Welcome! 7 weeks ago my husband Eric and I and our 17 month old twin daughters Kaylee and Karissa sold our home near Lake Placid, NY and moved to Charlottesville, VA. We left a home we loved, family, friends, jobs and everything familiar to return to a place that we had lived in and loved 10 years ago.
For 10 years I worked as a full time physcial therapist. Life was predictable. Eat, work, exercise, socialize, sleep for a full 7-9 hours at night on a regular basis. Then in February 2010, Kaylee and Karissa arrived and predictability was a thing of the past, along with 7-9 hours of regular sleep!
When the girls were born we lived in a home that we had been building mostly ourselves for more than 5 years,with the help of a few friends and the occasional contractor. It was almost finished. We had it made: a beautiful new home, 2 beautiful new babies, familiar jobs, wonderful friends, grandparents nearby. So what do we do? Decide it would be a great time to finish the house, put it on the market and move 750 miles. Why?
The decision to move was made over a period of a few years with frequent discussions between Eric and I, and many lists of the pros and cons. In the end it came down to the three C's...career, climate and culture. (Had our lab/rottweiler mix Maggie been involved in this discussion we would be living in a one room cabin with my parents next to a lake so everyone she knew could be in the same spot, could take turns letting her swim, and would drive her around in the car for 2 hours a day.) (Oh, and the babies would live outside in the dog house!)
Fast forward one year: we are still in New York in the middle of winter, house is on the market, Kaylee and Karissa are thriving, sleep is pretty good for all, I am back working part time. I am getting excited about the move and believe it will even be fun to show the girls all the new things to do in Virginia. And then more exciting/unexpected news.....I find out I am pregnant. This means, if all goes well, Kaylee and Karissa will be 20 months when baby #3 enters the world. Three under the age of two....who needs sleep!
After a few more discussions between Eric and I and many nights of second guessing our decision to move, we decide to go for it, because life needs to be really exciting sometimes and why not do everything all at once?
Somehow in the next 4 months Eric was able to find a job in Charlottesville, we were able to sell our house in New York, buy a house in Virginia, pack, move and begin our new lives...this is where our story begins.
Let the good times roll!
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