April 2009 my job was cut in half. Yup, it sucked. Hubby and I decided that it was a sign we should start a family. So we started trying. Summer came and went and no + signs on the stick. I was offered a second job at an amazing photography studio that would be ridiculous to pass up, so I took it. I was still working at the church, only I was working 20+ hours instead of 60.
Fast forward to October. Pee on the stick, and it's a +! So at this point we are living in a 400 sqft basement suite. Yes it was a 2 bedroom, but it was not big enough to house a baby and all the STUFF that comes with it. We start looking for a townhouse that we can purchase with the down payment we had been putting away when I was still working full time with a pretty good salary. I had been obsessing over houses and townhouses online for months already so I had a pretty good idea what we were going to be looking at. We contacted a realtor on Friday, and had an accepted offer by Tuesday. I'm a fairly decisive person. We knew exactly what we were looking for so we thought it would take waaaay longer to find something to meet our expectations. 3 level, 3 bedrooms, 2+ bathrooms, rec room on lowest level, bedrooms on 3 floor. Not picky at all.
So the house we chose was HILARIOUS! This old lady had been living there for 30 years, and it looked like it. Observe:
This is the kitchen, and yes, she hand painted the black dots on the while squares of linoleum.
This is the 'powder room'. Please note the playing card wall paper covering every square inch of the room. *Not shown in this picture is the decorative wall plate (also playing card themed) on the wall beside the toilet, and the mug (you guessed it, playing cards!) on the counter.* Love the old lady toilet seat.
The living room overlooking the dining room. In the dining room you can see the awkwardly placed pictures in frames, and the lovely zebra painted wall hanging (Which she left for us...how nice). What you can't see is the spoon collection. There were at least 20 plaques of spoons covering the lower portion of all walls.
The living room. Let me draw your attention to the doll on a swing hanging from the ceiling in the upper right corner. These were all over the house. It was creepy. The wall behind the could was a really neat textured wall paper that we considered keeping until we moved the couch and saw that her cat had used it as a scratching post.
This is our amazingly HUGE master bedroom. We LOVE how big it is. What we did not love was the faux bamboo wallpaper on the two walls you can see. Again, it wouldn't have been too bad if it weren't 100 years old with rips and stains. The other two walls were white, and had a hand painted border of multicolored diamonds with dots in the middle. No two diamonds were the same. Oh, and all the bedrooms had curtains that matched the bedspread AAAAND the light switch cover! They were precious.
That's all you get for now! We've done massive renovations, and one of these days I'll post the before and after photos!