Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Our Big Move

I guess it's about time to talk about our big move from Round Rock back to Utah!  Especially since it took place almost 5 months ago.  :) A couple days after we moved into our Round Rock house mid-September, we caught wind of a potential job opportunity back in Utah.  It was a finance position with a growing smaller company called, "Instructure." At first, we weren't interested at all: 1) We'd just moved into a house, 2) We were expecting baby Max in a month, and 3) We were very happy in Texas and weren't quite ready to move back to Utah yet (though we thought we'd like to in a few more years).  We forgot about it and kept unpacking and settling in to our new house.  We were approached again a week later and this time decided to at least think about it.  Over a period of a couple weeks, Cameron interviewed, we struggled, prayed, researched, talked to a ton of people, and ultimately decided to stay in Texas.  Even though the opportunity was tempting, timing just wasn't right.  The day that Cameron told them no, I just felt sick about it.  The following day, we both just didn't feel that great about it.  We talked and felt like, "Why aren't we feeling better? Maybe us feeling so bad about this is our answer?  Maybe we should take the job after all?" We decided to call back and tell them that if the offer was still there, we'd take it.  And just like that, the decision was made!  Cameron would start the new job just a few days before Thanksgiving.  The timing was absolutely insane, and we're certainly glad that those crazy months are behind us, but we feel so grateful that we were guided by the spirit in making such a big decision.

We made the decision in mid-October, Max was born October 30, and we moved a week before Thanksgiving.  I flew out with both boys (with the help of my wonderful, generous mother-in-Kathy who flew in and out in the same day to help me), and Cameron drove all of our stuff with his dad in a U-haul.  We moved in with my parents in Bountiful until we could find a house.  We stored our stuff in Cameron's parents' basement.  We ended up staying with my parents until February 1, when we moved into our new house in North Salt Lake.

If anyone is counting, that makes four places we lived in 2013.  FOUR.  Also, this is the tenth time Cameron and I have moved since we were married almost five years ago.  TENTH.  Basically, we're ecstatic about the prospect of owning our own home and staying in it for the foreseeable future.  The last six months has been so difficult.  The decision to move was made so quickly.  I don't feel like I had time to really process it, because I was trying to adjust to a new baby.  I had such a hard time the first few weeks Max was born, I didn't really have the energy/time/mental capacity to adequately say goodbye to the many people I came to know and love in Texas.  I'm still sad about that.  Oh, and did I mention that my car was totaled a week before our move?  That definitely added to the excitement of it all.

My parents were so generous for letting us stay with them for so long!  They helped so much with babysitting, provided so many meals, cleaned up after us, were patient with the many things Andy ruined, etc. We weren't exactly the ideal guests! :)  Feeding Max was consuming my life, I was getting very little sleep, Andy watched wayyyy too much TV (because he systematically destroyed their house if I couldn't watch his every move), Cameron was adjusting to a new job, we were cooped up because of the cold weather.  We were just struggling in general.

After searching all over, we finally found the perfect house for us!  Cameron works in Cottonwood Heights, so at first we thought we'd live in Sandy or Draper.  We also looked in Murray, Sugarhouse, Holladay, South Jordan, and Riverton.  We ended up choosing a house in North Salt Lake that we love.  We're so happy to be here and really feel like it's where we're supposed to be.  We're enjoying getting settled and are starting to enjoy the calm after the craziness we've seen the past while.  Oh--and we finally found a new car at the end of February, so that's settled too.  :)  We're really enjoying being around family and getting to know our new neighborhood and ward.  We're so excited for this new chapter!

Our new home!