Hey! So did I tell you guys we're moving? No? Well, we are. We're moving! Yay!
Where, you ask? Funny answer...
Right next door.
Yup. It was an interesting turn of events that I needn't bore you with, but when our neighbor/friend/Sweetie's Destination Imagination coach told us she's moving a few towns north and her house was available, we jumped at the chance to move right in.
Well, "move right in" at the very end of May. But still... it's coming fast and furious enough!
The big impetus to get out of our current rental house is the fact that Sweetie's bedroom (if you can even call it that) is uber-tiny. Big enough for her twin bed and dresser and little else. It's really a bed annex, actually. Didn't even have a door on it when we moved in, and now only sports one of those accordion style doors. In our new place, not only will Sweetie have a bedroom twice the size of her current one, but a separate playroom to boot. PLUS we'll have even one more "extra" space, which will become the study of sorts (part art room/guest room/study/catch-all room).
Hubby is also super excited to be gaining some extra land. Here on our current plot we have almost literally no space at all. A teeny front "yard" and no back or side yard to speak of. At the new house, right next door, we are gaining not only a very nice sized garden (yay!) but a back yard space to play and relax in as well. Our neighbor/soon-to-be landlady has always been quite the gardener, and Hubby is itching to get back to playing in the dirt, like he did at our old house, and grow us some yummy fruits and veggies to enjoy. Can't wait!
Another great thing, especially for me, is that we will now be "one-floor living." Technically, the master bedroom in the new house is upstairs. But the one bathroom in the house is downstairs (opposite of our situation now.) It's not often that I need the bathroom in the middle of the night, but when I do - I do. And I can't have it down a flight of stairs from where I'm sleeping. I can walk without my braces, but not easily, or safely. Especially in the dark while I'm super sleepy! And so, we'll be turning what is currently the living room of the new house into our master bedroom. So the master upstairs, now becomes the extra room. And the second bedroom upstairs, the playroom (what will be Sweetie's bedroom is also on the main floor - used to be the bedroom of our neighbor's daughter.)
Not to fret! There's a beautiful, bright, 4-season sunroom downstairs that will become our main living area. We haven't lost a thing!
And I'm gaining a dishwasher!!! This may be the best news of it ALL!!!
We're already packing up boxes and just alerted our current landlords today of our intentions to vacate their premises. This is real, folks! Anyone free on Memorial Day weekend who wants to help us with our Bucket Brigade style moving method is more than welcome to come on over and heave boxes.
On a more serious note... we always figured that, once we were ready to leave this house, we'd leave this town as well. Haven't heard the best of things about the teachers in the upper elementary grades and secondary school in town, you see. We want to see Sweetie continue to thrive in school, and get as many positive educational opportunities as possible as she grows, and we just weren't sure this town offers all that we want for her academically. Still not sure. Actually, no... we know for a fact that this small mill town is NOT the best place to send a bright, curious, enthusiastic, self-motivating, school-loving Sweetie. But... we also know that our bright, curious, enthusiastic, self-motivating, school-loving Sweetie WILL thrive if we remain 100% behind her and 100% involved in her education, no matter where we live or where she goes to school. She'll keep with D.I., which she loves, and that alone, I know, will encourage her to continue her creative, quick-thinking problem solving ways. And we will be behind her throughout her school career to push her and challenge her as her teachers do, or beyond what her teachers do - whichever the case may be. Basically, Sweetie will do just fine and prove her smarts no matter where she is.
And we do like this small, New England town. And we do like our neighborhood. This opportunity to move right next door, to the bigger house with the bigger yard is just perfect for us.
Yes, we're moving on, indeed. Onward and upward, here we go...