So we arrived in San Diego Aug 1st. We had only seen our condo online and only had 8 pictures to view. Needless to say this was like Christmas morning to adults when we opened the front door.
We GPS'd the location of our new place. As we pulled in we were greeted by a garage, we never had a garage in NH. All those winters, brutal ice storm, blizzards, hurricanes and just unpredictable weather and no protection for our vehicles. This was just the beginning.
We opened the front door, bamboo flooring, high ceilings, granite counters, stainless appliances, plantation shutters, and so much more.
A fire place, never had that in NH. Three bathrooms, what? We had a family of 6 in a home that had 1.5 bathrooms for 18 years in NH, life would have been a bit easier with more bathrooms. Now we have 3 living here so we have choices. Because we went to Goodwill 13 times and the dump 15, sold stuff on social media we down sized so much we have plenty of space. It is so freeing!
We knew this was the place for as Sophia welled up with tears saying she loved it. Phew.
As you know moving a child across country is tough, but her senior year is almost considered child abuse. Mind you she has been a trooper with the transition. A new school. A Christian school. Uniforms. A senior class size of 80 from 360 in NH. Friends... That is the toughest, but at least she has her sisters and Kurt and I. Sometimes even "Christian" girls can be just as mean as regular girls. A bit too judgy .
We are in a great location! 25 minutes from the beaches, downtown SD, and from Halee, Tyler Abby, and Cruzer. We are 8 miles from Mexico, just to give you an idea of our location.
Kurt is starting to gel with the coaching staff and the players, but that is not a shocker. He can make friends in any situation. He is teaching 4th grade a new curriculum with a class size if 22.
After about 3 weeks being in California I finally was offered a job. It is across the street from the high school where Sophia and Kurt are. We drive together some days to help with the gas budget. I now get excited when I see gas for $3.25 that price causes lines at the pumps. Crazy!
When we talked about moving to California people were pretty negative about it telling us how expensive it is. Yes, they were right but we will not be paying $700 month for oil, $$ gas for the generator during power outages, over $1000 on driveway plowing, warm wardrobe, and all that goes with owning a home. Yes, there is tax on everything. Yes, the traffic can be maddening. Yes, the 2nd language is English in the USA. But we love it. The weather is amazing, the people are friendly, there is so much to do, people are happier, and I know we will all make this our "home" in time.