Yesterday was Caitlin's birthday. I went into the city to meet up with them earlier to see the new Wes Anderson movie, "Grand Budapest Hotel." It was amazing, and if you love Wes Anderson, you must go for sure! After the movie let out, we met up with David to head to our dinner destination. This year, Caitlin wanted to go to our favorite Greek restaurant named Kokkari. It was wonderful as usual. Caitlin had the whole grilled fish that is pictured and was surprised with a candle on her sundae she ordered. I can't believe my little one is 24! What a blessing to have her in our lives. I love the picture of her with Cyrous, mainly because I have another photo of them when he celebrated Caitlin's 19th birthday when they first started dating almost 5 1/2 years ago, and it is fun to see them side by side! They are such a wonderful couple and it is so sweet to have seen their relationship grow into what it is today. I think she had a good 24th :)
Things are about to get a bit spotty on here for posting, as we found out last week that we have to move. We don't own our home, and the owners of this house have decided to sell it. We have lived here for 7 1/2 years. We have lived in our town for 20+ years, minus 2, when we lived in France. I love our little town but the real estate is expensive, and while my husband makes a good living, we have always been three steps behind in the housing market! I could whine and complain about it, but it is what it is, and we have been fortunate to live in some pretty fun houses I must say. This house served its purpose, and that was to have Caitlin attend the right high school. I suppose this chapter is now about to close. Lots of fun memories here, but now it is time to pack it all up, like a set from a play, and make new memories somewhere else. I have been on Craig's list everyday, but there isn't anything to look at yet. Hopefully something will turn up soon. I panic each time we have to go through this process, and wonder if my luck will run out in finding a reasonable home that will suit our needs. It kinda makes me crazy sometimes how people make you feel when you say you don't own your home. I'm always honest about it and try to see the positives in renting. Like you never have to worry about losing the house that you put money into, you don't have to worry about coming up with money to fix things, and you can move to whatever school district you want to be in, because you are not tied down to an area where you could afford the house, but then the schools are bad. You also have a lot of flexibility if you want to do something like we did when we moved internationally. We were not tied down to a house, nor did we have to worry about someone destroying our house if we had to rent it out. The company chose us to go because they didn't have to worry about dealing with a house. So, while I'm sure there are great rewards to owning your own home as well, there are also some rewards to renting too. I just wish I didn't get that pitting look every time we tell people that we don't own our home!
I'll keep you all posted as to what new home we end up in, then you can follow our journey in making another place our home. Not sure if I will be slowing the shop down as well, or it might be something that will take my mind off not finding a place! hahah. You will just have to come back and see I suppose.