It’s been over a month since we left Massachusetts! We drove across the country (more on that later), enjoyed a lot of family time with extended family, got the keys to our new home on Wednesday and finally got our boxes on Thursday. We are far from unpacked, and there is a lot to do, but it has been neat to see the kids grow and learn through this complicated move!
Lessons Moving Can Teach Kids
Change is hard, but possible. Our home in Massachusetts was the only home three of our four children had ever known, and the only one seven-year-old Emma remembered. We were all sad to leave, but we are finding things to love in California as well – blue skies and amazing weather, for sure!
A taste of just how big the world is. Driving across the country and through part of Canada was a great way to teach our kids that the world is a big place, with a lot of interesting things to see!
A taste of just how small the world is. Our kids were quick to notice differences in new places we visited, but they see the similarities as well. They have enjoyed finding familiar favorites like IKEA in different parts of the country – and they were AMAZED that it is possible to live less than fifty minutes from their favorite store!
Diversity makes the world beautiful. We have come a long ways from Emma’s cactus rant a couple years ago on a much shorter road trip! Now seven years old instead of five, Emma was our biggest cheerleader this time through – she thoroughly enjoyed learning about the country, and her younger siblings followed her lead.
All four of my kids have changed a lot on this trip. Anna is less of a baby every day, and the other three are all much more grown up. Part of it comes from the extra responsibility they shouldered with me parenting them on my own in a new place, and part of it comes from all the time we had to focus on learning together as a family. There is a lot we have to learn here in California, including how to get two kids to two different schools that start five minutes apart and sometimes finish at the SAME time (we were forced to overflow from our neighborhood school, which is conveniently across the street – into two separate schools, which are in opposite directions from our home) – or if we should just give up on public school for this year. This week is our trial run, so we’ll see how it goes.