Why Not?

Hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! I got to be home on the west side with family to attend my bridal showers- it was so fun! My sisters and my mom's sisters came, plus I got to get some Mitch and Amy time as they popped over from LA for a wedding. My aunts flew in from Indiana to join in the shower fun since they, unfortunately, cannot make it to our wedding. I love a weekend filled with family crowded in the house altogether. It can be loud, mom is constantly talking about the next meal plan, dad is always playing music or a game on TV, lots of chatter and laughter... but I wouldn't want it any other way. It's home. It's so good! 

Speaking of HOME... Nick and I are dropping another bomb and have recently decided to move back to the west side (Gig Harbor) at the end of June!! Lots of changes coming our way and we are both feeling like, why not? The west side feels like home and makes more sense for us to begin raising our family where our parents and more friends and mentors are. We want to enter this new season of marriage and parenthood feeling confident and prepared, so we are taking a plunge! I'm excited to be closer to the water! Ah, my soul is ready for that beauty. Just can't beat it, especially in the summer time.

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Of course, there are a lot of unknowns with making this decision, but we're already feeling a strong sense of peace and support since we've decided on the move. Both our parents are happy to have us be closer. Especially mine considering we are moving into the downstairs area at their house until this winter, ha! We are incredibly grateful for their generous offer. Parents are just the best. 

Nick and I will be doing a fun-employment month for July to go on top of our wedding and honeymoon. We are looking forward to sweet time together just us two as newlyweds and before our little babe enters the picture. It will be a cherished time. During our fun-employment month we'll also be doing some job hunting and continuing to figure all those good life things out. But you know what? I truly feel no stress about all of this. It is a lot at once, but it's all good and positive so why be stressed? I experienced enough stress this past school year to last me a lifetime so I am done with the stress and negative reactions.

Life lately...

Aside from finalizing this big move, I've gotten to pop over to the west side several times the past month, Nick and I have treating ourselves to dinners out often (we are currently loving Anthony's!), and talking to our sweet baby more and more. I am 16 weeks along now! My little avocado inside can now hear us and begin to recognize our voices. So special. 

Nick has one more month of work left and I have less than two weeks of work left and am going through my little end of the year to do list. There is a lot of packing (in our home and my classroom) that has commenced already.  I seriously LOVE to declutter so I am just living it up over here. We are going to be purging through ALL of our things and only keeping the essentials- the functional and beautiful items used most often. Moving is such a wonderful time and excuse to go through everything and take a step closer to embracing a more minimalistic lifestyle. 

We will only have 3 cars total to make this move (including one truck- thank goodness!) and I am eager to embrace the challenge of fitting everything we need and want to keep with just that. I'll keep ya posted on how it goes ;) 

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With a lot going on I am so very thankful for Nick, my almost-husband. We were chatting last night at dinner about how we're thankful and often unsurprised by how we're practically always on the same page. Big life changes like these (marriage, a baby, and moving) can be stressful or a lot all at once, but we're just continuing to praise God for ALL the good going on. Because again... why not? Life is an adventure and I'm blessed to have Nick's sweet and supportive soul by my side experiencing all the highs and lows. 

XO, S