i stumbled on these pictures.
this was the first house sean and i bought together.
it was a sweet little duplex just a block and a half from the beach.
i was pregnant with gracie in this house.
i used to walk down the street almost daily and take a nap in the sun on the beach (my theory: tan fat looks better than white fat).
all you saw when you drove up were the garage doors.
the rest was a jungle mess.
an enormous yucca tree on what seemed to be a mountain.
a chain link fence, entangled with bougainvillea, which my husband now refers to as satan’s plant (it’s very thorny).
mini palm trees along the walkway that had branches sticking out at eye level.
i kicked those things down before i even first walked into the front door.
so this place was a lobor of love for us.
and i do mean labor.
inside we switched out all the fixtures and completely remodeled the bathrooms.
we repainted, refloored, reroofed, added all new windows and doors.
but outside was such a huge transformation.
it went from the scary place on the street to this.
we planted those stinking iceberg roses, which never did well while we lived there, but are taller than the fence now!
the planters on the side of the walkway was filled with hydrangeas, which were kind of smothered in the baby’s tear that grew all too well.
the birdbath was from one of our many trips to mexico.
ah, those trips to mexico!
sean traded work for a lady that owned a home in a gated community down there, so we had a great free place to stay a few times a year.
we lived in one unit and fixed it up, and rented out the other unit.
then we moved into the other unit and fixed it up.
come to think of it, most of out marriage we’ve lived in a house that was under construction!
i know it sounds crazy, but i miss it.
i miss it because we probably won’t ever do it again.
we could do it because it was just us.
we didn’t have kids yet.
we didn’t have to take the saw out of the living room or pick up the nails.
we took showers in a plastic lined shower because we didn’t finish the tiles yet.
we hosted a christmas party we had no business hosting in such a teeny place.
it was a different time of life, where responsibility then, and responsibility now and 2 very different things.
ok, sorry for getting all nostalgic on you.
thanks for listening ;)