I’ve been back in Lawrenceburg for about 3 months. I havent’t “lived” here since high school although my parents have lived in this same house for almost 30 years. Lately everyone has been asking me what our plans are . Quite frankly we have no permanent ”plans” that are set in stone.
Currently we live in the top half of my parents house. They remodeled while we were in Japan and it was a huge surprise. We have a huge bedroom slash living room slash soon-to-be Annalise’s room. It is a large L shape with a balcony. Then we have a 2 sink large bathroom and a huge office with a view of Hidden Valley Lake. Our space is probably double what it was in Hawaii and so far we love it. I’ve made trips to Ikea to get some fun things to make it look more “us” and I sometimes pretend our little living space will be featured in some magazine someday (I’m a dreamer). My parents are extremely laid back and awesome (those of you who have met them know) so the whole “sharing a house with your parents…gasp!” doesn’t really apply. Plus we’ve lived in parts of the world where that is normal and Chris and I don’t really fall into regional stereotypes. Chris and I have looked at rental properties around this area so if anytime we want to move out, I just say the word and Chris will get us house. But signing a year long lease is even a bit too much of a commitment. Because…
Our business allows us to be anywhere. We work virtually from home and as long as we have internet, Skype and our cell phones we can operate from where ever. Which is great but sometimes our options are overwhelming. When we were in Canada on a business trip galavanting downtown and mingling among the city-folk I really wanted to move to a city… in a different country. ”Chris, let’s move to Spain! Or Greece!” While that may be harder than it sounds to move to a different country (which trust me, it is) we may have an option in Canada over the next few years which would be cool.
When I am at my sister’s house here in Hidden Valley it makes me really want a home. Her house is gorgeous, the kids playing the lawn, grilling out burgers… it is so much fun. Although buying a house is something Chris and I definitely will do eventually… we agree it is a terrible option for us now. I sometimes have those “mom” instincts that we should buy a house since we have a baby coming. But having to stay in the same place for 5 years minimum is not where we are in our life right now. I have 5 years before Anna hits kindergarten and once that happens our family will stay put. I am not a fan of making kids change schools. So the next 5 years we can really do and see some cool things.
Then there is the Florida option. Chris has a brother that lives in Bradenton, Florida. I think that may be where we end up eventually. The only thing now is that my dad doesn’t retire for a few more years and the thought of my parents being so far away really stinks. But who knows! My allergies have been absolutely awful since coming back to Indiana. I was a different person in Hawaii… allergy free, very little asthma issues, healthy. Now that I am back I feel like I am in a fog some days. Chris and I agree that health comes first so we may be forced out of this area.
Aside from wanting to move to Europe or buy a house or move to Florida we still have the rest of the US as an option. We’ve looked at northern California, Seattle, North Carolina and other places we think we’d love. But with baby Annalise on the way I don’t want to venture too far from family. Although if we want to do something like that, now is the time. I know we will be staying in Lburg until the baby is born but after that we will just see how it goes. Can you tell by my writing I am torn in different directions?
Am I boring you? I hope not but I want to blog where my head is while pregnant with Annalise (and yes my laptop is balanced between my belly and knees). Then maybe she can look back on this someday and know she has the power to go and do anything she wants. Here I am married, with an awesome career, 24 weeks pregnant and still not sure where my next adventure is. But in the mean time…
We have mini adventures all the time.
I travelled to Teutopolis, Illinois to celebrate the upcoming nuptials of Lauren and Jordan. Chris, Mark and I drove to Chris’ parents’ lakehouse and I left the boys there and went on the IL. I had an amazing time even though I am quite pregnant. I stayed with Stephanie’s family and they were so amazing. Their house is beautiful set in a gorgeous landscape.
After the shower we all met at the nail salon for pedicures and champagne! Emily (Lauren’s sister) even had sparkling grape juice for me. They are too, too sweet. Then we went to dinner at a mexican restaurant. Lauren opened her “less appropriate” gifts here. Here 92 year old grandma enjoyed that After we finished our margaritas (for some) we loaded up the party bus! The party bus was a huge purple school completed with coolers, an ipod hookup with a million speakers and two poles in the center… not sure what those are for though.
Meanwhile back at the ranch… I mean, lakehouse… Chris and Mark were having a great time doing man-things.
I have waited my whole life to register at Babies R Us. We didn’t get to register for our wedding which was fine because we didn’t need new plates and we lived on an island. So when it came to registering for the baby I was so excited I almost peed my pants! Well… I almost did anyways but that wasn’t necessarily from excitment.
Wedding Ring: I am still rockin’ that fake thin diamond band I found in hand-me-down maternity shorts. For me, I just want a band to remind me how lucky I am that I am married to Chris. I’m not interested in buying a huge fake rock. I understand why a lot of women like to do that while pregnant. But wearing a used, mysterious fake band fits me perfectly. It’s not about the ring, it’s about promise I have to an amazing man… and my baby daddy!
Aches and Pains: Mainly in calves and feet. If I am on my feet for a long period of time they really, really hurt. Luckily Chris is used to rubbing them in the evenings so I can sleep.
Movements: She is very active. But every time Chris puts his hand on my belly she still stops! The doc said it won’t be long until she is so big that there is no way he can miss her strong kicks.
Special Moments: Mom bought Chris a book called “Father to Daughter – Life Lessons on Raising A Girl”. Mom cried in the store reading it. I cry every time I read a page. Each page is a different lesson and starts with lessons for when she’s born all the way until she grown up. Here’s a few:
- Tell her from day one that she can accomplish anything.
- Let her sleep on your chest when she’s a baby. This is when the world begins to make sense.
- Remember, if you yell at a boy not to play with a wall socket, he’ll either stomp off or di it anyways. A girl will cry.
- When she babbles at you in baby talk, always respond with a positive: “Yes.” “Or course.” “You’re right” Soon enough, you’ll be telling her “No” all the time.
- Always remember, she can do anything a boy can do.
Talk to her about what she wants to be when she grows up. Continually reinforce the idea that anything is possible.