House Crashing: Mom and Dad

My parents are mostly moved into their new place so I wanted to share a few pictures for their friends back in Auburn…


All of Mom’s potted plants survived the move!


Mom says, “Y’all come on in!

As you come in, Mom’s “parlor” is on the left. Dad wants to call it the reading room since all the books will be in there but so far we’re all still calling it Mom’s parlor.

They have so many pictures and knickknacks that there’s not room for all the books! We still need to work on this and unpack a couple boxes but it’s coming together.

Off the foyer to the right is the dining room. It’s all done!


My mom’s mother, Gladys, painted both of these scenes of Washington, DC after visiting my parents and Hal there in 1966. They lived in a high-rise in Arlington and Hal’s first word was “cars”. The traffic in DC has not improved since then!

Here’s Mom and Dad’s new room! They have a door out to the back porch.

Welcome to the family room! Like the “L” on the fireplace? Yes, I ordered that for them because I love the one on our fireplace! I’m trying to start a trend. 🙂

There’s a half-wall between the family room and the breakfast area.


I love this kitchen! It has tall cabinets, an island, granite counters and all stainless appliances. It’s just pretty!

Here’s how you know Mom has moved in — the duck is out!

This is a view from the family room into the kitchen.

Dad’s “man cave” is a mess because I told him I’d help him unpack the last boxes and we have been distracted by important things like going to the pool and I don’t know what! I picked out frames for all his diplomas because he’s never hung them up before – ever! Isn’t that goofy!? This one is for his PhD.

This is a cool certificate he got for speaking at a conference in Cairo in 1980/81.

OK, back to the breakfast area! We have some of the rooster decor up – the paintings Steve and I did for Dad. Steve’s is really good (duh) but I like mine, too!

They have a grill, their table and the glider next to the back door.

The other side of the back porch looks into the family room and has a door to the master bedroom. You may recognize these chairs from the lake house.

Dad and Michael are trying to grow a pineapple plant.

Dad hung up a bird feeder.

Bird bath and potted flowers.

Mom picked out two varieties of hydrangeas to plant in the flowerbed.

Dad has the flag up already! Of course.

And the best part is it’s close enough for the grandbabies to come over any time!


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