As of September 1st our little family are residents of Cold Spring, NY; a little (very little) village about an hour out of the city. We always spoke about leaving the city, we would spend our weekends exploring up north finding Charlie friendly activities. NYC will always be home and where we are from but we knew there was so much more out there and we had to step out of our comfort zone (me more than Jack) to fully experience it. For me it wasn't the subways, bodegas, and bars I was going to miss; it was my family and friends who were just a few minutes away! Our house was the meeting place for so many gathers both planned and spontaneous; we had a revolving door since we lived right in the center of everyone and everything (most importantly 2 miles from my momma and sissy)!
The move (which started 8/24) really took my love and appreciation for our relationship to another level; it was during this move that I realized it was just me and him. I'm totally not knocking the amazing family and friends we have but it became clear to me that at the day when everyone else is gone it's just the two of us (and Charlie of course). A few months ago I would have felt an insane amount of guilt saying that, I would have felt like I was shitting on everyone else in my life but I guess I'm maturing or something and I see things a bit differently. This is the circle of life; we are starting a life and a family (2 adults and a pup can be a family right?) and if I want the MOST (happiness, love, and peace) out of life I have to come to terms with it, embrace it, and live it out. I also need to remember by putting this part of my life first for my utmost happiness doesn't lessen my love for anyone else in my life, it's just a different kind of love. We took this leap moving an hour away (which is huge for us), leaving the big city we grew up in for a tiny village, and finding a place that makes US happy!
So a little about Cold Spring:
It really is a village / The Metro North from Grand Central stops 2 blocks away from our house (70 minute ride) / We are both on the water and in the mountains, so tons of water activities and hiking / We have done a 5 mile loop several times since moving here (6 pack coming soon?) / It is insanely peaceful / There are an obnoxious amount of antique stores (I'm in heaven) and massive weekend flea markets/ It's a historic village so lots of charm / Every neighbor is wildly amused by our names "Jack and Jacqueline" / Almost every person we've met in Cold Spring moved here from NYC / We live in an actual house (a very quirky one at that) but it's more like a cottage with a pretty low ceiling on the second floor (bruises and bumps to prove it) / We have a guest bedroom and we've already had a few slumber parties with our people / Charlie is in absolute heaven and it seems like we moved here for her
I cannot wait to share pictures of inside our new home, the layout is completely different from our old apartment so it's such a fun project (especially with all the antique shops and flea markets I'm surrounded by).