Our weekend campervanning trips have come to a screeching halt as we’ve immersed ourselves in moving from a house we’ve lived in for ten years to another house we fell in love with that is only four minutes away. There is something comforting knowing that even though we are moving to a new house, everything around us is still the same. Yet the process of going through all the “stuff” that accumulates when you live in a place for ten years doesn’t get any easier. What possessed me to save all of my daughter’s worksheets, art projects, essays, tests, etc…
from every grade? I’m not going to mention the countless number of useless, but sentimental things that I’ve kept just in case I needed to appreciate it again. If I didn’t know me and my sentimental tendencies, I would report myself to hoarders anonymous. So, I am making a renewed effort to keep the “stuff” level down at the new house. With my daughter’s art projects and craft items, I’ve started to capture them in photos so I don’t have to feel guilty for not keeping them. Those art items are for passing on to grandparents anyway (just kidding grandma!).
As much as we are looking forward to starting life in the new house, the three of us have been reminiscing about the memories created here. What attracted us to this house in the first place was the outdoor space. My daughter was only three when we moved in so a big backyard was perfect. Ten years later, although we have enjoyed the house and backyard tremendously, it feels like the backyard is too big for us and the house too small. The yard that we’ve maintained ourselves (or tried to at least) seems to take too much time away from other activities, like our campervan trips. More relevant is that as my daughter gets older, the need for a large yard has diminished and therefore, our interest in maintaining a space that we don’t use has diminished along with it.
We’ve celebrated almost every one of my daughter’s birthdays in the backyard, have hosted countless easter egg hunts and holiday themed get togethers, not to mention the many playdates that have taken place here. We are truly grateful for having had this outdoor space.
We’ve had fun gardening and spending countless hours just enjoying the outdoors.
Our outdoor space has been our main area that we entertain.
I will miss our home for the past decade, but we will be taking with us so many great memories. We are now focused on and excited about making the new house our home. It’s not so much that I will miss the house/backyard, but it’s really the little girl that enjoyed them so much that I will miss. Kids really grow up way too fast!