One of the great things about living downtown is that you do a lot of living outside your home. This happens partly because we live in close quarters, but also because of the proximity to things to do. If we had a sprawling home in the suburbs, and needed to get in a car to go somewhere, we probably would be content to stay in. That's not us. We don't live here to stay home.
Last week we checked out the beer festival (hint: if you go to this kind of event before noon, you will NOT be the only people with small children), and a museum. This weekend we went to the Greek festival. It wasn't in our neighborhood, but we passed it on the bus ride to our son's doctor appointment, so on the way back we thought, why not check it out.
Watching our baby grow up and become more aware of his environment is probably the best part of being a parent so far, and I'm so excited to watch him grow up in an area where experiences and opportunities to learn are so abundant. I think he'll have a lot of fun, too.
Although we likely won't be in our 1BR + den forever, we hope to move to a centrally located home, and because of the cost of housing in our preferred neighborhoods, there's a good chance it won't be "sprawling". I kind of hope we always live in a place that's just a bit too small. There's so much to do outside your door.