grandma's house : denver, co photographer


Grandma. The thoughts that come flooding in after hearing the word make my heart warm.

Her hugs, the funny conversations around the big table, the remembering of old times, the tic-tacs, the countless late nights hanging out with her and my aunts and uncles and cousins, playing games, making food...the list is quite endless.

Basically, I have the best Grandma ever. And she happens to still live in the big farmhouse that her 9 kids grew up in. Almost every single year we've driven the 24+ hours to Grandma's house. Walking in the door is the most surreal feeling...then to walk up the stairs and get a big Grandma hug. :)

The smells, sights, sounds... everything holds such a special memory.

I've been thinking about this so the day after we got there, I went through the house and took a bunch of detail pictures. There are so many things contributing to it being "Grandma's house"...mostly the fact that she lives there ;), but there are just a lot of things around the house that are super special.

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Shady Lane...the famous road Grandma lives on. ;) There's nothing like the feeling of finally turning onto Shady Lane after 24 hours of driving. Of course we flew this time, but still...you get those exciting pitter-patters in your stomach because we're seeing Grandma soon! And the house! And the cousins, the river, the town...! (hey, it really is exciting, ok?!)

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The house from Shady Lane. Love the look of it!

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Door knocker.

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In the living room...you can see photos of my great-grandma ("Noni") on the left, family photos of my aunts and uncles and their families, lace curtains, those old windows...

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The legendary picture wall. Photo of the original family, then photos of the original siblings, and photos of all the cousins around (you can only see a few obviously...ha). I was talking with one of my cousins about how we're super blessed to be good friends with our cousins. We have 27 on my mom's side and I seriously love them all sooo much! God's been awesome to us, that's for sure.

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The door knob to the porch. I always remember having to turn it a special way to get the big ol' door to creak open so I could go read on the porch. :) (and I believe some of us have gotten stuck in there before. Haha)

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The door to the porch...our favorite place to spend time in the summer. In the winter it's usually only used as an extra large refrigerator...

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You can see the door to the porch and on the right, the graduates wall. I'll be up there this spring!!

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One of the cutie pie kitchen windows.

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Teapot on the stove. There are those things that have been there all the time and you never really notice them...but when you do notice them they're pretty cool. Tried to capture those things.

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Yeah... it's the trash closet. But it is the cutest thing...really.

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Love looking out this window while washing dishes...

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Dish towels...

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All sorts of exotic dishes from Italy. (it's the bomb being part Italian, really. You get all the best food. )

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Details on the windows (which are really the coolest windows of all time).

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The steps down to the main level...they make the coolest creaky sound when you walk down them. The sound always associates in my mind with early mornings going downstairs with my siblings to eat yummy cereal for breakfast long before my parents or Grandma woke up. ;)

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Out the window.

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Love her doorknobs.

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Headboard.

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Details on the old wood furniture...

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I love looking at the old tea sets in Grandma's hutch. I remember just staring in there as a little girl being completely enthralled!

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Dresser.

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My bedspread.

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Grandma's room upstairs that Mom usually stays in. It always looks so fresh with the purple paint and the cute curtains. :)

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The room that Anna and I stay in. There's another bed to the left. It's like our little home away from home. ;)

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So, that's the house. Full of memories. Full of history. Full of love and LOTS of food. And when it's full of people, it's full of some of the best people in the universe. 

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Sarah Morgan