We're moving! And I don't mean across town, or to the neighboring city. We are making the big move from the San Francisco Bay Area, to the Palm Springs area, to be closer to my husband's family.
Over the last two years my husband's parents have not only come up every three months to visit and get to know their grandchildren, but they, along with my husband's sister, have also made a combined five trips up just to help when we have had our hands more than full, like the week the twins came home from the NICU, during my two gall bladder surgeries, and our last trip to Ohio. They will be coming up again in just a few weeks, while I take Makayla to Ohio for her surgery, to help with Austin, so that my husband doesn't have to miss work.
It was during our flight home from Ohio, in April, that we realized how much they have been a help to us since the twins were born, and how silly it is that they have to come up here every time we need and extra set of hands. Although we had talked about it for years, that's when we decided that we were going to make moving near his family a reality.
This isn't to say that we don't have amazing people in our lives here who have helped us many times. My dad is just 10 miles away, and we have four very close friends that live in the same city we do now who have been very good to us, but they work, and have lives of their own that they are responsible for. It will be so hard to leave them. I am so sad. These are people who have been in our lives for all or most of the 12 years we have been together. They have been our family. I hope that never changes. A seven hour drive isn't so bad... And if they won't come see us, they will at least go visit Disneyland, and all I need is an excuse to go to Disneyland (I hear So Cal residents get discount tickets too!). Flights from LA to the Bay Area are frequent and cheap, so I do plan to be able to visit often.
As long as our two families live far apart, there will never be a perfect situation. And as sad as we are to leave our wonderful tight knit group and family, we have lots of things that we are excited about. Did I mention that So Cal residents get discount tickets to Disneyland? My husband grew up in that area and is looking forward to raising his children with the kinds of memories and experiences that he had as a child. As it looks right now, we will be living across the street from my sister-in-law, and just across town from my husband's parents. When his parents used to live up here, we had family dinner with them at least once a week. That is something that I have missed every single day since they left (oh my god, did I really just tear up??) and I look forward to returning to that tradition. With all the help they have been to us, I think we owe them more then a couple of dinners!
However, I have lived all my 30 years just a few miles East of San Francisco. This is going to be a big change for me and everything I am used to. Do you know this crazy place we are moving to gets up to 115 degrees, at times? I will need a part time job just to pay for the air conditioning! I keep asking my husband about where we are moving, as bizarre things pop in my head. Last week I asked if there were parks down there. He laughed at me and reminded me that we are moving to the desert, not the moon. I guess that means the desert has parks.
Please hang in there with me while we tackle this overwhelming move. I'll update when I can, and if you don't hear from me I'm shoulders deep in moving boxes or having and anxiety attack!