Monday, January 17, 2011

The Big Plan

First and foremost it is tragic that I have to work today on MLK day.  The only good thing about working today is that there was NO traffic.  If it only took me 30 minutes to get to work everyday, it would be a game changer.  Moving on....

We were supposed to go to the snow this past weekend, but my little man got sick late last week and we didn't want to push it.  There is no such thing as a leisure pace when there is snow to throw and fun to be had in every direction.  Instead, we did a quick stop at the beach and we all got some fresh air.  The weather was perfect.  Not too hot and not too cold.  The kids got to dip their feet in the ocean and found tide pools to explore.  What's not cool about petting star fish and finding clams and hermit crabs?

I have often talked about the greener grass in previous posts and I have often debated on what the best decision is for our family.  Should we move to a more affordable area or stick it out and stay where we are? We have concluded - at times against my better self - that we are not going anywhere.  The longer I work, the less I want to work to pay for a house.  I have come to know very well that the size of our house doesn't make our home.   

When we first moved in my daughter wasn't even a year old, so the size of the house was manageable for three.  It was more space than we had every known...we had a back yard for crying out loud!  We also figured we'd move to a bigger house in a few years - once we built up some equity (ha!).  An entire economy down the drain and six years and two more kids later, we are busting at our seams.

Today was an incredibly exciting day for me.  A few hours ago I made the call to an architect I've been corresponding with to tell her we are ready to have her draw the plans out to expand our house.  My husband works in construction and I have a good amount of experience running construction projects so between the two of us, our plans have been drawn for some time - just not to code.  Our date nights have consisted of sketching ideas out on paper napkins at the table and I think we're there; we just need someone to put polish it up.

Truthfully, we are in no position to break ground tomorrow, but knowing how much the project will cost will determine how far away we are.  My fingers are crossed for raises, bonuses and income tax returns.  Right now I have three small kids sharing one room - which I understand is a luxury for some, but if I don't have to do it, I don't want to.  Sharing never killed anyone, but neither has a plan so that's where we're starting.


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