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Moving On: Memories of Our Old House

Moving On: Memories of Our Old House

Our old house on our wedding day - Photo by Michelle Yee.

Our old house on our wedding day - Photo by Michelle Yee.

We are moving out of our house in one week. I am a mess of conflicting emotions! We intended to move to Dundas (which, for you non-Hamiltonions, is the other side of Hamilton) within a few months of my originally moving into this house - 4+ years ago!! This house was never my dream house, and I have also craved living in an area where I can walk to stuff or take transit. Our house has been definitely a bit isolated for my tastes and I am excited to move to a more populated and cute area! We will also be closer to Jay's parents and siblings (and a tiny bit closer to my mom, too!). 

This is when we first adopted Finn - we kept him leashed to my leg most of the time so he couldn't chase the cats and for months he and I went everywhere together three-legged-race style. I couldn't drive when I first moved here, so he and I were constant companions anyways since we had nowhere we could go!

This is when we first adopted Finn - we kept him leashed to my leg most of the time so he couldn't chase the cats and for months he and I went everywhere together three-legged-race style. I couldn't drive when I first moved here, so he and I were constant companions anyways since we had nowhere we could go!

Everyone co-existing peacefully! Our animals will definitely miss the huge yard and the open field behind our house.

Everyone co-existing peacefully! Our animals will definitely miss the huge yard and the open field behind our house.

Jay and his dad building our awesome garden shed. (See also the building to the right, which is proof that they build ugly things using scrap metal if they are not supervised). Jay's dad helped us with so many things in our house and even taught me how to lay tiles one day!

Jay and his dad building our awesome garden shed. (See also the building to the right, which is proof that they build ugly things using scrap metal if they are not supervised). Jay's dad helped us with so many things in our house and even taught me how to lay tiles one day!

I never expected to be hit with the huge wave of nostalgia and memories that overwhelmed me this month. I may not like this house much but it's still the site of the first time Jay made me dinner, where we adopted Finn, where we got married under our apple tree in the backyard, where I was pregnant, where we brought home our baby. Jay and his dad have also done so much work in our house together. And now every moment comes with a pang - "Is this the last day Molly and I will have at this home together??

My studio in 2013 - It's all packed up now! One of the best parts about moving here was that we could afford for me to explore my art a few days a week. This room has always been my happy place and sanctuary. 

My studio in 2013 - It's all packed up now! One of the best parts about moving here was that we could afford for me to explore my art a few days a week. This room has always been my happy place and sanctuary. 

Molly's nursery! I still love this room so much. The dresser was mine when I was little, we thrifted the chair, I made the curtains and the mobile and many of my fabulously artsy friends made her artwork! 

Molly's nursery! I still love this room so much. The dresser was mine when I was little, we thrifted the chair, I made the curtains and the mobile and many of my fabulously artsy friends made her artwork! 

Awww, remember when we brought our baby home from the hospital and our septic immediately needed to be pumped? Hahahaha.... aaaaah. 

Awww, remember when we brought our baby home from the hospital and our septic immediately needed to be pumped? Hahahaha.... aaaaah. 

Long country walks - you can only walk four directions from our house so we got reeeaalllllly used to what you are gonna see: you can either walk to the cows/golf course, the park, the horses, or "the trafficky way"

Long country walks - you can only walk four directions from our house so we got reeeaalllllly used to what you are gonna see: you can either walk to the cows/golf course, the park, the horses, or "the trafficky way"

In our house with a tiny baby... I was always grateful this house was a bungalow during her newborn phase... it made diaper changes way easier. Sometimes I felt really isolated here but I also felt really safe and we have some great neighbours who often checked on me in those early days. 

In our house with a tiny baby... I was always grateful this house was a bungalow during her newborn phase... it made diaper changes way easier. Sometimes I felt really isolated here but I also felt really safe and we have some great neighbours who often checked on me in those early days. 

Playing with pots and random kitchen items while I do some dishes. Soon after this she learned to crawl and was barred from our kitchen so she wouldn't fall down the stairs. In the new house the basement stairs have a door - so excited for that! 

Playing with pots and random kitchen items while I do some dishes. Soon after this she learned to crawl and was barred from our kitchen so she wouldn't fall down the stairs. In the new house the basement stairs have a door - so excited for that! 

Our living room is often completely covered in toys and frequently also a blanket fort. Once we completely baby-proofed, Molly and I spent most of our time in here because she is free to play and explore without much danger. In our new house I think we will baby-proof the entire main floor so she can have more space to run around! (an easier task in a multi-story house! We are thinking to block off the upstairs with a baby gate)

Our living room is often completely covered in toys and frequently also a blanket fort. Once we completely baby-proofed, Molly and I spent most of our time in here because she is free to play and explore without much danger. In our new house I think we will baby-proof the entire main floor so she can have more space to run around! (an easier task in a multi-story house! We are thinking to block off the upstairs with a baby gate)

Hahaha. I know what they are doing: Hunting for dog poops. It is by far our most frequent outside activity. 

Hahaha. I know what they are doing: Hunting for dog poops. It is by far our most frequent outside activity. 

It's feeling like an introspective and kind of rough September so far. Molly is transitioning into her new daycare (with mixed results), we are packing (which is exhausting)... I am filled with memories and emotions. We are also really excited to live in the new house and hopefully NEVER MOVE EVER AGAIN. Our new home has a studio space for me, a garage for all of Jay's stuff, a sunroom, a big yard, walking distance to tons of things... it's gonna be SO SO GOOD!! I just hope we all transition okay... any tips on helping toddlers/cats/dogs/husbands adjust to new spaces?

Goodbye, house! 

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