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You know I love a good milestone post on the blog. This week the Taylors have three to note as we move solidly into the fall season.

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Last week, I bought some new pots for my lily and hibiscus plants. They were still in the original pots and were getting root bound, so it seemed like the thing to do before bringing them to overwinter inside the house. Since today marks three years since our move to Washington, D.C., I reflected a bit on my own transplantation from Colorado to the east coast. It’s hard to say that after three years I still feel “new,” but I wonder just how deep our new roots here go.

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Rocky Mountain hi

Thursday morning, Bart sent me this picture:

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On the morning of November 10, 2012, Bart and I saw the sun rise one last time from our driveway in Erie, Colorado as we got in our cars and began the three day, 1700 mile trek to our new home in Washington, D.C. Two years used to seem like an eternity, but I still feel “new” to my job, our church, and the area in general even 24 months after our relocation. Nevertheless, a lot has happened for Bart and me since we began this new chapter in 2012.

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It was astounding how many visitors we had when we first moved to Washington, but I was even more astounded by how few we had after we bought our house last year. We now have a lovely guest suite with a private bath downstairs and have had practically no guests all year to enjoy it! Even when we hosted Bart’s sister and our niece last spring, we stayed in the guest room while they could take a couple of rooms upstairs. However, in October we have been making up for lost time in the guest department. From weekend visits from friends and family to having someone dog-sit while we were out of town, we’ve hosted quite a number of folks in rapid succession at Hotel Taylor the last few weeks.
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Believe it or not, this weekend marks one full year that we’ve been in our new house. I guess that after a year, you can’t really call a 52-year-old house new, but it still feels like yesterday since we had boxes piled high everywhere. We’ve been pretty busy this year, ripping things out, putting new things in, and making our own personal mark on our space. We’ve also accomplished a lot out of the house, from regional travel to making friends, from getting involved at church to traveling out of the country a few times. Let’s take a look back at what all our first year as homeowners in the DC area has brought us.
Home sweet home

Home sweet home

 

Not that Washington, DC is “Home” yet, but it’s our home for now. We’ve learned to appreciate the opportunities here in DC and how to deal with the crummy parts, like traffic and overcrowding. Being settled in our own house and finally having friends and being involved in a church has helped us reorient and figure out what our new chapter of life looks like. It’s ever changing still, but that keeps life interesting, right? It will be interesting to reflect on the coming year next October to see what year two in our house and year three of Washington, DC, look like.

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When we moved to our house, we had dozens of boxes of tools plus gobs of other random stuff lining every shelf and wall of the garage. As we worked on projects, tore out old stuff, and purchased new materials, it got another layer of disaster on top of the other. We somehow managed to find stuff we needed for projects, but it was a mess, and the winter was just too cold to tolerate being out in the garage long enough to get anything done. With summer finally here, we were finally ready to implement an efficient storage solution.
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