back to the golden state we go!

back to the golden state we go!

after a lot of thought, prayer, pro and con lists, and discussion,
we’ve decided it’s back to california for us!! now that it’s decided i
couldn’t feel better about it. we have loved this year abroad in europe
and we’ve milked it for all it’s worth. we are so happy we did this and
while we will always keep adventuring (and maybe live abroad again
someday!) but we felt so strongly that the best thing was to come back to
the states – and that california weather ;) – at this time. i was more than
willing to have our baby over here in europe, and chase was considering
jobs with google in paris, london, and amsterdam since his short-term
project here was ending. we weighed europe cities, considered our finances, and even had talks with a friend who had used MCA Assessors to relocate themselves when in a similar situation. he also had an option

to join a team in new york city. we really considered everything, but we were
pleasantly surprised to find ourselves craving what we know. we’ve filled
our lives with plenty of adventure and out-of-the-comfort-zone experiences,
and with the many unknowns of having a baby coming it sounded so nice to
be somewhere we love. we’ll be back with friends in CA, and a lot closer to loved
ones and family from home in utah. it also is by far the best career move for chase,
which is
the thing that pushed us over the edge. he had a few options and was
interviewing for his “dream job” within google to join the knowledge team. when
that longshot came through, we knew that there were too many pros calling us back
to california. once we went through the process and it came together, i could not
feel better about it. i can’t believe how ready i feel to be back!! of course we will be
sad to leave, but we’re leaving while we’re ahead and still loving it here. i feel like living
abroad gets a little bit less magical the longer you stay and especially with something
like having a baby, moving everything over here, finding good doctors, etc. we have had
the best experience and it feels comforting to know we’ll be back in the U.S. for our first
baby. just the other day i had a doctor’s appointment for the pregnancy and it was a new
doctor who spoke mostly dutch and a little english, and the whole thing was just confusing
and unsettling. it’s been a cool experience to have appointments all over and see the
different ways countries do pre-natal care, but it made me so happy i’ll actually be
having the baby in the states. we’ll still be away from family – and FAR away from
my parents :( but in a lot more familiar place with loved ones nearby so that’s good.
also, my mom is able to come for a few weeks from their mission so PHEW!

chase will start on his new team in may (working on awesome things like THIS!) and
in between then we are headed out on a babymoon to see some last places in europe
that we haven’t been to yet, relax in greece, and finish out our time in iceland on the
way home. definitely going out with a bang! we are stopping through salt lake city to
be with family before going back to california, and i get to stay there a little bit longer
while chase heads to CA to start his job and find our housing. he’ll stay with friends
and i’ll come out with the best out of state movers once our new place is ready to move into!

so we have quite the transitions coming up, but we can’t wait!
thanks for following along on our ride!
37aa8f1b-bd26-44d0-8ddc-28526613a635*this darling print is from HERE. i can’t wait to hang it in our new place :)


28 thoughts on “back to the golden state we go!”

    • Thank you!!! Yes, back in the Bay area but still figuring out housing once we get back next month! So excited for both our babies :) xo

  • Moving back to California to be close to family and friends sounds wonderful – especially with a baby on the way! Congratulations on this exciting new chapter!!

  • WOW you guys sure keep busy! I think your plan sounds perfect. I’m sure having a baby will really throw you guys some new curves and you will probably be so relived to be somewhere that you know for that time. And, of course you can always live abroad again someday ;) And GREECE! OMG!

  • Great news! Gosh, your life is just so exciting! I can definitely imagine how comforting it would feel to be going home to have your baby in the place you know so well. Having family and friends nearby for big events is so important, I think.

    I’m going to be in America in June – my first visit! I’m so excited :) I’m going to California, staying in Santa Monica with family, and then San Francisco. Also going to Arizona, Utah (volunteering at an animal sanctuary in Kanab!! but also going to Salt Lake City and Ogden).
    If you’re around and feel like trying to make sense of my strange kiwi accent we could catch up :)

    • That U.S. trip sounds AMAZING! Such great places – and both my homes – SF and SLC! Let’s definitely get together!! Email me closer to! !!! xoxo

  • Great news! Sounds like Chase will be getting to work on some pretty cool projects, and so wonderful that you guys will be closer to friends and family and all the things you’re used to when your little girl is born!

  • An early welcome back to CA! I am personally excited to have you back in the area so i can find new things to see and places to go in the bay! Lived here my whole life and still so much to do and see, and thanks to you, there are a lot more things to add to my to-do list!

  • Yay for being back in the states! You’re obviously already happy about it, but I’m betting when you’re in the middle of labor and delivery and those first few weeks of motherhood, you will be even more happy to be in an English-speaking country with faces you know haha. And hey, if you find a spare afternoon for lunch while in slc… I’m just up the road 😉

  • How exciting! I first found your blog after stumbling upon your Bay Area Bucket list, and as a Bay Area native, it was so cool to see such a thorough list. I can’t wait to follow along as you knock off a few more items now! Are you guys planning on moving back to the city, or are the suburbs calling your name?

    • Love that!! So excited for the Bay :) We are not positive about city/peninsula, but might be closer to Google with the baby coming! We will seeeeee! xox

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