It has been about a month and a half since we have been back in Spring Hill and in so many ways it feels like we never left!! The hardest thing so far? Getting Charlotte to stop saying "my old... such and such" and just call it her library or park or grocery store. haha The only "old" thing she has in SH is her old house she spent her first 2.5 years in. We talk about that house and drive by it often :)
One thing I was worried about is that life for many friends in SH would have moved on and we would feel left behind - I'm very thankful that that isn't the case! Yes, kids are grown up a little more and life has changed, but thanks to social media and the fact that we visited SH and The Bridge so often while in AL, it really helped to bridge that 11 month gap.
Something I was really looking forward to getting back into when we moved home, was doing 'life' with friends and family on a daily and weekly basis. Boy have we! When we moved to Huntsville, I was done unpacking and decorating in about 3 weeks (I had no reason to leave the house!) Now with this house, I'm not even finished and we have been here over 6 weeks! Charlotte and I have had play dates, park visits, library story time, gymnastics, bible study, House Group, visits with Nan and G - and we have LOVED every minute of it!! We also love having Jeff working from home again :) On his slower days, we have enjoyed lunches out, trips to the park, shopping, and just hanging out as a family. It's great to be home.
Even though the house is not 100% done (and probably won't be for months or years with all the things we want to change!) I am finally at a point where I'm happy to share pictures with the world wide web. I know many of my friends across the country, and across the world, have been wanting to see our new digs! I'll post some here, but most will be over on Facebook, so visit the album there too :)
Some details on the house: it's a 5 year old, 2 story house with a french country style exterior. We have 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a bonus room, and loft. Charlotte is very excited to have her own playset outback too! We have enjoyed our neighborhood so far -all the homes are unique, it's a great location (just about a mile from our old SH place) and a lot of young families live here. All the room colors remained the same except for Jeff's office. I may want to change some at some point, but for the most part, I'm glad we only had to do some touch ups - even that took a full weekend.
We are currently in a bit of a unexpected battle over the remainder of the neighborhood with the developer - there are only 30 homes built and another 70+ lots left to go - and he wants to build rental town homes/aka apartments! That's a whole long story but there ya go! Totally not excited about this coming about a month into our home ownership, but it's been a great way to meet the neighbors :)
Anyway, on to what you want: pictures!! I'll walk you though the house
First up - the front of the house
Walk through the front door into the Living Room, I love the 2 story ceiling with loft! We still need window treatments, want to change out the furniture, and will eventually hang a tv down there, but I'm happy with it now! You can see the dining room behind... the empty dining room! Need furniture for that one too :) (everything looks very yellow in the picture, it's a tan paint)
The next room is the kitchen. I like that it is open enough to the living and dining room but my dirty dishes aren't "in your face" when you walk in the door! We love bay window and our new kitchen table and chairs and the new fridge! And yes, still need window treatments (you'll see a theme soon...) Pardon the crock pot and paper products, our House Group was at our house the night I took the pictures. (and yes, this room is a yellow/golden color)
Down the hall from the kitchen is the half bath and garage.
Then further down the hall is our Master bedroom. This room needs a total re-do!! I love the new bedding that we got (it's chocolate in color, has a "ruched" effect) and the tray ceiling with rope lighting. We need furniture, window treatments, artwork, and maybe new paint. Total project room. I do like the master bath, it is a chocolate paint color with subtle glossy stripes. I have drapes to hang and need to add a few more decorative touches.
Heading upstairs!! Love the view from the top. It also is great for sound - I was a little worried about the 2 story thing, I really loved how connected we all felt with our 1 story in AL, but it is so open I still feel connected whenever we are upstairs or down. And speaking of sound - one of Jeff's favorite features? In home audio! I love having speakers throughout the house so we can enjoy it room to room.
At the top of the stairs, on the other side of the half wall, is Charlotte's playroom. Another reason I love this floorplan - all the toys are upstairs and out of the way but I can hear her and talk to her when I'm in the kitchen and such.
First room down the hall is Jeff's office. He chose a great blue/grey color for the walls. It's very cozy :) All he needs is some window treatments - and maybe a new high tech desk.
Next up is Charlotte's room! It was already painted the lime green color, and it perfectly matched the bedding that we got for her 3rd birthday/big girl room. How adorable!
We have a full bath upstairs, need to find another piece of artwork but otherwise I'm happy with it.
Across from the bath is our guest room. I'm so glad to have an official guest room! We have had a sofa bed in the loft, and a twin bed in the playroom in the last 2 houses. I have drapes and side table/shelf thing to put in still, but for now all my pictures for the hallway are laid out on the bed until I hang them up! :) The guest room will be better put together than our master!
Finally, our favorite room! Our rec room/theatre/TV room/bonus room. Jeff wants to get a projector, we still have window treatments to get, and some new chairs. Oh, and our door! The entrance is a doorway that has a step down in the hallway, so it's an odd 8ft or so high. Our solution is hopefully going to be a sliding "barn door" type thing. I'll def post pics once it's done! But, I LOVE our couch and the bookcases we put behind it!!
That's it for the inside , the final pics are of the back (unless you visit my FB album!) - We inherited the swing set from the previous owner, Charlotte calls it her playground :) I enjoy the fenced in backyard - I can send her out to swing and slide while I am cooking dinner with the windows open. I know it seems silly, but I love our back patio - it is raised like a deck, but is poured aggregate with a vinyl railing so it is totally maintenance free (which is totally what we need!!)
So there it is! Love our new house, being back in Spring Hill - can't say it enough :) :) :)