This has been a week of big decisions and a lot of waiting. As I've mentioned, we are selling our house. We haven't had much luck so far but we hadn't found anything that we wanted to buy so we didn't feel too pressured or anxious to sell. On Friday we looked at a house that we both loved. It was the perfect size and the perfect layout with everything that we were looking for in our next home.... almost. A fenced yard was something that we hoped to find but it wasn't a deal breaker. We could easily fence in a yard. But this house didn't have much of a yard. It had a nice front yard and the back yard had several big pine trees, Bradford pear trees, and even a large weeping willow, but it was small. Really small. The trees took up most of the yard and it wasn't very level. We discussed it a lot over the weekend because we really thought we should make them an offer and put a contract on the house. We decided we needed to see it again because the size of the yard was still bugging us. We went to see it again this afternoon and were still disappointed by the yard. The house was perfect. It had everything we needed and was in move in condition. It was also in a great neighborhood in a wonderful school district at the right price. Our realtor had a contract ready for us to sign (because I told him we were strongly considering it) but we told him to hang on to it and we would discuss it and get back to him. Hubs and I didn't have a chance to talk on the way home because we drove separately since I was coming from work. When we got home he had to mow the grass so we held off on discussing it until afterwards. While he was mowing I took Emerie outside and she trekked up and down the yard picking up sticks, rocks, and leaves.... She splashed in puddles and ran around chasing the dogs trying to tickle them. We checked the mail several times (her new favorite thing) and blew some bubbles. As I watched her running around so freely in our spacious and private backyard I realized that we probably wouldn't sign the contract. We both thought since we would have to compromise on something on our "new house wish list" that it would be easy for the compromise to be the yard, but it wasn't. Emerie needs space to run and play with her little brother and the dogs need room to chase tennis balls. We need a big space for a swing set and a fire pit. She would spend every waking moment outside if she could.
PS. I know that big yards aren't for everyone and that they are not a necessity for having a great childhood, it's simply what we feel is best for our growing family right now. Also, if you made it through this never ending post, bravo! :)