Quantico, Virginia! Logan officially has orders and this family is going to be in for quite a shock, trading in our swimsuits for snowsuits! Not only that, but we are due to report in January!!
I can’t say that I’m thrilled about having to move in the dead of winter, but I am definitely ready for a change in scenery. I have loved living here in sunny San Diego for the past 2.5 years but I must admit that I miss the seasons (please remind me of this when I’m freezing my butt off in the snow). I was actually born in Richmond, Virginia and lived there until I was four before moving to Jacksonville, Florida. I don’t remember everything about Virginia, but I do remember raking up huge piles of leaves and jumping in them with the neighbors. Or being tossed up in the air in blankets during the fall. During winter our neighbor who had a tractor would tie all of our sleds together and pull us down the street. I can’t wait for Easton to see snow and go sledding.
Another great thing about being stationed in Quantico is that we’re only 30 miles from Washington, D.C. My parents took us there as kids and there is so much to see and do. Not to mention the cherry blossoms in the Spring!! That may have been the first thing I thought of when Logan told me where we were headed. A mom photographers dream!! I’m slowly starting to prepare Logan for all the photo opportunities that living somewhere with all four seasons has to offer. I also really miss thunderstorms, something that San Diego never sees! Easton might be a little freaked out the first time he hears one, but I’m going to be in Heaven!
Quantico, known as “the Crossroads of the Marine Corps,” is the beating heart of the Marines, and has amazing things to see like the National Marine Corps Museum and performances by the silent drill team. I saw the silent drill team perform when I was young and I can remember it giving me chill bumps then. Easton is going to be entranced!
There are some many questions I have running through my mind about living somewhere cold: do we need flannel sheets on our bed? How heavy of a jacket do I really need? Do we need an electric snow blower? Will my car be ok driving in the snow? If you live somewhere that snows, what are your cold weather essentials?
The next few months are going to be a little chaotic but fun. We are headed to Florida to spend December and a few weeks in January there before finishing the drive up to Virginia. Please say some prayers for us that everything is smooth sailing. Moving with kids definitely makes things a whole lot trickier, but we are excited to be moving back to the east coast!