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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Our House

I love our house.

It's the first house my husband and I have owned.

It's the house I was proposed to in.

It's the house I was married in.

It's the last place I saw my parents alive.

It's the house we brought our son home to.

I love our house.

I love the funky beach community that we live in.

I love our neighbors and being close to the beach and hearing the train pass through our neighborhood all day and the wonderful convenient store on the corner.

I would rather do just about anything than move. Seriously, you name it... a root canal (even though I've never had one, I understand they are horrific), 24 hour food poisoning, jury duty, a three hour wait at the DMV with a cranky 15 month old, ANYTHING!

Just the mere thought of moving makes my head spin and stomach turn. I get heart palpitations and break out into a cold sweat.

I don't like change or weeding through all the stuff I've accumulated since that last time I moved and I love our house.

However, in the last year our beloved house has gotten WAY too small for life with a toddler and seeing as I spend almost every waking moment within the same four walls of this house, I have discovered all the reasons it's perfect for a couple but not made for a family.

There is no yard to speak of, backs into a busy alleyway, has slate floors in all of the major living spaces and not a lot room to grow. On the other hand, it's beautiful in every way, perfect for entertaining and couldn't be located better.

If I HAD to move and I fear this will be a reality sooner rather than later, AND money were no object, here's what would be on my wish list:

A playroom for Lucas - a room separate from his bedroom where nothing is off limits to him and he is free to bounce off the walls as well as draw on them, if he wants. A place where he can sit quietly and do a puzzle or read as it would be lined with book shelves and have a long table and chairs his size with plenty of art supplies and tons of toys.

A guest room with an attached bathroom for all our visitors.

A master suite big enough for a sitting area and a walk-in closet with lots of shelf space and cubbies for shoes (my husband's, not mine) and handbags (mine, not my husband's).

A HUGE den off a state of the art kitchen. Kitchen must have an island.

A gym/office space.

A three car garage at the end of a long drive way.

This amazing dream house would be on sprawling grounds with lots of trees and nice lovely lush green grass. There would be one tree large and strong enough for a tree house and a tire swing. There would be a pool in the back yard with chaise lounges set up all around and a built-in BBQ and refrigerator for my wine. :)

And a trampoline.

I think that's it.

Okay, twist my arm.

I suppose, I'd love to have a library too... a small room that was just all books, photos and mementos and one big cozy over-sized chair upholstered in French toile.

I love built-ins and funny little nooks and shelves of any kind and hard wood floors.

As far as location, I love living in Southern California, so I wouldn't change that. Being in a safe neighborhood, in a terrific school district, near friends and close to parks is important too. Beachfront would be my dream.

This post is for Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop - Prompt #4 Describe your dream home...house, location, and grounds (inspired by plinky.com).

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24 Comments:

OpenID theworkinghousewife said...

I have a library on my list too.. Though I forgot the pool.. I'd love a pool... And maybe the gym area.. :) Stopped in from Mama Kat's.

September 8, 2010 at 11:04 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I love your house too and it will be very hard for me as well to let go of your house. Just know that I will be there to help you out every step of the way. I'm a very good packer! XOXO

September 8, 2010 at 11:09 PM  
Blogger Stef said...

One can dream. I think I could live almost anywhere as long as it has a big yard with grass. But my family does need to fit into it. I will take your dream house any day!

September 8, 2010 at 11:39 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Sounds magnificent. It's great that you also LOVE where you ARE! ;D

I love my house, too. I would love it MORE if it came with more storage, a craft room, an exercise room, and a MAID! BWAHAHA!!

September 9, 2010 at 12:21 AM  
Anonymous Dominique @Dominique's Desk said...

Your house sounds great.. hope you get your dream house in the area you are looking for.

September 9, 2010 at 2:48 AM  
Anonymous ItsyBitsyKC said...

I'd love a beachfront house. Actually, as long as it's beachfront, I'd probably be happy in a shack.

September 9, 2010 at 4:54 AM  
Blogger M.Jay. said...

I love your house too. I love the beach and a beachfront home with a yard big enough for my kids to go wild would be ideal. Its a shame your lovely now houuse is too small though.

September 9, 2010 at 5:00 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

When you find that house, can I come to? Sounds amazing.

September 9, 2010 at 5:04 AM  
Blogger Miss Rhei said...

Hmn... I didn't write about dream house because I couldn't figure that out yet. But I think a house in a beach with that wonderful library could start up a list. Hope you can have your dream house.. and soon so little Lucas has a place to play. :)

September 9, 2010 at 5:15 AM  
Blogger June Freaking Cleaver said...

I'd love a self-cleaning pool, and a lush, green lawn that never needs mowing!

September 9, 2010 at 5:19 AM  
Blogger Gigi said...

Don't thumb your nose at those slate floors just yet!

We had them thru our whole house in Scottsdale and our kids were 3.5 and 1.5 when we moved. They did just GREAT on the slate floors and now every day, I wish I still had them. They're so durable. No, they're not easy to walk on and not good when babies fall on their booties, but I'll tell ya - easy to clean!!!!

It's interesting to hear your description of your dream house. it was similar to my old dream house. Now we're excited to downsize and have less to maintain :)

September 9, 2010 at 6:27 AM  
Anonymous Tanya said...

I often think of my dream house. And I realized that with everyhouse that we have lived in, I get a little closer! Your current house sounds warm and full of memories, but that's what's fun about a new place you get to create some new ones. Have a great day!

September 9, 2010 at 6:46 AM  
Anonymous Tanya said...

By the way, love your name!;)

September 9, 2010 at 6:56 AM  
OpenID ournextchapters.com said...

I think I would would have a hard time leaving that house as well...

I would love to have a house like that... a house that me and the hubs pick out together and make our own.

September 9, 2010 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger Witchy Crazy Mommy said...

I love tire swings and tree houses! And I agree, the house gets smaller as kids grow bigger. Our house still has an air of our college years and I hope we could move a family home soon.

September 9, 2010 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger Mariposa said...

That is so neat that you have so much history in your current house. I don't blame you for not wanting to ever move! :)

September 9, 2010 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Your current house sounds like our house in Long Beach that I miss so much!!

The trampoline is a must ;)

September 9, 2010 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger liz said...

I love that a trampoline made the list!! I think I'm going to write on this for another post.

September 9, 2010 at 1:41 PM  
Anonymous Andrea @multiplemama said...

In a similar boat. Two Bedroom house, no fence, and three kids. So scared of moving. Just the thought of keeping the house clean long enough to show it makes me break out in a sweat!

September 9, 2010 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

I would LOVE a trampoline! I love that you love your house so much, and it's hard when you feel like it won't be your forever house when it means that much to you.

We have a playroom, and I have to say it's been a lifesaver! That and the big yard were the two things that made me want this house, back when we only had one kid and he was 2.

September 9, 2010 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Nellie said...

From the pictures you posted showing your walks near your home, you do live in a great neighborhood. I can see all your reasons for loving the house. It is a great time to buy though. Good housing market for buyers.

September 9, 2010 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger Mommy Hates Cooking said...

We learned quickly that our 1st home was going to be too small really fast. We ended up moving when DS was 6 months old. I was panicky but in the end it all worked out. Our house sold fast and we found the perfect house for us and our dream house at the moment, the day before our house sold. I call it God timing...don't sell yourself short on getting your dream house...you never know what can happen!

September 9, 2010 at 6:38 PM  
Blogger Mike's Crazy Wife said...

Can I live there too?

September 9, 2010 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger alicia said...

You must have a mud room my dear. I understand resisting change. I'm not a huge fan, but I've outgrown mine too.

September 11, 2010 at 1:45 PM  

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