But only for a second.
Then I remember I'm proud of modest living. I'm proud of what we're teaching our daughters and I'm proud of us for living in a way that has little stress on my husband and me at home every day with my kids... because that's what I so desperately want. Because of our modest living style my husband was also able to take very long paternity leaves with both girls and that's generally unheard of.
I'm not a high and mighty stay at home mom. I'm just as proud of the career moms that do what THEY want and teach their kids their way, not being forced into a homemaker role that they don't want. We're all doing damn fine jobs with our kids in our own ways. We're all, ahem, mom enough.
We've gotten a lot of questions as to why we live in the house we do and why we don't upgrade. I'm hoping to give a peek into our home and try to explain why, to me, it's so lovely. First of all, this has been our home for 10 years. It's the first home Louis and I bought, we got married here, and we've had our babies here. Take a tour with me and see if you can find its charm.
Our street is very established. Multiple generations stay in these homes and pass them down.
It dead-ends on both ends to water. The ladies LOVE to walk to the lake.
Our sweet, wee house. All of the landscaping has been lovingly done by my mother and Louis,
Our backyard has hosted birthdays, fireworks, and the ladies think it's a playground.
(Athena's pride and joy is her container garden in the background.)
The kitchen and living room are where I spend so much time with my ladies.
(I lusted after that sectional until my mother in law gave it to me.)
And the ladies' rooms were made just for them... even if we do all sleep in one bed.
Perhaps they'll want space some day? (I hope not.)
(I'm a sucker for 50's tile.)
(Downstairs family room. More 50's tile and comfy furniture.)
(The ladies' play room built by their dad...)
(...and creation station.)
I know I don't have to explain myself, but I just really wanted to share why I love the charm of my home. We have no financial pressure, a comfortable life, plenty of time to be together, and an adorable neighborhood. We'd love to have you over. :)
*Also, I'd like to point out that no cleaning was done for this tour.
I want you to see us in our natural states :)