Well add this to the list of things we’re done with in Arizona. Kayla graduating Kindergarten this past Wednesday was very nice and we captured some great photos. Next up is Emma but she will be a Seattle/Washington school system graduate!
Finally after much arguing we have found a place to live. Deciding on Mercer Island was tough for us because we really wanted that urban sort of lifestyle getting rid of both cars and living downtown but it simply is going to be impossible. There is a couple of good reasons for this:
- Our kids are loud
A ground floor apartment is needed and to be completely honest we would probably ruin that awesome lifestyle for others. Just sayin.
- Our dog is excitable.
Most people who live in urban communities have those small dogs that fit in purses. Our dog is 60lbs of excitable fun that would probably eat the little ones.
Wowzer. Totally crazy expensive rent prices for something which would fit our family. I like the idea of downsizing our life but to be honest cramming the 6 of us into 800 square feet doesn’t actually sound that appealing.
So Mercer Island it is then! http://www.mercergov.org/
Super excited…apartment is locked down now we’re just waiting for the approval to go through! 🙂
So it’s pretty much exhausting trying to find somewhere to live. Sure there are plenty of places we could find a little outside the city but to be honest anything in the downtown area is super sky high in rent. Space is not too much of an issue for us and in fact we are sort of looking for something small and easy to maintain. In fact, we’ve entertained the ideas of things like 2 bedrooms and a den which is a huge departure from our 5 bedroom McMansion we have right now in the burbs. I don’t think that the burbs out there really compare to the urban sprawl we have to endure here which was highlighted even more so today with our day devotion to a single 1 hour event. The majority of our day was spent in the car driving to downtown Phoenix just so we could attend a short 1 hour event then turn around and drive back. This is what we are trying to escape I suppose.
Back to the issue at hand and it just seems that everything is way out of our price range. Short of doing some sort of miraculous magic work I don’t see the 5 of us plus DJ chilling in a 800 sq ft apartment for $2800 a month. I get the allure and heck I want to be part of the allure but bankrupting ourselves to do so just isn’t smart either. Right now we’ve got a couple of good people, Denise and Cindy, on the hunt out there for something but we’ve only got about 19 days left to make a decision. The other option is that we go with a short term rental while we hunt out there ourselves. Either way I can’t search anymore today I’m spent.
One of our last events here in Phoenix was an award ceremony for PBS Writers where Kayla won honorable mention for her story! You can check it out at azpbs.org/writerscontest and she is in the Kindergarten section!