When we moved into our house, I knew we were planning on having children. I kept that in mind when I was house searching. I wanted all the bedrooms on one level. Somehow, intuitively I knew that walking up and downstairs in the middle of the night wasn't something I wanted to do. I had no idea that even at 4 they still need us to come in the middle of the night to check on them. I wanted a kitchen that had space for kids to help cook and I wanted a toy room on the main level so that they could play and be part of the action. The house we bought is an almost perfect layout. I love it. As soon as I saw the formal dining space, I knew that there would never be a formal dining room table in there. Before we had kids, it is were my pet turtle lived and we thought we'd put up some book cases and have a library.
That never happened and soon we found out we were having twins! Here is a photo story of how our "formal dining" room space has evolved over the years.
Before kids. We didn't even have curtains up. My pet turtles lived over there on the left.