Sweet Virginia, Country Mama
Oh, my goodness. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I haven’t been around here too much for a few weeks. My wonderful contributors have shared so many amazing projects, that maybe you haven’t even missed me! But I wanted to hop on here and tell you that I’m not avoiding you guys, or anything. If you follow me on Facebook, you may have already heard the news, but in case you haven’t, we are moving! Moving waaaaaaaaay far away. In just about a week, we are packing it up, moving it out and blowing this banana stand. Goodbye forever, Southern California! We never cared for your perfect weather and gorgeous beaches and delicious fish tacos, anyway! No, sir. Won’t miss THOSE things one bit!
And now you want to know where to and why, don’t you? Well, let me tell you, friend. We are moving to Charlottesville, Virginia (This is where you say, “Oh, it’s beautiful there!” and I say, “So I’ve heard!”). The short story is this: My husband’s company was bought out and after many long, long, long discussions and hard decisions, he’s decided that he wants to finally pursue the career he has always wanted as a freelance illustrator and designer. Charlottesville offers us a beautiful community, good schools, family on both sides, and a cost of living that makes it possible to be freelance creatives and still live like adults. We have been financial twenty-year-olds for way too long!
Fingers crossed, we will sign a lease tomorrow for a lovely, spacious four-bedroom home that has a kitchen island. A KITCHEN ISLAND!! Never in my life! And a backyard! AND a washer and dryer (I kid you not – I don’t have a washer and dryer). And a real office and a craft space that is not a coat closet. All for way less than we pay now for our little 2-bedroom apartment. Most of all, I look forward to being able to look out of my window and not be looking into someone else’s apartment.
And the kids? The kids are super excited, too. Huck can’t wait to catch snow on his tongue for the first time. Milo has made a sled out of a cardboard box. I keep trying to delicately broach the subject, ask about friends and family they might miss, but it seems that as long as the Legos and the Wii are coming with us, they are fine with it.
So I’ll be back here in full force once we’ve settled a little bit in our new home! In the meantime, social media spurts seem to be my preferred mode of throwing information out there, so please follow me on Facebook and on Instagram to see the cross-country road trip in action!