Some Exciting News…No Not That News!

Some Exciting News…No Not That News!

This time last year I was making my way around the different local schools trying to decide which one was perfect for my little Alice. I wasn’t ready to do it, she had only just turned three, but I couldn’t bury my head in the sand. For us it was a big decision.

I had the conversation of one of my friends ringing in my ears as I walked around each school. She had made a last minute decision to send her daughter to a different school, a school that was smaller and more suited to her natural personality. That she would get lost in a bigger school. This is how I felt about Alice too…

Alice is a gentle sole. Yes, she is fairly confident and will happily play and meet new people. But, she is also the first to step back when there is a crowd, she isn’t one to push herself forward. All of which are lovely qualities to have. I felt that in a larger school she would be constantly stepping back. She isn’t loud and I worry that she would go unnoticed.

So, as I walked around the schools I tried to imagine Alice there. After several back and forth chats with Andy, we decided on a school. A school we both felt was right for Alice, but a school that if she got into would mean a big change for us.

The day in April arrived and we found out that Alice had got into the school and we were both shocked and delighted. But, we also knew it wasn’t the end for us.

Because it’s a school that we are not in the catchment for and we know how lucky we were to get in. Our thoughts move to this time next year when we have to fill in the application form for Holly and of course we want her to go to the same school as Alice. Being out of catchment there is a good chance she won’t get a place.

The day we choose Alice’s school, was the day that we decided that if she got a place we would move house. It was a big decision to make, but since that day in April we have talked a lot about it. And actually the move is more than just being in the catchment area. We are moving to a lovely village that is only ten minutes from our current house, but it will give us a whole new way of life.

I will be able to walk Alice to school, the girls will be able to ride round our cul-de-sac on their bikes and scooters and I am hoping that we will over time feel part of the community. It is everything that I pictured, when I thought about being a mum and everything that I want for our family.

I am so lucky and thankful that this is happening for us…

Originally we were going to put our house on the market in January, but a few weeks ago we decided to just get on with it. Before I could blink, our house was up for sale and sold. And on the same day we sold our house, we brought a new house. It was a crazy day and we felt a bit shell shocked from it all.

But, we are so excited and it looks like we are going to be in our new home before Christmas. A home that we will stay in for many years to come and bring up our girls. It will be the home that the girls will remember from their childhood and have lots of happy memories there.

There is so much to get done and not much time to do it. But, it will be worth it when we get there.

We are ready for the next chapter in our crazy life…



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  1. 04/11/2016 / 07:09

    Oh wow I can’t believe you moved that quickly!! That’s brilliant for you all and it sounds perfect 🙂 yay!! What a great Christmas present xx

  2. 04/11/2016 / 07:22

    Oh that’s lovely news! We need to do the same but I can’t bear the idea of moving while my husband is still so immobile. I really hope all goes well with your move and I’m sure you’ll all be happy in your new home.

  3. 04/11/2016 / 07:25

    Aww that’s fantastic news. So exciting to start a new chapter. So happy you got the school you wanted. Lovely to have happy news x

  4. Phoenicia
    04/11/2016 / 07:32

    Congratulations! You and family are moving on to a new chapter in your lives.

    Children are so different and like you, we must look at what would suitable for each rather than having a “one size fits all” mentality. When applying for primary schools, we looked at a school which was three form entry and had a cold feel to it. I just knew my daughter would not fit in there. The school she attends I’d big enough for her to have a collection of friends and small enough to feel sage snd nurtured.

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. 04/11/2016 / 07:34

    Wow congratulations. That is really quick. schooling is such a big decision because it forms such a huge part of our children’s lives. #picknmix

  6. 04/11/2016 / 08:23

    Wow in before Christmas!! Your new house sounds perfect and I have absolutely everything crossed for you that it all goes smoothly. I know it might seem a bit crazy having to move so quickly but I’m sure it is the best way to do it. Our move last year dragged on for over 6 months and the worry it gave me was awful. You’ll be very busy but at least it will all be over and done with quickly, imagine starting the new year in your new home, perfect! So happy for you xx

  7. 04/11/2016 / 09:00

    Oh exciting news lovely!! A new home for a new year and a new chapter xx

  8. 04/11/2016 / 09:23

    How exciting! We moved house once just before Christmas (Dec 16th) it was so busy but so exciting. Good luck on your new phase of life xx

  9. 04/11/2016 / 10:46

    Aww lovely news – I hope the move goes smoothly for you all 🙂 #picknmix

  10. 04/11/2016 / 22:13

    Congratulations lovely, I hope you are all really happy there 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

  11. 05/11/2016 / 18:52

    I am so excited for you!! I love the disclaimer in the title! x

  12. 06/11/2016 / 09:37

    Wow, how exciting for you! I hope you manage to get in and settled before Christmas, there’s something magical about Christmas in a new house. I remember moving into the one house I remember as growing up in when I was 7 and it was 2-3 days before Christmas so everything was in boxes and the tree was very last minute but it was one of the best Christmases of my childhood x

  13. 06/11/2016 / 11:00

    Oh wow, very exciting news! Congratulations! I hope you do get in for Christmas, that would just be a great way to end the year wouldn’t it! x #KCACOLS

  14. 06/11/2016 / 11:06

    Wow – that all happened so quickly! And perfectly it seems. I agree, a house isn’t just a house – it’s a lifestyle. We live in an area tat is 20% more expensive than surrounding suburbs but you get what you pay for – the lifestyle that comes with it : good schools, nicer people, lovely shops and restaurants and more secure neighbourhoods. Sounds like you’re on the way to that perfect little 2.4 life 😉 Congratulations! #kcacols

  15. 06/11/2016 / 12:06

    Wow, congratulations! It sounds like everything is moving towards the right direction for you. Exciting change! Good luck with it all #KCACOLS

  16. 06/11/2016 / 15:46

    What exciting news!! I have this dream where I own a small croft in a part of a tiny old village on the country side…. 🙂


  17. 06/11/2016 / 15:55

    Oh that’s great news! And it will be so lovely that you can walk your children to school and have playdates just up the road from you! #KCACOLS

  18. 06/11/2016 / 17:28

    I’m so happy for you Laura. been meaning to read this after I saw your post on IG 🙂 we found our forever home this year too and it was a super stressful buy and sell but we finally completed in July. we are loving our new place and its got lots of great schools nearby. its fab when you find your perfect place. and im sure Holly will be joining her big sis soon!
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday!

  19. 06/11/2016 / 17:31

    That’s wonderful. It sounds like your family will have a lovely place to live.

  20. 06/11/2016 / 18:03

    Congratulations! It’s so lovely that everything has worked out for you with the school, etc – now you can just enjoy it! 😀 #KCACOLS

  21. 06/11/2016 / 19:42

    Congratulations on the move! We don’t have any of that up here, you get the school you’re in the catchment for and thats that! You’re lucky you were able to find somewhere for Alice that she will thrive #kcacols

  22. 06/11/2016 / 21:42

    Exciting times for you all, Laura. I hope the move goes smoothly and you’ll be enjoying a Christmas together in your new home. #KCACOLS

  23. Hannah | The Simple Things Blog
    07/11/2016 / 10:59

    Haha, I love the post title! How exciting, school and education is so important, and village life does sound idilic, good luck with your move xxx

  24. 07/11/2016 / 14:52

    Oh wow FAB news!! I can’t wait to hear all about it and I hope it all goes through smoothly. Christmas in a new house would be amazing! #KCACOLS

  25. 07/11/2016 / 17:09

    Ah how exciting for you all! Good luck with the move x #KCACOLS

  26. 07/11/2016 / 21:55

    Lots of exciting changes happening in your world! Awesome Mama!


  27. 08/11/2016 / 22:43

    So exciting! Hope it all goes well, we’re moving in about 2 weeks. So much to do!


  28. 10/11/2016 / 00:31

    Oh this is massively exciting, Good luck with the move and enjoy it all x

  29. 10/11/2016 / 12:11

    Oh this is lovely news, how exciting. That’s exactly what I did when chosing a School, I think you get a gut feeling about them. Good luck for the move and the packing, eek!
    Thanks for linking to #PickNMix
    Eilidh x

  30. 10/11/2016 / 20:56

    Oh Congratulations and fingers crossed they go to school together and it sounds like you made the perfect choice. I am in a similar boat at the moment, We are buying our first house 30 mins away from the city we currently live in so my son can go to a smaller school ,he is going to have to do an in year move (he’s in year one) which I am dreading but we also want a different quality of life for ourselves. My OH and I sent today in a 4 hour mortgage appointment and are currently sitting with two large glasses of wine printing off thousands of forms for the solicitor…joy. Fingers crossed we are both in by Christmas! #KCACOLS xx

  31. 10/11/2016 / 20:58

    Wow, what an exciting few days you’ve had! Looking forward to hearing all about your move and new adventures! #kcacols

  32. 16/11/2016 / 10:59

    Wow – that is so exciting congratulations! It sounds like you have definitely made the right decision! #KCACOLS