Orlando: My Three Homes

At around 6 p.m., we officially waved goodbye to our home in Orlando.


That’s the old abode! I can finally show you guys the outside! Smile

When I tweeted this photo earlier, some of you laughed at the fact that we had a decimal in our address. The apartment we rented was located in the back of a larger home, so it was awarded a “.5” on the end of the house number.

Though this place gave us our fair share of headaches with the mouse problem and all, it was also the first place we shared as a married couple and really did feel like home.



We won’t miss the world’s ugliest cabinets or the dark kitchen, but we will miss living in a central location in downtown Orlando and the warm and friendly neighborhood.

As we were driving our final load of belongings to Ocala (it took us two trips and three carloads to get everything there), I had Ryan swing by my first apartment and the first apartment we shared together so I could snap a quick picture of our Orlando homes.

My first post-college apartment was located in the back of a quaint home in the Thornton Park neighborhood of Orlando.


It was about 700 square feet and it was all mine! Well, Ryan basically lived there without really living there, so I guess it was kind of his, too… Winking smile 

We called this place my “mini house” because it was so cozy and homey but scrunched into a the back of an already small home. To do my laundry, I had to hook up the washing machine to the kitchen sink!

I loved it there!

After a year at the “mini house,” I took the plunge and moved into a place with Ryan where we lived for two years.


This is the place we lived in when I started the blog! Open-mouthed smile 

It was about 1,000 square feet and was my favorite home of the three. With the exception of some seriously nutty landlords, this place was perfect!

apartment thornton park 



It’s hard to believe I’ve lived in Orlando for the past eight years. It was really bittersweet as we drove away from a place with so many memories, but we’re really excited and ready to discover a new place with new things to do, restaurants to try, trails to hike and people to meet!

Moving Fuel

Today’s adventures were fueled by his and hers Frappuccinos.


I love ‘em!

Once we finally had everything packed into storage (we were moving and cleaning from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.), it was dinner time.

stuff in storage 002

We stopped by Publix to pick up some food to have on hand at our temporary living location and also nabbed some sushi.

stuff in storage 003

And then Ryan had the genius idea to split a pint of ice cream in honor of our big move!

stuff in storage 004

He let me choose the flavor and I selected Blue Bell coconut fudge ice cream which was FANTASTIC. I love coconut and fudge ribbons, so this little gem was right up my alley.

With the two of us working our magic on the pint, it was gone within 10 minutes.

And now we’re cuddled up in a fluffy hotel bed (we’re staying in an extended stay hotel until we find an apartment) and hope to get a good night’s sleep. I don’t think that will be too hard after today’s moving madness.

Ryan’s first day at his new job starts tomorrow!!!


  1. says

    Good luck to Ryan on his first day at the new job! I loved the picture tour of your previous homes, it looks like the Orlando rental market is a lot better than Seattle, those are some nice places (sans mice).


  2. says

    REALLY jealous you live in the “south.” Blue Bell ice cream is my aboslute favorite! I was born in Denver, lived in St. Louis my entire life, went to college in Indiana and my boyfriend and I just moved to Des Moines in July. We’ve been all over the Midwest, but I’m itching to get to the south for some Blue Bell! Every year, my family takes a vacation trip to Destin, FL and we go to down on Blue Bell.

    P.S. – Exciting times, moving! Packing sucks, but it’s always exciting being in a new place. 🙂 Best of luck!



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *