So, I've been holding onto a secret for quite some time now. Neill, Daniel, and I have a major life change coming that has been exciting and stressful and nerve-wracking and thrilling...and has been consuming a huge amount of brain power and it's been killing me not to talk about it! But, now that we've told all the people we didn't want to find out from the internet (i.e. our bosses), I finally can.
In mid-May, we will pack up and move to my hometown in California's agricultural Central Valley - only 2 hours (1.75 with no traffic) from San Francisco, but worlds apart. A new job opportunity for Neill was well-timed with Daniel beginning to outgrow our current city living arrangements, and it all just kind of came together in a crazy way. A lot of people have asked me if it's going to be a harsh change to go from the Big City to Small Town USA...but honestly, our icky commute has made it difficult to take full advantage of San Francisco for years, we're very tired of said commute, and we feel ready for a slower pace. We're excited to take advantage of what our new surroundings have to offer (without having to pay for parking), being close to family, and the amazing fresh produce...and if I never have to carry a 30 lb. child and groceries up 3 flights of stairs again, it will be too soon.
So, what's the work in progress? Well, we are now the proud owners of a new home...
with lots of light and lots of space to run around...
and lots of oak cabinetry and tile.
The previous owners took wonderful care of this house and left it in great condition, but we are taking this opportunity to make some cosmetic updates and really make it our own. At first it was just the kitchen and painting...then the kitchen, painting, and floors...then the kitchen, painting, floors, and a bathroom...and on and on...and it's, like, half the house now. Anyway, it is a LOT to coordinate and budget with everything else that's going on, and I've been waking up in the middle of the night thinking about tile and carpet for weeks. But, despite all that, and even though we really have no idea what we're doing, renovating a house is a huge creative outlet, and I'd love to share a little of the process here.
Wow....writing it out like this makes it feel even more real. Three more weeks. (Central) California, I'm coming home.