Throwback Thursday: Where We've Lived

7.25.2013

During our 12 years of marriage, Jesse and I have lived on 3 continents, in 2 different states, and 7 houses. That's a lot of moving! For today's throwback, I thought it would be fun to look back at all of the places we've called home. These are mostly exterior pictures with a few interior pictures thrown in. I now realize that I've done a pretty poor job of documenting the interiors of all of our homes! 

Our first 6 months of marriage we lived in a tiny apartment in Jacksonville, North Carolina. It was Jesse's first duty station and he picked the place out before I arrived. I remember being so excited about the walk-in closet and tiny kitchen. 
After we got our dog Oscar, we were desperate for a place with a yard. Obviously we couldn't afford a lot on Lance Corporal's income but we found a little duplex that we loved. It didn't have a fence but we saved up enough money to build our own chain link fence for Oscy. I couldn't find any digital pictures of this house but I know I have them because I bought my first digital camera while we lived here! :) This screenshot from Trulia is the best I could do.

After I graduated college in 2004 and got a teaching job, we started the hunt for our very first house of our own. We looked for a while and never found anything we loved. Then we came across a neighborhood that was under construction. We picked a floor plan and a lot and we waited patiently for our house to be built. It wasn't anything fancy but we had some amazing times there and we sure loved it. I also met some of the best friends I have ever had.
I love looking back at how I decorated over the years. It's so funny just how much my tastes have changed!
In 2006, we both got the itch to move to a bigger house. Even though it wasn't really necessary because we had plenty of room, we started searching again. There was one neighborhood that was just a few miles away from us that we particularly loved. We ended up choosing another home that was under construction. That night we listed our first house and we had a full price offer the very next day. We closed on our new house in January 2007. 

This is the house that we still own and it is currently being leased. I'd be lying if I said I don't dream about that house daily. It has almost twice the space as our current place, along with a nice, big backyard. I think of all the places we've lived, it's the one that I always think of when I think of "home." I hope that we get to go back there someday because I have always pictured our kiddos growing up in that house.

In 2010, Jesse was accepted into the MSG (embassy duty) program and we received orders to Bujumbura, Burundi in east Africa. We said good bye to North Carolina and moved to Africa in April 2010. Our house there was large and super nice, especially for the country we were in. The best part was the yard and landscaping.  It was just beautiful!




This was the great room. As you can see, we had just received our household goods so it was quite a mess!
 The kitchen:


In 2011 we got our second set of orders in the MSG program to Abu Dhabi in the UAE. I'll be the first to admit that Abu Dhabi was not even on our wish list and it really wasn't my favorite place in the world, but it sure was a good learning experience. Plus we made lifelong friends there and I will always be thankful for that! 

I forgot to note that our housing on the MSG program was assigned to us. We did not choose where to live but we really lucked out both times!

Our house in Abu Dhabi was a townhouse in a complex of about 20 others. It was modern, well kept, and fairly large. It also had tons of storage space! The only thing we didn't have was a yard, but that's pretty much par for the course in Abu Dhabi.
I really don't have many pictures of just the interior. You can see a lot of it as the background in pictures of Emerson, though!

Finally, at the beginning of this year we made our most recent move to southern California. We're currently living in a smaller townhouse in a small suburb. I shared all of the pictures here. Since then, I've done quite a few updates and little things to make it more homey, but I haven't taken any pictures. I promise they are coming soon.

We really like the neighborhood and there are lots of pluses to living here. I really don't have any complaints about the place but I do really miss living in a single family home. I miss having a yard, a driveway, and my own space. That being said, we are content here for now and will probably stay for at least another year or until we are completely bursting at the seams (hello, baby #2!)

Jesse and I joke that we have come full circle when it comes to our living situations. We've pretty much done it all! And looking back, we've been pretty happy in every situation. I think we've learned that as long as we are together, everything will be alright!


Megan said...

What a neat idea for a post. Y'all really have lived in so many different places! The house you still own is just beautiful! That would be so amazing to move back one day- fingers crossed for you!

April said...

So neat to see where all you have lived. I don't know how you dealt with moving so many times though. Sheesh! I love your big house back in NC too!

Paula Lynch said...

Really neat post. We visited all of the houses except Burundi.

~Dawn~ said...

What a neat post :) Thanks for sharing your many homes with us!

Amanda said...

Love this and so diverse!

Wildali said...

Such a cool post!

Natalie said...

You guys definitely take everything in stride!

xxdeenaxx said...

its amazing how much you move during your milirary style of life.

i miss my old one bad :(
this one here in germany is nothing like home.

anyway i hope you doing great.

ajs {of MN} said...

you guys are so well traveled! we have been having the moving itch... and we HATE moving but it would be so fun to house hunt and find something nwe knowing what we miss out on in our current home!

i love your point though- no matter where you are, as long as you're together you make it work!

Hollie said...

How amazing! I really loved reading about all of the places you've lived. What a wonderful experience. What city in So Cal do you live?

Lyndsey said...

I think it's so cool that y'all have lived so many places! I love your "home" home - it's so classic!

Melissa @ i carry your heart said...

This is so interesting! I love to travel, but I've only lived in 2 cities (both in MN) my whole life, so I love hearing about people's experiences moving around. Especially over seas!!

Beth Ann said...

This was so interesting! I hope you make it back to your "home-home" one day. Also, can't wait to see what you've done with the new place!

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