That Gypsy Spirit

Two years ago today, our family of three woke up for the very last time in our home in Burnham, Buckinghamshire, England. We bundled ourselves into a taxi and made our way across London to board a plane to Orlando, Florida, and we began our great American adventure.

Last days in England
Our last glimpses of England
Mama and Dexter the day before we left
Mama and Dexter the day before we left
Family photo at the park before leaving England
Last family photo at the park in Burnham the week before we left

When we arrived in Florida, everything was so different from what we were used to… I had spent 11 years in England. The entirety of my 20s, the end of my teens, the beginning of my 30s… I almost couldn’t remember what living in the US was like, and Florida was different from any other place I’d lived growing up.

Two years ago, Dexter was so tiny and precious – just over a year old and only beginning to explore the world.

First days in the US
My tiny little man
The newest American citizen and resident
The newest American citizen and resident
The wonder in his eyes was so apparent everywhere we went
The wonder in his eyes was so apparent everywhere we went

And it was shortly after we arrived when we got some rather unexpected news that changed everything.

positive pregnancy test
Finding out we were pregnant with baby number 2 – Daniel

Finding out that we were expecting another baby was not in our plans, but we quickly learned that the best laid plans can sometimes be forced to change. Our newly rented two bedroom apartment was now going to be far too small (especially considering that Mark worked from home out of our bedroom). A screaming new baby was going to complicate everything, and we were going to have to figure something out.

Four days before Daniel was born, we signed papers to buy our house. I give Mark a lot of grief for trusting a pregnant woman’s judgement, as it turned out we didn’t get a very good deal AND the house was in need of a LOT of work that we hadn’t anticipated.

Changing lightbulbs
Mark changing lightbulbs in our 20 foot ceilings
painting bannisters
Mark painting the stairway because it was so dingy
mowing the lawn
Mowing our overgrown lawn

After dealing with mold, cracks in the driveway, cracks in the stucco and replacing panels in our lenai screen, we were finally able to settle a bit, though we knew there was still a ton of work inside the house.

Still, we were happy and pretty content to make this a family home.

mom and babies
Me and my babies
family photo at Epcot
Family photo at Epcot
kids playing together
Kids playing together
mama and Dexter
Mama and Dexter
mama and Daniel
Mama and Daniel

We had a big year. 2013 was some big highs and some low lows, and we got through it. We got married in Vegas. We traveled a lot. It was quite a year. And then in early 2014, we found out that once again we were unexpectedly expecting our newest (and last!) little bundle of joy.

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Expecting baby number 3

As we prepared for what this year would bring, never could we have known that once again things were about to change. And a big change it is.

Because in a little over two months from now, we’re going to be making a big move… this time we are not leaving the country… we are moving across it.

Mark’s company is opening a new office out of Utah. We have been given the opportunity to move there – where all of Mark’s family and friends live – and begin our lives again. And we have accepted the challenge.

I think we always assumed that eventually we’d end up in Utah – a man always goes back to his home, after all. And as his wife and the mother of his kids, I would follow him anywhere. It’ll be a big change. But a happy one, I think.

I look forward to the kids growing up with family surrounding them. They will know their grandmother, their aunts and uncles, their cousins. They will know snow and raking leaves and wakeboarding in the summer. They will know mountains and desert and city and suburb.

And now and then, Mark and I might actually be able to go out on a date or to an adult function, which we have never been able to do because we have no one we can ask to babysit.

We’re on a deadline because of my pregnancy – I want to be settled in our new home before my third trimester begins. So right now our tentative moving date is the end of July. Before then we will be spending some time with my family up north, and then we must work in earnest to sell our furniture and pack up our belongings. We have to find someone to rent our house, and we have to figure out a new place to live in Salt Lake City. It’s going to be crazy and stressful and exciting.

I’m ready for this new adventure, and I look forward to what the future holds in store for us.


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Katie Reed

Katie Reed

Katie Reed is a 38 year old mom blogger from Salt Lake City, UT. She is married to the man of her dreams and together they have four beautiful boys. Dexter is 9, Daniel is 7, Chester is 5 and Wilder is 2. She writes about living with mental health issues while navigating motherhood. Her blog focuses on tips and tricks for moms, information and parenting news, kid-friendly recipes and crafts. She loves to reflect on the humorous side of parenthood and shares the reality of her life, with a "warts and all" attitude.

0 Responses

  1. What does your husband do for a living tha tyou can keep buying houses and traveling all over the place? Are you guys independently weathy or what?

  2. Didn’t you just buy your house in Florida? Why would you move again so soon? Your kids must be so confused.

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