The apartment is long and narrow, and I'm going to start with my least favorite room first...one, because it's at the very end of the apartment and two because it's always better to end on a positive note.
Our Kitchen...which I also refer to as The Surface of The Sun.
Our kitchen is small, both in counter space and just space in general. It gets ridiculously, crazy warm in there. The apartment has fantastic AC, but it doesn't seem to work in the kitchen...?? Then, if you add in the stove and/or oven being on, and are washing a hot sink of dishes, you can very nearly be dehydrated by the time you're finished.
You combine all those things, and it's the hottest, stuffiest, worst room in our home.
I'm no engineer, but i feel like this could be part of the problem:
At least twice a day (often three or four times) I fill the sink up with hot, sudsy water and dirty dishes, and walk out...both leaving them to soak and giving them the opportunity to have a Beauty and the Beast moment where they come alive and wash themselves.
A girl can dream.
The view from our kitchen window...
Next up is our Laundry Room:
David and I both laughed when we saw that plug-in heater stored in there. Like we'll EVER need a heater in the desert!! But, apparently we will. Word has it Nov-Feb are downright chilly at night around here. I'll believe it when I see it.
The college provided us a brand new washer, for which I am very grateful.
However, it is the tiniest washer ever and clearly made for Hobbits. It can handle two towels at a time. Two. Or like four grown up shirts and a few items of kids clothes. So, I am forever and always doing laundry.
This is where we store our luggage we brought over, and all our cleaning supplies. It's a nice little "bonus" room to have.
Coming up next down the hallway is The Playroom...
My OCD was so warm and fuzzy.
But, the kids love to go in there and just create. They can spend a good chunk of time in there just cutting and glue-sticking and coloring and taping...so I've decided to care less about the organization in that room =).
Directly next door is A & L's bedroom:
Again, we gave them the option of separate rooms or sharing, and they both opted to share. We had their (two twin) beds apart and against the outer walls, but they requested this set up...all the better for jumping on =)
We tried to bring over several things from their bedroom in Portland to help the transition to this new home. Dave had our awesome friend Tim (Shout out to Affordable Framing in Salem!!) put all those Star Wars posters (thank you, General Mills cereal boxes!) on mat board, so they made the trip in perfect condition. We also brought those clouds with rainbows hanging from the ceiling that they'd made in Church, and a set of sheets for each, as well as some particularly loved blankets and eleventy billion stuffed animals.
Across the hall from their room is:The Main Bathroom.
Our original housing assignment had four bathrooms. FOUR. I was all kinds of excited to declare one of those a "Momma Only Bathroom" where the toilet seat never ever ever ever ever went up. Alas, our housing assignment changed right before we left the States, and this apartment only has two. But two is still an enjoyable upgrade from the one we had in our home in Portland =).
A wardrobe/closet that houses all our clothes...
A desk/vanity in our bedroom, mainly used for displaying pictures...the twins two year old pic, our wedding pic, and a collage my best girls made for me of many of our shenanigans together =). (told you I have amazing friends!) I love having those touches of home in an room otherwise made up of things that - although still very nice - were picked out by someone else.
Our Master Bathroom...