The hardest thing for me about leaving St. Louis and moving to Seattle was knowing that I wouldn’t get to see my amazing friends anymore. Our friends had become like family and the idea of leaving them behind to start out on this new adventure was so incredibly difficult. Thanks to email, text messaging and Facebook they are never really that far away, but I do really miss seeing them regularly and being apart of each others daily lives.
Last winter we moved into our new house in what promised to be a great neighborhood for a family with young children. We heard great things about this neighborhood and were promised plenty of fellow young families surrounded us. During the winter months the rain and colder temperatures kept most people inside, including us, and we didn’t really get a good sense of what the neighborhood was going to be like. We had met a few people here and there, but that was it. Then spring hit and brought with it more sunshine and warmer temperatures and kids, everywhere!
Over the last few months people have begun to spend more and more time outside, enjoying the warmth and the sun. Maya has met several kids around her age that she loves to play with. And, we’ve met more and more of our neighbors. We’ve even started becoming pretty good friends with a few of them.
Pretty much every evening, as people come home from work and kids get home from school, our street fills with kids. Grown ups chat away as bikes get ridden up and down the street (thank goodness for low traffic streets). Bubbles are blown to the delightful squeals of little ones. Balls get tossed around. And the ever enjoyable sound of kids laughing and playing fills the air. Our girls protest the end of the day every night always wanting a few more minutes to play. It has been a great way to end our days now that the weather is nice.
I still so miss my friends in St. Louis daily. It took along time to build those friendships and I cherish them. Our friends there will always be special and important people in our lives. Too bad I can’t convince some of them to move out here with us That being said, it sure is comforting to know we have found a little place here in the greater Seattle area filled with families just like ours, with people we can build new friendships with and kids for our kids to play with. This summer will be so fun. I’m looking forward to the neighborhood BBQs, spending time at the neighborhood pool, spending hours outside while my kids run around and play, and continuing to grow these friendships that have begun.