It started when we visited for a wedding, while celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary.
At one point during that trip Ben asked, "would you ever consider moving out here?" I think I surprised us both when I said yes. (Followed quickly by "but I wouldn't let our kids call it pop. It's soda.")
We've been mulling the idea around - not like, we're-going-to-move-this-instant, but more of a would-we-really-do-this-and-if-so...how kind of way.
Ben and I fell in love with St. Louis in October, but decided we needed to go back - in a different season, to not stay in a fancy hotel, and to see more of the city and surrounding areas. A week ago we headed to St. Louis to spend a long weekend with Nora and Knight (and their pup Jack), and while we were definitely on vacation, we also wanted to know if we could envision ourselves creating a life there.
Long term? We think we could, but there would be a lot of moving parts and if we did decide to move it wouldn't be for a couple more years.
I thought that would be hard for me to admit - I'm an East Coaster through and through. Without realizing it I fall into all the cliches: I wear a lot of black, I talk fast, I get impatient when driving (although that's more the D.C. area in general), I don't make eye contact with strangers on the street, etc.
I love visiting other places in the country but I'm always happy to come home. But I was nothing but sad to see this trip end.
So we'll see. Nothing is being planned right now, but wow did we have an amazing time. It was the perfect mix of doing things and down time. We saw the Arch, ate delicious chicken at Hodak's, visited the coolest handmade soap store ever and even took a tour of it to learn about the history of soap - hilarious and interesting! We adored a pop-up library during walks with Jack, ate custard at a St. Louis landmark, visited the zoo, the Hill, drank coffee and pina coladas (not at the same time), soaked up time with Nora and Knight, indulged in lots of Jack cuddles, and a whole host of others things that would take a lot of time to write. So I could tell you...or I could just show you.
A little video disclaimer: please excuse the craziness of my bangs. (They have since been trimmed).
Meet Me in St Louie from Becky on Vimeo.
(Song: What I Wouldn't Do by A Fine Frenzy)
Have you ever visited a place you've seriously considered moving to? Have you felt that "pull" from a city like I have?
(Big shout out to Ben for helping me with this video and to Nora and Knight for being such fabulous hosts!)