A Cross Country Move…with 3 kids

Tyler and I are definitely west coast-ish people – he grew up in Colorado and I grew up in Arizona. We’ve spent most of our marriage living in Arizona as well. I am a desert dweller; I love the heat, swimming all summer and wearing sandals in December.

So when the opportunity came up for us to move to Virginia for a year-long internship program, it seemed about as far away as moving to a different country. We decided to take it as an adventure and went ahead and made the jump to relocate to Charlottesville, Virginia in July. We loaded up a very small trailer with necessities and our 2 vehicles and embarked on a 2,200 mile drive to our new home.

It was definitely an adventure with 5 days worth of blown tires, broken trailer axles, countless potty breaks and LOTS of driving.

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Our first blow out of the trip. Somewhere in Oklahoma.

Our biggest worry before the trip was about how our kids (7, 5 & 3) would do in the car for so many days and yet, they ended up being great. It helps that we have have road tripped a lot over the last few years between Phoenix and Denver. But, let’s be honest, the success for this trip belongs completely to a few amazing companies: Apple, Disney & Nintendo. The iPad, Portable DVD player and Nintendo DS were like magic at passing away the hours. Everyone needed a serious technology detox when we got here, but for those few days, they were lifesavers. I can’t imagine how we would have survived without them.

So happy to have our trailer axle repaired…only a couple thousand dollars later!

We didn’t do much sightseeing as we were pretty much just trying to get here as fast as possible in one piece, but while our axle was being repaired, we were able to see a little bit of Nashville. My highlight was getting to try Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams – after making recipes out of her cookbook for years, it was so fun to get to eat some of the ice cream straight from the source. And it did not disappoint! It was as delicious as I had hoped and was a fun little treat.

Waiting for car repairs in Nashville – we got to have the best ice cream ever!

Now, we are settled here in Charlottesville and are really loving this city. We’ve been taking advantage of the beautiful weather at Carter Mountain Orchard and Monticello Trail. We’re so excited to get to experience fall in a place where leaves change color and the weather gets cooler. We’ll see if we feel this excited when it gets cold and starts snowing!


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