We have been in our house for 3 years this month! In a way it seems like yesterday that we came over to see it and put in an offer the next day, in others it seems like so long ago since we lived anywhere else. Since we moved into this house we have had our wedding, several vacations, a PR at the Boston Marathon, Brian has had 2 jobs at Nike, I had 3 (almost), we got pregnant, we had a baby, we've done some kind of work on nearly every room and every inch of the yard.
We haven't painted anything, we haven't done any remodeling, we took out linoleum and put hardwoods in the kitchen, we got all new appliances, we installed shutters and new blinds, we replaced the lovely blue carpet. We have replaced the fixtures on the kitchen cabinets and many other little upgrades. We put in a new fence and a raised bed garden. We have planted nearly everything you see.
This is our first house, it will always be a very special place for us. I came across some photos of what the house looked like when we saw it before we bought it. It just shows that if you can look past the cosmetic details, you can really make a house your own without a total remodel! This house had great bones and continues to make our little family very happy.