Hello everyone! Well, we are officially at the two year mark today for myself, Belle, and Jessie. Carl will hopefully be there many months before this date, but that is for the good Lord to decide. Tonight we dedicate this blog to the hundreds of you out there who want to move, who are planning to move, or just dream of moving near the Mouse…this one is for you!
Do you want to hear something funny? When I woke up this morning and turned to look at my darling husband, I didn’t say “Hello” or “Good Morning”- I said “Should we use that Monster Pin Code for our November trip?” Yes, we have got it bad. That right there is a pure example of why we are prime candidates to move closer to the magic.
Two Years. Wow. I don’t know if I want to cry or smile. It seems so far away at times, and at others, it feels like it’s just around the corner. It is this awesome thing to have this GIGANTIC goal you are working towards, but scary and a bit nerve wracking when we know how much lies between us and 2012. Belle has two years of High School left that she is working through towards her college goals, while Jessie is working through tough Elementary school years. Meanwhile, Carl just started a new job and I continue with mine.
We continue to look at Windermere for relocating to for at least 2012. It seems like a wonderful area, and Carl will check out the apartments this November. The plans of selling it all and moving down only with the essentials, to buy everything when we move in, is still on the table. Basically, we know when we want to move, how we want to move, now we just sit and wait until the calendar turns to 2012.
We are trying to make the most of our time here, visiting the sites of WI that we love or haven’t seen before. It’s never too long though before someone speaks up with the phrase “Well when we move to FL…” and we all get really chatty and excited. I know that I will miss my friends and family, especially my mom. We are close, but thankfully she has my step-dad and they are enjoying their retirement. I have taken into consideration that I will have to find a new church home, a new grocery store, and a new place to hang out with my friends. The old will be just that, the old.
The new? Do you have time to read? LOL! The new will replace what we will miss here in WI. Now, I know some of you are thinking “Easier said than done.” I can’t replace the people I love here, and I don’t plan to. But I DO plan on making some fantastic Disney and otherwise friendships in Florida. Yes, I will miss my job here. But the fact remains, I am not in a position that will be “moving up the ladder.” It is what it is, and right now, it’s a step in achieving my dreams of living in FL.
We hear a lot “Won’t you miss (BLANK) when you move to FL?” Of course I will, but life is meant to be an adventure! The beauty of facebook and other social media is that we can keep in contact with all of our friends here every single day if we choose. To Carl and I, Florida *IS* the next chapter in our lives. We see ourselves sitting at Food and Wine with friends like Judy and Stephen, or catching a late dinner at California Grill with Lou Mongello. The possibilities are endless to us, whereas here, not as much.
We know that we will look back on these days and wonder why we stressed or fretted or even bothered counting because they came and went, but it always seems to be a lot slower when you are living those seconds passing. We look forward to all of the wonderful memories we will be making over the next two years, and we thank ALL of you for hanging out with us for the ride.
So raise your Dole Whips high, and let’s toast to the day, two years from now, when we will be pulling out of our driveway in WI and heading to our home in FL. Cheers!