Today is a bittersweet day for me. The house that I grew up in, can no longer be called “my home”. My parents decided last year that they were ready to sell their home in Emerald Hills/Redwood City – the town was a part of Redwood City up until a handful of years ago. They originally built the house in 1975, the year before I was born. It’s the only house that I lived in until I was 17 and moved out to attend college. Not many people can say that they lived their entire childhood in one house. There are so many incredible memories from that house – slumber parties, pool parties, exchange students coming through ( a total of 8 or so), making mud pies with preschool friends, and the so many other get-togethers throughout my childhood.
I am terribly saddened that I will never return to this house, but now the up-side to selling the house. My parents have bought a home in El Dorado Hills, which is only about 40 minutes from us. This 40 minute drive will be SO much better than the 2+ hour drive it would take to get to Emerald Hills. I look forward to being able to see them more, well, at least much easier than before. I could never make a day trip down to Emerald Hills, just wouldn’t work with the girls, but now we’ll be able to meet for lunch, get together weekly (at least I hope), and have built in babysitters, who can take the girls for the entire night so Scott and I can go out!
Miranda Lambert sings a beautiful song called “The House That Built Me” and it brings tears to my eyes during this transition.
Sorry about the picture overload but I wanted to share some pictures of that house that built me. I only have a few from when I was young as my parents have the photo albums of my childhood years. But I have found pictures from trips down there with my girls.
My 1st birthday – November 19, 1977
June of 1978
Welcoming my brother in 1980
With one of my best friends, Michelle, who will also be my travel buddy to Nashville – yes, we’ve known each other for 33 years now.
Caitlyn’s first trip – June 2005
Kisses from Nana
Hanging by the pool – May 2006
Playing with Uncle Todd’s hats – May 2006
Riding on Nana’s carousel horse – July 2006
With Uncle Todd and Auntie Erin – who wasn’t officially her Auntie yet – September 2006
Telling Nana and Papa “all about it” – September 2006
Blowing bubbles with Papa – September 2006
Helping Nana feed the birds and squirrels – March 2007
Welcome!! – March 2007
Thanksgiving 2007 – yes we look like we’re celebrating Xmas but we wore red to take pictures for our Christmas card.
Helping Nana make cranberry sauce – November 2007
Visiting the “ususally” park, as I used to call it growing up – we “usually” went there – May 2008
Swimming in the spa – June 2008
January 2009 – a get together with some good friends from high school
Hanna’s first visit – July 2009 – with Nonni and Nonno
Following pictures are from February 2010
So long Emerald Hills/Redwood City, thanks for the wonderful memories!