Come on inside...
|This is our entrance - the front door|
|This is the view when you walk in the front door - you are in the living room/dining room|
|This is our (messy) living room|
|Standing at the dining room table, this is the view of our kitchen. The kitchen is quite small, so I added these bakers' racks to help store larger items. I LOVE them!|
|View from the kitchen out to the back porch|
|Standing in the hallway, this is the view of the kitchen and out to the back porch.|
|Headed down the hallway to the back of the house, the first door on the right is the kids' black and white bathroom.|
|A little further and to the left is Noah & Nathan's Playhouse Disney bedroom. It was already painted this way, and they liked it so much, they wanted to keep it. (Again, still unpacking.)|
|The next door, on the right, across the hallway from Nathan & Noah's room, is our master bedroom and bathroom. We have a beautiful view of the backyard. We also have the desk in our room.|
|The next door you come to as you walk down our hallway is the original door to the garage, which was converted to living space. Currently, my husband's parents are using it as living space (until we build our own house).|
|These built-ins were already here, along with the wall art. My husband's parents use this area as a kitchen. They were even able to fit their pub table (in the left of the picture).|
|These built-ins were also in my in-laws converted living room space. So nice!|
|Back to the hallway, the next thing you see, past the converted garage, is this lovely view! These built-ins were also included already, and they store SOOOOO much stuff! I'm in love!|
|I even found this space across from the built-in bookshelves to hang my homeschool posters.|
|The next door on the left is Joshua & Luke's bedroom. Their window looks out at the front porch.|
|Josh & Luke have these wonderful built-in desk & shelves in their bedroom.|
|And at the very end of the hallway (which is L-shaped), is Hannah's teeny-bopper heaven. Her windows look out to the front yard. The house is so well insulated that we hardly hear her singing at the top of her lungs to her music. Unfortunately, she hardly hears us when we call for her, as well.|
Our weekend scare...
Several months ago, a gentleman in our church gave us an adult-sized go-cart, as his children were grown, and they no longer wanted it. It sat in our city-home garage all this time, wondering if we'd ever have a place to drive it.
Then this property came along, and all of a sudden, we had five acres to play on with the go-cart. Dad and the kids fired it up and took it for a spin, and everyone had a blast. On the 4th of July, the go-cart was the highlight of the party. Everyone had fun driving it around!
|Hannah taking Dad for a spin.|
|Josh loved to drive 5 year-old brother Noah around. Joshua can't reach the pedal to make it go very fast, so they put around.|
Well, on Friday, we had a little accident. Joshua turned a little too sharp left, and Noah, who WAS wearing the seat belt, fell out on the other side somehow. The back tire ran over his arm, giving him a really bad road rash. He also scraped the other forearm and elbow pretty bad, as well as his forehead and the tip of his nose. I was concerned about the large road rash, and decided to take him to the ER.
When we got there, they decided to treat him in the trauma unit, just because he was ran over by a go-cart. I really didn't sense he had any broken bones or any head injuries, but they wanted to be safe rather than sorry. They put him on a gurney and wheeled him off to a trauma room which had 12 doctors and nurses waiting for his arrival. It was straight out of a scene from "Trauma: Life in the ER." They cut his shirt off, put a neck brace on him, and started examining him from head to toe, documenting every scrape on his body. It was crazy!
He was amazing! He didn't cry at all (except for right after the accident while at home), he answered all their questions, and did everything they asked him to do. They put in an IV, took x-rays of his chest, back, and both arms, as well as a CT scan of his head. He endured it all. They said, "We've had patients far older than you that do not behave this good."
Thank our precious God, all those x-rays and scans and blood tests came back perfectly normal. It was just a soft tissue injury. After about three hours, they finally began to wash his wounds and bandage him up, and that's when the crying began. They did give him morphine, but it didn't seem to help. He hated the cleaning of those wounds!
|Nana tried to make Noah happy with this teddy bear. Joshua felt so responsible and was really sad.|
|Little brother Nate was very worried about brother, and asked Papa to bring him up to the hospital towards the end.|
|That morphine is nasty stuff! Not only did it make him itch everywhere, but it knocked him out for the ride home. Later that evening, he threw up.|
We are all so grateful to God that Noah didn't have any more injuries! He's not happy to change the bandages each evening, but his arm is already beginning to heal. He's getting LOTS of pampering. He's very loved by his whole family! Today, he played just like he always does, jumping on the trampoline, running around, and acting goofy. Kids are so resilient!