I am so excited to finally be back home in Ohio!
My parents drove the 13hr trip in the U-haul to help us move. I wouldn’t have been able to make the trip in one day if I had been alone. It was a fun ride, but I love road trips and the kids do really well.
Our apartment is so spacious and I’m working on making it nice and comfy for us. Sometimes I get upset because I want it decorated from top to bottom right now and that’s not going to happen.
I have to remind myself that I’m not living in a HGTV show, but if the Property Brothers payed us a visit we wouldn’t complain. Nakiah loves that show and falls asleep to it every night…those two weeks without internet and no Netflix were rough.
I do love sitting at my kitchen table every morning with a cup of coffee. I’ve even started to journal again.
We’ve been on the go since the move. Just a few days after we moved in the kids were itching to get out and explore the city, so I took them to Sunwatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park. Hadn’t been there since I was around the girls age. Since then I’ve bookmarked several nature centers and metro parks for us to visit this summer and fall.
Hanging out at the Rec Center on one of the rare 90+ days.
My friends gave us their baseball tickets so I took the kids to their first baseball game.
They loved it and have been asking when we’re going back on a weekly basis.
On the home front, one of the first spaces I wanted to set up is the kids play nook. It’s coming along nicely!
I felt like I won the lottery when I came across these pillows and rug on clearance at Target.
I’m working on putting some pictures and sayings up on the walls next. I don’t know if you can tell in the photos, but the anchor and lobster are hot pink and not red. Almost thought about using these for my room or the living room, but I like the nautical/beach theme for the kids since we spent so much time there, and the colors look amazing with the yellow walls.
You all know how much I loved the beach, but I don’t miss it as much as everyone thinks I do or should.
I look forward to visiting and having a vacation spot in the summer, but I prefer to be home where I can actually afford to live.
Getting to know the city again has been…interesting. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten lost and that’s with using the navigation! I think I remember a shortcut or there’s a detour and the nav doesn’t pick it up.
We saw fireworks on two different days at two different locations for July 4th.
On the 2nd night we sat in the same parking lot I did 15 or more years ago with my friends to watch fireworks.
We miss our family and friends but I think we’re settling in very well.
The church I grew up in is here along with all my childhood friends.
I was nervous and excited on the drive here and sometimes I still feel a little nervous about the unknown. Now that we’ve been here for about 6 weeks I feel more excited than anything. Three years ago I never thought I would be where I am. I’m referring to my physical location and my mental/emotional state. I’ve been trying to get home for years and looking back I see it didn’t and couldn’t happen then because it wasn’t the right time.
I’m the happiest I’ve been in a long time and I feel more secure and content than I ever imagined.
All of the horrible, messed up things I went through helped prepare me for the life I’m living now and the person I’ve become.
I’ve learned some hard lessons along the way, but it was worth it.
I’m ready to see how the next chapter of our life unfolds.