Archive for September, 2015

Empty Nesting and Figuring it Out

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Many of you know that we have had a couple of moves since our 2 sons left the nest. As we’ve just finished the updates in the house in Red Deer we thought it may help others to hear what the heck all these moves were about, and no, we are not moving again.

When the boys left for University we had the opportunity to move to land that we’ve owned for many years, adjacent to land that has been in the family and was where Johnny worked since he was young. The pasture land is beautiful, we had purchased a 1/4 section right in the midst of our other land and of the family sections, and brought an old house that was there (and a wreck) back to life – it was a pretty scary house at first until we made to changes and updates so that it could sing it’s song again. We had rented it out to a great young man, but found that we missed being able to go out there so we decided to make a move being empty nested, and make it our own country home. At the time we were thinking that it would work well for the boys to come home to , and be just as easy to work from there as it was to work from our house in Red Deer, just a little more driving.

After 3 years out in the country house, and having an investment property in Red Deer that had a sweet lower level unit that we used (after designing and developing it), we figured out that our master plan had a flaw. We didn’t spend very much time together in our country paradise because we’re still in our work phase, both working full time in Real Estate. Since the majority of our clients are in Red Deer, we also weren’t seeing each other much, one of us staying in town to cover our work obligations while the other was at the country house holding down the fort.

We decided to make one more change to get it right.

What we realized with our first move is:

  • We need to be in Red Deer for our work and we enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city
  • We like having space to roam and rooms for the boys when they come home
  • We love bungalows
  • We’re pretty good at designing spaces and renos
  • We will miss the country and will have to find a space to go to when we’re on down time to recapture that tranquility

So, we found a great house in Red Deer that we made our final project and to settle into, and we made the move. The renos/updates took just over 20 weeks and was one of the more challenging experiences. We lived with temporary items, about 10% of our stuff, and some things that we had in the suite that we hardly ever used – so it has been minimal living for sure, not one picture or clock on the walls. We were working in our home office alongside the trades and workmen, listening to their banter and music, accentuated by the sounds of construction noises – and even with all that chaos – work was way easier that it had been literally for years, and we were seeing each other every night!

We’re dreading the move in and set up that starts tomorrow, but excited at the same time to be able to claim our home, the one we finally settled into after 3 years of figuring out empty nesting. It’s been a journey full of learning.

Just preparing now to spend time with our youngest son Corbett who’s coming home for a Spaghetti dinner. We have big smiles on our faces, and have a warm bed waiting for him in his room if he wants to stay the night. We’re ready for the next phase of our lives, we think we got it right this time.

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