I realized I have been quiet on here about our new house, so I figure I need to record some of the details for our Navasard Family History before I forget it all.
We signed the end of September. It was a crazy hard decision. We went back and forth forever on it. Our kids were happy as could be in our 1200 square feet, surrounded by the most amazing people. Did they really need more space? Would a bigger house with our own yard actually make us happier? Would switching from our amazing, diverse title one school actually be better? Did I really want to clean all that house?
We decided to keep things quiet as long as we possibly could, since building a house is a crazy long process.
Paul and I took many late night walks over to check on the progress once we had the kids in bed and I shed many tears, even though I knew we were making the right decision.
We broke and told the kids in December. There was some anger, some tears and eventually excitement.
A few months later we broke the news that they would be switching elementary schools. They took this news a little better than I thought they would.
We then told our neighbors. Once again there was some anger, tears and eventually excitement.
We took many bike rides and walks over to check things out and show the kids we won't be too far from our beloved town homes.
We got our keys the last week of school.
Unpacking was WAY harder than I anticipated. Plus, I could not believe how much crap we fit in our town house.
Our first big goal after the move was to get both cars in the garage, which we happily accomplished less than 2 weeks after closing. Paul is happy to be in a garage again and I am happy that all bikes and scooters are easily accessible.
Macey and Crew surprised me by having the hardest time adjusting. Miles ended up being the easiest with the move, mainly due to the fact that he had his own space to retreat to now.
Things I am loving:
Watching these 4 play together. There's been tons of hide and seek, board games, fort building and just overall sibling bonding without the constant flow of neighbor friends.
Our dead end street.
Watching the kids make new friends, even though we all desperately miss our old neighbors.
Things we miss:
The trees and grass.
We still try to spend some evenings over at the townhomes basking in their shade.
having less to clean.
shelves for all my books.
Macey and Miles' chapter books have a home.
All of my picture books still look like this, other than the basket that is in each kids' room.
Walking out my door and not being surrounded by my best friends.
I have felt a bit isolated here, even though we constantly have people over. I am just not used to living in a normal neighborhood. :) I now know why I never felt the desire to move when i had babies. I couldn't imagine passing nap time here instead of in front of our townhouse chatting with all my friends.
While we can never replace what we had at the townhouses, I am loving our new neighborhood, new ward and I LOVE the new house.
I have faith this house and neighborhood will be just as good to us as our last one.