They say life is a journey, right?
Other than a brief stay in Le Mans, France fifteen years ago (how has it been 15 years already??), I’ve always lived in New England, never straying too far from my hometown. Life has taken us from NH to Maine and back again. We have been in NH for almost 4 years now, and have seen our share of changes: our second son was born in May 2015, we have a dog, and now a new cat. We bought a house in fall of 2015, and have settled in an area close to my family. I work nearby, and the boys go to school close – the oldest is six and in first grade, and the youngest in almost three and in daycare. It’s a busy life, with a lot going on: Tae Kwon Do and Cub Scouts for the big kid, with multiple other events tossed around.
We visited the Chicago suburbs in mid-January, bringing the boys on their first flight. They absolutely loved the airplane and being able to “take to the skies,” as the wee one crooned for the majority of the two and a half hour journey. They were incredibly well-behaved for the entirety of the flight, through the airports (both here at home and in Chicago), and on our way to the hotel. It was a very early morning flight, and I was astonished at the high level of good behavior they exhibited. They tolerated the long drives well, and we were able to check out the Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops in the area. There’s a lot to do in the surrounding areas, even without venturing into Chicago itself.
The journey has recently brought us in a new direction. Husband o’ mine has earned a promotion and will be starting a new position at the US office of his current company – in Aurora, Illinois. This means that we’ll be moving at some point over the next year, settling in the Chicago suburbs. It’s a huge change. I am excited for the new adventure. It’s funny, because though we have talked about it quite a bit over the past few years, it’s actually becoming a reality.
We don’t have a timeline yet, just a vague at some point soonish. There are a lot of moving parts, and we have a lot to consider. But I’m looking forward to our next adventure.
And don’t worry, NH, we’ll be back to visit.