We live a little over a mile from the ocean. Living in our neighborhood is a blessing…and a curse.
It’s close enough, but just far enough away from all the hustle. Being able to ride our bikes to the beach or walk to the water park is awesome. Plus we really love our close-knit community.
But to own a home here, we’ve had to settle on a few things. Our lot is teeny tiny and we can almost reach out and touch our neighbors. (Good thing our neighbors are awesome!) Our street backs right up to a 55 mph roadway. That means it can be really loud.
Want to know where we go when we want to get away from it all? We take a short 20 minute ride to Mamama and Papapa’s house! (That’s my in-laws.)
And this is their house:
They built this house when my husband was in high school.
I love this big porch that spans the entire length of the front of the house. Can’t you just see yourself sitting on the swing with a big ole glass of ice cold sweet tea?!
Or maybe you could grab the paper and take a seat over here:
I love all the planters! It is so charming.
This is what you’d be looking at:
So quiet. So tranquil. (Remember cars are going 55mph outside my back door and you practically have to shout to have a conversation.)
Do you remember the sign I made them for Christmas out of an old gate?
I made it for their horse barn. My mother-in-law wanted me to add a personal message to the bottom to help memorialize a special person in her life who is now in heaven (and had helped to build the barn).
I was more than happy to oblige.
This is the main reason I brought my camera, to take a picture of the sign in it’s new home.
It fits perfectly above the entrance:
I dragged this gate out of my neighbors trash pile when she was having a new fence built. (Thanks, Cindy:) You can read more about it here.
A closer look:
Here is a closer look at one of her beautiful horses:
This is from the barn looking at the back of the house:
Hello! Isn’t this one beautiful?? I have to admit, I’m a bit of a fraidy cat when it comes to horses, but they are very sweet.
These were taken last weekend at my father-in-laws birthday cookout.
I’m so glad I brought my camera so I could capture shots like this:
They are really breakin it down!
Cousins hanging out…that’s my pride and joy in the middle!
My little munchkin. Oh how I want to kiss all over that sweet little neck!
Happy Birthday Papapa!!!
From the back porch:
So serene. It really is so lovely. Everything is so tasteful and beautifully kept.
We had a bit of a dreary day for our get together, but it didn’t take away from the peaceful feeling you get when you stand in this spot.
Thanks to my wonderful in-laws for allowing me to share these pictures. (They had no idea I’d be bringing my camera along!)
Hope you enjoyed this little outdoor tour 🙂
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