The Best Christmas Present Ever

24 Dec

Wondering where we’ve been? Well, we’re likely exactly where you’ve been…in holiday madness. Four girls, two dogs, two adults with no work or school means (surprisingly) that very little work has been done on house projects. One would think that with all the available free labor we could be able to get at least one project finished. Sadly, it has not been the kitchen cabinets. New Year’s is my new goal. (Ever adaptable am I.)

However, we have been able to check a few other things off our list this week: Seeing the Nutcracker, ice-skating, baking cookies, eating cookies, getting pedicures, wrapping presents, eating out with family and friends, planning what to cook or where to eat next. This is serious work, people.

But the biggest thing we checked off the list is one that has been on it a long long long time: selling our other house. For those of you who have not been with us since the beginning, we jumped into this new home adventure still tethered to a lovely craftsman home in the Leschi neighborhood of Seattle. And we unfortunately did it as the real estate market took its equally lovely face-plant nose-dive, leaving our house sitting out there sad and lonely for about ten months. (And us supporting two houses for ten months, which ain’t no picnic I tell you.)

After a handful of false starts, the house finally has a new family. Granted, we had to pay out a huge small fortune to make it happen, but such are the times we live in and such is the price you pay for your dreams sometimes. Someone asked me if, knowing what I know now, would I do it all again?

I had to think about that for a minute. Would I trade a completely remodeled home for one that needs serious remodeling? Would I trade financial security for a serious financial hit? Would I trade passable schools for great schools? Would I trade a community of mostly indifferent neighbors (though there were a few gems…Hi Trish!) for a community of supportive friends? Would I trade a postage-stamp sized yard for half an acre of forest surrounding our home? Would I trade the sound of traffic and city living for the hoot of the owl currently living in our backyard? And, in this day and age, would I consider myself lucky to even have the option to choose?

Hell, yeah.


2 Responses to “The Best Christmas Present Ever”

  1. Kate December 24, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    And we are so happy you did!


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