It's safe to say, I'm feeling all of the feels as I write this one. This June we are packing up our little southern Calofornia home and heading east to begin a brand new adventure in Austin. I can't recall ever feeling so much sadness and excitement at the same time. It's such a bizarre feeling and so, so surreal. It's been nearly 10 years since I packed up my little Mazda with whatever it could hold and headed west for Los Angeles. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined what would ensue, or that I would one day come back to Austin with such a wonderful guy and beautiful baby girl in tow. (True, she's hardly a baby anymore but in my sappy mama heart right now she's an eternal infant.) Oh, Los Angeles, you were everything I hoped you would be and so much more...
For now, we are trading in our mild summers at Barnsdall Art Park for triple digit heat at Zilker. We are leaving lifelong friendships for time spent with sisters, cousins, nephews and beyond. We are saying so long to earthquakes and hello to big Texas thunderstorms; goodbye to Umami Burger and In N Out and hellp to P. Terrys and Hop Doddys. We are trading Hollywood stars for star-filled skies and we couldn't be more excited! If you're reading this and contemplating a big move to LA, please do. You only get to live this life once and I hope that this city gives you everything it gave me. It gave me the grand adventure of my twenties and a crazy unorthodox career that is full of my passions. It gave me a soul mate in my husband and the baby girl I always dreamed I would one day have. It gave me so much more than I ever could have dreamed!
Sometimes when she's toddling around The Getty or LACMA, I wonder if Parker will have any recollection of this part of her life. Probably not. But as she grows we will tell her bed time stories of lazy days spent on the beach with her baby buddies and how her first seafood experience was the grilled salmon on the roadside at Malibu Seafood. We'll regale her with tales of how she walked up to Mark Walhberg and flirted shamelessly at just a year old (hardly the first girl to do such a thing) and how she watched Tay Tay "Shake it Off" side stage. And when we should find ourselves watching the queen of daytime, we will make sure that Parker knows that in so many ways we have her to thank for our wonderful, little family and the great big adventure of these last 10 years.
One thing I know for certain, we will be leaving a little tiny piece of our hearts in this great big city of angels where we fell in love with each other and this little baby girl. The time has come, though, for our next big adventure and we couldn't be more excited.
(More details to come-- re: our plans in Austin, buying a new place, and more. Oh and we are going to be selling so much furniture before we go! Follow this instagram account if you're interested in following the sale.)