Wednesday, November 11, 2009

This took forever to download, so you better leave a comment

This post had a different title originally, but I decided to change it. It was either that or quit blogging altogether. Our internet here is so slow and it is nearly impossible to get a connection between the hours of 5pm and 11pm, but, here you go, the post formerly known as :

One of the benefits with the company that my husband works for is paid housing for managers. In Kotzebue, this translated into a three bedroom, one bath apartment, complete with sloping floor, stinky walls, and black mold growing in the bathroom. It was less than spectacular, but it kept us warm.

Our move to Dillingham brought a very nice surprise!
We have a house here:

And it's huge, but you would not know that from looking at the front!

It's actually the biggest house we have ever lived in.

We are guessing that it is about 2200 sq. ft.

It does have some quirky features,

like FIRE ENGINE RED counter tops:

Even though red is my favorite color, I am pretty sure that I would NOT pick it for my counter tops in my own house, but I can live with red because of all those cabinets. And that picture does not even show the other corner and the cabinets there. Oh and that's about 10 feet long.

I can also appreciate the red because the rest of the house is WHITE.

Not just white, but white on white. Like this handy wall of shelves:

And see those cabinets? They would be perfect for a television. If only someone would have thought of putting that electrical outlet down there on the inside of the cabinets and run the cable tv hookup into there instead of on the opposite wall.

Now we move into the entryway and it is rather large too, which is great because when come home and take off our coats, snow pants, boots, hats and gloves we end up with quite a pile. One genius thing about this area is that there are TWO baseboard heaters, making for a great glove drying area. That door to the left is a large coat closet. Straight ahead is the door to the heated garage and to the right (out of the picture) is the front door.

Oh, looky, more RED counter top. But once again, it's livable, because it is in my GINORMOUS laundry room. With more cabinets and what you can't see is that it goes around to the right with more storage. I've never had a laundry room, always laundry closets or hallways. I love having somewhere to fold the laundry and being able to shut the door if I want to ignore it all.

There is alot more to this house, like three very large bedrooms; one of which we are not using because the boys share a room, so if anyone wants to visit, we have space!
Here however, is the greatest thing about this house:

The WALL O' WINDOWS with vaulted ceilings.

The entire backside of the house is windows. The big WHITE dining room has huge, high windows. These are the living room windows and on a sunny afternoon the light just streams through, which will be a welcome sight during our long, cold winter!!

So, there you go. Our home in Dillingham.

and there likely will not be anymore pictures until one of ya'all can come up here and speed up my internet connection. I have a room for you!


Gramma 2 Many said...

I could easily live with the red countertops. I have never had a real laundry room either. I think it would be a luxury.
Wishin I could come up, but not this year for sure.
Love and miss you.

Katidids said...

Wow! I like the red counters, but, I bet they would get old. The white paint? I think it makes it feel alrges and spacious but...will they let you paint?

Katidids said...

Wow! I like the red counters, but, I bet they would get old. The white paint? I think it makes it feel alrges and spacious but...will they let you paint?

Lee Ann said...

Holy Cow!!!
Love it! All that storage! And that wallo'windows!!!! That will be fabulous this winter!

thanks for sharing! You know i love me some pictures!

vikki said...

wow! thanks for sharing! love the windows, the snow is beautiful! (I'm sure it gets old but it's lovely to look at!) i think the red counters are fun to. miss you!

meleea said...

Looks like a wonderful place for your family. so glad you made the move! Alaska is a great place to visit - I went while in high school. Hope you get lots of visitors!!!!

Elena said...

I kind of like the red cabinets with all the white. Makes it feel like Christmas all year round. I'm glad you went from Kotzebue to this and not vice versa, what a nice surprise. Get that internet up and running; I've been missing you!

bringing up boys said...

I can see you with red counter tops. Those are workable! I might even have house envy if it weren't in Alaska! Those windows are awesome, but isn't it cold without window treatments? Just asking. Love you, Seachelle

Finnskimo said...

OH MY GOSH your KITCHEN! Aaahh, I'll live vicariously through YOU and your AWESOME RED COUNTERTOPS! haha.

well then...welcome home! :)

Gina said...

Kinda looks like you need some STUFF!!!!

Tamara said...

Thanks for sharing - even if it took FOREVER... your new home looks like space waiting to meet some creative juices... or is redecorating not an option??? Looks lovely!

The Hayes Zoo said...

Oh. My. Heck.

You had me at RED countertops and WHITE everything else.

WOW. Can I please move into your kitchen??? I'll cook for you, I promise. And only leave to lay and enjoy the view in your windows.

Holy Buckets - what an awesome place. :)

annaliese said...

thank you for spending all the time posting these gorgeous photos! so nice to have a glimpse into your Alaska life :) have fun in that new, spacious house!

Jennifer P. said...

and I thought y'all just lived in igloos :)

Meagan said...

Thanks for sharing these pics! It really does look like a great place for you guys. So happy for you!

O Mom said...

Beautiful Home! And those windows!

We could totaly stay in your extra room. Kids could play in all that snow, and my husband has always wanted to "see Alaska". I went when I was 10 years old to Excursion Inlet (know where that is?) and it is still one of my favorite memories!

Eryn said...

Love to see where you live! That place is so bright and cheery...looks awesome! Miss you friend!

Mara said...

OH Trish, look at all that space! Love the windows too! I've been praying for you since I know now why God has been putting you on my heart! Thanks for pushing through and keeping us updated on your life through the blog world!

Kat said...

I love the house...and the red counter tops are awesome! I am really coveting your laundry room. I so wish mine was bigger - with cabinets and a "locker" area for all the kids STUFF that gets spread about my kitchen instead.

I so wanna have that spare room :-)

Amy said...

Thanks for sharing the pics! It's great to see where you live! The pics of the house, front and back, look like 2 different houses! So, will they let you paint? But then again, if you don't have a movie theater, you probably don't have a Home Depot. And even if there was a store that sold paint, it's probably $150 per gallon!

It is so incomprehnsible, once again, that we live on the same continent! I don't think I could survive in all that frigidness!

Mom Taxi Julie said...

All that space looks awesome!

Karyn @ Candarbry Garden said...

Cannyn Loves the house! I find him checking your blog to see what is going on up there! You KNOW he LOVES them boyses! Can he work at 15 1/2 up there? Cuz he wants to come up!

Julie said...

came to check and see if you were still blogging...and you are!! love your new and all. very unique and the space looks awesome!! Glad you are settling in!

michelle allen said...

great place Trish! a bit of "retro" in AK. love the light and brightness of the place.

i haven't been to your blog in a bit. so i've been perusing. i just love your writing, you always make me smile or lol. and i always seem to be able to relate to you! love the post on nurse ratchet!!! ha!

Debbie said...

I LOVE those red counters...especially against all the crisp white walls and cabinets!