We’ve been in Gastonia, a town near Charlotte, for 6 weeks now. In a way it seems we’ve always lived here and in other ways it has that feeling of being new and old at the same time. Thankfully, it hasn’t been as much of a shock as our move to Franklin in 2011. I attribute that to gaining more opportunities rather than losing and acclimating to an entirely different lifestyle that is going from a city of 100,000 people to a town of 3,000, one Walmart and zero Starbucks. We’re returning to what’s familiar.
The kids have great schools and they really enjoy going. Noah is taking Math, Biology, Creative Writing and German I this first semester. Nora has the typical 7th grade classes, but they also have something they call Clusters which for her this semester is line dancing.
I got to bust out the Electric Slide for her last night because she doesn’t even know what line dancing entails!! “Alexa, play the electric slide…” Hilarity ensued, but I know she’s gonna enjoy it especially when her whole group gets into it. They ride three different buses as opposed to one bus all together and I think Henry and Lorelei are enjoying being at the same school and riding the bus together without their older siblings watching over them.
The icing on the cake is how close everything is for school and work. The kids get up and on the bus later and get home earlier. If I need to pick them up or drop them off, the schools are maybe 5 minutes away. Jason’s work is farther, but not nearly the 1.5 hours over the mountain both ways.
Jason seems to be settling in at his new job. It’s a laid back office atmosphere and he likes his co-workers. Living that suburban lifestyle is definitely a big change and we miss the mountains. Thankfully, we get to visit and perhaps once our house sells there we can look into buying a small two bedroom to slowly renovate and retire there. One can dream.
It’s been a change for the animals as well. The cats were inside for a few days The dogs don’t get to run around the yard while we are outside like they did in Franklin. I may look at getting a lead for them, but for now they have a small backyard to run around in and the walking trails are nice in the neighborhood. It is so much hotter here. It reminds me of Florida in the way that it is sunshine every day, which I love, but it rained a lot more in Franklin and we haven’t started to see leaves changing yet.
We have discovered a small used bookstore, the cotton candy factory, a local dog park and I found the post office yesterday. Making this move has definitely united us more as a family and stretched and strengthened us. Hoping to check out the local library this week as well.