Wednesday, July 30, 2008


This is not a picture of our guy. I just wanted you to have a visual image. I do not have pictures of our "little" invader and I am glad to say that I did not have a personal encounter with it either (although I am sure it is just a matter of time). Jon was getting ready for work the other day and told me that when he went out to the garage he found a tarantula. He said he must have stepped on it earlier by accident because it was oozing slightly. But it was still alive, so he kicked it out of the garage and closed the door. It must have crawled away because when he went outside later it was gone. What a tough spider!!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Inside of Our House

The main hallway. On the left there are a set of double doors, that is where the laundry area is. Beyond that on the left is the door to Andrew and William's Room. At the end of the hall you can see the door to Hayley and Alison's room. On the right the first door is the bathroom. The second door is our bedroom.

One of the many extra storage areas in our house

The dining area off of the kitchen

The Kitchen

The Living Room

Hallway off of the kitchen. On the left there is lots of extra storage cabinets. Also on the left is a big storage room with shelves. At the end on the right is Connor and Colin's room. At the very end where the door is, is the garage.

The Game/ Toy Room

The Study

View of the Study Bookshelves from our room

Our Bedroom

Connor and Colin's Room

Andrew and William's Room

Hayley and Alison's Room

Now keep in mind this is a work in progress. We are still in the midst of unpacking and organizing. We plan on doing a bit of updating inside the house and out. It was built in 1984 and in many places looks that way still. There are also 2 1/2 baths in the house and the laundry is located in a large closet in the hallway the three main bedrooms are in. But now you know the main layout of our house.


As soon as we close on our house which will be very soon, hopefully, one of the first things that I want to do is change the floors. There is wall to wall berber carpet in the house, to include the dining room. And, while berber is durable, I cannot stand to have carpet in my eating area. It's just not practical. I have to vacuum after every meal and if something falls (which it will) I have to spot clean right away, before the stain sets in. I want to put in laminate flooring. I found the one that I want. It's called Old Boston. It's very rustic looking, which I absolutely love. The question is do I just do the living room, dining room and hallway or do I do the bedrooms too? Jon thinks that we should do the bedrooms, maybe even the kitchen. But, how durable would it be in the kitchen? Decisions. decisions!!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Views of the Mountains from our House

Our street on a cloudy day

Our New Life In Arizona

OK, I am finally online again. There are still a few things that need to be set up still, like my email but I at least have some communications through my blog and on facebook. Here are a couple of pictures of our new house in Hereford, AZ. It's bigger than our last house at 2200 sq ft and it has tons of storage space, something that I have been desperately needing. The backyard is smaller than the one in NC but is beautifully landscaped. It even has a hot tub. But, it is not very kid friendly right now. That is something that will be changing really soon.
For those of you that did not know we were moving, Jon got orders to go to Fort Huachuca, AZ. We will be spending the last three years of his Army career here until retirement. Yeah army!!!