Wednesday, July 22, 2015

It's time for a new series! With a special ending!

Well, hey you!

With time being so limited, and the guilt-o-meter always running full throttle anytime I'm on a computer (when there are so many other important things to be doing), I have decided to try and post only the sort of content that will have some sort of lasting memory potential for my family, AND still hopefully be somewhat enjoyable for you, dear reader, to peruse and share together with me.

Run-on sentence? A bit much.


Walking has become an enormous blessing in our lives since moving to Redlands. Folks, I just can't stop pinching myself in this town. It's like The Secret combined with all of the power of my childhood prayers, prayers to live in a perpetual historical fantasyland a la 1) Meet Me in Saint Louis,  2) Little house on the Prairie, and 3) Anne of Green Gables. 

 So naturally, landing in a town that appreciates its history on such a grand scale, and works so well to preserve that history, feels like I'm living the fantasy. In real life. BONKERS!!!

The best, best, best part has been meandering around with my family. We take frequent walks. Most everything we need on a daily basis can be reached on foot, and my car's gas tank can attest that we've taken advantage of this fact. Life feels... simpler since moving here. And happier. 

I thought it might be fun to share the details of our new town with you. As such, let the new Rae's Redland's Walking Tour series commence! If you've been a long time reader, you know by now that this is no guarantee of consistency. But the town is too lovely to keep to myself, so I must try anyways, yes? 

I thought it appropriate to kick off with a walking tour of a few of my favorite homes right on our very own street: 

Colors! Oh the colors!

I picked up a history of Redlands book, and it mentioned that clear back in those olden days, everyone - from the wealthy to the working and poor - worked hard to always keep a lovely, well landscaped front lawn. It was believed that a person's front yard was community visual property, a town's art form. Isn't that grand?!

We've walked this street hundreds of times already, and still seem to notice new details and features.

{sweet old farmhouse}

{The owners of this gem are painstakingly hand-painting the exterior. It was quite a mess before, and we love walking by and admiring their stunning progress.}

Each home has its own personality.

{built in bench?! Ta die.}

{The Raspberry House!}

I am especially giddy to see how my girls take notice of all the beautiful things. The landscape, the trees, the colors. They notice and point it out all along the way.

Cute walking pals, I'll say.

{Emerson. Goober.}

Brick! Love brick.

This green house is a monochromatic gem I tell you. Green upon green upon luscious green. All under the umbrella of a massive evergreen tree (which I plum forgot to photograph).  I am such a fan of this minty wonder.

So, funny story about this one:

We almost made an offer on this house, as it was for sale briefly at the time we were searching. Is this house not STRAIGHT OFF of Disneyland's mainstreet USA?!!! Are you kidding me?!! Look up at the little balcony. There is an itty bitty door which leads to an itty bitty patio. Tyler had to slop me up off of the floor as I dribbled my way gaping and squealing over this house. 

But, problem was, it was a little too itty bitty. One look at Tyler on the miniature Victorian staircase and I had no choice but to consider how the handsome husband would inevitably feel like a Jack-in-the-Bean-stalk giant in our little real-life dollhouse. We had to pass. But we still wave and blow kisses when we walk by.

The details on this one! Oh the details. Stained glass windows, that insane turret...stop it. Just. Stop. It.

And people, these houses were built in the 1890's!!! Can you just imagine the people there then?!!! 

{This house is fondly referred to as The Lady In the Tramp house. They even have a black Scottish terrier!!!? A cute little dog who BIT EMERSON. A few stitches later, and now we still love the house, but deliver mad stink eye to that dog when passing.}

A couple more unique lovelies...

After just one street, it is easy to see how Redland's was originally called "The City with Beautiful Homes", isn't it? Just wait till I show you where those olden day wealthy folks lived.

We're almost to the end of our first Redland's walking tour installment. Would you believe there is so much more where this came from? I know, I KNOW.

As a close, I have something exciting to share.

We're going to walk by OUR house. 


Cuz guess what?

The exterior was painted !

Go grab a beverage and take a break, this has been a long post.


Okay, we're back.

You ready?

Remember our love?


Here's what we did with her...








The door had an identity crisis for a time. Let's just say the painters LOVED me. Especially when I came out hyperventilating mid-paint as they applied the THIRD color change to my door, screaming that I was wrong! wrong! wrong in my selection AGAIN!

I landed on a color I never would have suspected. It still looks a little different in these pictures than in person, but I ended up feeling good with a deep, purple-ish eggplant red. Bold, bright colors, which I originally intended, just didn't feel right. At least, not for now. 

I felt like my door merited a smidgen of sophistication. Plus, it will go well with what I have in mind for future landscaping. Wink wink

{Two flags, because we extra love America. Double patriots right here.}

And thus concludes our first tour! Thanks for coming along!

Be sure to stay tuned, as I will soon post about our fourth of July celebration:

How to Host your very own Fourth of July Block Party.

Ta ta for now!




Alex said...

I just had to clean up the drool on the floor from admiring all of those beautiful homes. Please post more of these!!! Your house color is perfection, including the front door. ;)

Katy Nicole. said...

Color change is on point! Love it so much. These houses are awesome. YOURS is still my favorite. Not just because I have been inside and seen the Rae touch to the interior... but because it houses so much love and 4 ADORABLE little hooligan girls that I'd like to make my own;) love you friend!