One week from right now we will be getting the keys to our new apartment in Vancouver, WA.
Happy and sad feelings.
What I will miss:
Zumba with Adriane.
I don't know if Zumba will be the same without Tanya, either.
All the wonderful friends I've made through my photography.
(But no snow can be nice, too, depending on the season.)
(Hopefully we'll still be able to watch football games.)
My primary kids.
The young women in my ward.
Our huge pantry. Where will be put our food storage!?
Did I mention my FAMILY!?
What I'm Looking Forward To:
A much younger ward.
No state income tax.
No sales tax across the border in Portland.
Starting fresh with my photography. New Pricing. New clients. New locations.
Milder summers and milder winters.
Fresh start with the design of our home.
I liked what I did to our place in Orem, but a lot of my tastes have changed. Plus it's always fun to try something different. :)
A salaried job.
Cheaper health insurance.
All the greenery.
Getting to know Kirby's family better.
No preconceived notions about who we are, or what we're like.
Half of the people in our ward right now knew me and my family when I was born and growing up.
So a lot of them think they know me really well, even though they haven't actually spoken to me in 10+ years...
Our apartment is at least half packed already. We successfully sold both of our office desks. The corner of the kitchen where Kirby's desk used to be is now piled high with boxes. Food storage is packed. Emily's room is packed. All our books are packed. Journals, photo albums, board games--all packed. I'm typing from a makeshift desk in the corner. All the photos and artwork is off the walls. Curtains are down. It looks so sterile in here.
But I am so thankful right now to have a husband who loves to pack. Seriously. I have zero motivation to do anything productive, and yet half our house is packed brilliantly. I'm sure I'll be much more helpful when it comes time to unpack. :)