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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