Guten Morgen Xangaland!
I hope all of you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! We had an extremely busy one but it was fun! (Ryan tells me that I’m a strange egg for finding what we did this weekend fun!)
Our household goods came on Thursday!!! We ended up spending the whole weekend unpacking every single box and putting everything where it goes because if you know me at all you know I just can’t live with unpacked boxes. There is just something about putting together a new home and making it your own. As much as we were settling in here nicely already, there is definitely something to be said for having your own things surrounding you to make you feel at home. So without further ado…. I give you pictures!
This first picture is from the front door looking down my hallway.
My one lonely beerstein and my one lonely family picture…
I didn’t get pictures of the bathroom since it looks exactly the same as it did the last time I sent pictures of the house. I also didn’t get pictures of the office/guest room because it doesn’t have a bed yet (we still need to buy one) and the rest of the furniture is crammed into one corner to make an office for Ryan. It looks awful and cluttered but hey you have to do what you have to do… so no pictures! I will tell you that it’s unpacked, organized and clean though! You’ll just have to believe me!
This picture is from the door…
A picture facing back towards the door.
My little reading nook… A place to curl up next to a radiator (in lieu of a fireplace) with a good book and a hot cup of Earl Gray Tea. I simply can not wait!
As you can see there really isn’t all that much above and beyond bulk furniture. I didn’t really bring anything because I wanted to get all those nick knack type things here in Europe. I must say though I’m sorry for some of them… It’s going to take me a while to build up a collection and I miss the homey feel that things like that bring to a home. And I really wish I had brought more family pictures… But it’s a challenge and one I’ll enjoy meeting!
Entering the kitchen… Do you like my makeshift bookshelf? It was supposed to be a glass door display cabinet but the glass was a smokey gray with tacky brass trimmings and since the cabinets faced the living room this just felt more… well… like me I guess.
Here is my stove and fridge… the corner of my kitchen.
The opposite corner with my polish pottery!
Moving along the counter to the breakfast bar.
A shot of the kitchen from the family room… (and of course my hall table.)
The family room…
The corner of entertainment! Ryan has never been happier… I would say he is as excited as a kid on Christmas morning but since that seems to be a constant state for him it wouldn’t do any good… LOL
My hall table in the entry of the room.
A view of the room in the morning sunshine… The light here is so beautiful! It seems strange to think that in a few short months though we will only be getting about five hours of it…
Another view… with our Turkish rug and our Cuckoo clock! Ah here is some damage for you… the movers broke our clock… I guess I should have thought to write fragile in German on the box… it works but the chain slipped the gear for the music so it no longer plays Edelweiss on the hour so we have to have it repaired… If it was ever going to need repair, however, we’re in the right place for it.
A picture of Yoda so that you can see the Turkish carpet better. It’s a mosaic pattern in the same color as our couch with squares the same color as the island (the chaise lounge) as we call it.
We were very lucky. There was some pretty severe damage to some of our furniture however none of it shows badly or renders the furniture unusable. So even though it’s damaged we don’t have to replace it… but we will be compensated for it. Believe it or not most of the damage was water damage! I mean, yes, I knew that my household goods were packed into shipping containers and then put onto a boat but for Pete’s sake don’t they try to keep it dry? We have some severely warped wood pieces and a whole box of books that is the worse for wear. Then they did break the leg on one of my antique leather top end tables and for that they will pay, in money but baring that, they’ll pay in blood of course… sigh. But all in all most of it was fine.
We are so excited to have it all here safe and mostly sound and all set up. I’m really happy with how it turned out and I can’t wait to see how it changes and grows over our three years here in Europe. I think we’re going to be very happy here.
After we finished last night Ryan and I spent some time to ourselves relaxing in the ways that relax us best… I set scented candles (Macintosh apple and lemon zest) around the edges of the enormous tub, set up the portable DVD player with one of my favorite movies (Much Ado About Nothing) got out my pedicure set, and took a long hot bubble bath. ((SIGH)) simply delightful… Ryan… played Xbox. LOL Did you expect anything else?
Well that’s all for today… I can hear the fire trucks outside right now preparing to burn down our neighboring building so tomorrow or the next day may bring some good fire pictures… we’ll see if there is anything to see. For now I’ll leave you with one last pictures of my boys enjoying their new home.