Today is our last day in California. When we made the move here from Italy, I had not really planned on moving away, especially this quickly. And especially to the Midwest. This move has been incredibly sudden, which has made it a bit more stressful that I had hoped it would be. The past week has been a whirlwind of frantic activity, with ending my job, moving our household goods, and just basically taking care of business and tying up loose ends. Giuseppe has been great, running endless errands to get everything squared away.
After the movers came and went on Monday, we drove out to Huntington Beach to stay until Thursday. I have had a few “California” days, strolling through Huntington with friends and family, going out on the pier, taking a quick shopping trip/visit to the Easter Bunny at South Coast Plaza. It feels surreal to be leaving; I can’t really wrap my head around how quickly it is happening.
It has been very nice staying here, and I do not feel totally ready to leave. But tomorrow it is. We are first driving down to San Diego to visit Zack and have brunch. Then we will drive out to Arizona, where we will visit the Grand Canyon. Giuseppe is pretty excited to see it, and I am very glad to be revisiting. I think it has been about 15 years since I was out there as a child. The next stop will be Santa Fe, then Denver, Omaha, and finally Ames. This road trip should actually be very beautiful and great time for us as a family. We don’t really plan to drive more than 7 or so hours per day, and do plan to take longish breaks to let the baby stretch out and play.
Here’s to our new adventure.