My family and I live out in Carroll County, MD in a town called Finksburg, MD. Which for those unfamiliar is about 25 miles northwest of Baltimore. Ironically I grew up about 8 minutes away from my current home. Yup, I'm a home town homebody. I didn't plan this nor intend for this to happen, it just sort of worked out that way. When my husband and I first got married back in 2010 we bought a house in Catonsville, MD. Oh how I love Catonsville, I could do a whole other post on that sweet town. We lived in Catonsville for six years and were hesitant to leave but ultimately we needed a change and wanted more space for our growing family. And when I say growing family I literally mean a growing family. I guess I should clarify that I was pregnant with our second daughter Ivy when we decided to sell our Catonsville home. I think the crazy pregnancy hormones may have played a big part in my risky decision-making skills at the time. Committing to such a big change like that particularly when I was pregnant is something I wouldn't have never predicted myself doing.
Another fun fact, we didn't go from our Catonsville home right into our Finksburg home. We somehow convinced my parents (who live in Westminster) that it would be a good idea to let us move in with them while we did our home search. Did I mention we had an open-ended timeline for this, ha! #whatweremyparentsthinking. In case you're not keeping track that meant, myself, my husband, our then 3-year-old daughter Emerson, a new granddaughter on the way in January of 2017, our mini golden doodle Lincoln, and two cats named Oliver & Mayhem. Yea, my parents are very accommodating, to say the least.
We lived with them for over a year and a half before finally settling down 8 minutes down the road from them. We practically searched all over the state of Maryland and of all places the house that gave us that good feeling was basically in arms reach the entire time. Even though we were crammed in a tight living situation I wouldn't trade the experience for the world. I feel very blessed. I know not everyone has parents that will let their 33-year-old daughter and her entire family move back in for an undisclosed amount of time. Seriously, I am very fortunate. We were able to save a boatload of money to put us in a better financial position to buy again and quite frankly the time we got to spend together was priceless. Grandparents and grandkids under one roof...such a blessing.
It's been well over a year now in our new home and boy has time flown by. I was finally starting to feel settled in until just recently when we announced baby #3 will be arriving at the end of 2019! Needless to say, my nesting mode has officially kicked into high gear! At least during this pregnancy, we aren't moving to a different city just moving some kiddos around from room to room to make space for the new family member! ;-)
Behind this photo
So if you know me well then you know I am a very big advocate of capturing life biggest and smallest milestones. We'd been in our house for a week and still hadn't taken a family photo in front of the house which was driving me CRAZY! The problem was every time we had someone stop by we completely forgot to ask them to take our picture. So I had to take matters into my own hands. There is a beautiful dwarf Japanese maple tree right in front of our house so you bet your bottom dollar I stuck my camera in that tree, set the timer and click....there you have it, our first official family photo in front of our new home. #problemsolver
Moving Day photos! As usual, it was such a team effort and we couldn't have done it without our family's help. xoxo