Thursday, April 10, 2014

Boston Love.

I created this blog to share the projects we did to make our house a home never realizing that one day we may move to a totally different state! So this announcement is a total shake up to our life and routine. Justin, Hudson and I are moving to Boston, Massachusetts! Wow. Typing that out and reading it back was a little frightening, it's really happening!!! Justin got a promotion and a nice raise in January and that was such a blessing to us, but also a shocker! His boss asked him if he would think about transferring to Boston for awhile because he felt like he could really grow in the company. It didn't really take us long to make that decision. Um YES! Boston, Massachusetts? How stinking cool is that? It's definitely an opportunity that doesn't show up on your doorstep everyday. We didn't really make the decision that fast. We had to pray, get advice, and look into a few things first. We aren't total live in the moment people. :p

Another cool thing that doesn't happen too often was the 'trial' that Justin got. His boss told him to head up to Boston for a month and see how he liked it. That way if he hated it, he wouldn't be stuck there. So we both went for the month, and honestly it was kind of a bipolar experience. ha! We hated it, we liked it, we thought it was okay, we LOVED it. It took two weeks, but dang it, Boston stole our hearts! The city itself is so overwhelming. And OLD. I hate old. Unless it's "fake" old like the rustic furniture makeovers I do, but that hardly counts. And the sun didn't come out. But after a week and a half we changed hotels and instead of being right smack dab in Boston we were about 20 minutes out in this tiny little suburb. And that is where the love of the city began! Everything was cute. Still old, but a cute old. We found shopping centers that reminded us of places in Florida. We found new restaurants that quickly became our 'place'. We could see the Boston skyline from the hill just down the street from our hotel reminding us that we were still going to be a 'Bostonian' just not the 'overwhelming, thrown in the middle of a huge downtown you can't find your car in' mix. We got to see SNOW. Lots and lots of snow. Things just started clicking and we just knew, this was all working out in our favor! So, we are taking the plunge. On March 22nd we will be packing up and moving to Boston! We could be there a year, we could be there for five years. We don't know yet, but we are so excited for this experience and so grateful for all the extra 'goodies' that Justin's work threw in to make sure we would love our new home. 

The reason why this is such a change for us is because we will go from living in a 2,200 square foot 3/2 home to a 1,200 square foot 2/2 apartment. YIKES. I will say I was sooo nervous at first. Like holy freaking cow. "I don't WANT to live in an apartment. You can't MAKE me" might have come out of my mouth a time or two. But after we took a tour of a complex we found, again, we fell in love. It's a brand new complex with every amenity you can THINK of and it's about 1,000 dollars cheaper a month than renting a house. (Boston's housing market is out of CONTROOOLLL fyi) Besides that we are SO excited to get to experience four seasons again. This will be a first for Justin and we're definitely going to take advantage of it. For me, it feels like home! And I'm not ready for winter to be over. I didn't get to enjoy it enough!! So here we are! Downsizing. Going on this super fun adventure while we're still young and kid-less. We couldn't be more thrilled! We are so thankful for all the love and support we feel.

We will be renting our house out until we decide we are ready to sell. Our goal is to come back whenever we decide we are ready and sell our home now. Then we will start building our new one! Which is another huge deal, because we hadn't planned on being able to do that for four years or so. Here we go! The packing, the labeling, the dog trying to talk me into taking him on walks in between, the stress of finding the perfect renter, it's all here! And we are more ready now than we'll ever be. Wish us luck in our new adventure!!! :)

If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen most of the photos I'm going to post from our Boston trip. If not, follow me on Instagram! I have my profile to private right now because there's some people I just don't want accessing my photos! But I will accept you pretty quickly if you aren't a creep. :p @BrittaneyKate is how you'll find me. Be warned, I mostly post photos of my dog. I don't love him more than my husband, I just think he's a little cuter/more photogenic. :p

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4 comments:

  1. You crack me up. I'm demanding that you blog more...because you're funny.

    I've never been to Boston. It's on my list. You're selling me on it.

    Hudson is going to, correct?

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    1. I really should blog more. It's fun! I'm just lazy, I mean busy.

      Yes! Hudson is coming with us. If he wasn't, I wouldn't be going! Lol If you ever decide to visit, you guys can come squeeze in the spare bedroom at our apartment! If you aren't too claustrophobic. :p

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  2. I love this! I went to college in Boston and lived there for years afterward. I miss it so much. I moved to Florida and oh how I missed the winter! And summer for that matter. Now I'm in D.C. and I miss New England soooo much in the summer and for one or two months in the dead of winter when they're getting snow and we're getting nothing but drab days. I hope you love it there!

    Oh and my dad's condo is just down the street from Mike's Pastry, the lobster roll at Legal Seafood is delicious, but you'll get more for your money and dare I say a better one at James Hook Seafood (near the Children's Museum), and in the summer you must make a weekend trip to Maine - specifically to the outlets in Freeport, where I grew up!

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    1. Thanks for the little note! I'm sorry I'm just now responding, I just saw it! So funny that you lived in Florida, that's where I have lived for the passed three years and I missed the winter so badly, too. New England is without a doubt the most beautiful place I have ever seen! I'm so excited to see what it's like in the fall.

      Thank you so much for all the great tips! I will definitely take note of them!! :)

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