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by , 07-21-2009 at 02:46 PM (1513 Views)
I filled one space for the daycare. I interviewed last week, and they needed time to discuss, and I was the first place. They went to other home daycares, and realized that I was their first choice They are bringing the deposit in a couple days with the paperwork. Yay!! And tentatively, I have the other space filled for beginning of Sept as well.


Now I've been thinking. In a couple years, my 2 oldest girls will be in Junior high, leaving the little one to go to the bus by herself. I'm not keen on this. What I have been thinking, is that we move closer to the new school once dd10 is changing schools. I like the area better than where we are, it's a busy area for childcare too. So it might mean starting with all new families, but I have change over almost every summer anyway, so no big deal on my part. It's not like starting with no experience.

The area around the school is older, all homes built in the 40's and 50's. Most of them renovated, but owners have kept the charm. Lots have 5 or 6 bedrooms, as the basements are developed, and my 3 oldest are more than old enough to have basement bedrooms. We would have to downsize a lot. BUt I'm fine with that. Even if the home wasn't renovated yet, we are quite capable of doing so. Dh is very handy, and FIL is a carpenter. I have a decent eye for color, etc. The yards there also, are 1.5 the size of the new areas, so we'd be able to set up a dog run and have lots of room for the family. The negative is it would be a little further from dh work, but easy access to the freeway. And the garage would likely be smaller, and I may or may not have a den. But I'm willing to downsize all my craft things to be in an area that I'd love. It's very close to organic shopping, much closer to ds15 school, and actually, on a nice day, walking distance to the University where ds and I will be going.(when I'm ready). Plus the houses are smaller, more effecient use of space. It would be easy to put in woodburning stoves if they don't have one, MIL and FIL live in an older area not too far away(but not the same neighborhood), and they did. $25 dollar permit and $99 install. Not hard to do.

I'll be approaching the subject in 12 months or so with dh, but in the meantime, I'm downsizing. Dh will likely agree, after some thought, it would be a good place to be, and the girls school would be close enough for them to walk most days.(savings of $100 a month on busing). Not to mention they wouldn't need to leave at 7:30 to go to school, but closer to 8:20. Huge difference.

Our house is ok, but I don't love it. Lots and lots of stairs. So hopefully, after this school year we'll make some discussion and consider the move. Having all the kids close to where they go to school, would be awesome.

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  1. Debbie-cat's Avatar
    Great plan and good luck convincing DH!