Friday, October 1, 2010

We Got Keys!

Today we drove to Schweinfurt to check it out. We got our new mail box address and unexpectedly an apartment!! We got key's!!! We are off post but in government leased housing. This means that the U.S. government has leased these houses (apartment complexes) from the Germans and then "rents" them to us. So no landlord to bother us and when we have maintenance that needs to be done, we call the maintenance people on base just like if we lived on base.
I have to point out that this is not our furniture and it will be gone by the time our stuff arrives! It's government furniture that any one who has lived over here will recognize! Our furniture will be there on Thursday of this week! Ya whoooooooooo!
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The complex has 6 American families. We are on the 1st floor (score!) and have a huge yard. It's 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms (a total of 2 showers, 2 toilets, 1 bath and 3 sinks). Our laundry room is in the basement but we're on the 1st floor so who cares???

The above is the huge bathroom. It has a tub and a stall, a toilet and two sinks.

All the rooms look way smaller than they actually are. I need to take pictures with a wide angle lens. The above is the "master bedroom" which will be the girls room.

Above is our room.

The 2nd bathroom with a shower stall.

And my sewing room!! Finally a room all my own! It's been about 5 years since I've had my own sewing room.. and damn it, I deserve one! This apartment is about 110 sq. meters (1184 sq. feet) and our current place is about 80-85 sq meters (860-915 sq feet) so it's a lot bigger:)

The back yard! I pieced two photos together so you can see just how big. This is our unit on the corner and our yard is all the way from the left to the divider on the right. I'm going to have to get some kind of temporary fencing. I'm not into sharing my yard with neighbor kids and I'm not into my kids sharing other people's yards especially when there is a swing set next door that will be tempting!
So far I love this apartment. I'm closing my eyes to a number of things (the linoleum flooring, the laundry being in the basement, etc) and we're trying to not think about how dirty the entry and stairwell were. Or how dirty the laundry room was. Or the trash can area.... or the patio next door..
please oh please let us not have "douche bag neighbors" as Jon said earlier.
We are 10 minutes away by car from Jon's work, Emily's school, the PX, Commissary and everything else! Emily may ride the bus to school.
Above is a new line of fabrics we just got in. It's called Pure by Moda. It might have more than that in the name but I'm not sure. I can totally see a quilt for a master bedroom for a guy or a couple where the guy cares if there is flowery stuff in his room. I am in love with the tiny polka dots and tiny stripes.

And Emily after school the other day. Wearing her Johnny Appleseed pot hat. She's wearing a pot's an upside down pot (you can't see the handle from this angle). I've been looking forward to her bringing her art and other projects home.


Mary A. said...

Your new place looks soooo nice. It sounds like it has everything you've ever wanted. Lucky Woman! You're going to have a yard!!!! BTW, my sis and I loved sharing a room at that age. Do it while you can!

Love Emily's hat!

Anonymous said...

I am so happy that you got a better place. I am glad that even though you are off post (something that I think is great) you are still surrounded by other Americans. I hope that they are not douche bags. I love the idea of your own yard too. I think that the girls would stress if they had their own room, so that is an awesome use of space putting them in the largest room and moving all your sewing stuff out of the master. First floor YEAH! I miss you and want to hear from you soon. I love you JEn

Norma's Nonsense said...

Your new place looks so nice and clean. I love how they do the bathrooms there with all the tile. That Emily is so cute.

insanely crafty said...

I can't wait to see what you do with it! So exciting.

Adrienne said...

Oh, so exciting, congratulations!!! It's wonderfult hat you don't have to worry about dumb landlords, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you, that you have cool neighbors.

I'm so jealous that you get your own sewing room--I'm so hoping for a craft room where ever we end up--but you're right, you deserve one! Just think how much more space you'll have, I know you've been terribly cramped in your current apartment. Post pics when you get moved in!

Katelyn R. said...

Yay! I know you were nervous. So that's so exciting that you were able to get such a large place so soon! And congratulations on your sewing room!

Kelly's Korner said...

I can't stand the thought of you leaving, but I'm glad your place is so nice! That yard!!!! Awesome! Does the army mow it for you, or are you responsible for that? And your own sewing room is great!

I LOVE that new line! I haven't bought any yet, but it's soooo tempting. My colors.

Em is so cute in her pot hat! Funny!

corinnea said...

Woot!!! Love your place! So very glad you have a room of your own. Hope the rest of your move goes as smoothly as this part did. I know it's going to be hard emotionally.

Love that fabric, was just thinking about that fabric, want that fabric.

Betty Crocker Ass said...

That is so great! Congrats...can't wait to see what starts coming out of your new sewing room!

jules said...

Wow, that's awesome that your place is so big and has a yard!!

Heidi said...

Wow, love the new apartment. You must be so excited to be on the first floor! No more stairs - yippee!

Can't wait to see how you decorate all that space - your own sewing room will be brilliant! Can I come up for a visit soon?

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