Voluntarily moving, why do we do it?

I am simultaneously asking myself this and packing up the house at the same time.  We’re moving again, a year after our most recent move (which was 6 months after our previous, and that was 5  months after the one before, which was 6 months after the one before… etc.)  why?  Well here’s our timeline:  Move in together in November 2013, move about 650 miles in April 2014, move to opposite coast in November 2014, move into base housing March 2015, move back to original coast September 2015, and now moving across the neighborhood in October 2016.  Yep. That is how frequently we’ve moved, it’s hard to believe but somewhat exciting all in the same.

The house we are in is on a grid-pattern lined street, so we are shoved between 2 other houses practically spooning each other, and our back yards face directly into the back yards of other houses (field grade houses, I’m sorry Lt Col that my dog barks at you sometimes!)…  The house we’re looking into moving into is on the water, its back windows and sliding glass doors (YAASSS)  face water, and a beautiful view of it, too.  Did I also mention that this house is the last on the street?  And it has a little playground across the road from it?  That’s right, it doesn’t even have a house across the street.  It’s still in the same neighborhood as our current house but rather than having a home literally on all sides of it, it only has 1 house around it.  I know better than to keep my fingers crossed about things like this but I’m having a hard time not doing it.

Regardless of whether we are able to get that exact house or not, we will be moving.  The floor plan is much more conducive than what we’re living in currently.  We live in about 1700 square feet and the new (to us) floor plan is about 1600, however our house has an enormous hallway upstairs, a staircase, additional half bath for the downstairs, and other unusable square footage where this other house really has no wasted square footage whatsoever, and is sans-half bath so that adds square footage elsewhere.

We will be losing a room, though, which is somewhat of a bummer but will be worth it in the long run.  Our house has what used to be a screened in porch attached to our living room.  This screened in porch has since been closed in, but is still too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter to use fully.  The door to this room makes the “flow” of our living room impossible.  We have re-situated our living room furniture every few months because we cannot figure out how to do it without going insane.  This door sits perfectly opposite of the fireplace, and the room isn’t wide enough to put the sofa in front of the fire place with a coffee table and chairs to accompany it. Bleh.

 The new house has a more open concept and what we live in now is all choppy and separated by claustrophobic doorways and a staircase in the center of the house.  I’m hoping my husband and I will be able to move into this specific house but it’s the floor plan and water front aspects that I want the most.  The absolute biggest catch is that my little baby is due October 4th, and our lease runs out October 1st.  Call us crazy.  We are genuinely crazy.

Wish us luck! ❤


Author: Katrina

My name is Katrina and I’m married to the love of my life, William, who is a first lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Together we have the most precious little girls, Elizabeth Lorraine and Alodia Claire. I'm so glad you're here!

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