A Year Later and a Pretty House

Hey!  Long time no connection to my blog what-so-ever! I know, I know – that is a lame thing to do as a blogger – taking a year off and all but to be honest – I wasn’t having fun on a vacation or anything.

The story is long but I will say that my family and I are in a good place now. We had moved to Utah in 2015 to be near family, which was the great thing about being out West. But after living on the East Coast for 17 years – going “home” was very weird, to say the least. I didn’t realize how much I had changed.

 With all the new changes it didn’t help that my “little” boys were turning into men at the very same time we were trying to adjust to a completely different way of life. New jobs, new neighbors, new schools, more family, old friends, strange culture and a new POTUS. It was a lot to take on. I felt like a rug got pulled from beneath my feet and I could never stand back up again. I couldn’t stop feeling awkward and a bit depressed let alone inspired to create, blog or decorate. Hence – I became silent on line.

Even though I realize that it takes a good year or two to feel at home no matter where you move to we gave it 18 months and just couldn’t settle in.. Although it was so fun to get to know family better, especially my nieces and nephews, the quality time with my own parents seeemed less.

We took a trip back to VA last October while living in Utah still to see if we really did find that generally speaking – in our own view – people were more kind, courteous on the road, less judgmental and more pleasant to live among. It was true, we were not romanticizing Virginia. Living here near Richmond, VA fits our lifestyle better – we appreciate that it has more balanced political views along with diversity in cultures, age groups and educational backgrounds. We can just be ourselves here. Not that Utah is a bad place but it wasn’t for us.

So my family and I knew after that trip last fall that it would be a goal of ours to watch for opportunities to come back East as soon as we could. Lo and behold my husbands previous job position came open. He had to reapply, interview – there was a lot of competition for that position. Once he knew he had it we were so happy, but sad to leave family again. We only had two weeks to get here and that meant giving notice to our current jobs and working up until we left. We gave the boys the option of finishing 8th grade in UT or going back to the middle school they had attended in 6th grade. We all agreed to go together and start living in the area we love. So we put everything we had in storage and headed back to VA with a few suitcases. We furnished a 1300 square foot apartment with a few new and used items. It was a bit crazy and rushed but we decided to bring all of our belongings here once we move to our new home.

As we have searched around for the right neighborhood we ended up chosing a pretty lot in the school district we love and where we have a few friends.There is a club house, pool, family activities and trails. A real community feel, not centered around church (as in UT) but centered around the families that live there.
I am showing pictures of a home that I adore by Biringer Builders in Richmond, VA. Ours might look similar but to be honest, we are in the very first steps of the building process. We are happy to have secured a lot on a street we think will be nice and now we get to customize a whole new home. I am a little intimidated, even though we have done this before, I can be happy with a lot of things. I am not that hard to please (I think). If I don’t like something I change it…you know me.

Building is going to take some time though. Expected move in is not until March-ish 2018 so we will be living in our apartment until then. Which is actually pretty enjoyable.

This is my first experience with apartment living – surprisingly, I love it! Low maintenance and our complex is pretty. I feel like I am on vacation since there is a lovely pool area and a nice club house and less to clean.

I have gotten some messages that my blog was not accessible to the public. I am so out of touch with Blogger updates and know I need to play around with my settings. I’ve been sharing a lap top with my boys but my new laptop will be here tomorrow. – maybe that will make a difference in how much time I spend in front of the screen.
Any who – lots of changes. Lots of exciting things happening. I am back at the Daisy selling my furniture and home accents. It feels like we never left (except that my little boys are now taller than me with facial hair and they are both super opinionated – real teens!).I don’t know how to parent men but I am trying.

So as much as I want to say I will blog regularly, I don’t know that but I intend on sharing the new home as it progresses.

I have missed you blog friends and hope you are all doing great. If you would like to keep in touch more than my random blog posts then you can join me on Facebook HERE.

Happiness to all of you and thanks for stopping back by!