It seems we talked about it for years, but we finally moved. It is a little bittersweet. I will dearly miss our Hobo friends. Living in Hobo is more than just an address, it is a way of life. Everyone walks everywhere so you always bump into someone you know - such community feel. I loved being able to do all my errands with the stroller to and from the park. The kids and I loved all of the great playgrounds, one for everyday of the week. Mike's commute was phenomenal, cheap, and quick - unheard of for working in the big city. There were so many places to eat that were kid friendly and cheap, we especially enjoyed those with outdoor seating. And there were more than enough kids activities from music, dance, sports, arts/crafts - and many free. Mike and I both felt so emotional leaving our first little place. It is where all of our kids came home to...it was great.
But...life moves on. We don't miss the stairs to and from the apartment, the lack of parking for our car, the noise, the dirt, the lack of private outdoor space, and the cramped quarters. Here in sunny HH we have a very comfortable setup. Plenty of room downstairs including a front porch and a rear deck off the kitchen. I love cooking in the kitchen and letting the kids play on the deck. We can still walk to plenty of places including the library, 2 parks, bagel, ice cream, pizza and chinese places, the bank, post office and pharmacy. There is a farmers market we can walk to every week and...drum roll please...we have a big driveway. If you have lived with a driveway your whole life you have no idea of the significance. It is huge.
Ella, Drew and Tyler seem to have adjusted great so far. Ella and Drew graduated to big kid beds and Tyler moved into a crib. All are doing well (ok, Tyler doesn't sleep at night, but Im tired of complaining about it!). They have not attempted to get out of their beds once, which according to Mike's friend at work "just doesn't happen!" For the first few days Ella would occasionally say that she wanted to go home, to which Drew would respond "This IS our new home, Ella!"
Stay Tuned for more posts...there is so much to catch up on!!