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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Two Week Countdown...


Big things are on the horizon for our little family of four.
Some of you know that my hubby, the pillar of our family, works for Country Wide which is now Bank of America. Well this has been a very stressful time for us since his 'place' at CW/BoA has been up in the air. Obviously it wasn't a good idea to wait till he was laid off so he was out on the prowl looking for a new job. It has been a looooong process but we have confirmation. He starts a new job on Aug. 18th. It's a wonderful opportunity for him and for our family. It is going to most likely ensure big changes for us. His new job in Pasadena will be 1 hour away from our house. And when I work I also drive an hour to work. Coincidentally our jobs will now be 10 minutes apart . So it only makes sense for us to move closer to our jobs. This is going to be really difficult for me. Right now we have the support of both my mom and my mother in law. They both live within 1o minutes from us. We have my brother, who is expecting his first baby, that also lives within walking distance from us. I think it so wonderful that on most days my girls get to see all their grandparents and their uncle. When we move we will have no family or friends nearby. Our closest friends will be about 45 minutes away. I know we will make new friends but we can't make new family members. I am realizing that we have been really blessed to have had our family so close and feel thankful for having them when we needed them most during the first years with our girls. I'm sure there are some of you reading this thinking I am crazy for being stressed about moving an entire hour away from our family. And yes that is sarcasm. I have decided that I am not one of those people who can move across the country away from my family. It could be that I grew up with extended family all within a few hours of us. We spent, and still do, every holiday together. I have so many wonderful memories of family get together's and I want my girls to have those same kinds of memories. I am just spoiled. It has been easy for us. Our girls have never been left with any one other than family and our nanny that we met through our church so thinking about having to find a stranger to take care of my girls is already causing me anxiety
and we haven't even starting house hunting yet. LOL.
I know we will be fine. I hope we will love our new neighborhood like we love our neighborhood now. I am excited to take advantage of all the the benefits that will come with living just outside the LA area. The one thing I am sure of is that I will love my new commute. I have been driving an hour each way for 8 years. What will I do with those extra 2 hours a day? Hmmmm...squeeze and kiss my girls over and over till they scream for mercy. That sounds like a good plan to me.

14 comments:

Laura said...

Having been through a tough job change a few months back I know how hard that can be. I also do not deal with change so the while moving is exciting I totally "get" your feelings. Good news all around. Big changes for sure!

Lyndsey mae said...

Oh Jenny, what a stressful time! My stomach turns for you.. I am glad that you ended you post with the positive thought.. and such important reminder that you and your hubby will get to spend SO much more extra time with your beautiful girls! And with all that extra time.. you can also spend it on the road driving to visit your family :)

You will be in my prayers that the best and right decision is made for you and your family :)

Cookie said...

Ok, first just let me say that I'm jealous of all the wonderful pics you have put on your blog!
And second, i'm one of those people that packed up and moved across the country with no family. You're talking about an hour away! You can do it!

Shannon said...

I am a total family girl too. I understand how you feel. I had to learn the hard way that sometimes family doesn't stick close together when my entire family moved away from ME. I was upset but it was a blessing (as so many challenges are) because Brian and I learned to really rely on each other and to tighten our family unit.

I am sure you will love your new place and certainly the new commute! Good luck and I can't wait to see how it goes.

Jocasta said...

You never know your new neighbourhood may be so awesome that all your friends and family decide to move too!

We were about to move to Australia last year and in the end I just couldn't do it - couldn't even talk about it! So understand the stress - totally feel for you!

angie said...

I can't wait to hear how your house hunting goes........it will be sad to not be so near your parents and brother, but the 2 hours you gain will be so worth it in terms of time you get to spend with the girls! "_

Kellan said...

Two extra hours will be nice. I am excited for you - I hope it all works out wonderfully!

I love your new picture in your header - so cute!

Take care - Kellan

Lala said...

I've got you in my prayers chica! All will turn out awesome... the power of positive thinking I swear!!

Jaime said...

First off, I love your header picture! What a gorgeous, fun family!
Second, I totally understand about wanting family close. I am really close with all of mine and I love it. It would be way hard to move away.
But a two hour commute for both of you really sucks. I'm sure it will all work out for you! Good Luck:)

Casey's trio said...

I totally understand your anxiety...I am such a family girl too! I know it will all work out for you though. Congrats on the new job for your hubby!

Connie said...

I wish you all the best with all of these changes!! It all sounds exciting. You'll miss your family, but it will work it's way out. We also had a big job change this week for Husband....phew.

Yes, my name is Arizona said...

I've always thought moving was exciting, but I understand not wanting to move far from family, too. My MIL lives in the apartment above us and my SIL lives 2 miles away, so my kids get to see their cousins almost daily, too. Its really nice. I'd still move if given the chance, though!! lol!

Kate said...

Congrats to your husband on the new job. I hope that your move will be as stress-free as possible. My closest family is 35 minutes away. My parents live 25 hours away in Florida, so I am used to being "alone". The time you will save on your commutes will be so nice, though, so that is a plus! More quality family time. BEST of luck to you.

Churchill said...

Congratulations on the new job. It is a lot of change to have a new job and move. We did that in early 2006. At the time I thought it was the most stressful thing we would do in our marriage... then of course along came the girls and the pregnancy complications. At least you will still be able to see friends and family on the weekend. I know it is not the same, but I am sure you will love the extra 2 hours a day.