Tuesday, November 16, 2010

the places we've lived.

in four short years taylor and i have lived in 3 different homes.  yes, three.  geesh.  it has been exhausting.  we are glad to be settled into our little downtown farmhouse and living happily ever after.

here's a little peak at where we came from.

our first house in Godwin Avenue in Grand Rapids.

i, personally thought she was a cute little house on a cute little street.  taylor never liked her...and, well, after we moved away someone was murdered across the street.  which isn't very cute.  but, for a first house i think she was tops.

so, you might notice that my color palette in our first house was a tweensy weensy bit brighter than it is now.  i call it my box of crayons house.  we can just say that i learned a lot the first time around.  it was like my practice house, i guess. 

and apparently york thought it was his practice house too...since he basically chewed through all of our furniture in that house.  coffee tables, couches, table legs, you name it, york chewed through it.  (i think the only reason finn didn't go through the furniture-chewing-phase was because he was too distracted by the chewing-on-my-big-brother-phase to even notice our furniture.)

we lived in our grand rapids house for just under a year and a half when we picked up and moved to a land far far away (25 minutes) to zeeland.  awe, cute little zeeland.  a much better fit for a girl like me.  so anyway, we couldn't find a zeeland home right away so we shacked up in a condo (in the middle of a retirement community, mind  you) for what was supposed to be less than 6 months.  but the hunt for a house on central avenue took a bit longer and we ended up vegging out in the condo for a year and a half. 

i only have a couple pictures of our condo life because we didn't do any decorating since we didn't expect to be there for very long.  i must say, it was a great place to spend our transition time.  clean. spacious.  i can't believe i am going to admit this because i do very much love my downtown farmhouse...but once in a blue moon i miss the condo.  i do.  mostly i miss the carpet.  ohmygosh..did i just say that?  it's true.  so cozy and convenient and boy did it hide the endless piles of dog hair that roll around our wood floors these days like tumble winds in the dessert. the condo was a very relaxing place to spend those 1.5 years. 

thank you, summergrove.  you treated us well.

but here's our real sweetheart.  three. one. two. oh how i love you.  xoxo

considering where she started..this old girl has really been good to us.

i still shudder when i look at those pictures!

home to stay.  {exhale.}


  1. i enjoyed your post this am every where you lived was nice, even your 1st home colors weren't that bad!!

  2. Well hello my fellow Michigander, didn't realize you were from the Mitten although I thought you had to be close for a weekend in ChiTown. I am jealous of your lovely blue house, especially what looks like a second floor patio.

  3. Okay -- I found your blog bc someone featured your table with runners (I just did the same for my table, so I wanted to see how you did it..yours are better btw!) -- but I've fallen in love with your blog...and I have to say, in large part because of your pups!!! Those are the cutest! I stalk another blog, Name 5 Things, bc she has 2 dogs just like yours!

    I'm your newest follower...and now reading through your archives! :)

  4. hi cassie! i am happy to meet other dog lovers!! welcome to my blog. i will try to keep good stuff coming!

    btw...do you know what blog you saw my table on? i didn't know it was featured.


  5. I love your home! It is gorgeous. Those before and after pictures of the outside of the house are just amazing. Where did you find those pillows with the airedales on them? I would love to get some!