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Moved Again!

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Lauren and Gordon

Hi Friends.

What an impact my instagram post had, surprising everyone that we had moved! AGAIN! I know I know, you all think I’m crazy which is fine. Sometimes I think that too. BUT, I thought I’d give you the details and the WHY’s behind it all. We got some good reasons, not that I need to justify ANY of them to you lovely strangers 🙂 But, I like to document my life and this is part of it.

So, yes, we moved on Thursday and surprised everyone. We made a calculated decision to not tell our online friends for several reasons, but the main one being we didn’t want all your opinions…mostly because I had mentioned it briefly a few months back and SO many of you had strong opinions. Of course we had many of you being supportive no matter what we chose (thank you!), but there were a few bad apples in the bunch. Obviously my husband and I will be the only ones who know what’s best for our family. So even though many of you meant well, I didn’t want to have to deal with the backlash because I have enough things to think about. 

Another reason I didn’t want to mention it was because I wanted to prove a point that people CHOOSE what they share online. It’s actually pretty easy to hide the busy, crazy, messy, unpretty parts of our lives and only show the more picture-perfect moments or photos, especially on Instagram. Heck, I hid my 3rd pregnancy for a few months before I announced it! So, moral of the story, just be aware that you’re only seeing a sliver of my life and no one’s life is perfect. I try to share actual “real” moments and I hope that shines through.

Gordon and the kids sitting on the floor
Our first meal in our new apartment!

ANYWAYS, we originally started looking for a home outside of the city. Around February, we had been feeling suffocated by our apartment and felt the strange but clear need to move and move now. I tried to push it away saying “it’s fine, we’re fine, we can last!” but that feeling to leave just kept coming back to us. Specifically to Gordon, very strongly. This prompted us to get a realtor and start looking for homes in Connecticut and Westchester. We actually had offered on two lovely homes and were even under contract for one of them. (Remember those train rides I took to get out of the city on insta-stories? I was looking for homes!) But it didn’t sit right with us, even though on paper there was no reason not to go through with it.

So we expanded our search to Manhattan for a larger apartment in a location we would LOVE instead of settling for the current apartment we had. We even looked into buying an apartment for a hot minute, but then this new apartment popped up onto our radar and it was love at first sight. Not because of how gorgeous and pristine it was (not even close!), but how much space it would give us. It’s quite a rough looking apartment because it’s older. But, we have dealt with places like this before and it didn’t scare us.

Here are a few more ‘specs’ of sorts that sold us on the apartment:

It has three bedrooms and one bath. Lots of storage and good closet space.
It is a walk-up, but really not terrible because we’re only going up one flight.
It’s on the upper west side in an amazing, highly sought after school (or so we hear)
Our proximity to Central Park and Riverside Park are unbeatable.
We can walk to church!
The school is extremely close to home, as are the grocery stores, though I still do instacart!
No washer and dryer in our unit, but we are going to try a wash and fold service (they come pick up your dirty clothes in the morning and then delivers them washed and folded in the evening.) I’m a little too excited to give away one of my Mom chores.
The rent is $1400 cheaper than our last apartment. Hello college funds! (How I’m justifying the wash and fold service, not that it’s that much more expensive than going to a laundromat.)
It’s a little further from my husband’s office, but he doesn’t mind the 30 minute commute because we have more room, so it’s worth it.

The school system in New York City is a little wacky, in my humble opinion, and is one of the biggest reasons we felt like we needed to leave before the end of the school year. We most definitely wanted both our children to finish school at their original schools; that was our original plan all along! But, after talking with some other parents on the UWS and learning more about our zoned school, we realized that if we wanted any kind of shot at having Blake attend Kindergarten at the same school as Brooke, we had to move before the end of the school year. Having a sibling in the school weighs Blake’s application heavier, thus pushing him to the front of the line.

Also, this elementary school has extra curricular activities which are great to add to Brooke’s middle school application. It’s CRAZY to think that middle school applications are similar to college applications in the city! But here we are, and this is how they do things here. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. There is a specific middle school Brooke has her heart set on (already!! Can you believe it?) so that could be considered to be another reason we moved.

We feel very lucky to have found a great apartment in the perfect location for our family with a kind landlord even though it might not be ‘pinterest-perfect’. We don’t need a gorgeous or brand new apartment to be happy. Heck, we were very happy in our last apartment! But, for whatever reason, felt like family life would be that much easier in these new digs.

So, that’s where we’re at and currently love walking around our new neighborhood and trying new pizza restaurants every Friday night 🙂

Thank you all for the support, encouragement and love! We appreciate you all!

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54 Responses
  1. Charlene Marshall

    Good for you! I live that you do things your way and what you believe is best for your incredibly lovely family.

  2. Suzy

    Good luck on the UWS! I also live in NYC and it’s nice to hear that other people have the same living struggles (and accomplishments!)

  3. Stephanie Kamenicky

    Congrats! Sounds like you are making all the right decisions for your family. Props to you for keeping it a secret!! 🙂

  4. Tracy

    Only you know what is best for you and your family so forget the negative remarks. A lot of mean people out their who must put in their opinion. Life is short and you do what is best for you. Tracy-

  5. Denise Fonda

    Lauren, first of all I can’t believe people have the nerve to share negative comments about anything pertaining to your family. I love what you share with us but the fact is you don’t really know and I don’t know you! I am thrilled for you and your family. You have made a choice with their best interests in mind and I know you will be happy with that choice. God Bless you all.

  6. Bonnie

    It sounds like a good move, I don’t know how you do all that you do with three small children.I love your posts on family, recipes and pictures.

  7. Shelli Bender

    Congratz lovely lady!! If anyone can do it, you can. I love your post, family and food blogs! Keep it up hun, you are an inspiration for many, especially your children!!

    1. suzanne

      Congratulations on an even newer adventure! Some of us are older and look at you in a motherly way so we give our unwanted opinions which are often more critical than they need to be (ask our daughters!). But you are showing many of us that life can be fun and full of change. Good for you!!! Your children are learning so much from you!!!

  8. Julie

    Good for you guys and congratulations on the new place!! As for pintrest-perfect? Real should win every time. 🙂

  9. Lori

    Congratulations on the move! Only you know what is best for your family, its no ones business but yours, ignore the negative comments. As far as the apartment, older ones always have more character, more style, more room. Now, pictures please!!

  10. Martha H

    Congratulations on your move. I have heard of more people moving to a new city and having to move a short year later too. How can you possibly know what your perfect fit could be until you experience it first. I can’t wait for you to give us a peek at your new digs.

  11. Meme

    Congrats Lauren! You have to do what makes you and your family happy. No one else knows you or your family better than you and Gordon.

  12. Rebekah

    YOU do YOU girl! Just because you CHOOSE to share parts of your life with us doesn’t mean your audience gets a say!! Plus, NYC must have been a huge adjustment, how were you supposed to pick the perfect home in the perfect neighborhood without having ever lived there? Btw your family is just beautiful! Keep up the good work!

  13. Lori S

    Congratulations! I am so impressed by everything you’ve done with these moves. You’ve clearly made a well thought out decision based on what’s best for you and your family. Home is where you all are no matter how many times you move. Enjoy!

  14. Debbie Sullivan Esposito

    Lauren, I am so happy for you and your family. Enjoy your new apartment. I love your adventures!!!!! Warmly – Debbie

  15. Stacy

    We’ve made some choices for our family that others have questioned or called crazy, but we always knew what was right for us! When you have a strong feeling to do some, I believe you must follow that feeling. You and Gordon are the only ones who know what’s right for you. Thanks for sharing – I love your recipes, your blog, your instastories & all the things you share! Best wishes in your new home!

  16. She hinter

    You should not feel pressured to do things by people who do not know you! You are your own person and need to do what you and your husband feel is best for your family. Lots of luck in your new place. I love the pics, blog and recipes!!

  17. Jesseca

    Congratulations! We moved in the middle of this school year (and six months after a big cross country move) and guess what? Our nine year old has adjusted just fine. He has made so many new friends and loves his after school programs. Way to stick to your gut and do what you felt was best for your family. Fingers crossed your kiddos get into all of the schools you are hoping for!

  18. Sonia

    Apartment hunting in this city is rough, so I’m happy you guys found a place you love! I’ve heard great things about the UWS!

  19. Laura King

    Thank you for always sharing your honest and realistic posts. I am sad to hear that people were so harsh about your decision to move. You and your husband have always had your kids best interest in mind. Congrats on your move and I hope that you will continue to share the “real” stuff with your readers. I have always enjoyed reading your posts. Best of luck in your new home and can’t wait to see pictures.

  20. Annabelle

    People find it easier to say anything when they are doing through social media and don’t stop to think how the comments affects. Congrats on your move and if God let you to it, just keep going.

  21. Courtney

    Congrats on the move, I am so happy for you and the family. Glad to hear you didn’t let the internet trolls bring you down. Why do people feel the needed to have such strong opinions about other peoples lives? I hope you are enjoying your new larger space and your laundry service! Good luck with Blake and getting him into kindergarten.

  22. Meredith

    Congratulations on the move! Sending you all the happy New home vibes! I’m originally from NY and always love going to the city in the summer! Enjoy the pizza, water ice Friday night’s:)

  23. Melissa R

    Congratulations! I know you will be very happy in your new home.. you have very valid reasons for moving. Once a very long time ago we moved to a new town with only 3 weeks of the school year left. Husband was transferred. He could commute for a few weeks but we made the decision to move so our girls could make friends before summer break. It worked out great, we had plenty of back lash from family and friends but we proved them wrong!! You do what you have too for your family. Looking forward to reading all about your life on the UES.. I am living in NYC through you and your fun and delicious posts❤️❤️

  24. Kristen

    I’m so proud of everything you are juggling and keeping a smile on your face while doing it! Congratulations Brennan’s!

  25. Laurie

    Congratulations on doing what’s best for your family! I applaud you and your husband for following your hearts, and gut, when it comes to making sure you’re all happy. 🙏🏻💕

  26. Abby

    I have a very strong opinion for you too about your decisions. And it’s that you need to make the decisions that are right for you and your family! It blows my mind that people feel they have the right to bash others for personal decisions. Clearly you’re doing something right. Look how happy your children are and how much you and your husband adore each other. Quite honestly, that’s all that matters. Congratulations on your new home!

  27. Heather

    I’m baffled that anyone would actually send hate your way about a choice that is quite obviously a personal decision. Gotta love how invested people are in influencer’s lives! 😂 I for one am glad y’all found a place that will meet your family’s needs better and provide a lifestyle y’all will enjoy even more. Congratulations on your new home!

  28. Romy

    Congrats on your new apartment! I personnally prefer older apartment. I always live in those ones. It’s normally bigger, I love old wood floor, you don’t feel you live in a shoe box, it’s cheaper and there’s still some ways to pinterest it because of the decoration. I wish you all the best of luck in your new neighbourhood. I’m really happy for you and your family. 😊 Thanks for sharing with is part of your life

  29. Alex

    Totally awesome! Gotta do what’s best! How big is the one bathroom? While living in Providence temporarily, we had a 3 bedroom one bathroom… a tiny, weenie bathroom…. made it hard and we couldn’t wait to move out lol!! I hope it’s a reasonable size lol The new space sounds so much better!!!!

  30. Felicia Haro

    Congratulations!!! On your new place!! I agree with you, you have to do what is best you and your family!!

  31. Courtney

    We probably attended your ward two Sundays ago while we were visiting NYC! We went to the 9:00 ward at the Manhattan building/temple. We heard that the 1st Ward (at 11) is like sitting in a Mormon Tabernacle Choir concert every Sunday because everyone has such a beautful voice!

  32. Anita Schecter

    Congrats on the new digs and please do share photos. The UWS is fabulous. I’m across the park from you on the UES which wouldn’t be my first choice but…um…rent stabilized apartment. hahaha

  33. Darci

    Bigger, cheaper, and better schools? Enough said! As far as middle school applications, I don’t think that extra curricular activities factor in, if you go public. she needs good test scores and excellent attendance for 3rd grade. Those are the stats they use for applications

  34. Lori Cadmus

    I so admire your courage! My son lives on the UWS and I love omit there. Congrats on the new place and wishing you all the best as you create a new happy home!

  35. Sheenam

    Wow. Congratulations Lauren!! You’re a star! I’ve been following your blog since the beginning and you’ve always done a wonderful job- be it recipes, or family posts or anything. I think sometimes its better to hide these kind of things and you are right- you and your husband would know whats best for your family.
    Wishing you all the best in your new apartment and look forward to your blog posts. 😊 🙂

  36. Sharon Wellman

    So happy for your family. Glad you can walk to church hopefully it’s a better Ward for you. Make lots of new friends. It’s important in a big city.

  37. Alicia

    I’m impressed you kept it a secret lol. I’m excited for you that you found a bigger apartment, it sucks living in a small space. Good luck with everything 🙂

  38. Donna Brennan

    Wow!! I hadn’t seen the Instagram post. Congratulations, happy you were able to find a bigger apt. I’m sure the kids are excited not to all be in one room! Does Brooke get her own room? You don’t have to justify your life to anyone!
    Love you guys can’t wait to see you all in July!!!!