When we bought our house just a little over 10 years ago, we knew we weren’t going to live here forever, because when we moved to Pennsylvania to spend quality time with my Father-in-Law during his final years, we knew that when the time came for him to cross over, we’d be making the trek back West. 

We never imagined it would be a full 16 years before we’d be making that trek, but this is the year for that big move.

So many memories have been made in this house:


Such a great house, built in 1817 it has a lot of character (and ghosts).  The windows you see are 7-feet tall and 3-feet wide, and the ceilings on both the first and second floor are 10-feet high, so it’s not a small house.  Princess Nagger was just 6 months old when we moved in, so she celebrated her very first birthday here in style:


This is the house where she learned to walk:


The house where she tried to decorate the floor (and herself):


And pretended to be doing all the work herself on our remodel project when we added a powder room and bar to the first floor:


Princess Nagger has celebrated 10 birthdays, 10 Thanksgivings, 10 Christmases – since she’ll be 11 this year (where in the world has the time gone?!) that accounts for her whole life.

But she’s looking forward to a new adventure and the opportunity to finish growing up where I grew up, the Pacific Northwest.  The timing works out, because she would have been going to a different school this year since she’ll be starting 5th grade, and Little Dude will be starting Kindergarten, so see how perfect the timing for a big move is?

I’ve got them all registered for school already – Princess Nagger starts on September 4th and Little Dude starts on September 9th, so that gives us time after the movers pick up almost all our earthly possessions to take a nice cross-country ‘vacation’ on our way out West.  We’ll pretty much do a repeat of last year’s trip, with 2 cars, 2 kids, 2 dogs and 2 crazy adults – with the addition of 2 cats.  This should be interesting.

I’ve got so much  to do before our move next month, I need to take a break from my blog while I purge, pack and move across country over the next five weeks.  Five weeks?!  With how fast time has been flying by, that’s going to seem like no time at all. 

Stay tuned, though, because I just might have to take a break from my break from my blog and throw a fun post of the random ‘fun’ we’ll be having as we prepare for our big move – I’m thinking launching things out the attic window at the dumpster might be worthy of a post. 

I’m making this a sticky post so it will always be at the top of my blog, but be sure to scroll down in case I throw a random post or two in the mix whilst purging and packing, and I do have a few fun reviews coming up to make sure those commitments are honored.

I’ll be back with Worldess/Wordful Wednesday on September 11th – that’s a promise.  Maybe the week before if all goes well.  Meanwhile, I’ll leave the linky open until then (just doing a link linky since some people seem to have trouble with the image linky), so feel free to link up each week on this same linky so I can peruse your posts when I need a break from all the craziness!



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  1. PN is the same age as The Young One when we moved from Texas to Ohio, although he still had one year left of elementary school (and did NOT like the school he attended in 5th grade). I’m glad she’s looking forward to it, and I’m sure she’ll handle the whole transition like the trooper she is!

    Have fun, my friend – you’re right, the next 5 weeks will just zip by!
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  2. You know you always have a friend out there, and I’m willing to help you in anyway I can. So don’t hesitate to ask. Always remember today is the first day of the rest of your life & everything always happens for a reason. So granted all these things happened in this house, but look at all the wonderful things that is going to happen in the next house! Woo Hoo Good luck my friend to you and yours & I hope your house sells right away! HUGS!
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  3. My parents just sold the house they brought me home from the hospital in… I lived there till the day I got married…but when they just sold it last year, I cried like a baby.

  4. This is so sad…in a happy way 🙂
    I can’t wait to see you in September.
    Oh, 11? She’ll be a teenager soon….

    Happy trails. Best wishes. Smile Pretty like you always seem to do.
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    1. We lived in old house for 7 years before we moved. Allan carried me over the threshold after we got married and we brought two babies home from the hospital in that home. It was first home as a family. It was really hard to say goodbye, but it was time to move on and let go.

      Funny enough, we’ve been in our second house just as long. We brought a third baby home from the hospital and watched two babies learn to walk in it along with 3 dogs. Life is funny like that.

      I am so excited about your adventure in the Pacific Northwest! I can’t wait to read all about it. Enjoy your break and the move.
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  5. I’ve moved 22 times in 42 years, I don’t think I could imagine being in the one place for that long but gosh I’m rather looking forward to it. Hubbies job switches from contract to ongoing at the end of the year and while we might purchase and move it will hopefully be a long stop this time round.
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  6. This house is so BEAUTIFUL! ( ghosts? really?) I seriously fell in love with it .
    So great to see princess as a little kiddo ( though I saw her as grown up , time is DA BOSS)

  7. Wow! That is such a big thing happening in your lives right now. Enjoy it all. So many memories to go through.

    What a beautiful home! I hope it sells quickly!

    And the princess is just priceless!

    It is hard work packing. I hope you have the help you need.

    Good luck on your new adventure dahlin!

  8. wow. that is a big move. and from such a lovely house. must be hard to leave a place where your child had so many of their firsts.
    I think if we had to move at this point…there’d be a lot of stuff thrown in a dumpster taking up space in my driveway!! ha
    I hate packing!
    but good luck – hope all goes well. will miss you on Music Mondays!
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  9. That house is gorgeous! I love it!
    Sounds like you and your family have a great adventure coming up! I live in the Pacific Northwest and absolutely love it here. I hope you have a safe travel and a wonderful time!
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  10. I LOVE the pictures, she is sooo adorable! Your house is gorgeous too, but I totally understand moving back home to be with family. Some days I wish we could move too.

  11. What a beautiful house, full of beautiful memories. 🙂 I know it will be bittersweet when we move from our first home too. Good luck, I hope the move is going well!
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  12. I wish you the best of luck on your move. I know that feeling of moving after living in a house for years and years. I lived in our old house for the first 20 years of my life before moving. It’s like leaving all those memories behind.

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