So, here's the house we built next. It probably looks strangely familiar. That's because Andy liked the design of the front that he did on the other house so much, he repeated it here.
This was only six blocks from our last home. But this place had more room around it. It was a little over an acre and had protected greenspace behind it--which included a little creek and lots of trees.
During the building process, I spent a lot of time going back and forth from our other house to here and always dragged Shane along with me. He didn't enjoy it because he had to stay out of the way of the workers and listen to boring adult talk as we discussed tile and carpet and plumbing and blah, blah, blah. When we finally moved in, Shane was not happy. In the middle of the night our first night, he woke me up and said, "I want to go home now."
I said, "You are home, we live here now."
"NO we don't! Our house has a white door. This is not my house. Take me HOME!"
A few days later I was doing laundry and he walked in and started crying, "What did you do with our washer? This is not our washer!!"
Eventually he resigned himself to the fact that we were staying.
Before we got the landscaping in, the backyard was a muddy mess. After a snowstorm, Siara and her friend, Sumner, decided to go for a walk in the forest. Unfortunately, he sank into the mud and couldn't get out. Siara tried to pull him up and out but he sank deeper. We were about to call the fire department when he finally heaved himself out of his boots and snowpants and up on to solid ground. We found the boots the next summer when the ground dried out.
Scott spent his last year of high school here and left for BYU and then his mission from here. Siara also graduated and left for BYU. Then Shanna graduated and left for BYU. Then Spencer never went to high school but he left for BYU while we were living here.
I loved gardening here and spent a lot of time out in the garden. The kids couldn't help but gravitate out there too. We planted pumpkins and strawberries which they loved. We also planted tomatoes and squash which they didn't love.
We had hawks nesting in our trees and it was so fun to see the babies learn to fly and then grow up and build their own nests. Eventually we had a pretty healthy hawk population. They helped the cats keep the mouse population down.
We started homeschooling here and this became the lab for many interesting experiments. Some of them very loud. This was also the testing facility for many flying contraptions. Seth and Spencer built rockets, hot air balloons and various planes...with various methods of getting them off the ground. Spencer built a GIANT trebuchet which was used for launching pumpkins into the forest.
We were surprised when this house sold so quickly. We thought we would have more time there. But it was fun while it lasted and we moved from there to the little cabin we are enjoying now.
Next: A few favorite places around town.