Moving is a pretty big deal. I know I am not the only one that feels that way. I've asked some friends to share tidbits about their big move.
Today we have the fabulous Marie from Make and Takes, talking about her family's big move.
Q. Where was your move from and to?
A. We moved from Utah to Seattle. A pretty big move. My husband had a job change, he now works at the REI headquarters. But we were excited and ready for something new.
Q. How old were your kids at the time of the move, and how did you tell them you were moving?
A. Our kids were 8, 5, and 2 years old. So fairly young, at a good stage for moving. We talked to them about how Daddy was getting a new job, but that we would move to a new city. We have some family in the area, an Aunt and Uncle and a few cousins, so that made it much more easy for us to move. The kids knew they would be seeing their cousins more often and that helped a lot!
Q. What were some of the challenges with the move, and how did you overcome them?
A. One of the biggest challenges was the climate change. It's very wet in Seattle. Luckily we moved during the dry summer and were able to enjoy the sun for about 3 months. But once the rain came and didn't stop, I had to figure out how to deal with the wet and mud. We bought rain boots and jackets and had to figure out how to keep the wet and mud outside and not bring it inside. That was tricky, but I now have a mud room system, no shoes on in the house!
Q. How have you embraced your new town?
A. When we first moved here, it was the start of summer. If you can plan your move that way, I highly recommend it. We took 3 months and really got to know our city. We were out almost every day with something new to do. And Seattle has so much to do. Then by the time school started, my kids didn't feel like the newbies. They had already lived here for a bit and felt like they belonged.
Q. Do you have and tips for another mom moving her family?
A. My tip would be to involve the kids in every step. Talk about the move. Look up the new city. Make a plan for things to do to embrace it. And when you get there, dive in and get exploring. Help the kids feel like it's their city. Make a list of things to do and go out and have fun discovering!
Thanks for sharing Marie! Click here see my fist interview with Jane.