The Times They Are a-Changin’

It’s been over a year since I last posted. Since February of 2020, so many things have changed so I figured there is no time like the present to pop on here and post a little update for you all!

In my last post (dated February 21, 2020), I promised to catch up on all things related to Tyler and I as well as the Milwaukee Rep as I began to heal from my broken wrist. If I would have fulfilled that promise you would have learned more about the last few Milwaukee Rep shows that I saw which would have been, “The Nerd”, “A Christmas Carol”, “Chasin’ Dem Blues: Untold Story of Paramount Records”, and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”. I may have also told you about how my friend Laura, her parents, and I went to a Milwaukee Bucks game and how I navigated the crowds with my arm in a sling, and I would have told you all about our planned trip to Vietnam to see Tyler’s sister Caroline with his younger sister Elizabeth as our travel companion.

Little did I know when I last posted on February 21, 2020, my blog that was created to feature content all about the Milwaukee Repertory Theater would no longer be utilized for that purpose. On February 21, 2020, I didn’t know the world was about to shut down for several months, that the 2020-2021 season at the Milwaukee Rep would not happen as planned, or that Tyler and I wouldn’t even be living in Milwaukee in 8 months time.

We don’t need another rundown of what life was like in the times of the COVID-19 pandemic so I’m not going to bore you with such details other than to say the biggest bummer of 2020 was not being able to take our trip to Vietnam with Caroline and Elizabeth. We had such a wonderful itinerary planned that we’ll have to hang on to for when international travel is allowed again. So stay tuned for many years to come for that blog post… Haha.

Many of you know that last year, Tyler and I completed a pretty massive renovation of the second floor of our 1920’s bungalow in Shorewood, Wisconsin. It was a project we both poured a lot of creativity and passion into and we were extremely pleased with the result. So pleased in fact that we decided to maximize profits and sell our home while the market was hot and the getting was good. After living exclusively on the first floor of our home since I broke my wrist in January 2020 all the way until May 2020 we started to reassess our desires and needs in a home. As much as we loved that beautiful bungalow, we realized we had completed all of the work we had hoped to and figured it may be time to consider selling and moving on to our next adventure.

With the pandemic in full force and me breaking myself on ice to start the year, we realized that it may be time for us to consider moving to warmer weather. For two kids from the midwest, we knew we would miss the many amenities of Chicago and Milwaukee, as well as all of our friends and family, but we knew we would NOT miss the weather. Neither Tyler nor I have any winter or cold weather hobbies and we would much prefer to spend our day laying out at the beach and swimming. However, due to the frigid temps of Lake Michigan’s water, we never once swam in Lake Michigan together in our 5 years of being together in Milwaukee.

We took a couple of trips down to Tennessee in May and June to visit my parents as well as a trip to North Carolina to visit Tyler’s brother Noel and amidst our many hours of driving, Tyler and I started to contemplate what our future living situation might look like. My parents sold their home in Tennessee in May and decided they were moving further south to Florida in July.

Tyler and I returned home from our trip at the end of June where in those many hours of driving decided there was no better time than the present to consider a cross country move. So we called up our realtor to discuss listing our house, took the next three weeks to prepare it for selling, listed at the end of July, and nine days later had two offers to choose from. We accepted an offer a day later and 45 days later were all packed up and closed on our house and said goodbye to Shorewood.

We then had a wonderful adventure together as we wrapped up our time in the midwest. We needed to remain in Milwaukee for a few more weeks to say goodbye to all of our friends and family and for me to wrap up a few loose ends at my job at Epikos Church. We took this opportunity to say goodbye to Milwaukee in style by living out of the Subaru and several AirBnB’s and hotel rooms for the entire month of September. Here’s a quick rundown of where we were…

  • Hampton Inn & Suites Grafton
  • Kinetik Bay View
  • Kegel’s Inn West Allis
  • A couple of nights with friends for Audrey while Tyler traveled up to Lacrosse and Madison for a work trip
  • Back to Kinetik Bay View (after a failed AirBnB stay on the East Side of Milwaukee)
  • Hilton Garden Inn Green Bay (which was really the resting point for a wonderful Door County weekend)
  • AirBnB in the Third Ward

After much fun at our favorite beer gardens, breweries, restaurants, bars, and friends houses, we got in the car and waved goodbye to Milwaukee for the final time with stops in Madison, Illinois (Clinton, Spring Grove, Libertyville, and Chicago), Ohio (Cedarville University to visit brother Byron), and South Carolina (Greenville to visit Uncle Wade, Aunt Julia, and cousin Renee), we finally made it to Florida on October 18, 2020.

Upon arrival we were greeted with open arms by my parents who graciously housed us for the next 2 months as we searched for, purchased, closed on, and prepared our new home for move in on January 5, 2021. We all really enjoyed our time as roommates as we enjoyed time eating great food, enjoying the weather, playing some golf, and celebrating Thanksgiving and New Years together.

For many, 2020 was a year that they would love to forget. For Tyler and I, I would say 2020 was the year that our lives changed in an amazing way and strengthened our marriage in more ways than I could have ever imagined. For all of the things 2020 took away from us, like our trip to Vietnam and the functionality of my right arm for a good chunk of time, it gave us so much more in return. Moving during a pandemic proved interesting in many ways but from a year which started so rough it surely ended with the greatest adventure Tyler and I may ever have. And for that I am grateful.

Although there are no posts about the Milwaukee Rep in my pipeline, I do have a few other things I’d love to share such as the remodel project of our Shorewood bungalow, as well as the many improvements we’ve made to our new Florida home since we moved in at the beginning of the year. So stay tuned for these updates coming soon!

In the words of Bob Dylan, “Oh the times, they are a-changin'” and we can’t wait to see what’s next!

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