June 11, 2012

little relics

Every couple of months the spirit moves me to go through the wild disarray of stuff filling up our dusty garage. I never get it to that place of organized (and less dusty) perfection but for a an hour or so I am REALLY motivated. This last time I unearthed some boxes labeled 'knick-knacks for apartment'.

Four years ago, before we had our boys, we were on the verge of moving to a new town just south of us by the ocean. A place we were convinced was much more 'us' and not so, well, Bakersfield. My husband was in the midst of interviews at a college there so we went over and looked at potential places to live that we could a.) afford, b.) accepted pets and c.) wasn't a scary crack den. It proved to be near impossible. We reluctantly talked to a real estate agent about selling our current house. Finally after some painful reconsideration about the path we were about to embark on we took a collective deep breath, put on the brakes, and turned around. We came back to where we felt we would be able to live comfortably and raise a family. A place where we wouldn't have a significant financial struggle just to keep afloat in what was most likely going to be a deteriorating apartment in a semi-scary neighborhood. Suddenly, not even the ocean was a strong enough lure to override our instincts that where we lived was where we were meant to be. At least for right now.


  1. ah, that struggle of living where we really want to live sounds so familiar.

    Love all the little trinkets!!

  2. Sometimes listening to that little voice is all we know to do. Good for you for trusting your instincts. That box of trinkets says a lot about you two. Creative, dreamy, sentimental, and inspired. You will get to where you need to go, I am sure of it :).

  3. we have struggled with this over the years. early on we even accepted a job with la unified and were apartment hunting. and we just couldn't pull the trigger. as much as i felt i didn't want to raise my kids here, i didn't want to raise them there (having just moved from la and needing to be a round people with different priorities)...but at the end of the day, we did the same thing for the same reason. and while it isn't perfect, we're making it work. and bonus - i can be in downtown la in 2 hours and 20 minutes...so when i have a meeting - i just take off and am back before the kids go to bed. it's not cambria by the sea, but it's working for now.

    1. I totally get it. Maybe we can all live by the sea when we're like 75 or something... xo

  4. The third photo got to be my favourite!

  5. So many cute knick-knacks! Home is where you make it - if you have the right people around you, you can have a great time anywhere (except maybe a scary crack den!).

  6. i know just how you feel. although it's not so easy to live here mainly because of the HEAT, there are so many things to be grateful for. it is a nice family town for sure. and, we've never lived in a house so nice.


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