After nearly six years in our current house… we’re moving!
As Michaela gets older, we have increasingly felt like we should move to a more neighborhood-y place, instead of our still-gentrifying area. We love our house and have worked for years to make it nice. Hell, when we moved in, the place was barely habitable! But we also love the idea of Michaela being able to walk to her friends’ houses, and of living somewhere with more diversity and better schools. So back in November/December, we started looking in earnest. We had a couple of close calls, but didn’t buy anything. About a month ago, though, we saw a string of really good options and decided to take the plunge. A week and a bidding war later, we were under contract, and we officially closed and got our keys yesterday.
I’m looking forward to having a bigger home, and one that’s .3 miles from an awesome park and .3 miles in the other direction from one of the top elementary schools in the county. But I’m also sad about moving out of the house where we got engaged, where we came home for the first time as a married couple, where we brought Michaela home when she was born. I’m dreading the process of taking down the animals that decorate Michaela’s room, and of painting over the landscape we so lovingly applied. Not to mention the fact that packing and moving totally suck!
The other thing that is totally weird about the whole moving thing is that I’ve basically spent the majority of my life living within a mile or two of our current house, and it’s going to be strange to live somewhere else. Our mailman is the same mailman that delivered to my parents’ house when I was in high school. Last weekend, I was at the little Mexican bakery near our house and a random guy said, “Is your name Music?” When I said yes, he told me we’d gone to elementary school together and name checked a bunch of people from back in the day. I’m guessing that’s not going to happen in our new neighborhood!
But change is good, and I’m looking forward to setting up our home and to meeting new neighbors and getting integrated into the social fabric of our new area.