Thursday, July 12, 2012


And no, I'm not talking about JB.
However, it wouldn't be completely out of character for me to gush about young love McBeebs.

But I digress.
Back to the topic at hand.
Among the list of things I've promised to never do:
become vegetarian
color my hair
admit defeat at Kaari's Annual Cookie Competition
move to Utah

I'm a liar.  A big fat liar.
I still am smoke-free, have natural hair, eat my in-n-out almost daily, and I won first place at the Cookie Competition last year.

But really, never in a MILLION years did I ever think it would happen. goes nothing....
we're moving to Utah.

Good question.
But what it really comes down to is this:
The Sunnyvale plastic bag ban has me in dithers.

I can't for the life of me get 3 tiny people, my cart, my wallet, and myself into the store in an orderly fashion, let alone bring my collection of reusable bags.
Why, California?

But I guess there are a few other minor reasons.
Like the fact that an incredible job offer fell into Tyler's lap
(which is saying a lot because he really enjoys his current job here).
The fact that we will be much closer to our families
(Hallelujah!!! We will be in the same town (Price) as Tyler's parents, we both have siblings in Utah, the kids will have cousins within an hour's drive, and my parents live about a 5 hour drive away).
And quite honestly, I'm looking forward to a slower-paced life for a bit.
I'm constantly torn between loving the chaos, excitement, hub of all the life and awesomeness in the Bay Area, and the nostalgic fantasy of a quieter, less stressful, slower-paced life.
So, I'm excited for this new adventure.
I'm excited for this new adventure.
I'm excited for this new adventure.
Did I say I'm excited for this new adventure?
I have to keep reminding myself.
Just kidding.
I really am looking forward to this new opportunity for our family.
It will be different, but we're looking forward to trying something new.

And don't be too sad about our absence.
I have high hopes we'll return to this part of the western United States in a few years.

Just as soon as Sacramento realizes the bag ban is doing nothing but driving away its finest citizens.


Lindsey said...

Wow. Congrats to you guys. And of everyone you know and love, who doesn't visit Utah? We are happy for you. Now I know why I've had you on my mind! Good luck!

LJ, DC and ML said...

Oh sad for us!! Come back, come back, we love you! When are you leaving?

Julie said...

We will miss you Hayley! Where in Utah will you be? Good luck and congrats on the new job!!!!

Ashley said...

I really can't express how giant of a loss this is for me personally and for the area at large. But enough about me. The thought of a slower pace sounds really nice. I am really excited for you guys and want you to keep me posted every step of the way. Are you really adamant about never dying your hair? Also, I just pay for my sacks now!

Johnson Family said...

Yay! Thats some very exciting news. I bet your family is so happy!

Jenni said...

You could just opt for a slower-paced life about a half hour drive south. Morgan Hill really is very nice. Of course, I guess there's that whole job thing...

brooke said...

I am excited for you and your new adventure! The slower life sounds really good to me and family around is priceless...let's convince Tyler to let Asley move back!

The plastic bag thing would kill me.

Molly said...

Congrats on the new job! We will all miss you guys here. :( And, yes, when are you leaving?

The Mostess said...

This pains me so. I also hate the bag ban, but have decided it's not worth moving over. But if I ever get fed up with it, we'll join you in Price, where will die someday.

Yes, we are happy for you to be close to family. It sounds like a slower pace is just what the doctor ordered.

Brooke needs to stop talking crazy.

Team Atwood will never be replicated or replaced. Come back in 3-5. Party shed is always open.

natalie said...

Best news ever!!!!
Now we have to get back!

The Gilberts said...

Isn't really an extreme action to get Tyler relieved from Bishopric duty?

Slower pace should be nice! I hear ya on the continuing battle of the speedy and slow, I think 3 kids is making this difference in my life already.

We had a Walmart bag ban thing up here but with enough complaints, they yielded us our bags.

Sunnyvale is hard core.

Good luck on finding contentment and plastic bags abundant in UTAH

Ashley A. said...

Congrats, Hayley! That sounds like an awesome opportunity. Good luck with the move and everything. Wish I could be there to help!