I was thinking the other day, what’s the one thing I have yet to do as a full-fledged adult?

Travel?  Nope.  BEEN THERE.  DONE THAT.  I’ve seen almost half of the entire United Kingdom.  Impressive, I know.

Do something dangerous?  Does white water rafting and almost being killed by a horse count?  OK, so the horse didn’t almost kill me but I can’t remember being as terrified as I was while on that hill surrounded by horses that refused to stay on the trail and a hung over guide.

Get married?  Yep.  To be cliche, it was one of the best days of my life. And I looked amazing.  Oh right, I was also surrounded by friends and family and love, blah blah blah.

Fulfill a dream?  Let’s not go there.  I still have lofty goals of using my acting chops again someday, but hey I did start both a blog AND a novel in the course of a few months.  That’s something.

Have a pet?  Adopting McKenna has definitely made me feel like an adult.  No question.  I love her so much my heart wants to burst every time I squeeze her little head.  I think I may have cute aggression.  For realz.


But there is something I’ve never done as an adult that is on my horizon:  I’m going to live at home… with my parents.  (And my husband of course.)


(more crickets)

You know, I guess I didn’t get enough of that good ol’ fashioned family time all those 18 years I lived at home, so I thought I’d give it another try.  Both The Sister and The Glue have lived at home as adults during transitional times in their lives but I’ll be the only bringing an appendage (The Scottish) along.

Did I mention The Scottish and I are moving?  That’s our big news!  We’re heading north sometime in January to the best state in America… Minnesota!!  Because most people move FARTHER NORTH in the middle of winter, don’t they?  🙂

For some reason, our moving news is somewhat shocking to family and friends, in a good way.  I guess no one believed me when I went on and on about Kansas being temporary, short-term, and a quick stop on our way to MN.  We signed a six month lease with the intention to save money, and bring The Scottish closer to his job while he secured a green card.  CHECK.  So he’ll work remotely for the time being in MN until it’s time for a change.

No offense to those who really love living in Kansas, (which is pretty much everyone I talk to here- this state has a ton of home pride), but I’d be lying if I said we both don’t shudder at the thought of staying longer.  While it’s not the place for us, we still had fun exploring as much as we could in our short time.


I’m actually not too bummed about moving home at the age of 30 and living rent free for a month or two.  I’m blessed that my parents aren’t total whack-jobs and I can stand living with them for a SHORT period of time.  I’m happy that my husband is so care-free and easy-going that he is willing to live with his in-laws.  (They actually like him better than they like me, so trust me, he’ll have it much easier!)  I’m pumped to move back to the place where I grew up, live near my siblings and old friends again, and rediscover the Twin Cities as an adult.

So there ya have it.  Times are changing.  And I have to pack up my house again, shoot me.

Have you lived at home as an adult?  And no, college breaks do not count!!

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26 Responses to “Could I BE any more of a grown-up?”

  1. BIL

    I moved home for a month between rental places once. Everyday my dad said, “I love you but, get out…” He was only half joking! I’m excited you guys will be joining us in the frozen north!

  2. Kelly

    Good luck with the move!!! I lived with my parents right after college for two years. It made sense because for half of that time, I was planning my wedding and working, so it was a great money saver for when my husband and I got our first place.

  3. The BFF

    Let me just say that this is the best news ever!! I’m so excited to have my BFF living back in MN. I’m going to miss our 2 hour long phone dates, but those can be replaced with 2 hour long coffee dates at Sbux and walks around the lakes!! Woohoo!
    Interestingly enough, we’ve always been long distance. This will take some getting used to for sure… but I think I’m going to REALLY like it.

    • Stephanie

      Yay, best news ever! We are going to have to get used to living in the same vicinity again… weird! I think we need to find a coffee shop that’s directly between us and call it “our place.” Then we can say things like, “Let’s meet at our place at 7 o’clock.” and “See you Saturday at our place.”

  4. Melissa Melle

    Dave and I live at my parents house 🙂 it wasn’t optimal, but it has definitely been our best move yet! You guys will be pretty close to us now 🙂

  5. Christiane

    My parents lives abroad in West Africa so my sister was considered like my “temporary” mom. I lived with her until she got married, then i moved out on my own,got married, but then moved back in with her and my brother in law and my nieces(my husband and I are long distance), and i moved out a few weeks on my own again. It was tough but it was nice spending time with my nieces. Good luck on packing ! When are you officially moving?

    • Stephanie

      That’s really nice of your sister and her family! I bet the extra time with your nieces was worth it. 🙂 Thanks! Not til the last week or so of Jan.

  6. Salena

    Ha! You’ll do great. We did it for one month. …… Id rather be homeless than do it again. ( not really but it was not fun ) but i liked all the free dinners. 😉 good luck on the trip! Now we have someone to visit on our way up north!!!

    • Stephanie

      Haha! you crack me up. Yea, gotta focus on stuff like free dinners and someone to watch McKenna if we’re gone. yay, can’t wait to see you in Minnesota!

  7. Sara Michelle

    I am so excited to have Stephanie “Love” living just a few short miles North of Sara Michelle now! Imagine all the trouble we can get into now that we’re 30!! (We, I am 29 for just a few more short hours…)

    Don’t worry about living with your parents, at least you’re back to the state in which you belong. I am glad now though it is blog/fb official, because I am not a good secret keeper :). Besides, you can come and house sit whenever we are gone if you need a break from the fam! The worst part of moving is going to be packing!

    Can we make “our place” so we can have a coffee shop to meet at too, like you and BFF?! I have a lot of free hours in the summer that need some Steph time!

    • Stephanie

      OH yay, you’re almost dirty thirty! Whoo-hoo! Haha, yea totally official now. Ugh, packing, that is definitely the worst part! Yes, we can have an “our place” too, I can’t get enough of coffee shop time! Thanks Sara Michelle… if that is your real name. 😉

  8. Erin

    My now-husband and I lived at my parents home for about 6 months before we were married. That must have been awkward city for him! LOL, but we survived, moved out, and have been great ever since. We are just grateful that they were there for us when we needed them. His mom couldn’t have done the same.

    • Stephanie

      That’s so nice of your parents and your husband, haha. I’m glad it worked out so well. I’m just reminding myself, this is all temporary. 🙂

  9. Geno

    What’s this talk of rent free!! Did I forget to mention that little detail??!! Just kidding, we are excited to have you guys back home for a month or two, or a week or two, we’ll see how it goes! Ha! 🙂

  10. Danielle

    Congrats on your move! I have never moved back home since going to college, but I am sure I could if I needed to. I would be bringing my husband in tow too. I have only lived with friends and my husband since moving out at 18.

  11. Anita

    Did you ever venture south of KC when you lived in Kansas? It is a pretty great place, if I do say so myself! (Of course, I live here lol). Glad you have gotten to move back closer to family and friends though. They make a world of difference!

    • Stephanie

      We were only in Kansas for six months so no, we didn’t really travel outside of the KC area as were trying to explore there as much as we could! Everyone we met spoke really highly of the state, glad you love it! It nice to be by my family again. 🙂


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