Do you guys ever get house lust? I think it's a major component of apartment living. Yesterday, after Mother's Day breakfast, my grandpa asked Tim and I in not so many words when we plan on starting a family, if we plan on starting a family. (Tim and I already consider ourselves a family, so to clarify, my grandpa was asking about us having kids.) We did our usual awkward song and dance around the subject, because we don't really know what to say when people ask us that question. We've been married for 11 months so far and so far we are enjoying being newlyweds.
(How long am I allowed to use that term, btw?)
|At my sister's wedding|
So, back to the awkward when are you getting knocked up conversation... I tried to explain to my grandparents that I really can't imagine us having a baby in our current living situation. We live in West L.A. and while we love it here, it comes at a price. That price is multiple thousands of dollars a month. In rent. We currently are living in a two bedroom / 1 bathroom, 1000 sq foot apartment with TWO parking spots and we consider that somewhat of a success. But really, between Tim, me and our 5 crazy cats, it's not enough room to add children into the mix.
I don't know how anyone affords a house in L.A in their twenties. Unless they're celebrities, have rich parents, or have EXCEPTIONALLY high paying jobs.
I have house lust. I see so many blogs, pins, etc. of people with huge living spaces. Big dining room tables, two stories to themselves, multiple bathrooms, hall closets with real storage space, a back yard, and I get a little bit jealous.
I know that the tradeoff is living someplace else. We may be paying a ton of money in rent each month, but we have great weather year round, the beach 15 minutes away, great job opportunities, fantastic restaurants and bars, etc. And I love it here. I really really do. It's home and it always will be.
I just sometimes wish that we had a house. Nothing crazy like the home I grew up in, but a nice little place where I could maybe have a dinner party or host Thanksgiving dinner. A place where we could feel comfortable raising children one day, with a backyard for them to play in. Space to grow.
Until then, I am grateful for the amazing setup we have now. I'm grateful to live in a beautiful part of town and I don't mind being cozy with my kitties and my hubby.
But doesn't a wrap around porch sound nice?
What's your living situation like?
Are you in your dream home?
How did you get there?
If you have a wraparound porch, can I come visit?