It’s time for an update! WOOOOOHOOO!

ImageIt was great seeing Nanny and Grandad this past weekend who spent some time with us and Denise and Quinn.  Showing them around our little island, eating out a TON (pssst check out Vios my new favorite restaurant ever located in Capitol Hill) and just spending some quality time was truly very nice indeed.

Ethan’s birthday was so much fun!  Cousin Cindy spent the early afternoon at Luther Burbank picking berries exploring the old abandoned dairy farm with Ethan.  Ethan having a best friend so quick has been a blessing because him and Colin just bonded like you would not believe.  We hung out at the pavilion patio eating hot dogs, fries and some homemade (gluten free of course!) cupcakes. Yum!  Afterwards the kids got to ride around on their scooter and Ethan enjoyed his new razor.  I on the other hand learned I am not as fast as the kids on one. Yeap I’m getting old.

School is starting really, really soon.  Like less than a week soon. Yikes!  Anyway the schools have been on a communication frenzy with emails and website logins like you would not believe.  One of the best things is that they have a junk food ban for birthdays! Excellent stuff indeed because the ban is junk food period including holidays, vending machines – basically everywhere!  In fact they encourage the kids to bring reusable lunch containers and have onsite composting competition teams.  Yes I suppose you could say we are living in hippie central.  Is it a surprise then that one of the top rated school districts in the nation understands that it is a complete approach holistically including nutrition, health and academics that makes a good student?

All in told this is the first place we have felt that we really fit in.  And by fit in we mean really feel like this is the place for us.  We don’t have to hide our desire to not eat terrible food, be healthy and be more spiritual and that makes us feel amazing.  Plus we can act like this too:

Image

What’s it like here?

Some people undoubtedly ask at some point why we would trade super cheap rent, lots of land and space to move around for our life here in Seattle?  If they saw our arrangement in person they probably would only have a stronger opinion that we are completely mad in the head.  We downgraded from a 5 bedroom 2800 square foot home for the comforts of a 2 bedroom apartment which costs more (a 3 bedroom is on the way though…).  Why?

There are plenty of reasons and they keep getting stronger by the day:

  • Culture – there is so much more culture that is easily accessible here.  No getting in the car and driving 45 minutes just to be around other people or engage in cultural fun.  Today for instance we hung out on the deck of our apartment overlooking Lake Washington as the Blue Angels buzzed by doing their aerial acrobats.  Tons of neighbors came out and the kids played around for a bit.
  • Environment – it feels as though the area is actually alive.  Green makes a ton of difference along with the rain which is so cleansing.
  • People – more laid back.  Less in your face and overall nicer.
  • Work opportunities – the top companies are up here and they pay well.  Yes the cost of living might be a bit higher but you get public transit, well kept parks, events and tons more for your dollar.
  • Schools – specifically on Mercer Island the schools are 10’s.  They rank some of the highest in the nation and after Arizona’s dismal rankings perhaps anything is better but these happen to be some of the best.

I don’t want to come off as a total nay-Sayer to Arizona but honestly there are better places and I feel so lucky to have made it here.