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The Big Decision And What’s Ahead…..

There has been a lot going on behind the scenes the last couple of months and I am now ready to share it all.  The hubs received a job offer outside of D.C. that would give him tons of great opportunities moving forward in his career.  As you know that’s nowhere near Colorado! hahaha

For the last few months we have been *tentatively* planning a big cross country move in late summer with one big hangup….our house.  I/we LOVE this house.  We have put countless hours, blood, sweat, tears, love and money into it and honestly I never thought we would leave.  Our kids would go to college nearby and come home asking me to do laundry and eating all of our food. This was it.  Except as time goes on things change and an opportunity comes your way that could lead to so much more than what’s available here.

I have really struggled with this as I, of course, support my husband in all of his endeavors and want him to have everything he possibly can.  And on the flip side this is our home, we are comfortable in our house, our kids have their friends we love where we live and in all honesty starting over somewhere we have never been is damn terrifying.

We have been meeting with a few local realtors to discuss selling options the last few weeks to really see if it made financial sense to make this move.  D.C. ain’t cheap and neither are the moving expenses. (no job related assistance)  We feel good enough that we can make this work and have decided to list our house for sale in April.

I know this may come as a shock and to be honest, I’m still processing it all but I really believe this will be the best thing in the long run for our family.  The kids have a wishlist of must have’s at our new home including our daughter wanting pygmy goats (this girl… I think she just may be a vet when she grows up!) and our sons would love a pool, which seems somewhat reasonable as we have a lake 30 steps from our house now.

This isn’t just about our home but also about asking our kids to trust us and dive in head first into an adventure.  Our kids and myself have never actually been to the area we will most likely live so this is a big blind faith decision.  (Although I have done EXTENSIVE research including talking to peeps who have lived there and google mapping the important stuff like Home Goods and Starbucks) I’m confident that it will be similar to what we are used to with some cool additions like taking them to the Smithsonian or visiting Gettysburg (and how about some serious wineries in the area woohoo!!).  There’s so much to do and experience out there I think it will be a great place for us.

Now let’s talk about houses!  Of course I’ve been practically living on zillow and redfin and they have many more options in the old house department with the added bonus of some land than we do here in CO.  Land is EXPENSIVE here and old houses, at least in our area are even more so.  As it’s always been my dream to live in a big ole (emphasis on the ole) house I’m hopeful that that’s what we’ll end up in somehow.

This is all provided we sell our house!  The job offer has been accepted but with the understanding that we sell our home.  So fingers crossed this whole process goes smoothly (I don’t think my nerves or emotions can handle much more) and the people that come to buy our home love it just as much as we do.

They loved the pool at our rental house during our FL vacay

As for what to expect on the blog-a-rooni, I will continue to switch things up because I can’t NOT switch things up.  Psshaww! It’s in my very dna.  But this month will be more about the process of getting ready to sell, we don’t have a ton to do but regular stuff everyone probably has on their honey-do when they are prepping to list.

And when we get in our new house (provided all goes well with this one!) I will have a blank canvas to dive into and who knows what I’ll come up with, not to mention a lil house hunting fun in the mix somewhere too.

This house has been so good to us and we have been so very happy here so all the good vibes and wishes you can muster I would so appreciate as we navigate our way through what will probably be a complicated process of list, sell, fly out and buy and ultimately move cross country to the east coast.

I hope you hang in there with me through it all!  I will also continue to toss in cool finds, shopping tips and decor tips too….I just very much wanted to share about what’s going on over here as this is a biggie in my brain right now.

Have you ever done a big move to somewhere unknown?  Any tips from your experience I would LOVE to hear!!


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16 thoughts on “The Big Decision And What’s Ahead…..”

  1. 10 years ago we decided to move our family from uk to sunny Queensland in Australia. We had never visited, we didn’t have jobs, but we thought we don’t want to look back in 10 years and think what if?…… my daughter then 11 was not happy about the move, my two sons 9 and 12 were ready for adventure. The process of the move + visa applications took 2 years and in 2010 we moved. We knew we could make it as a family unit and we strongly felt that Australia would give our kids the best childhood and we wanted more sunshine.
    We have had the best time of our lives, our children blossomed into the fabulous adults they are now, I don’t believe they would have had the same opportunities in the uk that they have had here. My eldest son (23) now is just about to start his Masters degree in education with a promise of a job already at his high school where he studied. He currently lives in a converted 1950s Bedford bus in our paddock. My youngest son (19) is at university studying for his exercise physiologist degree and is a track and field athlete having already run for Australia. My daughter (21) soon fell in love with the country she now calls home, she is writing a book. My husband and I found great jobs, a wonderful home because we made it a wonderful home. My kids friends describe our home as a patchwork quilt that wraps itself around you when you walk in! We also have living with us one of my sons friends from the uk who asked his mum and dad, can I go live with the “happiest people on the planet?”
    So our adventure was the best decision, jump in, hold hands and enjoy the fun x

    1. Thank you so much for sharing all of this with me Louise! I so appreciate hearing how a big scary move is sometimes the perfect thing at the perfect moment. I am excited for this and look forward to all of the new opportunities not only for the kids and hubs but myself too. I’m also a big “I’d rather go for it than look back and wonder what if” person, so when you mentioned that it really resonated with me! It’s been a bit of a process convincing the kids and still is but we are an all or nothing together type of crew. Again thank you so much for sharing your experience and I hope for the same to happen for us. We are holding hands and diving in!

    1. Thanks Dusty! We’re excited now but it’s been a bit of a roller coaster getting there for some of us. I think overall this will be the best thing for sure. It’s just getting through the messy part that stinks. Crossing all the fingers and toes for a smooth process!

  2. Oh Tina, I noticed you had been quiet on Facebook, wasn’t surprised to see this blog. Wish that I could buy your house for Starsky, Hutch, and the rest of my family, alas, there ain’t no way. Best of luck <3

    1. Aww thanks Ginny! We’re here through most of the summer (late August) so bring the boys down for a swim, maybe we can get them retrieving that bumper again!! 😉

  3. I’m so excited for you! Mainly because I’m near DC! Haha! I live about an hour north in a small town called Frederick, MD. It’s much cheaper here. And it’s such a cute town. Let me know if you want more info. I don’t know a lot about the NOVA area if that’s where you guys decide, but I can try to help. Xoxo

    1. Yay thanks Emy! NOVA is where we’re kind of focusing but we’ve looked at houses in Frederick! Girl we’ll be neighbors…kinda 🤗

  4. I live in MD about halfway between DC and Baltimore. Traffic here can be hellacious. The commute times you may be given or read about are most likely under ideal conditions – not realistic. My recommendation would be to live as close as you can manage to your husband’s work location.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing! I was worried about traffic so I really appreciate the confirmation that we need to focus our search. ☺

  5. Tina I just saw this post. What a big journey we have family just outside of D.C. and they love it. So much to do and see. The house market in the suburbs will be full fo plenty of fixer uppers that your will be able to do wonders with, they have nice bones but just need a little TLC. I wish you all the best and will continue to follow your journey, all the best!

    1. Thank you so much Jen! I love hearing from people that live in the area or know people that live there! I haven’t heard from anyone that it’s not a great place to be yet which is very reassuring. Crossing my fingers and toes for an old house I can have some fun with, we’ll see how it all turns out. 😘😘

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