Why Ohio? Well, for several reasons. First, the cost of living is much, much lower. My husband could get a transfer and keep roughly the same salary, but we could finally get ahead. In addition, homes are a LOT less expensive. We have found a home we love in Chagrin Falls/Aurora area, and it's around $100,000.00, 3000 Square Feet, and on almost 4 acres. Here in Virginia, this home would cost at least $600,000.00, if not more! We have to move by September 1st, and our purchasing power is much greater there than it is here.
I want a nice, big yard for my kids to play in. Or maybe I am just looking for an excuse to buy the Clubhouse Climber I have had my eye on for so long now! Heck, since the cost of living is so much better, maybe I could finally afford the Clubhouse Climber!
Also, I have tons of family in Ohio. We don't have much family here, and it makes it very hard sometimes. We don't have built-in babysitters, and we never get the chance to go out as a couple. That can be taxing, so having family nearby will be good for us as well as the kids. I truly believe my kids should be surrounded by family on a regular basis, and in Ohio, we would get that.
Also, I miss snow.
We didn't think we'd be able to move due to custody issues with my 12 year old, but much to my shock and amazement, his father has told me he isn't opposed to us moving out of state. So we have been very busy here, weighing our options and looking for a home to purchase this summer.
In the meantime, I have some more great reader photos to share! Krystal sent me a pic of her Step2 mailbox, and Gladys sent a photo of her grandson in the shopping cart with a great Step2 product that's perfect for summer!