The backyard. Our kids have spent countless hours out here on the swingset, playing soccer, playing catch, doing the firepit with the family, helping in the garden, playing int he sandbox, cartwheels in the grass etc.
I love our backyard and the room we have to run around and still feel like the kids are safe, all fenced in.
Having a house on the market is probably not an easy thing to do for just about anyone, and I would venture to say even more so when you have 5 pretty young kids who are usually at home and on top of that your hubby is MIA because he's already started work in another state :).
Your house has to look like no one uses it or lives in it, at all times. BUT, you know what gets me through and makes it so much more wonderful while I'm doing all the cleaning and home projects? "Conversations" on the Mormon Channel. Sheri Dew and Heidi Swinton take turns interviewing Mormons with an interesting perspective or story, and a lot of them are members of the quorum of the 12 apostles and quorum of the 70, along with their wives. They talk about growing up and life experiences and parenting and marriage and how they gained their testimony etc and I just absolutely love it and actually look forward to cleaning the kitchen or folding laundry or whatever so that I can listen to these wonderful, delightful people and learn things from their personal life experiences. I can plug in my ipod touch to my radio in the kitchen or just carry it around the house with me :). I love that I can have all this amazing information (scriptures, general conference talks, all of the media on lds channel) in the palm of my hand or tucked into my purse or pocket wherever I go! So cool!!!
A couple of days before the house went up, I painted our master bed room. This is the before picture (it was light blue with dark blue sponge marks all over it....it had been that way when we moved in 5 and 1/2 years ago and even though we never really loved it, we were too lazy to change it):
AFTER WE PAINTED THE MASTER BED. After talking with my sister and two of my good friends I decided to go with a nice neutral color:
We will be so sad to see this house go. We have a lot of fond memories here and a lot of great friends in the neighborhood . Oh and I don't think I mentioned before that Madison's mom finished up her finals in the end of April so we haven't been watching her since then. It only ended up being about 4 months that we served their family and we were happy to help. And it was good timing with all this stuff going on in our lives now with job change and moving states and Annabelle's broken collar bone; we continually notice the Lord's hand in our lives, in both the small and large ways.