We’ve decided to settle down in…


It’s the most logical choice. We’ve lived there twice before. We have friends, doctors, dentists, family and other services already established so there’s no start-up stress. It meets all of our criteria for hobbies and activities. Spokane is warm and dry in the summer, cold and sunny in the winter and experiences the four seasons. And it’s affordable to live here without breaking the bank :)

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When we set out on this journey 11 months ago, we didn’t know if we’d make it past a week in this lifestyle, let alone permanently. So we set a goal to give it a year and then re-evaluate. We are wrapping up our year and have experienced so much; met some wonderful new friends, saw some much missed old friends, and have evolved as human beings.

We’ve learned how to be respectful of one another in 300 sqft. of space—1000 sqft. less than than the smallest house we’ve ever owned. As a family we’ve learned to practice patience with one another, although I may need a refresher course. My favorite aspect of this adventure has been the process of becoming minimalists—only keeping the essentials with us, even if I need to declutter routinely. The small space allows us to deep clean in about 15 minutes, even if there is so little to do that it’s hard to find chores for the kids to help with. I guess that’s a good problem to have.

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We had been spending a considerable amount of time in Redwood City, both seeing my friend and taking the car to a mechanic’s shop. It also seems that the more time you spend out and about the more you eat out. We hit some yummy restaurants during our stay; specifically pancake houses and sushi, haha :)

It was so great to catch up with my friend too; we used to compete in Pony Club together in high school.

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Here is the culmination of the hard work of the last few months.

ISI Adult National Championships at Yerba Buena Skating Rink in San Francisco, California. I only entered 2 events, but some others I met entered up to 19 events! WHOA. My family was there to support me and watch me skate. I also got to see some friends from Florida that I used to skate with in Tampa. The whole event was pretty low-key, not like USFS competitions at all.

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Since we were in the Bay area for our anniversary, we decided to go to one of our favorite restaurants for dinner. Mr S was at a sleepover and Mr T was babysitting Divagirl so we had a date night at Shabuway in San Mateo. Shabu shabu, for those who may not know, is a delicious Japanese meal brought out to you raw, then you cook the veggies and ultra thin slices of meat in a boiling pot of seasoned broth. Then you dip the cooked bits in sauces and eat it with rice. Yum!

Afterwards, the smell of chocolate drew us across the street to a chocolate shop filled with handmade tasty treats. She even had samples of chocolate covered strawberries. The confections we tried we amazing!

We don’t often get the opportunity to have an evening out together without the children, so this was a lovely night.