Sunday, December 9, 2007

look at the pictures we found!

Jayson and I purchased our home in 2005. When we bought it, we tried to find as much information as we could. Here's what we found out about our house. It was built in 1901. There have been a few additions to the original 2 room home. In the 1950's, a lady named Dot Webb bought it and she lived here for over 50 years. Her children were so great to tell us everything they knew about it. When Dot passed away in 2002 or 2003, a family friend bought the house and did a lot of renovations. He sold it to a young couple who tore out the yard, but decided to get divorced before they finished the yard. We bought the house from them. When we bought the house, there were no walkways, no lawn, no shrubs--only two large trees. we put in the yard and have felt very comfortable in our home.

Tonight, we were reading through some old emails and found a link to the Utah County web page about our house. The last time we checked it had tax information and boring things. But this time, it had two GEMS. We still cannot believe we found these pictures.

First of all, here is what our house looks like today. Or in September. Today it looks covered in snow. Pretty cute, right?

Okay, and here is what our house looked like just FOUR years ago.

Can you believe that is even our house? Seriously, can you even SEE a house back there? What color is that? Look at all those shrubs and trees! All of our neighbors tell us how different our house looks, but I WOULD NEVER HAVE IMAGINED. They even described this to us, but actually seeing it makes me speechless.

This next picture makes us SO happy. This is the house how we envisioned it all those years ago. It seems so perfect, so quaint, so cute. The neighbors house hadn't even been built yet! The website says our neighbors house was built in 1959, so it appears picture was taken before then.

I wish we could have seen this before we poured our walkways and planned our yard. That walkway from the front to the side is adorable! I think we're going to go to the city and see if we can get a copy of this picture. We love our house and we are extremely pleased to find these little pieces of history!


Scotty and Deb Edwards said...

That's awesome... It is exciting to find things like this. You could still do the walkway like that if you wanted.

Thanks for sharing! Let me know if you get the original file or print... there may be a gift in your future!


Robyn said...

Now that I see that picture of the house all overgrown, I think I actually remember it looking that way. It's amazing what a little loving care can do for a house and yard.

janae said...

Oh my gosh, I cannot believe you found an old, old picture of the house! That is so cute! I love that you guys have 'restored' the yard, too, so that it looks big and open like the first picture. So exciting!

SharTrevHarp said...

Very cool, Heidi! I love old pictures and learning histories of places. Your home is adorable! I was wondering what the tall brick thing in the front yard was (in the oldest pic)?

heidizinha said...

Shara, I know the one on the left is for sure a tree, because we found its stump when we did our yard. I'm pretty sure the one on the right is also a large tree. It seems to have lifted up the sidewalk next to it. Is that what you were looking at?

SharTrevHarp said...

yeah i guess it's a tree---it looked like it didn't continue at the top so then in my mind it looked brick--i'm going crazy--thanks for the clarification!

Kris and Kally said...

I love it! It's like a trip down memory lane!