Flagstaff, I Miss You!


So we’ve been in Colorado for about three weeks now. I’m still adjusting and missing home. I think I’ll miss home until our house is built. But good news, we just found out our building permit for the lot was approved so we can now observe construction and pick paint, tile, cabinets, carpet etc. Having that to look forward has made things better. 

My current struggles are not knowing where half the things I need are (since most things are in boxes in our garage) and figuring out what the Fall will look like in terms of schooling for the kids and work for me. 

Since we are renting for sixish months until our home is built, I refuse to unpack things I don’t need.  This results in rummaging through boxes looking for that specific item in a disorganized overfilled garage. We’ve gone from a 2,734 square foot house to a 1500 square foot house. NOTHING FITS!

So this morning we tackled the disorganization, yet we still didn’t find three of the things we were missing. It seems there’s always a box or two that goes MIA whenever you move. Last year it was an entire box of Tupperware that was never recovered.  This year I’m missing three boxes. Where did they vanish to? We went through the entire garage opening every box and never found the items we needed! 

Along with that, I am learning more about the school districts around here. I am sad to say that I will miss Flagstaff’s amazing school district and the funding it had. The school district had after school programs and clubs for the kids to join and I was under the assumption that with how low Arizona ranked in education, that any place would be better for an education than Arizona. I think I stand corrected because the school district the kids will be in can’t afford any after school programs and are suffering a teacher shortage and have gone down to four-day school days resulting in extremely long days for the kids. This makes it really hard for me to hold a job outside the house as I had hoped. Since I know zero people here to watch my children, I  won’t really be able to find any work in the fall that isn’t part-time. I can try, but convincing an employer that I am unavailable to work every Friday might be difficult. So my only option is to find a few work at home jobs that will allow me to be with the kids on Fridays.

It’s not all bad though, Scott is really enjoying his job and Colorado in general. He loves it here, he loves his job, the people are nice and he’s making a running list of places to explore. In a few days we’ll hit up the Continental Divide and after that, we’ll be making plans to visit the Maroon Bells. We have enjoyed all the beautiful places we’ve seen in Colorado and can’t wait to see more! The kids are having fun making friends in the neighborhood and hitting up the local splash pad once a week while I make sure JJ stays up to date on summer reading. He’s currently reading Treasure Island and doing some retention worksheets. 

But I still miss home. I think it’s been harder for me to adjust because I was so connected to my community in Flagstaff. I couldn’t leave my house without running into someone I knew. I miss that. Scott also has more opportunity than I do to meet and grow relationships with people while working. When school starts up I’m sure I’ll have that opportunity to meet other parents and get to know people through school events. That will make this place seem not so lonely. If I can get through the summer and find work from home, I think I will feel more settled. 

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29 thoughts on “Flagstaff, I Miss You!

  1. I am sorry that CO is lonely for you right now. When I was there for my internship it took awhile to get to know people but when I did they were some of the nicest I have known. Moving to a new place is difficult and it took a lot of strength to get there. I hope the universe sends you more support soon.

  2. Aw girl! Moving is a challenege but your optimism and trusting that you will meet people through school is perfect. Colorado is great and I get why you miss flagstaff. I live in Phoenix right now after living 11 years in LA. the move was a serious adjustment!

  3. Aww, I am sorry you are missing home. I can’t even imagine moving to another state to be honest. I am born and raised in Massachusetts and I only live about 20 minutes from where I grew up.

  4. When we were building our house, we lived with my inlaws AND I gave birth to my son during that time. Couldn’t wait to get into our new house so I know exactly how you feel. Good luck with everything.

  5. I would love to move to the mountains! At that point I would try to go through the boxes and sort through items that could be donated. That’s my moving/cleaning mentality.

  6. Moving is so hard. I feel like it takes at least a year to start finding your way again. Finding a new routine, new doctors, etc. Then meeting new friends. It is definitely easier once school starts and you meet other families. ((Big Hugs))

    1. Yes, new doctors, getting utilities and bills transferred over to new addresses, finding new restaurants are finding out your favorite places are nowhere to be found. It’s hard.

  7. It’s always hard when you move. You trying to figure out life in a new city and settling in with kids. I have moved many times my life and it was never easy. Rest of sure you’re there for a reason and you will find good friends soon!

  8. Moving is so hard. The last time I made a big move, it was really before blogging/social media, so it really stung. I would hope it would be a bit easier now.
    That said, I’ve never been to Flagstaff or CO but both sound like a dream to me.

    1. Yes, I can’t imagine the sting of moving away from the people and places you love during a time like that with no social media or Skype?! What did people do before technology took over? We skyped with the family back home over fourth of July. It made up for the distance a little bit.

  9. I hope you find those three boxes! We eventually found our missing ones. I hate when things going missing in a move!

  10. It’s always tough to move. My husband is in the military so we move often. I remember Flagstaff. I went to college at NAU.

  11. It has been just over 2 years since we relocated from Michigan to Tennessee. It is a big adjustment getting used to new places and it is hard to make friends as an adult (or at least I think so.) Some jobs may be open to the Mon-Thurs since that is how the schools are and I am sure you aren’t the only one in that position. Hang in there soon you will look back and realize you made it!

  12. Hey Heather! I can relate to the feeling quite as much because all my life, I’ve moved too. Never have I been at a place for more than 3 years. No doubt its tough moving that much but this is an excellent way to expose oneself to all the things that this world has to offer.

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