We have decided to extend our lease another 6 months. Which means… the serious house hunting begins… right after New Years. We decided to wait because things were just too crazy with a new baby, a new job, and the holidays right around the corner. But I’m glad, because it means I got to decorate for Christmas!
I really do enjoy our current location though, which tells me, despite my inner desire to live out in the middle of no-where, I am also a fan of urban living. Sure, I don’t live in the downtown of a hustling and bustling city, but I do live really close to the grocery story, and the post office, and a Walgreen’s. The convenience to that is… well… firstly I can dress my baby up like this:
Crochetted hat by yours truly, baby gap sweater I picked up for $5, a jean dress from my Mama, tights and baby boots. Hmmm… cozy goodness.
I love being able to walk to places. Of course, if I lived in the middle of nowhere I could probably go do all the walking I wanted, with out worrying about gobs of traffic. But while walking just for the sake of walking is fun, I love that my walking can be productive and even progressive, as I walk home with 30 pounds of groceries.
Walking has kept be sane, getting me out of the house with out having to fiddle with carseats and parking places. It’s good for Ginny too, because getting out of the house is usually the perfect answer to the middle of the afternoon fuss-bucket syndrome. A change of scenory. As we walk I tell her what she’s smelling. Pine trees, the fall leaves, fresh dog poop, smelly cars, fresh cut grass… it varies day-to-day.
Excuse my goofy smile, as I was trying to capture the mysterious, almost mystical “Ginny Smile”.
We get dressed up like this to go to the store, but we also take several out-door trips during the day to walk the puppy dogs.
I guess the one thing I am definitely looking forward to with having a house is having a yard. When Ginny was littler I wanted to go out and lay in the shade and watch the clouds go by, but a lot of people don’t pick up after their dogs, so laying out a blanket is a rather precarious process. It will be nice to have an out door haven of our own.
I know it’s been kind of weird, with the weather being so warm, so late in the year, but I’ve definitely appreciate being able to get out of the house, even if it is just for a short walk. I know a lot of children who spend too much time inside, playing video games, watching TV, on the computer, so while it may be early, I’m hoping to instill a love of the outdoors in my baby girl.