Well, it’s been more than a month since I moved back to Delaware, and I can’t tell you how much I’m loving my life here again. I had written two years ago how much I hated living in Delaware… that I was treading water in a sea with no land in sight. It seems so different now though. I’ve grown up. I’ve realized that the mundane routine I created for myself was what I needed. I needed to breathe the salt air I had grown up with. I needed to be with my family. This past month has been amazing, and I don’t regret moving away from Disney World in the slightest.
So, here’s what I’ve been up to.
I moved out of my tiny garage apartment in Celebration, Florida.
My mom and I made the trek home over the course of 3 days. My mom drove the moving truck, and Molly and I had followed in my Jeep.
I have moved in with my parents temporarily while I take the time to find a new apartment that I absolutely love. We all work from home, so the lack of a commute is quite nice.
I’ve visited with my brother and his wonderful family quite often. I can’t get enough of my sweet niece, Violet.
There have been a few times I’ve hovered over her while she’s napping and thought to myself “she’s so worth it. The move home. Everything. So worth it.” I wouldn’t miss watching her grow up for the world! I missed her big brother, Logan, grow up. Now he’s a tall, grown up 12 year old. He’s such a cool, intelligent kid. I love the slumber parties we now all have together. I’ve spent a few nights staying over at my brother’s house. We all watch movies together and eat dinner. So worth it.
I’ve greeted the ocean a few times… but it hasn’t been warm enough to actually enjoy day with sand between my toes.
I went to Fifer Orchards for the first time to pick up some items for my Foodie Pen Pal. I picked up apple butter for myself and some other jams for my pen pal.
I re-joined the Y, my favorite place in the whole world. I’ve been going as much as I can to kick-start my training for the Disneyland Dumbo Double Dare Challenge.
I’ve been running on my favorite trail at the beach. This is honestly one of the biggest reasons why I moved home.
It’s beautiful, calming, and so relaxing to be out on that trail in the brisk cool air of a spring morning.
I’ve been apartment hunting at the beach.
I signed up for my third full marathon, the Rehoboth Beach Marathon, taking place on December 7th.
Oh, and we can’t forget about Molly!
She’s been up to her usual routine- eating, sleeping, begging for more food, and sleeping some more. Honestly, this move was the best thing for her. She used to be sick all the time in Florida. I blame all the chemicals on the grass in Celebration, and they used to bleach the sidewalks there. Yes, BLEACH the sidewalks. Poor Molly Beagle. But she just looks so much healthier here. Her eyes aren’t as red. Her coat is shinier and softer. And she’s getting three times the attention and love now that we live with my mom and dad.
I’ve been out shopping and dining with my mom and my friends. My parents and I routinely sit in our living room together to watch game shows, chat, and relax together. It’s just awesome to sit in a room with your family in complete silence while we each read our books or type on our laptops. To know they are right there instead of 1000 miles away is a great feeling.
Honestly, I really miss my friends in Florida, and I miss how close I was to Disney World. But this is truly and honestly where I should be.
Time to hit the gym for my Disney Dumbo Double Dare training!