So we've never moved before. This was our first time in almost 13 years of marriage. I'd always go through off and on spurts about how WE NEEDED TO MOVE! But then I'd get settled back in to our old house and the thought would escape me. We've even thought things such as we will never move or let's pay this house off and move close to the beach. But over the last 4-5 years my determination to move didn't waver and finally Ryan caught the bug.
We handed over the keys to our old house a few days ago and Finn and I were the last ones inside to say goodbye. I cried. I only cried because that is Colum's house. But then we had to drive up to our new house to do the final walk through. And quickly my frown was turned upside down. I love it. It needs a lot of work. There's a lot of ivy and wallpaper border displaying fruit baskets. It's a very modern home but I think the previous owners were trying to turn it into a Tuscan villa. Luckily it doesn't need anywhere near as much work as our old house did despite almost matching wallpaper border. But hey, if fruit baskets and ivy are your thing good for you. I'm sure they will be huge again anyways & I will be kicking myself.
I'm so excited! We feel like it's a real grown-up house and we are finally, actually gonna be grown-ups, not just pretending to be. It has so many things my old house didn't, such as:
Bathroom fans (no more mold on the ceilings)
A sprinkler system (what's that?)
A kitchen disposal (our old plumbing ran uphill so we couldn't put one in blah blah)
A walk-in closet (holy moly)
A master bath (what am I gonna do with myself?)
A 2nd bathroom (This will come in handy)
A fully fenced backyard (I can just open the door and the kids can play while I cook dinner)
A 2 car garage that I can actually park my car in!
We went back the next day to get the keys. We were marveling in our new quiet and private backyard when our white haired neighbor popped his head up and smiled. Are you our new neighbors he asked, I'll be right over. He and his wife are grandparents and had 3 of their grandkids over for a sleepover that night. They were oh so friendly and kindly welcomed us to the neighborhood. This is a very far cry from our old neighborhood (except a couple of you) and I can't even begin to tell you how refreshing it is. They told us how wonderful all the neighbors are, how they do neighborhood BBQ's and get togethers. Their eyes were kind and they'd heard I was pregnant with triplets and graciously offered their help.
We drove up a friend the next day and met 2 other neighbors who were also very kind and welcoming. The neighborhood feels like it has a sense of community and everyone helps each other out. There is a little boy named Flynn who is exactly a year older than Finn that quickly got word about us and came over to meet him.
It's exactly what I wanted and better than I ever could have dreamed. We are sad to be leaving so many friends but hoping they will stop by on their way to go skiing a lot. Maybe, I can even persuade them to follow suit (wink).
We are staying at my Mother In-Law's while we fix up a few things in the next few weeks before we actually move in. I'm dreading all the unpacking but I'm excited to go through stuff and probably have a yard sale afterwards. And then it will be time to get the nursery ready! I want to start sooner than later since these babies could come very early.
I haven't had time with all the moving to check the sexes again but when I do, a friend and I are going to put a little something together to announce it here on the blog. xoxo