Brandie mentioned this briefly in the 'Tooth' post, but we are in fact moving from the Bay Area - at least for a little while. Our first house is currently in escrow, and due to close at the end of this month. Sometime before then we'll move all of our stuff across the country to the mid-Hudson Valley region of upstate New York.
We've talked about moving for over a year, and considered a host of places to move to (Vancouver, Boise, Tahoe, Austin, Baltimore, Charlotte, etc.) We're fortunate to have so many good friends and family in all those places who've petitioned us to move to their hometowns! We wish we could try them all out, maybe someday we will.
The primary motivation for us to make the change was our amazing daughter, who's had to spend more time in daycare and with sitters (as loving and wonderful as they are) than we'd like over the past six months. Going forward we'd like her to be in daycare at most part-time, and to spend more time with us.
We're really happy that while we had to work so much, the daycare provided such excellent care and attention for Sophie. All the staff love her and hate to see us go, we'll all miss them very much!
Brandie & I are also both ready to take a break from our current careers and try some other things. I've been at it nearly ten years, and Brandie over four. The changes are scary, but exciting at the same time.
There's still lots to sort out, we haven't locked in on a rental or even a specific town yet, but we've toured the area, contacted some prospective employers and setup interviews for after we've relocated. Please keep us in your thoughts, and let us in if we show up on your doorstep!