We've been living in Georgia for almost two months now. I really don't know how the time has flown my that fast. We still have boxes everywhere and it literally feels like we just got here. We had a ton of crazy things happen when we first got here that had Jay and I both crying to Derek that we wanted to go back to North Carolina, but now that we've settled in (to a degree), it's really starting to feel like home. It also helps that our house is no longer infested with ladybugs and has running water, gas, and electricity. The struggle was real for a while.
One of the things that has helped us feel settled a lot is the fact that we transitioned from an apartment to a house with this move. I never knew how much I would love living in a house. Most nights when Derek gets home from work him and Jay go outside to play while I cook dinner and Em practices eating in her high chair. After dinner we usually all go outside together for a walk, or to play soccer together in the yard.
It's fun living in a neighborhood and actually having a sense of community. Quick side note: Our house that we're renting was built in the 50s and is pretty unspectacular on pretty much every level, so I don't want people to think I'm bragging about riches over here, because we're so far away from that it's really not even funny. But Living in a neighborhood has really been good for us! We love meeting all the other kids in our neighborhood and all the middle schoolers love saying hi and talking to Jay and Em on our nightly walks... I should really solicit some of them for babysitting.
Another thing that has been important to me since we're going to be here for at least 5-10 years is being more active in the community. There are a lot of great charitable organizations in Atlanta but one that has really stood out to me is Make A Wish Georgia. Since having Em become a part of our family, it's introduced us to so many other families with sick children, whose situations are so much more serious than ours. It breaks my heart to see so many kids facing hard illnesses, and I know every single day that it could easily be us.
That's why I've nominated Make A Wish Georgia to win a $2,000 grant from Huggies with their new #UltraHug campaign. You can nominate a community project in your area by uploading a selfie with you and your baby on twitter or instagram using the hashtag #UltraHug and nominate a community project that needs some help. The top 10 community projects will each receive a $2,000 grant from Huggies! You can also click here to see what kinds of projects other moms across the country are nominating!