I've been awfully quiet on my blogs and social media accounts over the last few weeks — but I'm not just being lazy. Most of you probably don't give a hoot one way or another, but for those who are interested, here's what I've been up to lately…
At the end of June, my wife took the kids up to North Idaho for their annual “summer vacation with the grandparents” routine. While she was up there, she saw that the house across the street from my parents was for sale. She's been wanting to move back to that area for some time, so naturally, she pestered me about the house for a solid week. At first, I blew it off and found excuses for not moving back home. Then I found myself rationalizing such a move.
We started talking with the Realtors and banks a few weeks back and life has been hectic since then. Sign this, sign that, answer the phone 15 times a day, jump through flaming hoops while juggling chainsaws, etc, etc. Things have been moving very fast and I've been busy for about three weeks straight. But…
We're buying a house!
The price was right and the location is perfect — I would love to raise my kids where I grew up. We'll be close to our immediate families again, and I'm hoping we can settle down into a more relaxed lifestyle. For about the last 9 or 10 years, we've been living in apartments in college towns and cities in New Jersey and Southern California. Up in Idaho, we'll be sitting on 5 acres and the neighbors are barely visible.
We're moving out this Friday and we should be in the new place by Monday or Tuesday. It's crunch time with the packing and all the other last minute arrangements, so I've been hard pressed to get near my computer. Once we get up there and settled in, I'll be working from home while looking for a new job, so I should have some time to get back into the blogging scene.
I do love San Diego and all that it has to offer, but I love North Idaho more. I'm glad I got to take part in the Southern California scene and I'm a little disappointed that I didn't experience more of it, but it's time to move on. I'll be trading beach towns & street scenes for wilderness & landscape — but I'm fine with new and interesting photographic challenges. Here are a few Idaho photos (mostly from my last visit in the winter 1.5 years ago).
So I'll post what I can over the next week or two, but life has to come first. So long California, it's been fun! And I hope to see all my SoCal friends again soon — you guys are great!