Happy Friday: Volume 22

Happy Friday: Volume 22 // Back in the USA, camping in our house, and so many appointments. We couldn’t be any happier to be back and exploring our new town.

family arriving at customs in atlanta

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind. If I had to sum it all up in a word, it would be appointments. Man, we’ve had so many appointments in the last few weeks. Getting the kids registered for school, physicals to register for sports, housing, getting cars, meeting the new orthodontist, dentists, so. many. appointments. 

I am not complaining at all. I am thrilled to be here and these things are just par for the course. We absolutely love it here. We are in the Lexington/Concord/Bedford area and it is the nicest place we’ve ever lived. 

flag cookies
How cute are these cookies my mom had made for us? She has a Welcome Home/Birthday party for my uncle when we arrived.

The only real hiccup is that we don’t have any of our stuff yet. We are bare bones camping in our house. We won’t get out first shipment until July 3rd, and the other two trickle behind them. It’s truly amazing what you can live without. Generally speaking, I’m not a big stuff person, but I am going to be very happy to be reunited with mine. I really miss cooking and baking and working in my studio. I also never want to wear these clothes ever again in my life.

I can’t even begin to tell you how nice it is to be home. I think that I was low-grade depressed for two years and didn’t realize it. As soon as we got back, I immediately felt more like myself. 

kids standing in front of hanscom AFB base housing

I can already read the comments in my mind, “But you lived in Europe. You got to travel and do so many things.” 1000% yes. I did. And I am forever grateful for the opportunity. Just because something is wonderful doesn’t mean that it isn’t hard or full of challenges. 

I also experienced loneliness I’ve never felt before. A disconnection from myself and my community. Wes wasn’t happy, the kids couldn’t wait to get out of there. We never felt settled. We made friends, but the way life is set up there it was hard to really grow those friendships. It was really hard. 

laptop on wayfair box for a desk
My current “office”. Also Wayfair has been the MVP of this move.

The travel and the cool stuff was the relief from that, the day-to-day was really challenging for all of us. Some people really love it and never want to leave, and some survive, not thrive. We fell into the second category. 

Would we do it again? Yes. But differently. Knowing what I know now might have made a difference in our overall happiness. 

nahant beach massachusetts

Ava is at camp for a few weeks, so it’s just me and the boys. (I miss her, and I also miss having another girl to temper all of the boyness in our house.) We are going to go to Vermont this weekend and stay somewhere that has real forks and plates. Did I plan this getaway with the sole purpose of going to King Arthur Flour? You betcha. 

Have a great weekend!

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Sarah

    Happy to hear you are getting settled and finding some normalcy again. What a journey you’ve been on.

    1. bakedbree

      We really have, we’re tired!

  2. JC

    Welcome home! Dawn dishwashing liquid is the best thing I have found to clean makeup brushes. Really cuts the buildup.

    1. bakedbree

      Thanks! I like to use baby shampoo, I like the way it smells. And a makeup artist told me to treat my makeup brushes like I do my hair.

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