Here are some things I've been thankful we'll be able to change once we move...
1. Three different surfaces under Peter's high chair. It's a pain to deal with linoleum, carpet, and the mat that covers a bit of both. At the new house we'll have some swanky new faux-wood vinyl under our entire dining area. I've never been so excited to break out the broom!
2. The cramped dining nook. After 3.5 years we haven't found a completely workable orientation for our dining table and chairs. We've had it in three different places and nothing feels quite right. This growing belly of mine will appreciate free walking space around every chair once we settle into our new digs.
3. Short on counter space... Big on personality? Not really. I don't hate our kitchen by any means, but it sure leaves some things to be desired. Counter space being the first one. I keep dreaming about the new workspace we'll have with the kitchen PENINSULA in Duvall! (and item 3.1, cabinets that don't look like, well, these. :))
4. Bedrooms right off the kitchen. Honestly, this layout does have some perks. It's nice to send the kids into their rooms to grab socks or whatever while I'm in the kitchen and not have a flight of stairs to complicate things. But what we'll lose in that small convenience (Peter is almost ready to navigate stairs by himself anyway, though those gates sure are going up when we move!) we gain in sheer freedom to do more things in our living areas, namely the kitchen, when the kids are asleep. I'm not going to be swinging the meat mallet or anything, but it will be nice not to feel like the kitchen is off-limits during nap or bedtime -- and I'm exaggerating a bit, but not much.
5. Blinds, blinds, blinds. I'm glad our windows have SOMETHING, but boy is it a pain to swivel 8 sets of blinds in the living room when I want a bit of natural light or privacy. We kind of have built in privacy in Duvall anyway, but the fact that there are absolutely no window treatments doesn't scare me. The venetian blinds can go take a hike. We're thinking fabric shades at some point, and roller shades for the bedrooms to start. I love that no matter what we do, we won't have groups of people standing across the street from our house and smoking with a free view of all our goings-on unless we turn those 8 sets of blinds.
What will I miss? Plenty. Sappy I-love-our-first-house post to come. :)