Are you wondering how we chose to go with a colonial style home to build?
The photo above is most likely what I had been envisioning for my future home. It’s cottage-like look and easy living floor plan is what I thought would fit our family best…at first.
But, of course, I have these handsome men to consider and we made it a family choice after all.
It started here:
My boys grew up in this house from the time they were 2 years old until nearly 10. Some of the best memories in my whole life are here and as my family and I got talking, so are theirs.
We loved our home in Connecticut and haven’t really had that same feeling of “being home” since we left in 2012.
The layout is a traditional center staircase with a dining and living room on each side of the foyer. Bedrooms are all upstairs. You can tour it in THIS post.
Although that home was built in 2005 it still had a similar structure to some of the historic homes around New England, where my kids say they are “from”.
We bought that house as a builder spec so it was brand new. We truly lived there – tri-cylces, roller blades, trains and dogs all over the new wood floors. Gasp! I know…
Among various pools and play structures in the backyard that didn’t always look super classy. We even had a little plastic pool of polly wogs one summer. We raised them to be frogs and let them go.
I think some of my then playgroup friends were a little shocked at the time we had some soil brought in to level the new yard and when I hosted playgroup that week – I said – “we are going to get messy”. The kids had so much fun on that huge pile of dirt and we laughed watching them. We all came inside the new house for drinks and snacks with a whole lot of dirt tracked in right along with us.
I am not a fussy housekeeper, obviously.
My stories could go on and on about the memories this house brings to mind. Some are really sad…like my husband fighting cancer, me fighting depression, a few surgeries, a severed finger, marriage woes, sicknesses and lots of growing pains – just the real stuff.
(You can see some of our family photos from that time in THIS post – it’s my favorite!)
But the laughter of the kids and our abundance of happy moments is what I miss the most. We chased with the vacuum, made cookies, had many Easter egg hunts inside and out (all year), campfires, made amazing friends and had them over to play Rock Band, Legos, Thomas the Train, Buzz Lightyear and some very special family and friends came to visit from around the country. And of course, celebrating holidays.
It was just the four of us and Sadie, our beautiful Golden Retriever who is in heaven.
These stories could go on forever but I would start crying and never finish this post if I let that door to my heart open up today.
Let’s just say this guy and I grew together more than ever in that house in Connecticut. We made it through some tough stuff.
When we left in 2012 we took a stronger love and a more confident grasp on life along with us – and our almost 10 year old boys at that time.
New adventures ahead.
The picture above is of an old true colonial style home in Guilford, Connecticut. We lived in this town for over two years when the boys were babies before we moved to the brown colonial mentioned above that was a couple of towns over.
The great thing is that this white Guilford house is truly old but it could still be something one would build today.
A timeless style.
So in considering some of our favorite places to visit – like Boston, New York, Vermont, Williamsburg, VA and some East Coast beach towns along with our experiences residing in Utah and Virginia put together with the feeling of our CT home – we came up with the following…
I am searching for kitchen styles that I like for the next appointments coming up. I have a few pictures to share with you that might even surprise you. See those next time! (HERE)
Thanks for stopping by and have a super fun week!
Sharing with: French Country Cottage – Feathered Nest Friday