We’ve been in California for two months now but there’s a little background I wrote when we first got here in February.
Has it really been three weeks since we arrived in California?
And at the same time, was it just a few weeks ago that we were in our regular routine back in New Hampshire – dropping the kids off at school, bundling up in 4903 layers to go outside, and spending lots of time with Grandma and Grandpa?
There is a lot that goes into a big move including all the feelings. Some days feel like we’ve landed in paradise and some days feel like you’d imagine they might, all the way across the country with three little kids and very far away from family I’d come to rely on. But, I’m spending most of my time choosing to focus on the many things there are to be grateful for and excited about (its good for me and it sets the tone for our little family here).
Here are a few things we are loving about California so far:
- the weather: It’s cliche, I know. I’ve always claimed a love for four seasons and snow. But there is something magical about 70 degrees everyday in February. About leaving the back doors open and letting the kids move in and out throughout the afternoon. And swimming in the ocean on a random Wednesday afternoon.
- our living room: Our whole downstairs is an open concept space that includes the living room, dining room, kitchen, and playroom all basically in the same space. It isn’t completely furnished and is far from decorated but I love being able to cook and clean in the same space that my kids are hanging out and playing.
- friends: The thing that has made this transition the most fun is the people. After a year of seeing almost no one but my family, it is so fun to talk to peers (old friends that live here, new people we meet at the park, our congregation from church).
- walking everywhere: We walk to and from school each day, to various parks and playgrounds, and we could make the walk to the grocery store if there would be room in the stroller to bring back more than one bag of groceries. I easily go a couple of days without getting in the car at all.
Q&A – answering a few questions I got on instagram about our move
How did you find a place so quickly? Are you buying or renting?
We have dear friends that live in the area who checked out a few rentals for me so, while we signed a lease without seeing the place, we did a walkthrough on Facetime. We also just picked something minutes from where Ben was working in a great school district.
Where in Orange County do you live?
We moved to Irvine, about an hour outside of LA and 20-30 minutes to the beach.
How did you pack up your stuff? Did you use movers? Pods?
Ben had surgery on his collarbone the first week of January and started his new job February 1st so all the packing and moving was up to me. We went with Uhaul’s pod service and last minute hired movers to help us load them (carrying couches down flights of stairs and a million boxes up from the basement would have been much harder with Ben out of commission). The pods arrived in California just a few days after we did and my mom and I unloaded them ourselves.
Why did you move? Did Ben start a new job?
Ben did start a new job! He’s doing something he’s really excited about and working with really awesome people.
How are you settling in?
We’re finding a new groove here! I still don’t feel settled (haven’t quite pulled the trigger on things like a sectional and rug for the living room, bedding for our room, or furniture for Adelaide’s room so there is quite a bit still to do in the house.
What do you miss most?
I definitely miss having my parents under the same roof. I knew it was a setup that was not going to last forever (and I am really excited about having our own space!) but living with my parents and my grandpa for the last few months had so many perks. I miss chatting with my mom during the day. I miss listening to Westley giggle building towers with Grandpa while I make dinner. I miss Adelaide sneaking out of quiet time to paint with her great-grandpa. I also miss my dad every night when I come back downstairs after putting the kids to bed to clean the kitchen (he does the dishes each evening at home).
I also miss the kids’ school. We LOVED the preschool + kindergarten we were sending them to (so much that we moved up to NH in the fall so they could attend). We’re grateful school is open and we’re excited about the great school district we’re in but we still miss the old one.
Anything I missed? Anything else you want to know?
P.S. Pictures from our first full day in our home together (no furniture, no boxes, just a couple of mattresses and suitcases)