Hello! Hello! Hello! Anyone out there? Probably not. But for my own record keeping I though it time to pop into the old bloggity blog and dust it off a little bit. There’s a very good chance it will get dusty again pretty fast but oh well.
So where to begin. I don’t even know. So I guess we will start from the beginning.
February 5, 2012. Super Bowl Sunday. The Giants beat the Patriots and I won the football pool in Brett’s office. Oh yeah, we also found out Baby #2 was on his way. I’m the worst at surprises and I don’t keep things from Brett well. I pretty much blurted it out the second he walked in the door from the gym that morning.
And so it began, our reassessment of everything that we knew to be true in our life. Work, family, money. Everything. The conclusion was that we needed a change for our family. We wanted to be in a smaller town. Brett needed more time at home. I missed my family. And so our journey began. When I say journey maybe that’s not the right word because we had no idea where we would end up. Brett looked into a law license in Pennsylvania, made some contacts and interviewed for a lot of jobs. What it came down to was that nothing was going to change. He was interviewing with big firms in Pittsburgh and we didn’t want to live in Pittsburgh. So instead of sitting on the train for two hours every day, he would be driving for two hours every day.
Fast forward to October 2013, Brett had flown to Pittsburgh again, had another interview, meetings, etc. and came home with a different plan entirely – he was starting his own law firm. It was a Friday night. The boys were home with our babysitter and we were sitting at a bar. As Brett laid out this plan in front of me it evolved from a crazy sounding idea into something we thought may actually work. So we slept on it for a few nights and eventually decided that yes this is in fact what we would do. From there, things got crazy. Due to the opportunity that Brett had found, him moving to Pennsylvania in January was a necessity, but it didn't make sense for me to move in the middle of the school year. So on Friday June 10, as I left for work, Brett got in our loaded up Uhaul #1 and moved to Pennsylvania by himself. The boys and I spent the next 5 and a half months on our own. That is a whole post in itself. What a difficult, humbly, exciting experience it was being a full time single working mom to two amazing little boys. To say I learned a lot about parenting and myself is an understatement. It did go by fast. Before I knew it, I was putting PJS on these two by myself for the last time and on June 20, the boys and I anxiously waited for Daddy to come home to get us.
|Our last night without Daddy|
The boys drove back to PA with my mom and a good friend and Brett and I spent the next week packing up our first home. We took advantage of being back in our first home just the two of us again – we laughed a lot and cried a little. While we knew it was the right decision, packing up our life and leaving everything we knew was difficult.
|One last date night in Wheaton|
|Saying good bye to the house we made our home - two puppies and two babies later|
We are now settled into our “home”. Most of our stuff is in storage and we are living in my childhood home. I was fortunate enough to find a job for this school year as a part time high school special ed teacher, exactly what I wanted. We found a new babysitter – she certainly couldn’t replace our Emma, but she is doing great with the boys. Owen started preschool –yes, our baby started preschool - and LOVES it. So for now, we continue to build our new life together in a new state!
|First day of school|
|The Law Office of Brett A. Clancy - we are so proud!|