My parents built a house when I was 5 years old and they lived there probably 30 years or more. I grew up with living in the same house and my grandparents had the same house they had forever but once I left my parents’ home, the moving from place to place began. We once counted it up and Chad lived in more than a dozen houses while growing up. Addie isn’t even 3 yet and she’s already lived in three houses in three different towns . . unfortunately for me, none of those towns are in Texas!
Moving a lot taught me that things were never perfect. The colors I loved would probably not be the colors that would help a house sell and since we knew we’d be moving again, the colors were mostly always neutral. I was so happy that the previous owners in our MO house broke the rules and even though they knew they would have to sell the house, they painted the kitchen, breakfast room and dining room green!
Of course, the first thing the relocation company did when we moved out was paint everything a neutral color.
Also, the furniture that we end up with . . we somehow make it work in the next place because if we got rid of what we have and bought new stuff that worked better in each house . . well, some people do it but we don’t.
Here we are .. probably never moving again and our dining table just isn’t right!
Let me take you back to Kentucky. We bought that little house in town when Chad was in high school, so we would be closer to town. It was a tiny little house and this was the dining table we bought for that house. One small table and our chairs.
We bought the house in MO before we left KY so we knew what furniture we needed. Our dining table at our home in KY was way too big for the small dining room in MO so we sold it, kept the little table for the MO dining room and bought a small square-ish table for the breakfast room there.
Then, we moved to TX. The small square-ish table ended up in the sewing room. I like it a lot and when we first came here, I didn’t know if we would be staying here forever so I didn’t want to get rid of it but now, if we ever end up with a decent pickup, I’ll probably take it to Chad and Nicole if they want it.
The small dining table that has made the last few moves with us just isn’t big enough for our current spot or needs. 99% of the time, it’s just the two of us but fairly often, there are four at the table and even with four, it’s crowded. With six, we bring two chairs over from the sewing room and we are elbow to elbow!
So . . here’s the debate: Why do we need a table for 6 when, for the most part, there are 2 of us? (That’s Vince’s side of the debate.) So, then I say: Why do we need sofa that seats three and 2 recliners if there are just two of us? Why do we need three vehicles? Why do we need 14 lawn mowers?
Tell me .. who has a table that’s only big enough for however many people live in the house!
You know I’ll be looking for a table and chairs soon! I want something extremely durable and more “ranchy” than formal/fancy. Actually, rustic is probably easier to find around here than formal but . . . I just have to convince Vince that we need a bigger table.