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We made it!! After a very long trip, M & I are finally in San Diego. Mr. Weekly Bite is still in DC wrapping things up with the movers, but will be here by the end of the week πŸ™‚

Our new house won’t be ready to move in for another week and a half, so we’ll be living in a hotel till then. My biggest challenge has been keeping M entertained in a boring hotel room.

Here’s what our room is looking like right now.

I can almost guarantee it will be a disaster area by the end of our stay…

I talked to Mr. Weekly Bite today… He said it’s a good thing I’m not there to see what our house looks like. He said it’s very hard to see the house that we worked so hard on for five years be taken apart. I had a very tough time leaving our home & neighborhood on Sunday. The type of work Mr. Weekly Bite does requires us to move every 4-5 years. Having moved three times in the past, I’ve learned to almost shut down my emotions because moving comes with the territory. Β This time was different. This time I became so emotionally attached to our house and our neighborhood. Β So much happened in the last 5 years. Β Here’s a little photo journey…

Five years ago Mr. Weekly Bite and I stumbled upon a neighborhood. We were moving from San diego to Virginia and were looking for a house to buy. We immediately fell in love with Del Ray. We ended up buying this fixer-upper….


For two years we saved as much money as we could and took the house from this…

To this…

We worked so hard to make this yellow house what it is today.

Close to 10 months after we moved back in, this little miracle happened…

Four months later…

6 months later…

13 months later…

And now 2 years later…

Helping mommy in the kitchen πŸ™‚

And last but not least… the very last picture I took with my camera at our yellow house.

This is M and all her neighborhood friends. She was obviously upset at the fact that we were leaving them… as was her boyfriend who’s sitting at the opposite end. There’s no way they could’ve been crying because all the mom’s forced them to take this picture πŸ˜‰

I know she misses them because she keeps asking me when we’re going home πŸ™

We’ll forever hold a special place in our heart for our little neighborhood in Alexandria.

22 Responses

  1. Renee @ Get Inner-gized with Renee! said on May 24, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Wow! I totally get this post today! We move every 4 years b/c my husband is in the Coast Guard. We just moved from Williamsburg, VA and I was pretty emotional leaving our home there, too. Mainly b/c that was the home I was pregnant with my daughter in and all the first in it…I tell ya…I totally agree with holding in the emotions when moving…it’s definitely not an easy transition at first (well, for me anyway) – I hold it together and then I usually break down when I’m filled with boxes in my kitchen. lol. πŸ™‚

  2. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods said on May 24, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Aww, what a little sweetie! It breaks my heart and makes me giggle (just a little) to see her crying in that photo. Poor thing. Best wishes on your new life in Cali! DC misses you already!

  3. Estela - Weekly Bite said on May 24, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Renee – I’m dreading that day when our new house is filled with nothing but moving boxes… Yikes!

  4. Barbara said on May 24, 2011 at 9:47 am

    What wonderful memories you have from your home in DC and just think about all the wonderful new memories you will be making in your new home in California. Lots of luck to you and your beautiful family!

  5. Maria said on May 24, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Glad you made it safely! I am sure your new place will bring many happy memories as well!

  6. Estela - Weekly Bite said on May 24, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Thanks Maria πŸ™‚

  7. Jessica @ How Sweet said on May 24, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Wow – you guys made that house GORGEOUS!! I can’t even imagine how hard it was to leave. And neighbors and friends – they can be so hard to come by! I feel for you girl.

  8. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on May 24, 2011 at 10:54 am

    So cool to see the house transform!!! Moving is always hard…we’ll be facing that soon ourselves. It’s always exciting to get to a new place– but so sad to leave everything behind!!

  9. Lori Lange said on May 24, 2011 at 11:11 am

    You’re here! Yay! Please email me and we can try to meet maybe next week sometime? I hate to think that you’re hanging out alone. Let’s build some happy memories in San Diego!

  10. Estela - Weekly Bite said on May 24, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Sending you an email now πŸ™‚

  11. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) said on May 24, 2011 at 11:30 am

    You’re in San Diego…but I’m not! Well, when you get settled and I’m back (June 2) from Aruba..when ever you have time, even if that’s in a month…I know how it is moving! I’ve done it 10 times in 10 yrs πŸ™‚ but I am here…or if you need HELP with anything, ask me. I dont care what it is, ASK!!! I know how it is moving to a new city…I am here to help you πŸ™‚

  12. Gregg said on May 24, 2011 at 11:31 am

    A very moving tribute to both of your efforts…TY for sharing.

  13. Estela - Weekly Bite said on May 24, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Thanks Averie! That’s so sweet of you πŸ™‚

  14. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on May 24, 2011 at 11:56 am

    What a beautiful house. I hope the one you’re moving into in San Diego becomes just as much of a home to you.

  15. Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique said on May 24, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Such a sweet post! And, your DC house is gorgeous. πŸ™‚ Sending good wishes your way on your new journey.

  16. Regan said on May 24, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Oh how many times I’ve been in temp housing over our many moves. No envy here! But best of luck with the move. Getting settled in and exploring is so much fun, especially with a fresh new set of eyes πŸ˜‰

  17. emily (a nutritionist eats) said on May 24, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Wow, I can’t even believe what you did to your house! Amazing! You should be on HGTV. πŸ™‚
    Loved seeing the old pictures of M too – hope you survive the hotel!!

  18. Nicole, RD said on May 24, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Wow, you guys did so much work to that house. And the photo of the kids…melts my little heart! I bet M is sad to leave πŸ™ We move a lot of my husband’s job, too. I’ve learned to only find the good in the situations because I don’t like change and I spend the first year missing our last location and the next year enjoying our current location, and then it’s time to move. C’est la vie! I am glad to have lived in Chicago, Italy, Tulsa, Columbus…and probably Michigan next. We shall see! Glad you’re there safe and sound πŸ™‚

  19. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} said on May 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Aww look at all those neighborhood kids! I can see why you’re sad to leave. Best of luck with getting settled.

  20. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on May 24, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Oh my gosh, this made me sad! What a beautiful home you two built. I know it’s hard and you have so many emotions going on. I’m thinking about you and hope the transition isn’t too hard on you and Em.

  21. Courteney @ Not a "diet" Blog said on May 24, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    The baby pictures are adorable. And who knows the next five years may be even more amazing! God bless

  22. Lauren at Keep It Sweet said on May 25, 2011 at 5:45 am

    OMG I am dying over the picture of M in an apron! Glad you had a safe trip and I know soon enough you and your family will love your new home as much as your last one:-)