this week, we got the keys to our new apartment and took the kids over there for the first time to introduce them to their new home! we had included them in a lot of our conversations this past year about staying in new york or finding a new place to put down some roots for our family, but they still hadn’t seen the new space yet since only josh and i had walked through it with a broker beforehand. it felt like christmas morning watching them run through the empty apartment with the biggest smiles on their faces! we brought over a few blow up mattresses and our pajama’s, and ate take-out on the floor together before spending the first night in there. it was really really special. i have a good feeling about this space.
we put so much thought and prayer behind staying in new york, and we feel really good about this next chapter. i cannot wait to show you more of the apartment as we move our things in and really make it a home. we are going to officially move in next month since our current lease isn’t quite up yet and we will be traveling a little bit in august. leaving our current apartment feels so bitter sweet, that we are really happy to have a few more sleeps in it this next month before we say so long forever.
i know i’ve talked a lot about the why already, but one of the main reasons we wanted a bit more space was to have a separate space for our work each day– a home office if you will. i know sometimes people are like “oh blogging and all that! so easy! no work involved! what do you even do all day?!” but there is actually quite a bit of behind-the-scenes work that we put into what we do every day and while we have loved our current apartment, we really don’t like working in front of our kids or having our computers and phones out in front of them during the day, even though we focus hard on taking turns so only one of us has to work at a time. we don’t have a big team behind this blog like a lot of people do. it’s just josh and me and i think we’ve done a good job for the most part of separating work and family life the best we can when it’s all intertwined a bit in our days. we feel so fortunate that we get to work from home and really tag team it and co-parent with the kids each day and having this chance to turn what we love into something we can do for work has been incredible, but having a space where we can close a door and get things done away from the family will be huge. right now, all the rooms flow together in our set up and you have to walk through our bedroom and the living room to get from the kids’ room with their toys and games to the rest of the apartment for food, bathroom, piano, the front door, or whatever. excited to have a space where our computers will remain so we can keep them in there, have the door shut, and have a better grasp on separating it all! we are working on some really exciting projects and i think this will help as get further into them. i’m excited to share more when we can.
i just want to thank you guys again for all of your support and kind words about the new apartment. i really have the best readers in the world and you guys mean so much to me. we are coming up on ten years of blogging next month and i just can’t believe what this turned into and the kind of community i get to be a part of! i started this thing long before instagram or social media was around or even before blog partnerships and campaigns and while i’m so thankful for the fact that we are able to support our family doing what we love because of all of those amazing things i never had imagined when i started, i’m mostly just so thankful to have a space to share and connect with many of you. the blog is what started it all and it will always have a special spot in my heart over social media and everything else that blogs have turned into because it came first, and it’s because i have all of you here who have kept reading or checking in and being a part of this little thing which has allowed me to keep on sharing and posting and i just hope you know how much it’s meant to me.
and now, while i have you here, let’s discuss paint colors! because you know i can’t keep a white wall white for long. ;) tell me what you colors you love and think could work with all that woodwork and stained glass! i’m listening!