Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tour our home ~ boys' room

Today I am showing you in our boys' room.  Actually, my husband calls it a walk-in closet.  When we moved in to this apartment, there were only two bedrooms.  For almost a year we lived with the main living room serving as a bedroom and living room.  That didn't work very well for us, so my husband built a wall to divide this room into two rooms.  The bigger the kids get - the tighter the fit, but it's what we have for now and we do our best to make it work.
Their room is not always this clean, but they are all doing better at keeping things cleaned up.  I do feel like a broken record at times, though, as I remind them to put their dirty clothes IN the hamper, not ON the hamper....or to put their shirts ON hangers instead of on the closet floor....or to put trash IN a trashcan and not on the floor.  But with three boys in such a small room, it is necessary for them to keep things organized and tidy as much as possible.
So, lets head in....

The wall to the left of the window (behind the bookshelf and closet) is the one that was added.  Since there were two windows in this room, it worked out nicely for each room to still have a window once it was divided.
I made the curtains from the bedskirt that came with the boys' bedding.  I'm a little puzzled why this bedding had a "skirt" with it, but it was nice to have the material for curtains.

The airplane poster was purchased as a souvenir from our visit to the Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.    The other posters were given to my boys and the wall stickers were purchased on Ebay. 

It's a cozy little room and we've tried to make the best use of e.v.e.r.y. l.i.t.t.l.e. b.i.t. of space.

taken from the doorway of the added wall

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Changing Seasons

A beautiful, crisp day in Estonia.

This morning the cool temperatures brought to reality that Summer is indeed behind us and Fall is here.  Don't let the bright sunshine fool you.  At 7:00 a.m. it was 34 F/ 1 C.  This afternoon it has warmed up to 46 F/ 8 C. 

It is beautiful as the leaves in the trees change to gorgeous shades of reds, golds, and orange.  We cuddle in our sweaters and sweatshirts because there is a chill in our apartment and soups warm our tummies at dinner time.  Now I'm anxious to cook some pumpkins so I can begin making special breads and treats that we enjoy during the Fall.

Welcome, Fall!  I'm glad you are here.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tour our home ~ entry and living room

Let the tour begin!
Tour our home ~ Kitchen

Let's continue the tour....

Upon entering the front door of our apartment, this is what you'll see.  Well, it usually looks a little more lived in :)  On the right is a closet for our coats, hats, scarfs, games, and other misc. things.  The desk has a computer for the kids to play games and write emails to family and Pen Pals.  It's also one of the biggest clutter spots in the house.  Mail, advertisement papers, homework, books, and lots of other things collect quickly and pile up on the desk.

The entrance to the living room used to have double doors, but we removed them to help keep the entry more open and roomy.

The next picture is a view from the kitchen facing the front door.

One of my summer projects was doing this part of our entry way.  I just love how it turned out.  I've had the frames for about 5 years (purchased at Khol's at 50% off), but I painted them black to match the Family sign.  Then I added a baby picture of each of my children - something I've always wanted to do, but had never done...until now. 
For our anniversary this year, we bought the piece of furniture (not sure what it's called specifically) that looks beautiful with the picture grouping.  I was so excited when I found it and then even more excited when I saw that it was on sale.
{The highlighted picture frames have since had pictures put in them and I also have a saying on the wall (Love makes a house a home - that I bought last furlough at the $1 store) that is under our family picture.  The camera case is not normally there either :-) }

the living room

Our living room is cozy!  It's also a busy room in our little apartment.  During the week you will many times find kids doing homework and sometimes they are on the rug playing games.  Many times, at least one person is curled up in a chair reading a book.  On the weekends the floor might be covered with Legos or Army men.  Playing the Wii is also a favorite weekend activity that takes place in our living room.  During football season you will even find us watching a few games and cheering on our favorite teams as we have time.  This room definitely sees lots of activity, but what warms my heart the most is when our family gathers each evening for family devotions. There is just no place like home....wouldn't you agree?  

What I love most about my home is who I share it with!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tour our home ~ Kitchen

Come on in to our little, but cozy apartment and visit the most popular spot - the kitchen.

This first picture is taken while standing in the door way.  When we moved in, there was a door to close off the kitchen, but it just seemed to always be in the way.  So we took it off to make it feel a little bigger.

I love a clean, clutter free kitchen.  To keep things real though, my kitchen does not always look like this.  Many times there are dishes in the sink waiting to be washed, food cooking on the stove, and crumbs on my floor. 

But the smell of coffee in the morning, dinner in the oven, or fresh cookies on the counter grabs every ones attention - making this a busy place. 

Our family drinks lots of hot tea, coffee, and even some hot chocolate on special occasions.  I just love my red tea pot that was given to me by a member of a supporting church along with some special loose-leaf teas.

The side of our refrigerator displays our magnet collection.  We enjoy reminiscing about the places/states/countries we've been able to visit over the years.

Our table is used daily, but not just at meal time.  Some times you can find someone doing homework, and other times it is used to play games. Yet other times it's used as a sewing table.   

Lots of memories have been made in this kitchen over the past few years.  I guess that you could say the kitchen is the heart of our home.

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Let the tour begin!

Visit the  Baptist Missionary Women blog to see other homes of missionaries around the world.

Finally!  The tour of our apartment that I have been promising for a very long time.  Sure hope you enjoy your visit.

We live on the first floor of a 3 story apartment building.  July marked 3 years that we have lived here.  It is a tight fit (106 sq. m /a little over 1100 sq. ft.) for our family of 6 - especially since 3 of our 4 kids are the size of adults.  For now though, this is where we live.

Our family is standing on the balcony off of our living room.

There are our three boys peeking out of their bedroom window.  Sarah is standing on the balcony that is attached to her room.

My hubby and I are at our bedroom window.  The balcony on the left is the one attached to Sarah's room.

Underneath our house is an underground parking garage.  The main door to our building stays locked, but we'll come down and let you in if you stop by for a visit.

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