My mom has been here visiting for a few days and my kids have pretty much been in heaven!
Yeah…. I’mma need to live close to my Mom.
When we first got married, we lived out in Connecticut, a long ways away from my parents and my in-laws. Once we had Amelia, I realized just how much I wanted to be closer to my family and back in the Midwest. I really did like living in Connecticut; New Haven had some amazing restaurants and museums, the Long Island Sound was beautiful, and the proximity to Boston and NYC made it a great place for us to live as a young married couple. But living in the city of New Haven with a newborn really wasn’t something we were excited about doing.
But mostly, if we’re being honest: I’m a total homebody, momma-and-daddy’s girl, family-first kind of person. Big time. I missed my mom and dad.
Now that we’ve been back in the Midwest for a few years, I know we’ve made the right choice. We get to see our family so much more than we ever would have if we were still out East. And now, it’s just a tank of gas rather than airfare to see them!
Books and Bedtimes
So back to now: My mom came to visit for a few days. She helped out at our little Montessori school at the holiday bazaar, took Amelia to a Christmas Tea, and spent a ton of time just lovin’ on my kiddos. Getting to see this two nights in a row absolutely made my days!!
Amelia and my mom, reading the “Picture Atlas” from Usbourne Books. So fun to hear Amelia’s questions about the world!
Henry and my mom reading about pirates. This book came with a little wind-up pirate ship that races along tracks that are IN THE BOOK. FOR REALZ. Want to get your kids more interested in reading? Put a friggin’ moving pirate ship IN THE BOOK.
So yeah – these little moments make me even more certain that we did the right thing for our family to be a bit closer!