So…we’re moving again, as in moving in 7 days moving again. It’s crept up on us pretty quickly since we made the decision (having a newborn who takes all of your waking hours will do that to you) and we have so much to do, but I’m really excited to start our next chapter!
We’ve lived in North Carolina for about a year and a half. While we do love some things about it and we’ve made incredible memories, there are other things we just couldn’t get past (for now). One of those things is the weather. I’m not one for being hot (cue my heat rage and sun blisters), neither is Brian, and babies certainly aren’t made for it either. Though the weather here appears to be warm but not too hot when you look at a yearly overview online, the real feel is insane. For example a few days ago the actual temperature was 88 degrees, but the real feel was 107! 107 people…that’s over a 20 degree difference, insane, and way too hot for my life. Both Brian and I agree that 75 really is our max comfortable heat level, and that’s only available in the U.S. in California.
Our ability to easily visit family has been another issue for us. We hoped (but knew we wouldn’t) we’d be able to convince family to join us on our crazy adventure, but alas, no, they have declined. With a baby on the way (who has now arrived) we just couldn’t be so far away from everyone. 30+ hour drives or 4+ hour flights for visits with a baby just aren’t reasonable (especially our little screaming banshee). If we did visit often enough, we’d have no time or energy for fun travel, and we love our fun travel! The importance of family being near became even more apparent after Hazel arrived and we needed emergency help. We had to greatly inconvenience everyone who came to help us.
Our final issue with really the South in general and not necessarily North Carolina (though it is an issue here as well), has been some cultural clashes and differences. We really dislike regularly seeing Confederate flags both on homes and on vehicles. I had no idea how prevalent hate really was/is till we moved here (and that nasty Cheeto was elected president) but it’s on full display here and visible daily. I don’t want my daughter growing up in that type of environment, being educated by people who promote intolerance. I can’t picture how she’d have a normal life here, and that’s not ok with me.
Once we decided we had to leave, we had to figure out where to go. We had on and off researched every single place we could think of anywhere in the vicinity of Utah and Arizona that would work for us (neither state works for us). California is really the only place that met our needs and got us closer to family without feeling like a huge sacrifice. Brian is obsessed with California (he’ll argue that he’s not) and has always wanted to live there. I love greenery and foliage. To compromise and give us both what we want, we chose to move to Irvine. It’s close to family, has amazing weather, is close to the beach, and has incredible amenities including parks, trails, and entertainment (hello Disneyland!). Bonus: we both loved it and almost moved there during our trip around the U.S. in search of “our place” a few years ago. In reality we’d both like to live in Napa, but it’s too far North. Irvine it is.
We’ve both been getting hit hardcore with the exploration bug so it’s perfect timing for a move (even with the 30+ hour drive with a new baby). We’ve also been house-bound for the Summer because of the previously mentioned NC heat and we are dying to get outside! We have two options for routes to take from NC to CA, I can’t wait to choose our path and explore with our little Hazel. Roadtrips are the best.
Now we have to try to find time to pack before Brian’s family gets here to help us move!