We just finished that last task a couple weeks ago, so we're taking time to get the nursery shaped up before the baby arrives in about 10 weeks.
When we bought the place, we felt like we were overbuying a bit. The house has four bedrooms and two full bathrooms, which is quite a bit of space for two working people. The other thing that was attractive was the huge, and I mean huge, side yard that slopes down to the corner. We didn't use it as much in the first year, but I always envisioned it as the place for a kid to run around. I mean, the gentle slope alone makes it perfect for a slip-and-slide.
This place has been home for us, but with a baby coming I feel like it feels even more so. I'm seeing our home through new eyes:
- Big back yard for a kid to play in during the summer. It's about a third of a football field, and full fenced, so they have a safe space to run around.
- Trees in the front and back, both a maple and an English walnut. Trees are such great ways for kids to learn about the world because they are part of natural environmental processes.
- Our secret passage. Yes, we have one in our house.
- Great view of the fireworks from our back porch. Kids still love fireworks, right?
- Bay window that looks out onto the street. I love watching the snow fall from this perch, and I can envision our little one peering out over the ledge watching the flakes falling down.
- Short walk to some fun stuff. The Cup is just around the corner, as is Vegan Treats (for now). We're a few blocks from Martelluci's Pizza.
- Our patio setup. We have a table and chairs and a grill. I grew up in a small house with a tiny backyard and we never got a chance to just sit and watch the sun go down while the grill was wafting great smells our way. Or the kid can just run around while we cook.
We've enjoyed a lot of things about the house (yes, even the secret passageway). It will be great to share this with the kid too.