my big announcement

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Ok, so I have a rather big announcement to make.

Looks like I found a way out of finishing my to-do list on this house after all.  And this time it doesn’t involve me getting pregnant ๐Ÿ˜‰

We’re moving to Houston!
Our move is going to look a little less glamorous than that photo.  I’m picturing this…
My husband accepted a new job last week and we’ll be heading out in a month.  Yeah.  I’m freaking out a bit.  I knew we’d end up moving out of state again some day, I just really didn’t expect it to happen this soon.  People, I’ve never even been to Houston before.  All I know is it’s going to be hot, hot, and even more hot.  And Momma don’t like to be hot.
I’m excited about starting a new adventure, but devastated about leaving family and our amazing friends.  The part that makes my heart hurt the most is that Izzy won’t be near my mom anymore.  Those two are tight.  Two peas in a pod.  The way the light up when they are together is the most amazing thing ever.  Then of course there’s Sam.  Only two months old.  I feel like my parents won’t get to really bond with him.  Doesn’t make it any easier that my mom won’t talk to me about the move.

We’re planning on renting at first so we can get to know the area before buying/building.  Things are already getting sporty with my husband and I as we’re looking online to find a rental.  This should be a fun couple of months :/

If any of you are currently living in Houston, or are familiar with the area, what can you tell me about it? What do you love? What do you hate?


  1. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper Avatar

    oh wow!!! that is a big change, but you will do great, i know it! and your kids will be ok and so will your mom, but i know how hard that is. my kids were both born in slidell, louisiana, and we moved here when emmy was an infant to be closer to my parents. living away from them was tough, but we both made the effort for visits, and that made it easier and made those visits all the more special and appreciated. we lived in austin for a short while and that is a cool city! we visited a friend in houston once and i was overwhelming to me- such a big city! but with that, there is a lot to do and offer, and you aren't too far from austin, which is cool… we took lots of weekends in san antonio, too which was awesome! i wish you all the best, shelley! a new pad to decorate will be fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Stacey Avatar

    We moved out of state, away from family and friends when my son was 6 months and I was pregnant with my second. It was a stressful time to say the least. I am so glad that we made the move as it allowed my husband to move up in his company,but four years later we moved back to be close to family and friends again. Good luck in your new adventure!! And your Mom will talk to you again!

  3. pbrenner Avatar

    I live in the Texas Hill Country (about 3 hours west of Houston, give or take). I was born and raised in San Antonio, but lived 23 years in Arizona before moving back 2 1/2 years ago. My sister has lived in Houston, and now lives an hour west in Hempstead. It is hot (the humidity is what makes it seem worse in the summer), but everyplace is air conditioned! Fall, spring, and winter are very nice (you MUST head out for at least a day trip to see the bluebonnets in late March/early April). The coast (Galveston) is only an hour-ish away. There are LOTS of wonderful cultural/family things to do in the city, and you will be close to lots of fun things out of the city (Canton – First Monday! Round Top! Bluebell Ice Cream factory! – a few of my favorite weekend jaunts, lol)

    While Houston does have typical big city issues (traffic, ugh), Texas is a big welcoming state, and there truly is something for everyone. I hope you enjoy your time here, and good luck with your move!


  4. Tara {The Silver Lining} Avatar

    Well welcome to Houston!! I'd be happy to fill you in on anything – different areas of the city, eating places, things to do, shopping, etc… And yes, it's going to be HOT. I've lived in south Texas all my life, so the humidity and hotness is what I'm used to, but I know it's definitely an adjustment when people aren't used to it. I can't imagine how much you're going to miss being close to your family though. ๐Ÿ™ However, feel free to reach out to me whenever you have any questions if that helps!

  5. Mindy Avatar

    Wow, that's fast! A month?! There's no way I could move away from my mom and sister. No way. I feel for ya.

  6. Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door Avatar

    Wow, that's huge! What exciting and scary news. I can understand your sadness about leaving your family, but visits will be even more special. Everyone will adjust and you have so many new adventures ahead. Congrats!!

  7. Veronica@ChaosInMyCasa Avatar

    Congrats! I live in San Antonio but have been to Houston many, many times as I have friends and family there. It's a huge city with so much to do. Yes it's hot, but it's Texas, so it's hot pretty much anywhere you go in this state ๐Ÿ™‚ The neat thing about central and south TX is that everything is close by. San Antonio is 3 hrs from Houston, Austin is about the same. Galveston is close by, Louisiana is a hop, skip, and a jump away. As far as housing, I'm not too sure since everyone I know who lives down there lives around the same area (Med Center near Reliant Stadium & Rice University). Apartments in that area seem to be nice. Good luck with the move!

  8. City Farmhouse Avatar

    Wow, baby, move, you sound a lot like us. I know the feelings you must be feeling, I have lived it many times. It is bitter sweet. I have a very good childhood friend that has been there a lONG time, let me know if you want her email. I think yo have the right attitude, look at it like an adventure:). Have a great week,

  9. Andrea Avatar

    Wow, that is big news! Bummer about having to leave your family. My parents don't live near us and it is hard sometimes, but it sure makes their visits all that more special. Good luck with the move. I wish I lived closer. I'd come hold that baby while you packed!

  10. Samantha Hawes ( samanthamhawes @ hotmail . com ) Avatar
    Samantha Hawes ( samanthamhawes @ hotmail . com )

    Woohoo!! Welcome to Texas, girl!! I live in Austin, and have visited Houston a number of times. The company my husband works for has a location in Houston, so we visit frequently.
    First of all, it's hot as balls…I mean really sweaty, stinky, uncomfortably HOT balls. But everything is air conditioned, and it's usually only 100+ degrees for a few months. I moved about 6 years ago from Wasington state, and thought the heat was going to kill me, but you acclimate, and learn to wear less clothes. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Housing in Houston is much less expensive than most places, so you'll find a great house! The Woodlands is considered a very upscale and sought after neighborhood in the Houston area….Remember, everything's bigger in Texas, including homes!
    If you have any questions, or just want more info, let me know! Moving is the worst. Best of luck!

  11. Nancy Carr Avatar

    Your blogger friends will be along to support you and we look forward to hearing about your move. Thanks for a great blog. Peace

  12. Kathy C. Avatar

    I've only been to the their no advice from me. But super excited for you guys!! It is definitely going to be an adventure. Yes, at first it will be tough, but hang in there. Congrat to your hubby on his new job! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Holly Avatar

    Congrats Shelley – that is really big news! I've never been to Houston but I know of a few people who have either lived there or traveled on business there, so if you need any more advice I'd be happy to pass along an e-mail address for you.

  14. Kristel Avatar

    Yikes, just one month???? That's how long it would take me to acclimate to the thought of moving. Where are you coming from? I lived in the Houston area for a year (south of Houston really, Friendswood area) Highly recommend that city, loved it! Katy and the Woodlands are also great areas, but of course, it all depends on where your husband's job is located, the last thing you want him to do is drive thru Houston, people are out to kill you on those highways ๐Ÿ˜‰ Best of luck.

  15. Carmel @ Our Fifth House Avatar

    oh girl – moving is such a pain – but also really exciting too! Smart idea to rent first – you'll get to the know area that way.

  16. Cat Gochoco Avatar

    Congrats on your husband's new job!! We moved to Houston last summer for the same reason! Iam originally from Arizona so I thought the heat wouldn't be that bad. Prepare yourself… the humidity adds to the heat and brings it to a whole different level. But i wish you well. I have found a ton of great neighborhoods, restaurants, etc. Would love to take you around once you get here!


  17. Taylor Avatar

    I grew up in Houston so I know it like the back of my hand! Go look at houses in the Woodlands, Spring, and Tomball! LOVE those areas, especially for families with kids.

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