Last week I posted about how we're moving out of the mountains this week and heading back to our hometown for a bit. This weekend was spent with friends, each a sad goodbye.
I always pride myself on not attaching myself to things. I rarely take pause when throwing out old mementos and look fondly at the idea of never really settling down. I am, however, a bit shocked to find myself getting a bit emotional about leaving the mountains.
Some Things I'm Going to Miss
- Our house
We've been very lucky to live in a really great house. It's big, in a great location, and has been pretty inexpensive. It's sad to leave something so good. (And even sadder to pack it up.)
- Our friends
This isn't surprising. We've made some good friends since moving to the mountains. And not just ours, but Lily's friends too. Seeing her get upset that she won't see her friends (and even questioning her ability to make more friends) is pretty heart-wrenching.
- The view
I can't gush about our tremendous view much more. It's really spectacular, and I'm hating that we can't pack it up and take it with us.
- The silence
We sleep with our windows open and get awoken by birds. And we live in the middle of town. It's just so peaceful and quite, I know we're all going to deal with some noise anxiety for a while.
- The weather
I'm going to miss the summer weather here. Having highs of 75 in the dead of summer is pretty sweet. I won't miss the winter though.
- Our routine
For the past 8 months or so we've had a pretty awesome routine. We leisurely get out of bed. Eat breakfast on the back porch. I wonder down to the studio. It's very chill. All the time. Moving back to a city is going to be an adjustment, especially when David finds a job.
Some Things I'm Looking Forward To
- Being around family and old friends
I'm very much so looking forward to being back in my old stomping grounds, planning lunch dates with old friends and visiting family whenever we please.
- Readily available babysitters
Grandparents and sisters equal multiple babysitters. And usually pretty cheap. Like, they usually only need to hear Lily say please and they're down. And David and I really need to start having date nights again.
- School for Lily
We have Lily on the list for a great preschool within walking distance of our new digs. She would love it.
- Things to do
Like shopping and eating out. Things that aren't super available in our little mountain town.
- Decorating a new place
I'm very much so looking forward to doing some decorating. Living in a house with pine walls, floors, and ceilings has had it's challenges, and I'm ready to break free of them.
- Another move
Moving back to our hometown is almost definitely not a longterm solution. We're just hanging out there until David finds a job, which may be 1 month (interview on Wednesday!) or 2 years. The possibilities of where we'll end up are endless.
- I'm playing with the idea of going back to school
Maybe. We'll see. I think Master Emily sounds pretty cool.
- Business growth
Our hometown has boomed the past few years, getting hit with growth of creative small businesses. I'll hopefully have the opportunity to grow my own there, as this mountain town isn't exactly an incubator for entrepreneurs.
So, as sad as it is, I'm ready. Really. Here we come, Alabama.