So, I have had a whirlwind of emotions in regards to this move. Both excitement and sadness. I have never lived in a rural area before, I've never even really lived outside of Mesa. It doesn't mean that I haven't dreamed of having an adventure living in a new place, or that I don't appreciate other places, or travel (I have been lucky enough to do some traveling). However, for my living situations up to this point, life has kept me in the same area for a while. So this is all going to be so new.
I've been thinking about all the things I will miss here and all the things I'm excited for there...because as someone who has lived all over the world (the awesome Becky Mecham), told me, "If you think you'll like it or if you think you'll hate it, you are right". So I'm letting myself miss some things, but I'm trying to go into it happy and exhilarated for the changes to come. I have compiled two lists of things I'll miss and things I'm excited about, in regards to our move. Enjoy! You might learn a few things about where we live now and where we are moving to!
Things I'll Miss...
- The corner window in our kitchen, I had plans for Brett to build me a little breakfast nook underneath it
- The neighbor boy, about 6 years old, from the house behind us. He talks to Landon over the fence when they are both playing in their own backyards, and he calls Landon "Jacob, Jakey, and Jake". Not sure why he is so convinced his names is Jacob, but it's hilarious to eavesdrop on them "playing" and interacting together, even though a big fence divides them.
- The blackberry bush in Frankie's backyard. It drapes over our fence, and she told us we can eat all the ones we can reach. Besides the fact that they are the yummiest blackberries, it is too cute seeing Landon on his tiptoes reaching up and picking himself a snack. He can gobble up endless amounts of those berries!
- Of course, all my local restaurants and amenities within a few minutes drive. Can you say, Target and Costa Vida?!
- The citrus trees in my backyard, or any citrus trees close by. Bowie is great for growing a lot of things, but citrus isn't one of them. Good thing my parents have citrus trees, they usually have plenty to spare.
- Trick-or-treating, for my kids. It's one tradition that is just hard to do when your closest neighbors are few and far between. The church and schools do carnivals, but it just isn't the same. I'm trying to convince Brett to make it our tradition to come to Mesa for Halloween. He isn't super convinced yet, seeing as he lived in a rural area and doesn't feel as if he is "damaged" by his lack of "trick-or-treating".
- Having a hospital close by. Mostly for the next time I have a baby (no, this is most definitely not an announcement, but I imagine I will work up the courage to add another one or two to the mix, eventually). Because there is a pretty big chance of me delivering a baby pulled over on the side of the highway...which is less than ideal.
- Family and friends so close. Of course, this is what I'll miss the most. Thankfully, we will be living close to other family and friends, but still. I'll miss my mom, let's be honest! I don't think my mother-in-law will look at me the same way if I walk into her house "ugly crying" over how bad of a day I had.
Things I'm Excited for...
- A real-life Tow Mater. I kid you not, Bowie has a rusty little old tow-truck that drives around town. I will take pictures for proof.
- Having a tab at the gas station. I mean, how cool is that? Pull up to the pump, wave to them inside, then they will start the gas pump for you. I told Brett that I insisted on having a tab at the gas station, because if I'm going to live in a small town, I need to have some of the perks, ya know?
- Literally living up against a pecan orchard. Have you seen a pecan orchard? Hundreds and hundreds of beautiful trees for me to see out my window every day. You can bet that we will be taking family pictures in an orchard this year (and maybe every year).
- No traffic or congestion on the roads. I mean, Brett literally won't even have to factor in a commute at all, which will save him over an hour of driving time every day. It's nearly impossible to have a traffic jam when the population is less than 450 people, and is very spread out.
- More animals. We already have a pup lined up to move down with us. We plan on keeping our chickens. Who knows, maybe we will get a goat or a pig or something. I mean, we are living on a farm, for Pete's sake!
- Star-gazing. You really forget how many stars are out in the universe, until you are in the middle-of-nowhere and the sky won't stop twinkling. I'm thinking many "date-nights-in" where Brett and I star gaze in our backyard.
- The fact that you can only pick up like two radio stations, and they are both country music.
- Cooler weather, due to the higher elevation. I mean, we will be able to enjoy evenings together outside in the summer! Plus, a little bit more of a distinct difference in seasons. It sometimes even snows!
- School off during the County Fair. Yes, that is right. The kids get school off during the County Fair, so they can go take their pigs to compete, and stuff. It's "small-town" and so awesome.
- "Country directions". Actually, I'm not super excited about this one since I rely on navigation to get anywhere and can't read a map for the life of me, but it makes me laugh to think of hearing Siri tell me to "turn right at the tumbleweed and left at the broken fence".
- Brett building me a farmhouse picnic table. Or two or three (since I like hosting people for dinner). I already informed him that this will be a project he will be heavily involved in (aka, a project he will be doing for me).
I haven't seen the inside of the house we are moving into yet (it's a leap of faith I am taking, moving into a place I've never been inside of). But Brett promised me we can fix it up some, if it needs it. I get to see it this weekend. Hopefully I can add more to the list of "things I am excited for" after going inside!