We will be moving on Aug 23 and vacating the apartment by Sept 1. Our landlord came over to fix something and we went ahead and let him know. He has been so great to us over the past 2.5 years... we wanted to give him a decent heads up. Plus we just know there is no way we can stay here. We sat down and really looked at our budget and while we do have choices, the best one is absolutely to move to Hagerstown.
To be precise... moving in with Adam's parents in Hagerstown. Yep... you heard correctly... moving back in with the parents. I have now done this twice (and I wasn't sorry the first time!) It is quite strange to be teetering on the edge of 30 and moving in with my husbands parents but we have thought long and hard about this and it really is the best move for us. We will be living in the cottage hideaway which has 1 bedroom, living room and a small kitchen. Please don't ask, I am not sure where everything will go... (mostly in their basement! HA!) but I am sure that Adam and I can make it work ;~)
We are doing this for a few big reasons... 1. so I can remain a stay at home mom. As well as being my career choice, I believe whole-heartedly in what I do and it is what is best for our family. 2. financial reasons... more than just not having the second income, Adam and I are
hell bent dedicated to paying off one of his 2 student loans before we buy a house. It is half the $$ of the other loan but the payments are twice as much because of the percentage. It would free us up so much in the future to knock it out now. We are BIG believers in the Dave Ramsey way of life and are trying to live by his motto "Live like no one else today so you can live like no one else tomorrow." 3. family... I am very excited about the prospect of Chase really getting to know his Grandma and Grandpa and I know they are extremely excited to have him right next door!
I have already begun the process of purging again. Everywhere I look, I think "do we really need that?" Most of it is a yes since we have done this a multitude of times but I still find stuff here and there to give away. Just recently I ransacked my wardrobe and sent half of it out the door! Oh, and I made the leap to try these and I am now a believer. I will be re-evaluating how I pack up blankets, Chase's clothes and our off season clothes! (Christine, have you tried yours yet???)
For those of you in the area (and if any of you others would like to fly in) I think we will be doing a little "We're outta here" shindig at our house in the near future!!