Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Slice of Life - Stories of the Staircase

I love participating in Slice of Life, started by Two Writing Teachers and writing a story, reflection, or musing at least once a week.
We are coming up on our 10 year mark of living in this house.  We moved back to this area in August of 2004 and built our home while living in a nearby apartment.  We moved in right after Christmas of that year after a doozy of a snowstorm.  I was thinking about all the things I love about this house and thought of our staircase.  It splits at the landing, with one set going into the kitchen, and the other set into the foyer.  It has been the location for many photos.  I thought I'd tell its stories.
The stairs were fun to play on even as they were being built:
The girls were young enough when we moved in to play dress up and pose on the stairs:
First day of school pictures were taken at the base of the stairs in the foyer:
It's a great place to sit and talk, eat, and drink during parties:
 We love to sit and play with Ben or cuddle with him on the stairs:

We had many pre-dance parties at our house when our girls entered high school, so the stairs were the perfect place to take group photos:


It was even fun to take pictures of parties from the top of the stairs:



 It became the place to take our group photos of Friends' Thanksgivings:


 One of my favorite Friends' Thanksgiving pictures was the two generations of Miami U. girls:

 All the cousins (and Uncle T.J.) gathered on the stairs in 2012:
The staircase is good for lounging, even all dressed up:

 New Year's Eve Party gatherings:

Ben likes to rest his back legs on a higher step than his front legs.  He also likes to sit up on the top step and look out the foyer window:

 Sometimes it's hard to choreograph an arrangement on the stairs.  Here, Tyler, the senior class president in 2010-11, tries to get the student council to get in their places for a photo.  He's not having much luck:

The staircase makes for a perfect grand entrance.  Libby ready for her senior prom:

Last, but not least, the stairs are fun to goof around on:

We have made a lot of memories in our house during the last 10 years and have made good use of those stairs!  I'm looking forward to what the future years bring!


  1. Holly, your stairs are shining examples of the love that exists in your house as they welcome each guest and family member. What a beautiful house you have and wonderful memories stored in each step. Thank you for sharing the happiness.

  2. What a gorgeous photoessay of your family! Clearly lots of good times and memories made here!

  3. Love these pictures. Such a focal point for so many life memories. All that is missing is a wedding picture! ;)

  4. I can't believe we have yet another connection. We moved into our current home on Dec. 18th, 2004. We also have a photogenic staircase. Ours is spiral. It came with the 30 year old home, but when we moved in it had plywood stair treads wrapped in berber carpeting. We lived with the plain plywood for a year or so, then my husband brilliantly made wooden stairs to lay into the metal frame. It's beautiful now. I don't think we have taken as many pictures, though. Loved your walk down memory lane.

  5. I love this post and the glimpse into one aspect of your home and all the memories it holds over a 10 year period. I am glad that you have documentation of so many different aspects of what makes the stairs special.

  6. Oh my goodness! What a fabulous post! So many precious memories captured through the photos!

  7. What great stories those stairs can tell! What love there in the pictures. Happy tenth anniversary--here's to many more on those stairs!

  8. So fun to read your slice of life on the stairs and from the stairs in your house. So many gorgeous pictures and memories of happy times. I like Ben's unusual stance on the stairs. We always took a picture on the stairs Christmas morning before I would let the kids come downstairs.

  9. I LOVE that you wrote a post about stairs! This is so creative and touching. I love, love, love it! Thank you for making thinking of things in a new way!

  10. A stairway of love and joy! This is a picture book, Holly.

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