New Year, New Home.

The Unicorns began 2017 celebrating freedom from oppression by an Evil Troll; however, that’s another topic for another time. Or perhaps a tale to be revealed bit-by-bit as this New Chapter unfolds. It’s far from pleasant, but it’s part of Our Story. To leave it out would be to omit a time in our lives in which we were not only tested and challenged, but also made stronger by love, persistence, resilience… and maybe a little Magic.

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At any rate, we are finally settling in and feeling safe and secure in our new place. Our Home is a sweet townhouse that sits in the middle of a row of homes in what appears to be a really wonderful, welcoming community. On our second day, we were brought cookies and cupcakes by some sweet neighbors across the lane, and on our first weekend, our kind next-door neighbor shoveled our drive and walkway after our first snow of the season. It is so wonderful to know we’re surrounded by kindness. The security that comes along with knowing our neighbors are already looking out for us is so invaluable.

We’ve doubled our bedrooms – from two to four! – which means The Oldest has her own room now, as does The Boy. The Youngest and The Curly Girl continue to share a room, which is fine by them; they’ve proclaimed their special bond to be that of “twisters” (a twins/sisters mashup they invented). At only 15 months apart (6 and 7 years old, respectively) this all works out quite splendidly. J and I no longer sleep in a converted loft, although we’ll both be the first to admit that the fireplace and skylights weren’t exactly AWFUL features of our former bedroom… falling asleep to a cracking fire and moonlight shining above, and being slowly awakened by the gently rising sun are just a couple things we will definitely miss about the old place. Of course, the atrocities of the Evil Troll provided enough reason to walk away from even the most luxurious of features.

That’s not to say that we don’t feel incredibly spoiled by our new space. Out back is a sprawling deck and sweet little yard leading to an expanse of open space that features a pond and is maintained by the township. Our little explorers are going to have so many adventures back there! J has already begun collecting flotsam and jetsam to begin work on our very own Fairy Garden Village. I can’t wait to see our Crew’s creativity shine in that space. Out front is a playground – also maintained by the township – which sits in the center of our community’s circle of homes. Our dreary winter has only provided a few appropriate days for they kiddos to explore their new surroundings, but I know as soon as that first warm days hits they’ll be all over it. It’s so comforting to know there’s finally a safe space for our kids to just BE KIDS, not having to worry about “quiet feet” and the like (related: the Evil Troll lurked beneath our second floor condo in the previous chapter of Our Story).

J now has a dedicated space for his studio, so we can all look forward to more artistic greatness in this chapter, as well as a far better work environment for him. Working from one’s bedroom while living above an Evil Troll was far from ideal for poor J. We’ve got a glorious kitchen, more space for Legolandia (version 3.0), and a jetted tub for extra luxuriating (for me and for J) and fun (for our Crew). We’ve gone from one to THREE bathrooms. I can’t even tell you how life-changing that has been. Six people (The Oldest having just over a year left till she’s officially a teenager!) sharing one bathroom was a bit much, even for the most flexible of families.

I guess I can safely say that 2017 has been the Best New Year Yet. I’m so proud of J and I. And of our Crew; they’ve experienced so much change in the past few years and have transitioned into this Next Chapter so smoothly and happily, like the awesome little champs they always are.

Thus begins Chapter Three. I’m so excited to share (and live!) Our Story.

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