Nomads

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For anyone who follows along on instagram you can see we moved…again. Still in the Adirondacks, but into a new home. In 2015, we moved to the Adirondacks with anticipated housing. However, things have not gone as planned and here we are in our fourth house in less than three years. And even this placement is not exactly permanent. I am not going to lie – this is a major stress in our life, but when I am feeling my best self –  I breathe and accept this journey for what it is. Each move so far has provided a ton of stress, but also so many moments of fun and joy. I do not want to sugar coat this and act like we (I) do not have have moments of meltdown, moments where I am so overwhelmed with our lack of “structure” I cannot breath. Moments where I go down a deep rabbit hole wondering how all this moving will affect our kids in the future. Then there are moments (usually during the brief part of the day where everyone is happy and no one is whining/screaming/hurt/hungry/bored, etc) where I am so grateful for this season of our life.

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Prior to moving to the Adirondacks, I whole heartedly was a city person. I lived in NYC as a young, single teacher before moving to an awesome part of Nashville on a whim. I love walking places, new restaurants, an abundance of events and classes and people. I love the diversity of people and the hustle of life. Living a rural mountain life was never on my radar. I will be honest, it wasn’t even on my vacation list. However, I have to admit that pre-kids Dominique and I were playing a fun game in our old loft talking about 3/5/10 year goals. I can actually picture where we were sitting and the excitement of thinking about the “future”.  I told Dominique I would move to one “insane” place for a few years in order for him to pursue his goals. One. I suppose he has cashed in on that.

With all that said, I have taken and continue to learn so much from this adventure. My kids – while they think of houses as brief stopping points and talk about packing as if it is a normal occurrence – love their life. They are constantly outdoors riding bikes, making messes and being kids. It does not matter the temperature, if it is raining/snowing/sunny/hot/cold they will be outside. My kids (and me) love that every event we do go to – we are certain to run into people we know. People we love. Things that were “extra” before are now our normal – from going for a hike, to swimming in the lake, and taking out the canoes to snowshoeing or riding bikes on the trails.

All of this and more are things that make so much of this chaos – worth it. I do not know where we will land in the future (near or far), but for now we are back on campus, in a home (peace out dorm life) and making the most of this journey. Even if at times the journey is infused with stressed out meltdowns and anxiety about whats next.

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So you live in a dorm…with three kids?

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If you follow along on instagram or facebook – you may have noticed that the sweet, window-filled playroom of our Lake Place cottage has been replaced with photos of my kids in a college cafeteria. A few months ago, we said goodbye to our adorable cottage home in Lake Placid and moved down the road (and away from civilization) to live on the college campus where Dominique works. While this opportunity has been on radar since accepting the job, the move was abrupt, which seems to be how we do most things in life over here at the Boone household – abrupt and while pregnant. It was probably a good thing we just packed up a truck and headed to Paul Smiths with no time to think as it did not give me much time to realize that I was leaving behind a 3 bedroom home with a garage and huge backyard for a 800 square foot apartment located smack in the middle of a college dorm. That is right my hall mates are 20 year old college kids who I share a laundry room and dorm lounge aka our “clubhouse”. This latest journey of ours – living in a college dorm apartment that is barely 800 square feet with 3 kids, 2 crazy parents and countless bikes and scooters – is full of many perks and many headaches. My 2016 goal was to be consistent in blogging as I enjoy the outlet and while I know that we are over halfway through the year and I haven’t posted in ages, I figure better late than never. As I transition to trying to blog at least weekly – I am also shifting to focus the blog on the craziness of raising three rowdy kiddos in a small apartment on a college campus. (and you know away from how my kids suck at sleeping) The “new” blog will hopefully focus on figuring out how maximize the little space we have, on making the Overlook dorm (or apartment as my husband claims) feel less like an Extended Stay hotel and more like our family home and how we adjust to having college kids as our neighbors and my husband’s place of employment as our playground. While I do believe that big love grows in small spaces, I also know that toys everywhere creates “zen” nowhere.