2014, the year of the move. Our lives were flipped upside-down in spring of this year when Max was contacted about the CTO position on the other side of the country. Here's how our year breaks down...
6 - Number of months living apart (ouch) after Max accepted and started his new job in Alabama. It was just me and little man in Arizona!
4 - Weekends spent house hunting for our new home
37 - Number of homes toured looking for "the one"
2 - Number of houses that made Mande cry (we saw it all, including a bathroom with two toilets, houses with four and five levels, secret passageways, and bedrooms that all connected door to door)
1 - House sold (Scottsdale)
1 - House purchased (Huntsville)
1,773 - Miles driven on our road trip to Alabama
16 - Plastic collectors cups we have picked up in our short time living in Huntsville (they seem to give them out at every restaurant here)
0 - Nordstroms in our new area (we do have Anthropologie, H&M, Sephora, Michael Kors, and Kate Spade, so I can't complain too much)
24 - Flights flown by Parker (repeat trips to Dallas, California, and Huntsville). He's our frequent little flyer and does so well on the plane. He loves looking out the windows, especially at take-off and landing. We are still following the advice of the American Academy of Pediatrics and give Parker zero screen time, so he is kept happy the old-school way with crayons, books, and playing with mamma or dada. In a pinch (like on our recent thirteen-hour travel day when Parker didn't nap and got cranky) we'll whip out our iPhones and let Parker scroll through our "pa"s (pictures), but for the most part he just likes observing the world around him.
37 - Flights flown by Mamma (Parker's trips plus solo trips to California, Huntsville and Mexico)
79 - Flights flown by Dada, he wins (or, depending on how you look at it, loses, as most of these were for business travel which I hear is so not fun)
But, his frequent business travel also means he collects perks for us like first class upgrades, holla!
7 - Nights spent in our new house!
25 - Degrees fahrenheit for the low in Huntsville this last night of 2014, brrr!
Just a tad different from last year's picture, no?
More to come on our new house, and how we plan to make it a home in 2015!!