Being Grateful and Looking Forward to 2014

It's been four months now that we have left Canada and moved to the USA. We exchanged our old life for a completely new life. Everything changed. Our city, our house, our car, our friends, our jobs etc. After dealing with months and months of relocation and settling down business and then Christmas, I am finally getting the chance to sit down and think about other things for the new year. There are a gazillion different things that could happen this year. 2014 will definitely be an interesting one. Two things will happen for sure: 1) we're going to France for a family visit and 2) my 5 year old will start school in September. Two very exciting things! What's unclear is whether or not he will get full day or half day school, what daycare he will go to, and whether or not I will be working part time or full time for a Canadian or US company or not work at all.

I still have mixed feelings about being here but things are definitely better today than they were when we first moved over. I think we gave ourselves way too much stress by doing too much too soon. Thankfully, everything worked out in the end and now we can sit back and enjoy life a bit more.

The 2014 New Year's/Birthday cake I made.

I want things to get even better. Instead of fixating on all the things that we lost from moving over to the USA, I want to be more grateful for all the great things we have gained in return. Here are some of them:
  • An exciting job for my husband
  • A shopping paradise where things are cheaper and everything ships to the USA
  • Cheap wine
  • Cheap dairy
  • Better travel options from Seattle
  • A house we can afford
  • Great English speaking schools for our boy
  • More vegan food options for my husband
  • Possibly more job opportunities for my field of work (assuming I can get sponsored)
  • Slightly better weather
  • Trader Joe's
Phew! Listing all that already makes me feel better! :) Okay, I kind of moved here against my will but things really aren't that bad I guess. We're home a lot and it's really nice to be home when home is nicer and bigger. We would never be able to afford something like this back home. Real estate is nuts in the Greater Vancouver region.

We finally got our house. Finally! And our new kitchen is a heck of a lot bigger than our old kitchen. We now have generous counter and storage space. Then again, our old place had a ridiculously tiny kitchen. It blows my mind every time I think about all the food that came out of that small space. It's challenging to make a lot of food when there is no space to do it. Trust me.

This was my old kitchen. With all the jars and spices removed.

My old work space was the size of a cutting board.

Kitchenaid mixer sits out now! Bliss :)
We love our new house and I am enjoying our new kitchen. Now, I can leave my Kitchenaid stand mixer out on the counter without carrying it in and out of storage. Yes, I had to do that every time in the past :( And the darn thing weighs a ton. Being able to leave it out makes me so happy. Honestly, you have no idea. It's the little things in life people :)

I now have room to lay out all my baking stuff in a single layer inside cupboards. At one point back at our old place, my baking supplies were stored in plastic bags stuffed under the stair storage. It was such a pain to find stuff. I cursed every time! So glad those days are gone.

Things are so much better now. I can generally cook and bake faster because I don't have to do dishes along the way to clear the counter space. I can also use my dishwasher now! We never could use our old dishwasher since we used it for storage space. It was packed to the rim with all sorts of kitchen crap. Terrible but true. And best of all, now I can separate my food from my housewares thanks to our pantry. Oh. Yeah. That room might have sold me the house. Seriously.

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a good holiday break :) Thanks for stopping by.


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