One of the best perks of our recent two week travels? Both of our stays (in Atlanta and Hilton Head) involved visiting with Cullen’s grandparents. People often ask me how we like living in Seattle, and my answer is always the same. “I absolutely love the city and feel like it’s the perfect fit for us, but I wish I could pick it up and move it closer to our families.”
Of course, that is not realistic, and I know many people feel the same way. In our day to day life, I feel like we manage just fine. We have our routines, and friends who pitch in to help. We also have adjusted expectations for what we can do without extra help around. And then we go visit family and I am reminded of how wonderful it is to have an extra set of eyes and hands, and a willing, trustworthy helper happy to read books and play games while mom and dad run errands or go out to dinner.
When we were in Atlanta, we were visiting Casey’s parents, and it was nice to have a few extra hours to get work done while they walked him around the neighborhood or did bubbles in the backyard. In Hilton Head, my mom was with us for a few days and happily relieved us for afternoon beach runs, bike rides, and lunches out with my sisters. Of course here in Seattle we have friends and babysitters who helps us out, but there is something so comforting and easy about grandparents that you just can’t replace.
We don’t have any plans to move closer, and despite my begging I don’t think my family is packing up and heading west just yet. So for now it remains something special that we get to relish in during travels and trips. We are lucky that we travel and visit family as much as we do.
In the meantime, thank goodness for video chatting! It makes the distance of both space and time seem a lot less daunting.