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   Posted 3/25/2010 12:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Today is for memories. What was the house (apartment, farm, etc.) like where you grew up? How many rooms? Bathrooms? Bit or small? And also share some happy memories about this house?

Ours was an older house on the edge of a small town that sat on one acre of land. Small yard around the house and the rest of the property was a hay field and small barn. I always seemed large to me but as I look at it now it's pretty small. Mom and dads' bedroom was down stairs along with the living, dining room and kitchen and one extra room we used for a TV/rec-room. It was built at a time when insulation was optional and in NW Washington it can get mighty cold in winter. My brother and I had bedrooms upstairs in a large attic. The former owners hadn't finished that part of the house but dad did. I loved my bedroom because mom made it beautiful with lilac colored curtains and trim paint. The walls were pine. It was wonderful. Home was where I always felt safe.

What was your house, apartment, farm or home like when you were young?

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   Posted 3/25/2010 12:45 AM (GMT -6)   
My house is a Cape built in the 70's. It sits on about one acre of wooded land. There are 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and one half bath. Then there is a living room, a small study, the family room, kitchen, and dining room. It sounds a lot bigger than it is, but all the rooms are pretty small. My single dorm room, for example, is bigger than my own room at home (about twice the size, and the dorm room itself is fairly small). We also have an unfinished basement and a small attic. The best part about our house is the inground pool out back and the fireplace. The fireplace is gorgeous. It takes up the better part of one of the walls of the living room & is made completely from stone.


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   Posted 3/25/2010 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   

Shortly after I was born, we moved into a brand new Home in a brand new planned City called Levittown, PA.  My Dad worked for Levitt and was building houses, he actually built the home we moved into.  We had a 2 story 3 bedroom 2 (one not finished) bath home on a Street with about 28 houses, all the trees were just planted and everyone that moved in were young and just starting their family.  The best part of our neighborhood was no one locked their doors, it was like one big huge family, there were parties, BBQ, mothers took turns hosting coffee etc.  We could safely play out in our front yards and never knew the fear of strangers during that era.  As my younger brothers grew up things changed but even today Levittown remains a GREAT place to live, most of the children that grew up there are raising their families there.  When I go back for a visit I am overwhelmed by how big the TREES are!



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   Posted 3/25/2010 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I actually had 2 houses... first off, I was born in Vegas and lived in a singlewide with 2 bd rooms till I was 6.
Then my mom re-married and we moved to a small town south of Vegas called Searchlight. There we lived in a HUGH trailer with 5 bd rooms. (I had aquired 2 step sisters & 1 step brother).

Has anyone here ever been to Searchlight, NV?
Let me tell ya this, after growing up there, I will NEVER
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   Posted 3/25/2010 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I grew up in a suburb of Vancouver, BC called Surrey. Our house was a 3 bedroom, two storey, with a partially developed basement and one bathroom. The upstairs included the kitchen, eating area, formal dining room, living room and three bedrooms and the bathroom. In the basement was the laundry room, my dad's workshop, a spare bedroom that we used as a playroom, a large open space where we had a pool table and dart board, and then a storage area in the back.

My bedroom was done up in favourite colour (even now). I had a single bed and headboard with cupboards, a night table and a long dresser, plus a desk and large mirror, all in white. The walls were pink and the carpet was a shag with light pink, dark pink and red in it. I didn't put a lot of stuff on the walls, but I did have some stuffed animals on my bed.

The one thing that was truly special about my house happened at Christmas time. We had a long mantle over the fireplace in the living room, and at Christmas time, my dad put up this detailed 3D Christmas scene of an 1800's village in wintertime. It was built in HO Railroad scale and was approximately 6 feel long - so if you've ever seen the detailed model train villages, you'll have an idea of what I'm talking about.

There was a church on a hill on the top left side of the village, with a wedding party, and then as you travelled to the other side of the scene, there were numerous houses and shops, including a pub, and a pond in the middle of town, frozen over so people could skate. It was all lit up, and there were people walking around the town, horse drawn carriages, tiny beer mugs on the tables in the tavern, ice skaters on the pond and huddled by the "fire" to stay warm, plus deer in the hills behind the town.

It was truly the most magical scene ever...every year, my dad would add something new, or move something around. I wish I had pictures of it, but I don't. I lost contact with my dad many many years ago, while in my teens, and apparently after he died, his wife at that time kept it and wouldn't even let my sister have it, or have pictures.

So, I remember it in my mind and that will have to do. I remember often wanting to live in the village instead of my real home.

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   Posted 3/25/2010 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I grew up in what started out as a log cabin - literally. The old photos of the house show the dark wood logs, although later when I was still young my parents painted them white. It was only 1 story, with two bedrooms (actually, my parents converted the garage to their bedroom after I came along), and one bath.

As my Dad did a little better with his income (not rich, just middle, middle class over time) they added a split level addition. I was 11 when this happened. What used to be my bedroom got expanded to be part of the living room, and there were two bedrooms put upstairs in the addition; one for my parents, and one for me (I was an only child). What I loved was the downstairs portion of the split level was a game room of sorts, and we had a small pool table. There was a door that slid into the wall that could be pulled out at the top of the stairs to close it off, and that room became where I had friends as a teenager, but also my place to listen to music, etc.

When they added the addition they made the siding look like logs, so the house looked like white logs. Later after I had moved out my parents had the logs sided over with white siding that matched the addition, and that's how the house still is today.

There were fireplaces in the house, but we never really used them. I think my mother might have thought they created too much dirt! Heaven knows why, but she put white carpeting in the upstairs bedroom with the new addition - shag carpet (those old enough remember those times!). My bedroom was a combination of a pink plush rug and green walls. Someone pink and green were big colors back then. They re-did the kitchen to have wood cabinets made.

The house was in the country, although we had houses around us, and several relatives lived nearby so it was kind of like a little extended family grouping. But we also lived surrounded by grape vineyards, and part of what my father did was farming. The farms are still in the family now, with one of my cousins.

I sold the house after my mother died. Was very tempted to move in, but the heating bills and upkeep would have been way beyond me. I've watched as changes have been made by others, but it's nice to see new families (it's changed hands twice since I sold it) raising children there.

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