The atlas has made its appearance. And so has Google Earth. Which means, we are experiencing a complete uproot around here. Jared applied for his dream job shortly before we knew he was to be laid off. We knew it was a long shot (he has applied for these positions many times before). However, this time there were some connections and job qualifiers that made this job seem more attainable. There were good signs surrounding this particular application.
For years we have dreamed of living in Seattle or on the coast of Oregon. Always the dream has been the West Coast. Oregon is a favorite vacation spot, we usually rent a beach house in a small town with extended family (and sometimes friends) and spend a week lapping up the waves and sand. The fact that this end of the country is only one full days drive away from friends and family has always made the allure of leaving home seem less painful. But now, that dream has shifted. After a few nail-biting weeks, and several phone interviews, Jared got that out-of-reach dream job. (YAY!) It isn’t on the West Coast. It isn’t in Oregon or Seattle. It’s nowhere near anything familiar. Our destination is Maryland. That tiny little forgotten state–if it weren’t for the fact that it surrounds Washington DC. Yes, you heard right, we will be moving to the East Coast. Washington DC Metro area.
Of all the jobs we have applied for that have been out of state, this one has me the most excited. My sister, for many years, lived in Virginia, and whenever we went to visit, we drove up to DC to visit the Smithsonian (among other landmarks). It’s a wonderful place. Jared had gone to both Baltimore, and Charlottesville, for business trips. Each time there has been a connection to the area that is undeniable. I remember walking the streets of Charlottesville with my then 3-year-old, thinking to myself that I could most happily live there. It was small and friendly. The streets were lined with charming old homes (I’m such a sucker for old homes). Those trips were a wonderful introduction of what was to come.
Because of the long distance, starting work right away isn’t really an option. We have a lot of details to work out with the relocation department of the new job, one of which will mean waiting an additional three and a half weeks to put our home on the market. And though it strains us financially, I’ve been looking at the waiting time as time to enjoy living here before everything changes. Time to soak it all up before I’m just a visitor here.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. I equate this feeling to being the same as the night before your first day of Junior High School. It’s butterflies bumping in to one another in your stomach trying to figure out where their classes are and forgetting their locker combinations. I realize that not only is it a 2,000 mile distance from where we have lived our entire lives, every aspect of our normal every day goings will be different. New grocery stores, banks, navigation. I will most assuredly miss the mountains. We’ve been taking our weekends to climb them and photograph them as a poignant reminder of what will always be home, no matter where we are.
So, with this gigantic announcement I will have to say that I’m also rolling out my next project. #ProjectHome. If you follow my Instagram, you may have already seen the first little snippet of what this project is about.
To ease the sadness of leaving, our boys love the idea of photographing the special spots in our home and neighborhood. The spot in the house they stood while we marked their growth on the wall, the crib mattress pulled out on the floor (we never did get around to building a trundle), a favorite corner where Superheroes climb the walls, their classroom at school, the hill they ride down with their bikes, the spot where a little dog left a paw print on our front steps…anything and everything that would remind them of home.
If you really think about it, it’s rare to photograph our homes just as they are. Sure, we inhale glossy magazine pictures of other people’s homes, but do we really take the time to take snapshots of our own, room by room, corner by corner? There are numerous times we photograph our home as the backdrop to what is going on, but sometimes we forget to see our home as the subject.
Enter the PROJECT, Project Home
I see this project as telling the story of your home through pictures. Use the hashtag #ProjectHome on Instagram and I will feature some of your posts on the blog. Here are the assignments (opt to choose one or snap them all):
1 // Photograph each room (clean it, but don’t alter it to what you wish it were–this is, after all, a document of how you live in your home currently)
2 // take photos of small trinkets (these may live on a bookshelf, or a window ledge, or a desk top)
3 // take photos of the view outside your windows. What do you regularly see? It would be interesting to take that same photo during each season.
4 // Photograph both at night and during the day.
5 // Take a photo of your home from the curb.
6 // Photograph the yard space.
7 // Take closeups of small details. it may be the old fashioned door knobs, or some intricate trim on a cabinet.
8 // Photograph the process of making a favorite meal. What kitchen utensils are out on the counter, maybe you use a favorite bowl of Grandma’s, and that wooden spoon your kindergartner painted. Highlight these items in your photo.
9 // Take photos of collections: artwork, book spines, records, etc.
10 // Highlight the areas of your home that you spend the most time with your family.
Image Credits: Death to Stock Photo / 2 / Instagram via Ann Neslen Drippingpaintbrush
* What photo ideas do you have when capturing images your home?