It’s been a while since I got out the old computer to do some blogging. A lot has happened since I’ve checked in last. Let’s see, where do we begin?
How about the fact that we moved to the middle of Missouri. So yeah there is that. It was bittersweet leaving. I have so many fond, incredible memories of Kansas City. Our neighborhood was amazing, I made some of the best friends, and my babies were born there. Did I mention our neighborhood? A place where you had 4 parks within walking distance AND the elementary school. That’s not all…a grocery store, bakery, restaurants, local hardware store, liquor store (because wine), coffee shop. Ugh can you tell how much I miss it? We were so close to everything Kansas City had to offer.
Moving has been a big adjustment. For myself and little man especially. We uprooted the family to a much smaller town in a new neighborhood. Sure it is nice having new appliances and everything is so…new for lack of a better word. But what I’m missing is just the ease. The ease of putting the kids in the stroller and going on a walk and stopping at a park. Walking down to get a cup of coffee and a cinnamon roll. Prepping dinner at nap time and realizing I forgot a key ingredient, but not to worry, we could walk to the grocery store after nap and pick it up. Now, our walks are just that. A walk. No park in sight. If I forget an ingredient…well that is off the menu for dinner. As getting the kids in the car and to the grocery store at the 4:00 hour is a nightmare.
It’s a town where everyone knows everyone. It really becomes clear when I’m dropping my son off at preschool. It feels like high school all over again. All the moms know each other and here we are, the new kids. It sucks. I use my kids (and my phone, I’ll be honest) to be preoccupied so I’m not reminded that I don’t know the other moms yet.
We’ve found some great parks to play at (but we have to drive to them!) and I suppose our bank account is a little happier as there is just one Target, so those weekly trips aren’t happening as frequently. We’ve met some really wonderful and friendly people and our son loves his preschool. I’m so grateful he is making some little friends and is enjoying himself as I heard a lot of “I don’t have friends here, they all live in Kansas City.” Talk about heart breaking.
Nonetheless we are learning our new city. With any change, it takes time. Time to figure it out, make new relationships and fall in love with a new city. Onward and upward for new beginnings.