I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I haven’t been as chatty about my personal life lately. There IS a reason. Back in February we made a HUGE life changing decision that I could NOT talk about on the blog. I am a HORRIBLE secret keeper and so I just stopped talking about life for fear of spilling the beans.
Well…now I can tell you.
We’re MOVING TO BOISE, IDAHO at the end of June!!!!
Why? You ask. Well the main reason:
We’ve actually been talking about moving for a VERY long time-WAY before we even had Lucy. Living in the Bay Area is great but it’s EXPENSIVE and not sustainable. Even more so now that we have Lucy.
We have a list of what’s important to us and when I went to Boise in February for Tessa’s birthday in dawned on me that Boise fit our list. Before that, we had always said that we would move to Pennsylvania by Shaun’s family but the fact that we couldn’t find a town near his family that fit our list always stopped us.
Here’s the list. What’s highlighted in purple is what Boise has that Pennsylvania does not:
-Family (Pennsylvania actually wins out here since Shaun’s ENTIRE family is there and his brothers live within 3 miles of each other)
–Lots of sunny weather
-Good public schools
-Good place to raise a family with lots of young families (Something the Bay Area IS NOT!)
-Walk-able downtown with nice houses nearby
-Access to ethnic food
-Mountain biking nearly year round
-Very outdoorsy community
-Natural grocery store
-A nice gym where I could imagine working out
-Jobs! That PAY!
Another thing Pennsylvania had but that Boise does not is a big city within driving distance. In PA we would have been close to New York City, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia. In Boise? Not so much.
When we were making the decision, we first did a pros and cons list for staying vs. leaving and the pros WAY out weighed the cons. But then when we were deciding between Idaho and PA we sat down and PA almost won out. Shaun and I were willing to overlook all of the things that Boise had that PA didn’t because of his family. Shaun REALLY misses his family (as do I) but then we sat down and did a budget and looked at housing. It turns out that it is SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper to rent a nice house in Boise than it is in the Wilkes-Barre-Scranton area. When we were comparing Shaun said “This isn’t fair-there’s no comparison.” Add to that our projected heating bill and gas bill (for a long commute for Shaun) and the decision was made with the stipulation that we visit PA at least once a year and for at least 2 weeks per year-it got built into our budget.
So Boise it was! Before we could move forward though I had to see if I could work remotely. The only way we were willing to make such a huge life change was if I could keep my job. I was SO nervous going into that meeting to talk to my manager BUT she gave me a resounding YES! She fully supports this move and come July 1st I will be working from home! Shaun will be a stay at home Dad while he looks for a job in Boise and we’ll be sharing a baby-sitter with my sister for about 20 hours per week.
When we went out earlier this month, it was to scope it out and make sure that this was the right decision. We went to look at neighborhoods to see where we wanted to live, I went grocery shopping, Shaun went mountain biking (everyday), we went hiking. We did things that we would do if we were to live there. And, even though the weather was absolutely miserable, we LOVED it.
While out on our neighborhood scouting trip, we came upon a house that was for rent and Shaun called. The property manager said that he was having a open house and that we should come to meet him and tell him what we like so that he could look for properties for us when we came out. We were planning to go back in June to secure housing.
Well…we went to the open house and we fell in love. Shaun kept looking at me like OMFG. When we got back in the car, my super conservative, hates to waste money, husband said, “We’re renting that house and just swallowing the 2 months that we can’t live there.”
Before I agreed to that, I said that we had to look at EVERYTHING in that price range (inside and out) and if we still thought this house was the one, then we would get it. That house was still the one.
We sign our lease TODAY!
Welcome to my new home:
It’s set off the street and the street is not very busy. It’s half a block from the mountain biking and hiking trail heads (yes! HALF a block!), 2 miles from my sister, 1 mile from downtown, and 1/2 mile from the Greenbelt-which is a running/biking path that runs along the river. It’s also about a mile and a half from the Y and I’ll be riding there with Lucy in the bike trailer A LOT!
The upstairs has been recently remodeled. And the kitchen is BEAUTIFUL.
Large living room:
Master bath with a deep tub with JETS!
Master Bedroom (which has a walk in closet):
I didn’t get pictures of the down stairs but there are 2 bedrooms down there, a den, an OFFICE, and a laundry room.
The other thing it has? A HUGE backyard (that needs some love and care 🙂 ) and 2 car garage with extra storage:
And an AWESOME deck that is right off the kitchen. This house is PERFECT for entertaining.
Goodbye 1200 square foot condo with almost no storage and NO yard. Hello 1700 square foot house with an additional 2 car garage and HUGE yard. I love you!
Needless to say, we are VERY excited. I wish we could move now but Shaun is working through the beginning of June and then his brother and nephew are coming to visit and THEN we drive to Boise, Idaho to start our new, less hectic, more family oriented life.
Are you ready to join me on this ride?