So, we moved last January to warmer weather. When we left upstate NY (we lived about 30 minutes from Canada), it was -6F out. We arrived around midnight at our southern location and we didn't need coats on. There were flowers blooming. It was gloriously wonderful. We managed to find a rental and get the kids in school before the week was out after getting here. They have thrived and enjoyed school. Once school was out though, we took an trip back home to Minnesota due to a family emergency. It was wonderful spending a month back with family that we hadn't seen for the last 2 years, and visiting other sites. We helped move both of my siblings while we were there. Hit Como Zoo, IKEA, and Mall of America. Spent some time at Lark Toy Store. We went to Wild Rumpus and found a few books to read. On our way back home we spend a day in St Louis doing the tourist thing for the first time in my kids' lives. They got to go up in the Gateway Arch, learn/see/climb Cahokia Mounds, and we found the largest bottle of catsup. On our way home from that we took our photo with Superman in Metropolis, IL and took a quick photo of the Parthenon in Nashville, TN. Now we are gearing up for school to start again, and another move to a country overseas. We have less than 70 days until we pack everything up and we go back north for a quick visit with family before we take the long ride to our new home. We will be there for 2-3 years if everything works out correctly *fingers crossed*. Until then though, I'm in the middle of trying to get rid of stuff that we have collected the last 8 years (when we came back from Germany) trying to figure out what goes into storage, what is being donated/sold, what is going to our parent's places, and what is going with. I will post when I can, but I can't promise much.
PHOTOS (L to R) Como Zoo, Cahokia Mounds, Top of Monks Mound with St Louis in the background, Largest Catsup bottle, Metropolis.