Wednesday, November 6, 2013

It is Official

We are moving to C town. Well if we are being honest we aren't actually moving TO Chicago. Just to "Chicagoland" as the locals call it. We will be about 45 min outside Chicago. Hopefully in a nice suburb with an actual yard.
Ill admit, city life isnt really our style.... Ok its not our style at all. We love our chickens and our goats and our dogs and our yard and most of all our mountains! Oh how it terrifies me to leave them!
But... Andrew got an awesome job offer and after much prayer and deliberation we have decided its where our family is suppose to be.
Andrew and I went out last month and spent a few days checking out the job, the area and just what it would really mean to move our family there. As far as cities go... I really like this one. Its clean and really quite pretty. The lake is amazing and the feel of the city is so fun! (Not like LA. I HATE LA.)
Any who... we spent most of our time driving around looking at potential neighborhoods to live in but we did venture in to the city a couple of times and we got to eat real life Chicago pizza in downtown Chicago. It was pretty stinking delicious.

We also went to Navy Peer in the freezing cold and got to see the lake and all the fun carnivally stuff they have there.

While in the city we spent most of our time looking up... and up and up. I have never spent any real time in a big city like that. Well... except in Africa but its a little different there. The buildings were overwhelmingly big, the crowds of people were overwhelmingly big and the traffic was overwhelmingly big ;) but it was new and exciting and really just a blast.
 The good news is that while  Chicago itself is big and crazy and crowded, we found areas like this right outside the city...
 Which made Andrew look like this...

I looked high and low for some mountains but I had to settle on some ok sized hills. However, there is TONS of bass fishing, duck hunting and white tail hunting out there plus the amount of geese we saw was scary. Geese are vicious animals and if they got angry and attacked we would all die, Im sure of it. We will just find some new outdoor activities and look forward to our trips to Utah to spend some time in the mountains.

Sadly we had to leave the two older kids behind which was the cause of much anxiety on my part. 3 whole nights without them! It was hard on me but Grandma Pam spoiled them (much to their delight and ultimately my dismay) so they were happy which made being away easier.
Ike however got to join us. He went on his first plane ride, got to sleep in a hotel and swim in the pool and as usual, he was perfect even when he was strapped in his car seat for endless hours. Everyone we talked to was so pleasantly surprised by how happy and content he was.
 I think his favorite part of the trip was at the end of each day when we went back to the hotel and he got to get naked and play on the beds.

Well... there you have it. The Naugle family will be arriving in Illinois the first week of January. Yikes!


  1. No Way! I seriously can't picture you guys living without the mountains but I'm sure you will adapt just fine and can't wait to read about all of your adventures. Congratulations!!!!!

  2. What.

    THIS IS CRAZY! But so awesome. What a cool opportunity for you guys. We've always always wanted to go to Chicago, maybe we'll come visit? :)

  3. Hey! I've been there before! And clearly will be coming to visit. 6 hour drive is way easier than 16!! :) Ah, the midwest....hehehe! You will love it! You miss the mountains, I'm not going to say that ever goes away, but the midwest has some pretty cool things about it too (like fireflies, cicadas, greenness and farmland?). I'm excited. And possibly that excitement comes from selfish reasons, but I'm still excited!! And surely you'll want to visit the Des Moine area also...because, Des doesn't get much cooler than that...right? We'll have to find babysitters and go to six flags (or just leave our husbands with the kids and go to six flags) and to the zoo and the children's museum. Okay. I'll stop writing my novel now. I'm just excited. :) When you're coming out if you need a place to stay, I know of a place just 30 minutes off of i-80 you can stay...:) (That's my house...just incase you didn't pick up on that...)

  4. That's so awesome that you are moving to Chicago! I was actually born in DeKalb, which is somewhat near Chicago, and I lived in Central Illinois for 6 years. The mountains are tough to go without, but it's nice that you've found some things you already like about Chicago. I still love the smell of cornfields and fireflies! I'm really excited for you guys!!