Today I asked Miryam what she'd like to do today and she replied "I'd very much like a yard please". I hear ya kid. Between the cute phrasing and the sentiment it's a bit of a heart breaker. Here is a picture of the yard:
The picture is from our annual Mother's Day Brunch in which out small apartment & yard crams in at least 6 children, their attached adults, and a ton of yummy food.
It's worked out well for us thus far. The porch is nice and wide - space for a table for al fresco meals for our small family, a wading pool and two Adirondack chairs (with arm rests wide enough for a cold beverage). The sidewalk is perfect for chalk and bike riding. There is a maple tree (not shown) for leaf gathering and shade and a teeeeeeeeeeny-tiiiiiiiiiny patch of grass. We spend a lot of time out there in the warm weather but it's starting to get a bit cramped. With two kids now, I am dreaming of a fenced in yard that I can send Miryam into the run a big and make some big messes and some gardening room for some raised beds...and maybe a few chickens (I'm getting ahead of myself). Part of the charm of our apartment (beside the cheap rent) is the one-mile walk to Main Street. I can handle a small yard/small home if we are surrounded by community (and friends with bigger homes and yards). But I think we have hit the point were we are busting a big at the seams.
I'd very much like a yard please.
So we are looking for a home. Because we can't afford my farm-house-with-acres-in-the-country house yet, we are looking for something in the middle - a sizable yard and a reasonable distance to a main street. If we were in the country with acres we would be able to be more self-sustaining in terms of entertainment but because we'll have a smaller yard I want to be close enough to town that we can keep car-dieting.
Please send us good home-buying vibes, ok? I gotta get this girl a yard.