Last night was the last time we sleep in our house. It’s been ten years to the day since we bought our first house and moved in. It’s been a good house — we’ve run a successful business and had our four children here — but now we’re ready to move on with our lives.

We’re happy to remember the good times we’ve had at this house — and all the work we’ve put into it! Here are some pictures to show what we’ve done with the place.

Our house, 2001
We bought the ugliest house on a nice street.

Our house, 2001
The front entrance was spectacularly boring.

Our house, 2010
Rendering the front brick and concreting the driveway has made a huge difference.

Our house, 2001
This was the side of our house outside the kitchen.

Our house, 2010
We added the shed and driveway in 2006 so we could move David's business' carpet and vinyl rolls out of the garage.

Our garden, 2001
Our back yard in 2001. Apart from the mature trees, we've planted everything else.

Our house, 2010
It's hard to believe this is the same back yard! The little palm tree has grown so much.

The interior of the house hadn’t been updated since it was first built in 1973. We were originally surrounded by green and pink wallpaper, exposed brown timber, dark brick features inside and holey carpet.

Our house, 2001
A glimpse of the entrance-way and kitchen. Do you like the brown ceramic tiles?

Our house, 2010
We completed our kitchen renovation less than two years ago. It's been wonderful to use a fully-functional kitchen with all the modern appliances!

Our house, 2001
We originally had an outdoor courtyard area at the end of the kitchen counter. Later we enclosed it to make it our family room.

Our house, 2010
Opening up the family room has made such a difference to the house!

Lauren, 2001
At the time we moved into our house, I was driving a Lada Niva — David painted it purple for me.

David and Misty, 2001
Here's a much younger David trimming Misty's hair on our back verandah.

Tonight we’ll sleep in our truck and trailer, ready to hit the road again. We just need to hand over our car to its new owners tomorrow, and then we’re free to go. We’re driving south to stay in Grafton for a while before continuing our adventures further afield.