Finishing Up Our Floor

Matt and I have the whole main floor as ours.  It is great to have the ability for the kids to do their thing and we do our thing.  The like it.  We like it.  I only hope it doesn’t separate us more as they get older.  But I choose to think it may make life even better.  We will be happier in our time together.  That’s what I’m going with.

So, our bedroom is right on the main level.  Be prepared, this master suite is not the popular master suite.  There is no massive amount of space.  There is no expansive walk-in closet.  There is no shower the size of a small bedroom.  For us, though, this is the perfect space.  We hated all the room we had in our last room.  It felt cold and like wasted space.    We have a gorgeous view of the mountains every morning and a little Juliet balcony off of it.

The Perfect Slumber Spot


Our bathroom is a good size.  We do miss the double sink, BUT we have created a perfect little area to get ready for the day. What we love even more is the open shower.  Who needs a massive shower stall when the whole bathroom is your shower stall.  That’s the case when you have an open shower.  This was a concept Matt and I were introduced to in Europe.  Matt thought he would hate this.  He loves it.  I thought I would love it.  I love it.

If You Have Never Open Showered You Have To Try It


Finally is Matt’s masterpiece, the closet.  When we bought the house, the washer and dryer in the closet was a HUGE plus.  It is so nice to throw our workout clothes right into the washer in the morning.  However, as nice as that washer and dryer are it eats up a lot of space.  So, we knew a closet organizer was a necessity.  Matt added them to our closet and the boys’ closet so that all our clothes would have a home.  They look like professionally installed closets.

Matt’s Masterpiece

In case you’re wondering there are 14 pairs of running shoes lining the top of the closet.  What can I say, I’m a runner…

I almost forgot the powder room.  Nothing too special except that original 70′s wallpaper.  First I loved it, then I didn’t, now I’m back to loving it.  I remember having a metallic wallpaper like it in my childhood home.  It just feels like it goes with this house.  A little funky, a little kooky, a little off the beaten path… pretty good description of our family.

Bringing Back the Seventies

Welcome to the Abrew House

Will you come through the front door or the side door?  If it is summer or winter when you visit, probably the front door since the side door will be closed.  Come on in…


Here’s the foyer.

Front Door

But this would be your first view of the house…

Welcome to Our Abode

This is the living room, the adult room.  Matt has made it very clear that the boys take care of this room.  We liked this house because we could have our space to watch television and relax, while giving the boys the entire downstairs as their own.  But we will get to their areas in another post.

Matt and my retreat…

Finally Our Own Space

This turned out pretty much exactly as I had envisioned.  You can’t see the television cabinet, but it is an old radio and phonograph from the 50′s.  The radio still works and the phonograph just needs a little tlc.

Next to this room is the dining room.

Eat and Be Merry

There is a door to the back porch off the dining room, which is great for entertaining.  It also has this bar connected to the kitchen.  These bars were another perk to this house.  My guys love sitting at the counter.  We have 2 bars for them to sit at in the kitchen.  This one connected to the dining room…

Bar and Hoosier

Here is also the Hoosier cabinet we bought in Chicago.  In the process of purchasing this house storage was the one concern.  It has some storage, but you have to be creative with 6 people’s stuff to store.  One thing the kitchen lacked was a pantry.  It actually turned out to be a good thing because I love my Hoosier cabinet much more than I would love the look of a pantry.

The other bar is an island in the middle of the kitchen.

Bar II and All the Other Kitchen Necessities

Running Mama

Happy Trails

While getting ready for my run this morning Brodie, unprovoked, asked if he could come with me.  I knew I had a very easy walk/run workout today, so him joining me was a real possibility.  I warned him that we would be running and we would be gone for a full hour.  He was still game.  Not only game, but excited.

We set out and we talked about cycling, moving, running, brothers, bugs, dirt, bearded dragons, and puppies.  We climbed hills, slid down paths, got sand in our shoes, hopped down trails, and felt the warm sun on our skin.  He wanted to keep going.  In fact, when we got back he took each of his brothers out to explore.  Even though I have a rest day tomorrow, when he asked if we could go again, how could I say no?


More Exterior

The interior is coming.  But the exterior is one reason we fell in love with it.  We love how it is built into the hillside.  We love all the trees and the woodsy feel of our yard.  We love the rough and rustic landscape all around the house.  We love that the house has at least 4 outdoor seating areas.  The front porch, by the front door you have already seen.  That porch wraps around to the back of the house.  This is the side porch…

Side of the Wrap Around

I’m not even counting this side area as a seating area, although it has a bench and our grills.  It goes back to the back porch…

Back Upper Porch

From this view you can usually see the Owyhee mountains in Oregon.  Not this week and probably not for at least a few more weeks.  This is the one downside of Boise, the weather inversions.  During the summer it happens when the wildfires ignite in the foothills.  The temps are lower in the valley than they are in the mountains and it causes everything including smoke, smog, pollution to be pushed down into the valley.  This also happens in the winters too.  It can be difficult for asthmatic individuals.  So far Marley hasn’t mentioned any troubles.  Looking the other way on the back porch is a view of the foothills.

Foothills View

The other 2 porches are a lower porch out the basement door and a juliet balcony off of our master bedroom, but we will get to those.

When you come down the stairs you end up in-between 2 doors, neither of which are our front door.  It leaves people a bit confused.  In an effort to move traffic to the front and show a bit of our sense of humor, we labeled our side door the “Employee Only” entrance.

Employees Only Please

I Have to Interrupt the Tour

I promise I will continue the tour of my house, but we had an unexpected event today that has to take precedence…

The wienermobile!

I lived in Pittsburgh for 30 years and never saw the wienermobile in person. Matt and I travelled to Europe and saw one driving around. We freaked. We could not believe we saw one. Then we moved to Chicago and right down the street from my house… the wienermobile. I was in awe. I even posted about it here.

When I pulled into the grocery store today and saw it again I was as happy as a wiener covered in mustard. Last time the boys could have cared less. They were asked whether they wanted to go inside and they said “no!” I was staring at them wide mouthed and wishing I could just leave them on the sidewalk at 4, 2, and under 1 and check out the wienermobile interior. But I couldn’t do that so they got their whistle and we went on our way.

This time there was no tour of the inside, but they did get to dress up like pork products…

Two Bacons and a Wiener

For doing that they got another wiener whistle. This time the wiener lady told them no blowing them in the store. She’s a wiener genius.

A Little Wiener

By Popular Request

I will post some pics of the house. Let’s start with the street view…

Street View

You can see our house is set down into the hillside. It is so nice because you feel like you are in the woods and camping every day. So, from the street you pull into our driveway and garage. These stairs, down to the house from the driveway, are why the house never sold. Good for us because this house was supposed to be ours.

Stairway to Heaven

And then you reach our front porch. I had a vision for this porch. It included painting these chairs white and recovering these cushions. It turned out exactly as I had imagined.

Tucked In

You can see just how into the hill we sit. Matt and I still talk about how perfect this house is for us. Our dream house had always been a house in the woods. Yet, as time went one I realized I didn’t want to live remotely. That has a lot of downsides. In this house we have that feel of living in the woods, but we are in a neighborhood and 10 minutes from downtown Boise. Perfect.

Hopefully I can get some more shots and continue this little tour of the new Abrew abode.

The Boy Who Has It All

At least that’s the way it always seems with Brodie. He is so hard to shop for gifts. He likes legos, but then never seems to build them. He gets an iTunes card and the $25 will sit there for a year, unspent. Ask him what he wants, he really doesn’t have any answer. Such a breath of fresh air compared to his brothers, both older and younger, that seem insatiable. However, it is also almost impossible to see that look of complete joy cross his face. As a parent that’s what we live for, right?

He really wanted a puppy. Truth be told I am also dying for a puppy. I see fellow runners out with their dogs in the morning and I am jealous. But now is not the time to begin that adventure. We need to get settled before we take all that on. Second, only to a puppy, was a bearded dragon. THAT we could take on. So yesterday, the day before his real birthday, we surprised him with this guy…

100% Abrew

We saw that smile. I have to admit, I am pretty enamored with Ziggy too. That’s the name Brodie picked. The kid has good taste.

Ziggy Chill

We continued to see that smile all day today. It was a relaxed day. He wanted to hang with Ziggy, do all our traditional activities (make the castle cake, decorate it, open brother gifts, open mama and daddy gifts…), eat his favorite junk foods, and, of course, stay up late playing video games. The kid doesn’t ask for much. Hopefully, he had a day filled with everything he wanted.

Opening the Little Gifts

Checking Out the Goods

A Quiet Celebration

Happy Birthday to the sweetest 9 year old I know. You are my favorite Brodie in the whole wide world.

What Sentiment

my second guy has. He saw these massive dandelion wishes and wanted to pick one for me. He trekked though tall grass, thorns, and itchy things to pluck (and pull and twist and tear) them from their very coarse stems. Socks covered in prickly thorns, he brought it to me saying when he saw them he wanted to get it for me. The boy has such sweet sentiment.

Hu-normous Wishes

Move In Day

This is the ramp set up for the movers to get all our stuff into our house or the studio. As happy as they were about the move out of Chicago, they were not so thrilled with this set up. It will take at least 2 days, probably more like 3. We are SO ready!

Bring on the Stuff