UPDATE! Things totally changed yesterday. I realized that if I move a little bit south, we could get a lot more for our money. There is a public fine arts school right across the street from a condo we're going to move into. The huge benefit to all of this is that my parents live really close to there and work only 5 minutes away, so will be able to help with before/after school care (although I definitely want to start transitioning them to being home on their own). So there is a slight increase in cost for the place we're moving into, but I'll still have about the same amount of money left over each month that I do now because of the savings from before/after care. And the benefit of living so small for the last 3 years is that this place we're moving into seems downright luxurious! We're gonna double our space (1150 sq ft--still not huge, but there are vaulted ceilings that make it seem really spacious!) There's a loft plus 2 bedrooms, which means the kids will get their own rooms. There's a washer and dryer! A garage! A pool in the condo complex! And a huge green space right outside that I don't have to take care of. Crazy how the tides turned so quickly from yesterday morning. I am SUPER excited!! It will be a 5-10 minute longer commute for me to work (about 25 minutes now), but I think the benefits of living in this place will outweigh that. We're moving June 1st. It's gonna be a great summer!! :)
Awesome! I'm so happy you found a great solution.