Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Goodbye Pennsylvania

The packers were here, and quickly stuffed nine years of lives into boxes. The movers came and shoved all those boxes into a semi, including our car. And today, we are flying off to California. So bittersweet. On one hand, I'm glad to finally go. But I love this little village we've called home for so long. I love the people here. I love the schools. I love the four-seasons weather. I love the pizza. I love Philadelphia.

I thought I'd share a layout I created a while ago about our little town.

As seen in the March/April 2008 issue of Simple Scrapbooks magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.
This little town is old, adorable, and quirky. You can click on the layout to get a bigger picture, in case you want to read the journaling.

And a few photos that I love about our lives here.
Rare foggy snowy day. It's foggy here all the time. But not usually while snowing. (The view is from my backyard deck.)
My middlest being his usual goofy self at our favorite park.
My husband and the littlest taking a walk at our favorite hiking trail, next to a creek in Valley Forge National Park.  We'll miss that trail and park so much. We go there all four seasons. It's fun in the sun, in the rain, in the snow, in the ice. I love seeing how different it is throughout the year.
Our backyard after a big rainfall. Have I mentioned it rains a lot here? It makes the area beautiful and green, and our (former) yard very waterlogged. We are going to miss that yard so much. It's huge and flat and has great shade in the summer. Our yard in California is smaller than a postage stamp.
Me, walking my favorite shrimp nigiri sushi to preschool for his Halloween parade. The kids come out, and walk around the church in which the school is housed. The school is right in middle of our downtown area, and the parade attracts everyone around. So cute. All three of my kids went to preschool there. It's a special place for all of us.
So there you have it. Nine years in five photos and one layout. Tomorrow, I'll be posting from Los Angeles. Crazy!


LisaDay April 20, 2011 at 5:18 AM  

Good luck with the move! I've been thinking about you!!'s still snowing in Michigan...yuck!

JennO April 20, 2011 at 7:43 AM  

I sort of miss you being there already...weird, considering CA is so much closer. Hmmm. Ponderings.

Well, I'm thinking about you! Have a great trip and enjoy the sunny skies/warm weather that'll be there to greet you.


laura vegas April 20, 2011 at 9:57 AM  

awwwww. i know it's gotta be so hard to leave, after nine years in a place you loved. and i would love that backyard too! and the view from your deck, with the snow, is gorgeous! i had to laugh about the CA yard being the size of postage stamps. it's so true. lol! good luck today!

melanie April 22, 2011 at 6:48 PM  

Awww, this post makes me so sad for you guys. Really bittersweet. But now you're there, and it's a new exciting time for all of you, it will be great. xox

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