Day 243|365

Day 243
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Yay, Matts is home from his first week of work and the doggos are very excited! It’s crazy that he’s finished week one already, and I’m very thankful to say he’s enjoyed it. He spent the week doing training, but he’s enjoyed learning new things, and is looking forward to the work that he’ll be doing with all his new knowledge!

It still feels like we’re just on holiday here, because we’re staying with Matthew’s folks. There’s still the thought of “Oh, when do we need to drive back to Aberdeen?”, but that’s no longer the case. Well, I’m heading down there on Wednesday to do some bits n bobs, but that’s just for the day! In the evening I’ll be heading home to Inverness again. This move happened so fast we still can’t believe it’s actually happened!

We’ve had one viewing on the flat in two and a half weeks…to be honest I’m really surprised we haven’t had loads more interest! I was really expecting people wanting to view it instantly and getting a quick sale, because it’s in such a great location and it’s so bright and spacious. But, it’s all in the Lord’s hands, and he has a reason for the waiting, so we’ll trust in Him and take things as they come.

Day 240|365

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I had planned on using Matthew as a tripod, while I modelled our lovely new pram, but he came out and set straight to modelling so perfectly I decided I had to use one of these images! Doesn’t he make a good-looking Dada?

Today was very exciting as our Baby Box arrived, and we unboxed our pram which has been waiting in Matthew’s parents garage for a couple of weeks, waiting for our arrival. I patiently waited (napped for two hours) for Matthew to get home, instead of opening it all myself! Then we had lots of “Aww” moments, lifting out the various sizes of baby clothes and books, and assembling our cute Cosatto pram. It’s definitely all feeling real now!

I’ve been rather emotional this week, whenever I look at Matthew. This has been a big year for us! Deciding to try for a baby, and getting pregnant much sooner than we expected (much to our delight!), Matthew coming round to the idea of moving to Inverness so looking for jobs up here, to then be approached by an agency saying they have a job they think would be suitable for him in Inverness (and basically being offered the job without an actual Interview!), putting our flat on the market, saying “see you later!” to friends and family in Aberdeen and moving in with Matthew’s parents here in Inverness, finishing his old job and starting his new job in the space of a weekend! There’s been a lot going on, and he has taken everything in his stride! He has worked so hard and has transitioned to our new life in Inverness so smoothly; heading off to his new job on Monday morning as if he’d already been doing it for months! I’m incredibly proud of him for providing for our growing family, and it just makes me rather emotional thinking about how wonderful he is! He was a brave guy, asking me out five and a half years ago, not having a clue this was where his life would lead.

I do feel bad that I’ve only had the occasional job this year, and it’s all been on him to bring home the pennies. I miss working! But I am very excited for my new job to start in around six weeks time! Be prepared for many newborn photos to be flooding my Instagram feed…

Day 207|365

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Well, isn’t this the year of big announcements…Matthew and I have got some crazy news for y’all; we’re moving to Inverness!! In four weeks!

I’ve wanted to move north for a number of years now, and back in April Matthew finally came round to the idea and we started looking in to it. Recently Matts has applied to a few jobs in the area, and last week he was offered a job! He starts in 4 weeks so this past week has been a bit of a whirlwind. We’ve had someone in to value the flat and I bought boxes and made a start at packing. I wanted to get one final family photo in our lovely first home before we started taking photos off the wall and packing everything away…slightly emotional! Can we all just take a moment to appreciate our adorable dog, and the fact that he jumped up on that foot stool and looked at the camera ALL BY HIMSELF! We’ve been nailing this self timer family portrait thing recently!

So yeah…crazy times ahead! Baby Mac will be here in the next 9-13 weeks (hopefully not any sooner with all the excitement of what’s going on!) and in that time Matthew will be finishing this job and starting a new one in the space of a few days, we’ll be putting the flat up for sale, and hopefully selling it quickly so we’re able to find a new home in Inverness (so if you know anyone looking for a beautiful, bright, two bed flat in Aberdeen send them our way)! Thankfully, in the mean time, we can live with Matthew’s folks, but we do hope to have somewhere of our own before Baby Mac makes an appearance.

It’s a slightly emotional time, as Aberdeen has been my home for 21 years and we have wonderful family and friends here, it’s where Matthew came to study, where we met and started our life as Mr and Mrs Macleod, and we are very sad to be leaving, but we’re also excited for new adventures and feel like Inverness is the right place to be!