Where should we live? In the city or the suburbs? We've been having this debate for years! Even before we had a child.
Amy is from the northern suburbs of Chicago and Aaron is from Cleveland. Moving to Cleveland isn't really an option, since our business is Chicago-based and LeBron James left the Cavs. So it's either stay downtown or migrate out to the burbs.
We both love the city so much, but the day-to-day grind and schlepping around with a kid, plus the lack of living and playing space has started to weigh on us. When you have a Little Tikes outdoor slide set up in your apartment's hallway, you know it's time for a change.
We looked at buying a bigger home in the city that would give us a yard and more of a traditional living space. But for the cost, we can buy a very nice place in the burbs that would give us tons of living space and a large backyard.
We also factored in school. We are the first to admit we know nothing about the CPS process and we don't want to pay for private school. We just can't justify the spend when there are great public schools in the suburbs.
When we saw Mia running from room to room with her arms spread out wide and a huge smile across her face at Amy's aunt's house in the suburbs, we knew what we had to do.
We have decided to trade our city slicker lives and head to the north shore of Chicago. We'll be making the move over the summer and starting life in the suburban sprawl. Hopefully we will bring some city charm with us!