We are settling in. We are missing one another. Allison and Lindsay are doing fine but they miss their Dad in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.
“Daddy and I were stuck like glue,” Allison cried yesterday. “Now I am stuck with you.”
I know what she means.
I have made a point of spending time with them. Doing things. Playing. Branching out. We’ve swam. Had playdates. Eaten ice cream. Had rounds of mini-golf. Ridden go-karts for the first time. Gone to museums. Seen movies. Climbed on the playground. Been to camp. Been to mass. Run through the sprinklers. Kept a little garden. It’s been good. We’ve needed it.
We’ve also been calling Chris in California a lot. About everything and nothing. We are keeping him in the loop about the little details because those are the things that really matter.
Chris also is feeling more settled in California. He rented an apartment and moved in. We all feel better knowing that he has a place to call “home.” A familiar place. It is small but it is in a nice, convenient neighborhood and it will do just fine for one person. But let me tell you, home doesn’t come cheap in California! WOW. The living space of this apartment is HALF the size of our living room and the cost is only slightly less than our mortgage. And we live in a 2200 sq. ft. house on 0.7 acre in one of the top 100 school districts in the country. Turns out that San Carlos is one of the most expensive zip codes in America. How DO people afford to live in California?
It is what it is and we committed to seeing it through for one year. We are grateful that Chris is well-employed and able to show off his skills and gain some new ones in his new position. We will make it work. That doesn’t mean that I won’t mutter a little here and there, though.
How do you settle into a new situation? Have you lived in a small apartment or in a very expensive area (or both)? Ever lived in CA? Any comments on these things or anything else related to this blog post would be welcomed. I’d love to hear from you!