Hometown Glory

My mom’s favorite hobby is moving. I would be shocked if you have moved more than she has. One of the advantages to moving all the time is that she doesn’t accumulate clutter. There isn’t a heaping pile of crap to sort through before each move. She just keeps things she needs or loves.

One of the many disadvantages of moving is she never really invests much time in decorating each place. Collecting art and photos for the walls never really happens because she isn’t sure she will stay in that space. Two weeks ago, that hopefully changed. She is now the proud owner of a cute little house with a great yard in a neighborhood that she has been eyeing for years. And it is in my hometown of Kalamazoo. This one feels like the perfect home that she will live in for the long haul. Energy and love are already being put into the interior and the yard. And long-term plans for a playroom/game-room in the basement (for the non-existent grandkids) have been discussed.

So I think it is safe to call it home.

Justin and I went to visit this weekend. The highlight of the trip was tearing out the carpet from the living room to reveal hardwood floors. In the world of home improvement shows, nothing is more satisfying than the last five minutes, where they show a montage of before-and-after shots of a space that has been “re-done.” And we got to live that this Saturday.

Ten-thousand husband points were awarded to Justin for spending his Saturday at his mother-in-law's house tearing out carpet/tackboards/staples/nails in his Cole Haans.

Ten-thousand husband points were awarded to Justin for spending his Saturday at his mother-in-law's house tearing out carpet/tackboards/staples/nails in his Cole Haans.

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We also packed in some other hometown goodies such as a trip to the wine bar (in Kalamazoo??!?), the farmer’s market, antique shopping (goodies will be photographed shortly), dinner with my friend Alicia,  the ballet, and brunch with my grandparents. Whew. There are more DPH’s from the weekend in the second half of this album if you are interested.

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2 responses to “Hometown Glory

  1. That floor looks fantastic! I’ve never understood why people put carpet down over hardwood floors. But then again, I love hardwood floors about 8 million times more than carpet, so my view is a bit skewed.

  2. mmmmk, that floor looks so beautiful!! nice work you guys (ie. justin).

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