star, as usual, and has carried all of us for weeks now; I can't tell you how happy I am to jump in the game again!

So Whitney, these first pictures of Snake Hill are for you, of course. There will be more to come!

These first few are of the front entrance--it's an unconventional "front door" set-up but we're thrilled to have such a huge covered area. The house is small, so it's great to have a dry place where the kids can play outdoors even on rainy days...

Outdoor fireplace:

I'm skipping our front room since it's all littered with boxes still. But you come in through that door next to the fireplace, into a big open room with a stone floor. The entire south wall is windows, so we're getting tons of natural light, even in these short days of winter, erm, I mean, fall. The back wall is brick and leads into the only bedroom, which is ours and Ari's. When we moved in there was a terribly ugly accordian door in this doorway but Justin ripped it out right away. We're thinking of building a big wooden bookcase in the opening with a secret door that opens into the bedroom.

Lovely walls. They look like fancy plywood, but don't be deceived. They're plastic. And I have to say that it is marvelous to step down onto carpet when I'm up in the middle of the night. The hardwood in our old house was beautiful, but who doesn't love them some plush teal carpet? The bedroom is tiny; that door on the right leads to the hall, kitchen, laundry & bathroom; the door on the left is a mini little closet that, right now, holds primarily Justin's work clothes and hidden Christmas presents. I got rid of most of Ari's clothes and the few things I kept live in those stackable crates next to his bed.

Here's the backside of the brick wall

And our solution to not having closet space (which we actually had in the apartment where we lived for Cole's first nine months, but not since!) is to keep our clothes in beautiful wooden bed boxes that Justin built. They have wood legs in front but casters in the back, so that we can pull them out. This is Justin's at the end of the bed, and mine is on my side. There's room for a third on Justin's side, but the brick wall is in the way so we wouldn't be able to access it.
Those are all the pictures I have for now--will try to take some more this week for you. And maybe unpack a few more boxes along the way!


  1. Very nice!!

    There's something about apples during pregnancy. When I was pregnant with Morgan, I couldn't eat enough apples. And with Amelia, I was always craving apple juice on ice -- had to have ice! Oh, and with Amelia, I was always craving Mexican food -- couldn't get enough of that either.

    Thanks for sharing the new photos!

    Love, Mina

  2. So glad to hear that you are feeling better and more with it! and very happy to see some pics of the inside of the house! :)

  3. Am loving seeing the photos of your cute little house! Thanks for sharing ... and those pics of the boys on Halloween are hysterical! ~Becky xoxo