“Hey, Mom? Can’t We Just Live in a Tent on the Beach for a While?”

Posted by on January 7, 2012

“Beautiful Home in a Beautiful Community.” I clicked on the Craigslist posting.

“HOLY MACARONI!!!” yelled my middle child, who was sitting next to me, as the pictures popped up, “Just LOOK at this house! I want it! Can we move in? Can we?”

A roof over our heads. Probably our number one priority since our decision to relocate to South Carolina, and I am already falling in love with the very first one I am looking at. A large, gabled house, with perfectly manicured gardens around it – the pictures of the interior show spacious rooms with arched doorways, windows exuding LOTS of sunlight. With an open floorplan, everything looks light and airy –  summery. I still have my Christmas decorations up…

“It’s on sticks!” my six-year old giggled.

“And it has a pool in the back AND the pool overlooks the OCEAN!” my oldest pointed out, “We can swim and there’s no sharks!”

“Unless they get sucked up by the tornadoes and dumped there,” the six-year old mused, clearly remembering the YouTube video. “Hey, Mom? Can’t we just live in a tent on the beach for a while?”

“ABSOLUTELY NOT!!” (Where would I plug in Bob, my coffee maker??)

The disappointment on her face was evident, but her smile – minus her two upper front teeth – quickly returned. Apparently she had thought it over carefully, “You’re right, Mommy, ’cause then where would we plug in the Wii?”

Randi, my best friend who lives in Myrtle Beach, skyped and we talked about the houses down there. She is graciously volunteering to check out each and every place I am interested in…scout out the neighborhoods, etc. I still have no concrete date to leave New York yet – there’s a LOT of variables – but I am VERY proud and VERY excited to say that we are taking the first steps on this journey.

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22 Responses to “Hey, Mom? Can’t We Just Live in a Tent on the Beach for a While?”

  1. Sandra Bundy

    Hi Vicky,

    Enjoy reading your blog and look forward to seeing your progress as you move to the Myrtle Beach area.

    You and your kids are set for adventure for sure. Just don’t tell the kids the houses are on ‘sticks’ so they won’t flood in a Hurricane….

    Warm regards,

  2. NorthernChicky

    Hi Sandra,

    Thank you SO much for your kind words, trust me, I’m going to need support!
    I told the girls the “sticks” are to hang hammocks on 😉

    Enjoy the beautiful weather down there!

  3. Kassy

    That’s EXACTLY how I felt after living 34 years between Chicago and Colorado Springs. Although Colorado is beautiful, I couldn’t WAIT to hit the mild weather and the non-snowy streets. I absolutely LOVE it here in Virginia Beach! Best of luck on your journey! Oh, and I name my coffee maker too! 😉


  4. NorthernChicky

    Dear Kassy!
    Thank you so very much for your lovely comment! I truly needed to hear that, especially this morning with 3 sick little ones. Visions of palm trees and soft sand under my feet are helping me forget the piles of tissues and bottles of motrin. What is your coffee maker’s name?

  5. Timothy

    Nice blog and you are blessed to be able to move to Myrtle Beach. I know there is a great PCA church there if you are interested. I thought about candidating there a while back, but we ended up in New Mexico instead.

    Enjoy the beach, post pictures, look for sharks teeth. 🙂

    • NorthernChicky

      Thank you, Timothy. Looking very forward to getting there (esp when it is only 9 degrees out here today!)

  6. johanna bradley

    House hunting is hard but you only need to fall in love with ONE. Good luck with the little ones

    • NorthernChicky

      Amen to that…so far we are finding some really nice options, though.

  7. erin

    I love that you’re sharing the relocation journey. And also that you name your coffee maker 🙂

  8. Laurie Buchanan

    I love that you’re coffee maker is named Bob!

  9. Rebekah

    Sounds exciting!

  10. Kimberly Crawford

    I am in love with your adventurous spirit! Teaching your kids to follow the their inner voice and “just do it” is an amazing gift you are giving them! Rock on Momma!

    Thank you so much for following my blog. It is still in its infancy and I am still learning how to navigate through the sea of wordpress and how to set the darn thing up, but it is all about taking the first step, right?

    I look forward to following you and your family on your journey!

    Laugh hard. Love strong. Live to serve.

    Kimberly Crawford


    • NorthernChicky

      Best advice I have seen on blogging is to just be yourself, Kimberly. Have fun with it (isn’t that the whole point, anyway?). Thank you for your kinds words and look forward to following you on your blog, as well!

  11. Fawn

    I love looking at houses! I love your daughters reason for not camping on the beach. It is those important things that decide where we are going to stay. I’m sure that “Bob” appreciates her concern also.

    As for the teeth. My grandfather used to tell me that if I didn’t put my tongue in the hole EVER I would grow a gold tooth. He also showed us his as proof. 😉

  12. Jessica Sliman

    Good luck with the move! 🙂

  13. Tess Kann

    You are a HOOT! Your blog’s not bad either. Mustn’t forget about Bob, ummm…he must make awfully good coffee. Love your adventure.

    • NorthernChicky

      Thank you, Tess! And yes, Bob is DEF my faithful companion…even if I did stray on him for a couple of days with the green tea episode.

  14. R. T. Creager

    I applaud you for being able to do this. We have plans to move when I’ve finished my graduate studies at the end of the year. Until then, I dread dragging a 1 and 3 year old around to look for a new house.

    • NorthernChicky

      It can be a fun family adventure. There have been a few stressful moments here and there, but so far it has been great and the girls cannot wait to get there. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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