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Friday, January 6, 2012

My New Home!

Yea, my new house is finally a home.  I think I am done!   It has been fun but challenging creating a new home from scratch.  When I walked into my new apartment it had nothing in it, not even a single appliance, toilet paper, fork, nothing!  I ended up using a color scheme that I've never had before and I really like it.  To stretch my money, I've also experimented with some scrapbooking on my walls.  I'm really pleased and it feels comfy.  So, in case you can't tell, my sofa is black and silver, and my accent color is aqua.  Then in the bedroom, I kind of went with morocan colors because of the bed table I got from ikea.  The bathrooms were already brown and aqua, so it's worked out pretty nice.  I've tried to incorporate some local and cultural pieces as well.  I got really creative and it's been fun!!!

So, our three week Christmas break has come to an end.  I hope all of you had a wonderful and blessed Christmas and New Years.  I missed my family but kept busy by going to Muscat, Oman, traveling to the western region of Abu Dhabi, and a recent trip to Dubai.  Oh, and I found a car!  I wasn't planning on getting one so soon but another teacher was leaving after 3 years and put it on our swap and shop website.  I looked at it for two weeks while I prayed about it and did research on the car.  It was a great deal and I think I got lucky because everyone else was gone for the holidays!  Anyways, I got a great deal and will now be free to enjoy my independence more!

I am really getting close to several friends and now that we are all getting settled in, we do things together.  Of course, going out to eat is right up there, but we also walk the malls, and I just joined a book club.  It's so weird for me to have all this free time!  It's really sinking in how much I worked when I was a nanny (60-65 hrs a week) and even though I experienced a lot, my "me" time really suffered.

That might explain why I have my scrapbooking table in my living room!  I love to scrap while I watch tv and it keeps me out of my bedroom, where I found I was still gravitating to just out of habit.

Ok, so I hope you enjoy the pictures.  Not bragging, just really for my family (and those of you interested) to see where I live!

My new car!  2009 Peugeot 206

It's so little!

my living room

My "scrapbooking area"

Gotta have some pretties!  My writing tray

Looking toward the front door

my little half bath, to the right when you first walk in the door.  Notice, I used a placemat from a restaurant and some stickers for decor!

My kitchen.  yes, the washing machine is in the kitchen! 

My pretend stove!  A trolley with burners on top.  haha! Keeps me from baking and eating too much.

Spare bedroom

I like to pretend like my spare bedroom is a big walk in closet!

My favorite room - my bedroom!  Love the table over my bed, it slides and yes, my feet go right under it.
I love the view from my room, especially at night.

Scrapbooking my walls

Very homey!!  I am blessed!!!