Big news, guys. We’re moving! Back to the motherland, Minnesota. My super smart hubs got himself a sweet job offer at Target HQ and to make a very long story short, he accepted it. WE accepted it. And so, we move. Back to the land of hotdish, parkas, lakes, mayonnaise-based salads, and talking about the weather. Back to where both Casey and I grew up, where we first started dating (in 9th grade), then broke up (10th grade), got back together (junior year of college) and fell in love. Back to where we got married and back to where we made the decision to leave Minnesota in the first place and have some adventures. Since then we’ve lived in Tucson, Chicago, Tucson again and Portland. And now, it’s time to go home.
This decision wasn’t made lightly. In fact it was THE most bittersweet decision we’ve ever had to make. We are so in love with Portland and the life that we’ve made here but at the end of the day… we miss our families. And now that we have two little ones it’s become even harder to be away from them. Both Casey and I grew up close to our families and extended families, and we want the same thing for our kiddos. We can’t wait to see our parents/siblings/grandparents/aunts/uncles/cousins more than 1-2 times a year. We can’t wait to celebrate holidays and birthdays and all that happy crap with our fams. BUT. We (me especially) are pretty devastated to leave this wonderful place that we’ve called home for the last 5 years. We have done and seen and grown so much here… I’m absolutely heartbroken to say goodbye to this city and the family of friends we’ve made here.
Adulting is so hard sometimes. Hold me!
We leave in one week. (We’ve been slow to share our news with the larger population.) All of our stuff is being packed/moved/stored for us (double fist pump!), so we basically just need to pack a few things and get on an airplane. And by “a few things”, I mean: 2 dogs + dog crates, 3 large suitcases, 3 large carry-ons, 2 car seats, a stroller, a pack and play, a diaper bag… and a partridge in a pear tree. We’re going to look like a hot mess rolling up to the airport! We’ll be staying in temporary housing in downtown Minneapolis until we find a new house. We’ll also be putting our Portland house on the market as soon as we leave here. Any takers? She’s a real gem!
I’m nervous to leave here for so many reasons. We’ve made such amazing friends, I have such a crazy wonderful support group of mom/kiddo buddies, and we’re just really happy and comfortable here. It’s hard to imagine leaving all that behind for a city where I honestly don’t know many people anymore. I also only know Minneapolis as a carefree 24-year-old, so I have no idea where the good neighborhoods are to buy a home and raise a family. We’re basically starting over from scratch. So, if anyone has any tips or suggestions on neighborhoods/schools/pediatricians/gynos/wine stores please let me know!
All that said, we are truly excited for this new adventure. And we’re ECSTATIC to be closer to our families. A 1700 mile separation from them is about to become a thing of the past, and I’m pretty happy about that.
Watch out frozen nose hairs, we’re coming for ya!