Hey loves, I’m back! It’s me Michelle from Running on Love and Caffeine, remember me?! Well I didn’t forget about you or this little blog of mine it’s just that life happened and I’m over here just trying to keep up. So the big news is that WE MOVED!! We sold our townhouse in the busy suburbs of the metro DC area and moved to a single family home in the country! What?!? Crazy I know! My husband recently said “You know we never do anything the normal way. We always pile ourselves with so much at the same time but somehow we make it work.” Wow, is that ever so true! For example when I launched my blog I didn’t plan to be giving my two weeks notice to work the following week and I wasn’t prepared for the whirlwind of crazy that was to follow. So that following week when I put in my two weeks notice in at work and had my blog launch; my husband switched jobs, we fell in love with a house, and decided to sell our home and make a HUGE lifestyle change. WHEW! My head is literally spinning thinking about all that occurred in the last two months!! I have felt so guilty not getting on here and posting more so I wanted to write a post to update you all on where I have been and what is happening in life lately!
Quitting My Job
It was never our plan for me to quit my job but with Mike taking a new position and our personal reasons as to why I should stay home, we made the choice that I will be staying home with the kids and leaving my legal career behind until both kids are in school. Mike got offered a new job but he would have to start the position two hours away from home for a month. That meant he would only be coming home on the weekends. Ugh, let me tell you that was hard. Here we are trying sell our house and Mike couldn’t be there like he wanted to be to help. So there I was trying to get our house ready to be put on the market and ready to show all while trying to adjust to staying home. Being a stay at home Mom for so long prior to my job I thought that it would be an easy transition but it wasn’t. I was trying to figure out a routine for the kids but the biggest obstacle I faced (besides the selling of our home) was having a routine that worked for both kids. I have a seven year old and a toddler and both of them have two completely different routines and needs so trying to make that work was SO hard! And because we were selling our home and had A LOT I mean A LOT of showings of the home it seemed like having normalcy was so out of reach. Nonetheless staying home was the absolute best decision we made. I felt like the weight was lifted off my shoulders and I am so thankful for this opportunity.
Selling Our Home
In the past year Mike and I have really learned and grown (as you’re supposed to in life) but what we really took away from all that is that we desire a more simple life. We knew when we bought our town home that it would not be our “forever home” but we were sick of paying rent for so long and we were expecting Elise so we were ready to move into a home of our own. The time we spent living in our town home made us realize what we desired in our “forever home”. However, what we desired seemed pretty unattainable in the area we live (at least not for many years down the road). What we desired was a single family home with a yard for our kids to play in and a friendly neighborhood with plenty of kids. But you see we live in what has been named the “richest county in America” and we are certainly not rich and it seemed like we could never get ahead. We choose to live in this area because it is the area that has everything and I mean everything so that was very appealing and it also has the best schools. We came to the realization that owning a single family house was not in the cards for at least 5 years. On top of needing more space as a family of four, we also felt that this area was not where we wanted to be. Our hearts were really drawn to living in the country where life just seems a bit more relaxing and simple. We thought we could wait the 5 years but by then Xander would be entering middle school and what we wanted for him to have for his childhood ( a yard to play in and a kid friendly neighborhood) would just not happen if we stayed put. Mike and I both remember growing up playing in our backyards and playing with our neighborhood friends and it made us sad to see that Xander didn’t have that where we lived. We knew that further West of our county would be more affordable and would give us what we want. So we took the leap and decided to sell our townhouse and find a home in the country. Last year we fell in love with this cute little town and that is where we decided to look. It didn’t take long for us to fall even more in love with this town and soon enough we found our home. Well Mike found the home (he would totally correct me if I took the credit, haha).
It was what seemed like the longest and most stressful process of our lives. I won’t bore you with all the details but it was pretty crazy and it seemed like the universe was trying to tell us this wasn’t the right time (something even we began to question). At one point we almost threw in the towel. I said to Mike one day ” I am at peace with whatever happens. If we don’t get the house it wasn’t meant to be but if we do then all these struggles we had to overcome will make us appreciate it that much more”, it was that very night that we got three competing offers on our townhouse and well we got our new house in the country!! If I could wrap my arms around this home and give it the biggest hug I would! It is so perfect for us! We will be doing some painting but other than that this house is exactly what we had desired and something we never thought we would have! So don’t give up on your dreams kids! But seriously it is so amazing how life has a way of working itself out. Our first weekend in our new home our kids were playing in the backyard and we were chatting and making friends with our new neighbors. Our kids and even the dog love the home. Mike and I kept having these “this is really our home” moments of gratitude. I never knew it before but there is a such a peace that comes with knowing where your heart is meant to be and for us that is here in our little home out in the country.
As I mentioned above I unintentionally launched my blog at a very crazy time. I have spent the past year waiting for this launch and was so excited. I have kept a notebook full of ideas this whole time so I thought I would be prepared to bang out a couple posts a week. Then all the craziness of life happened. I had received such positive and overwhelming support for my blog and my post when I first launched that I was on this high. Writing has always been a passion of mine and the day I launched a spark was lit in me and I knew this was something that would truly fulfill that passion. The reality of it is that I had no time. Mike was out of town for work, I was adjusting to staying home and trying to keep the kids busy during summer break, and trying to sell the home. Every week that I didn’t post I felt so disheartened. I would stress out about not posting because I’m new to this and in doing my research this past year I knew It was important for me to post weekly. I would stay awake at night thinking about it and how I could find the time to write but I was just so so exhausted and so busy and there were so many times where I was out of the house the entire day because of showings that it was impossible to blog. But when I did sit down and write the few posts I was able to put out I felt so much happiness. I truly love to blog. Even today as I sat down to start this post after a couple weeks of not posting, the moment my finger tips touched the keyboard I feel such a sense of joy and excitement. Call it cliche but next to being a Mom I found my passion in blogging.
Pay attention to the things you are naturally drawn to. They are often connected to your path, passion, and purpose in life. Have courage to follow them. – Ruben Cavez
Although I was not posting to the blog as much as I would have liked to, I have been working behind the scenes with other bloggers and brands to bring some exciting content to you all this year! I am SO excited to announce that I will be flying to Chicago next month to attend my very first blogging convention and Mom Summit! I will also be meeting with some amazing brands that I have personally loved for years! I will of course be blogging all about this but if you would like to see what i’m experiencing that weekend then follow my Instagram for all the live updates. I am so looking forward to this trip and can’t wait to share all the fun with you!
** Also if you are from Chicago or have been there, I would love to hear some of your suggestions on where I should eat or things I must see!! I have never been to the The Windy City so I will be going full blown tourist while I’m there! **
To say I am excited for what’s to come with my blog is an understatement. I am truly living my passion. None of this could be possible without all the love and support from you all. I am so humbled and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart!
Earlier this month we witnessed two of our very best friends get married in the beautiful countryside of Pennsylvania. It was such a beautiful and fun wedding! Oh and in keeping in tradition of us not doing things the normal way, Mike had surgery on his shoulder two days prior to the wedding but he was a trooper through it all! Life has been so crazy lately but this guy has been my rock and biggest supporter.
Xander started second grade in his new school and I can’t believe we have a second grader! I just know he will accomplish great things this year. He also started his fourth season of flag football and the team is off to a great start! Go Team Go!
Elise continues to keep us on our toes. She is now 19 months old and seems to be learning new words daily! She has started dance class and really enjoys it! She is for sure our wild child but she is pure entertainment and joy and also provides us with plenty of funny stories of “life with Elise” to share with our family and friends for their entertainment as well!
So that is my life lately in a nutshell. We are staying busy with the kids activities and settling into our new home. We are so excited that fall is finally here and I have planned some super fun fall activities I will be sharing with y’all soon! I hope all is well with all of you and remember that when life gets crazy there is always light at the end of the tunnel so hang on tight, embrace the madness, and enjoy the ride of this crazy beautiful thing called life!