The Crystal House

Since we have almost lived in our home for two years, I decided to finally post about it.  Most of you that actually read my blog have probably seen it in 'real life' several times or at least in pics on here but, we just love our house so I want to post about it.  At the time we weren't looking to buy a home, but when it went for sale, we couldn't help ourselves, we fell in love.  I have always hoped I could live in an old house in PG, like the one I was raised in.   Little did we know we'd find one literally a few houses away from my parents!

My parent's house, built in 1876
 Old homes have so much character and rarely, if ever, do you see 2 the same.  Our home was built in 1909, the same year my wedding ring was made.  Apparently, 1909 was a good year for things to be made.
Introducing the Crystal House.

 Why the Crystal House?  Growing up I knew this home as the, "Crystal House." I think everyone in our ward/PG did too.  Even when we bought it, we described to others as, "The Crystal House."  Everyone knew exactly what house we were talking about.  The Reed Crystal family lived in this home for years.   They raised several kids in it!  I have no idea where they put them all.  There are two bedrooms on the main floor and the Crystal father dug out a room BY HAND in the basement for his boys.  So when we bought the house there were only three finished rooms.  Now the basement is finished and Danny hopes to finish the upstairs someday too.
Me, Linda and Doris
(I'm in the awkward, "Just look fat," stage of pregnancy.  Lovely.)
 Last Summer, I got a phone call from a close family friend, Linda Walker, saying that Doris was in town and would like to come see the home she was raised in if we were okay with it.  Of course we were, so the next weekend they both came by.  It was so fun to talk to her about growing up in this home.  She showed me where their family piano was that she took lessons on for years.  She said she used to help her mother cut irises and put them in vases.  She told me about all the raspberry bushes out back and the bees her father used to care for.  She told me about her first kiss on the back porch. She showed me where her husband got down on one knee and proposed in the front room.  It was just so neat to hear her stories.  
 Seriously if walls could talk!  Have you ever wondered what your house has seen?

 She loved this house so much she had someone paint a picture for her, so she'd always have it with her.  She had this painted in the 70's, you can tell our trees have grown a lot since then.  She said she moved all over the United States and this painting was always the first thing hung.  I thought that was so cute.  A little strange that someone has a painting of my house in their house, but I love it.  That is totally something I would do.

I guess I'm not one to talk, I took a picture of their irises about two years before we bought the house.  Right with Doris,  I have a sentimental heart.

There were so many reasons we fell in love with our home.  Danny's favorite thing was the gigantic trees that line our yard.  They are so beautiful and if we ever move, we'd never have trees like this.
I loved the 12 foot ceilings, the original old door knobs, moulding, and leaded windows.  The beautiful brick work and the cute porch.  The cozy bay window in our kitchen.

 Not to mention awesome neighbors!  I took this from my porch, that is the back of my parent's house.  Besides a few branches and power lines obstructing the view, you can see how close we are.

And now some photos of the main floor in our home, when it's clean.

Before it was Pearl's room.

Maybe now it will start being known as, "The Elder Home?"


Sydney said…
I love your house rach! It was so fun to see all the pictures and hear about Doris! You have put so much of you into your house and I totally think its a great reflection of you and Danny. Plus pearl in the bumbo on the table is just precious!
Darrell said…
We love your home! And that your so close to Ricker and Cher is unbelievable. So much personality--just like you!
Grandma Cher said…
I love the Elder House/Crystal House! It is such a fun house and so nice with Danny's finished basement. The Best part for me is that it IS so close! I love that so much! Best neighbors EVER!!!
Janeal said…
I LOVE old houses. Your house is gorgeous, and makes me really sad I didn't buy that old house when I had the chance.
Shaun and Lisa said…
Your house is SO adorable. I love it! You seriously have the cutest little fam. We miss you guys lots!!
meg bird said…
I've honestly been waiting for this post! Really glad you wrote it. It's gorgeous and so you guys. Drew and I really want a house like that - old, reasonably restored, and covered with trees! They're rare gems around here. Again, gorgeous house :)
Whitney said…
Thank you for sharing this! So beautiful! Loved the crystals they were like another set of grandparents to me growing up. I'm super anxious to see the downstairs and what you've done with that!

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