April of 2019 brought about some pretty big changes for our family. We officially moved to Vermont and Chris and I both celebrated milestone birthdays!
Knowing nothing about the area of Burlington and being a bit shocked at the high housing costs, we took a bit of a risk and rented a 2-BR apartment in the little town of Winooski super close to Chris’s office. In fact, we could see his building from our living room! Apartment living in a (little) city is a new adventure for us and you know we love challenging ourselves… you’ll have to stay tuned to see how it plays out.
|Uncle Dan & Aunt Naomi were kind enough to host us on our drive up north. It’s always so nice to see them.|
|Uncle Dan shows off his xylophone skills.|
|Arriving in Vermont! You can see how happy Ellie is to be on this VERY long road trip…|
|The light was so beautiful as we came into Vermont. It gave us hope for a fantastic experience here.|
|The kids check out the view from the new place.|
|Such beautiful light flooded the apartment.|
|What happens when your stuff hasn’t arrived yet and your kids are SUPER bored.|
|I can’t tell if he’s smiling because he thinks he can pack her up and ship her off, or because it’s just fun to play in boxes…|
On April 7, I turned 40. Spending my birthday in a new place with no friends or family to celebrate with, utter chaos in my living space, and cold temperatures outside was not exactly what I had in mind when I envisioned that milestone day. However, my little family is just my favorite and they always make me feel loved and special.
|Happy birthday to me!|
We spent part of the day driving on the scenic Route 100 that runs north and south the length of Vermont. Chris downloaded a really neat app that used your location to give you fun facts about wherever you were. Such a neat way to learn things about our new area! When we got to Morrisville, we took a short walk on a rails-to-trails path that ran through the little town.
|How cute is this sign?!|
|My sweet kiddos.|
|Ellie insisted on walking “in the snow” which was okay because the rest was mud.|
|Looking forward to more of these walks when it’s warmer and greener, but I’m always thrilled to be among the trees.|
In honor of our big birthdays, we took a weekend trip to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I had never been to Canada before and it turns out we are super close to the border–a half hour. Jinkies.
Montreal is about 1 1/2 – 2 hours away depending on the time spent at the border crossing and it is such a beautiful city. I can see us traveling there pretty often.
*If you come to visit us, be sure to bring your passport, just in case.
|James and I walking through the old section of Montreal. Love the light and color in this picture.|
|The kids and I in front of the beautiful Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal.|
|LOVE this picture of Chris and Ellie. 💕|
|My sweet loves all bundled up to walk to the viewpoint at Parc du Mont-Royal.|
|Enjoying a cold spring day hike in the park.
Leave it to James to “need” a walking stick on a paved path.
|Shenk Family selfie with the beautiful city of Montreal behind us.|
Back in the real world, we unpacked and settled in to our new life in Vermont. The kids adjusted to sharing a room and we all worked at functioning well together in 1,000 square feet.
|Ellie is always so happy to have her “bubby” play with her.|
|James and Ellie trying out our new couch. It’s a winner!|
|James demonstrates his historical knowledge at a vintage store.
Gotta wrap your finger in the phone cord while you chat.
|Ellie tries out an antique toddler-sized armchair. So cute, but not going home with us.|
|James helps Ellie dunk the ball outside our storage unit (1,000 square feet, people!)
Love watching them play together.
|My beautiful boy on a walk in our little city along the Winooski River.|
|No matter how big he gets, he will always be my baby.|
On April 29, Chris turned 40. We got dressed up and had a wonderful dinner at Waterworks, a restaurant right across the street from our apartment that sits on the Winooski River.