Welcome to Ciburbanity! (Ci [city]-burb [suburb]-anity [sanity])
After 10 years cruising the big bad streets of New York City, my family and I have up and gone suburban. I think the decision to leave the urb for the burb has been hardest on me (my husband was humoring me with this city business for years) so this blog will be a suburban diary, record book, and sounding board. We have three hilarious kids: Eleanor (3.5), Oliver (2) and Martha (1). They love having a backyard and a playroom and a garage and a patio… so they’re REALLY the reason for the move. But I’ll do my best to remind them all that they have city roots.
We also have a golden retriever-ish dog named Frank. He’s a rescue. We mostly love him, but he’s recently figured out how to break out of our backyard so he’s on our time-out list.
Part of our move to the suburbs also meant I left my job as a school counselor behind in the city, so I’m also going through some stay-at-home mom anxst. But… we have some amazing friends out here and I know that I’m not alone with all of these city-suburb adjustments!
The exciting part of the move is that I get to really indulge my DIY side and my Craigslist obsession as we continue to fix up our oooooold Connecticut abode. We bought the house in 2010 from an older woman who had pretty much deferred all maintenance on the joint for the last 10 years. Good news for us as we like ourselves a project, but bad news for the ol’ checking account as we had to tackle the completely boring, but necessary, jobs like a new roof, waterproofing the basement, etc. The move to the suburbs allows us a little more cashola (and time!) to put into this place. I’ll try and write about any projects that I can as there’s always something on my to do list!
I also get to do all the many craft projects with the kids that our tiny apartment in the city never allowed. So, there are definitely beaucoup advantages to this whole suburban living thing, but it might take me a little while to completely shake my urban adoration!