Monday, June 20, 2016

Westward Movement

Currently, I'm sitting on a flight to Reno, our new home state. We both have middle seats, but I can't complain, because this is my first flight without a kid on my lap in 4.5 years and it. is. magical.

Life is so thrilling right now and I'm feeling so crazy grateful that we are all healthy and able to see and live in parts of the country we haven't been before. 

As most of my readers know, Chicago was never my first choice in places to live, but when we made the decision to move there, we were elated. We had been married just a year before taking off on our month-long road trip that took us to countless national parks, many states, up through Canada and ultimately to our new state where we would create a beautiful life together, buy our first home, populate it with adorably pasty white babies and live happily ever after. Nothing could stop us. Not even those terrible winters.

And some of that happened. We made fantastic friends. We did. We bought the beautiful house and populated it with babies and also went through the worst heartbreak of our lives in that home. The ups and downs of home ownership were weathered together and the husband successfully became president of his company before choosing to leave for another opportunity at the start of 2016. 

There has been some soul searching and lots of family togetherness and building some new dreams and even newer dreams now that are leading us west. 

Before ultimately accepting the position in Reno as the west coast director of distribution for a Fortune 500 company (LinkedIn stalking might be necessary for some of you, though title won't be officially changed until start date of July 5). There were decisions to be made for our family which led to the final decision which wasn't the sexiest company (compared to others he interviewed with and turned down) but a solidly great one. Many interviews with the coolest and most well known companies on the planet (of which YOU use everyday) occurred and offers were extended (in Silicon Valley, which happens to be the most expensive place to live in the entire west). You guys, I married a really, really smart guy. Decisions were both hard and easy, but we knew that no matter where we were headed, we were up for new scenery and a new adventure. And so, Reno is our new stomping ground. For now.

And selling our house for easy (rental) living in favor of weekends in Lake Tahoe instead is basically fireworks status exciting. The home sale process and all that jazz is coming at you soon. I am ever-so-elated to take back family time and forego home projects for the easy life. 

Reno is almost definitely not going to be our final stop of adventure living. Oddly, leaving his position late last year in Chicago made us both feel like we have a new lease on life and we are pretty excited to see which way the wind blows and takes us (which is also the metaphor I shall assume when keeping the blog domain the same... but changing the header to one that includes our new backyard view.) Spoiler: mountains. YOU GUYS. Mountains!!!!

Until then, we left the kids in our mostly barren and meticulously clean going-on-the-market-very-soon home with their Gawbee to seek out a landing place for when we head west at the end of this month with the two munchkins (and Andrew in the cup holder. Too dark? Honest.) on our westward movement road trip. Wish us luck. The requests have been solidly made for a pink and orange bedroom for each of them. #stylishkids #whatcanisay


Jenny P. said... [Reply to comment]

Congrats! Best wishes!

Mama Bear said... [Reply to comment]

Good luck finding a nice place to call home for awhile. I'm a little jealous that you've had time to plan for the move, but it will inevitably have stress and more hard decisions, and with that I sympathize and wish you luck and patience. Closer to PNW. I am excited for your adventures!!

Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

Think of all the Geocaching you have to discover!

Very excited for your sweet family.

Her and Her and Him said... [Reply to comment]

Congrats and good luck! I'm only a little jealous that you're leaving IL. I daydream about it often!

:) Heather

LookItsJessica said... [Reply to comment]

I know you're sick of those Chitown winters!!! Congrats guys! Enjoy the West!

Kari Wagner said... [Reply to comment]

I am so excited for you! Enjoy those mountains. :)

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Exciting! Can't wait to hear more.

Sarah said... [Reply to comment]

How exciting! I will miss seeing your Midwestern photos, which take me straight back to my own childhood, but it will be fun to see you in a new place.

Sonja Mitchell Gallagher said... [Reply to comment]

I'm so excited for you guys!!!!