As I’ve mentioned, things have just been a bit of a whirlwind around here between all that is going on in our little lives. With the final clear to close given to us this week, we are 100% go for our Canyon Creek move in just over a week – eek! It all feels like a dream, and somehow the dream just keeps getting better.
When we originally decided to purchase the new home, I obviously had a huge amount of sadness for many reasons. The two main ones being 1. I absolutely love my home and 2. Our neighbors. If you’ve followed me along for quite some time, you know there are two pretty special kiddos that share our fence and I have watched them from when they were pitter pattering around in diapers to making killer touch down catches for a huge Bronco win. They have been in and our of our lives, our home, almost daily. Leaving them made me very sad. Even though we were minutes down the road I knew it would change the whole dynamic and I didn’t like it one bit. I like covering Saturday mornings breakfasts when Julie is traveling and Mark has a football meeting. I looooooove tackle football carpool (thank you a thousand times Mark). I like that our kids miss each other when we go on vacation. I like that B calls Meadow ‘his Meadow.’ I like that I can remind them all to say please and thank you and I’m sorry and SHUT THE FREAKING DOOR and I know the same is happening on the other side of the fence. I trust them fully with my kids which is a huge gigantic deal. We joke it’s like communal living and it kind of sort of….is.
So making the call to my dear friend Julie that we were listing our home kind of sort of made me want to throw up. It’s not that I doubted their support, I knew they would be excited and happy no matter what adventure we choose, I just didn’t want things to ….. change.
Of course the phone call went well and like I guessed she was excited and happy for us and absolutely loved our new home. I made sure to throw in at the end of the conversation that there was a home for sale across the street (wink wink). She chuckled and we hung up and that was that.
Two days my phone lit up with her number.
‘Courtney, I want you to be really honest with me. If you guys were just trying to do your own thing and get a little space we totally want to respect that. If not, unless that home across the street is filled with mold and termites, well, we are moving with you.’
What? Seriously? This can’t be happening. Our neighbors are moving with us. How does that even happen?
It’s absolutely unreal how things really do work out. We actually looked at their new home last fall and absolutely loved the potential and character and land (!!!) but I just didn’t have it in me for all the projects, again. And something just felt…not quite right. That not quite right thing is because it’s theirs. I can 100% see this family living in and totally completely rocking this home. It’s got a whole eclectic, welcoming, dramatic, boulder vibe that is so ready for their touch with deep rich colors and decor. It’s going to be absolutely stunning.
Meanwhile, I’ll be in my almost 100% white and bright home thirty seconds away. Friendships are funny like that, right? How two can be so different yet so close. I wouldn’t want any other family there to take on this new adventure with us.
And with that, we closed out Shady Lane with a bang. A last hurrah, if you will. Filled with whoever can make it of the originals. My dad swung by, Julie, Mark, Ryder (decked out in his finest robe), and Meadow. Our neighbors next to us, Kim, Drew, and Brittany. We cooked prosciutto and peach pizzas on the grill and ate every last bite of Julie’s salad and roasted these beautiful red peppers with basil oil, tomatoes, olives, and ricotta, and blasted Homegrown and blew up fireworks and filled up water balloons. In other words, we made a mess. We lived in our home one last time. All the while reliving memories upon memories from our one little shared acre and day dreaming about the new memories to come in our new nine (!!!) shared acres. Canyon Creek, I sure hope you are ready for us because we are so ready for you!
And with that I am signing off through the move. You can, if you’d like, follow our moving shenanigans along on Facebook and Instagram (@alifefromscratch), I’d so love to see you there! Happy Summer friends – enjoy it.