The drive up was great. Both kids were cooperative and we made good time even though we hit traffic around Chicago. We didn't drive straight through, instead we took advantage of being some place different and stopped in Milwaukee. We ate at a delicious farm-to-table restaurant where I paid more for my meal than I would usually pay when children are present but it was worth it. That night in Milwaukee was also the last time we would sleep in a king-sized bed for a month. Sleeping in full sized beds for a month really, really made me appreciate my bed at home. I'm spoiled, I know. We rolled into Chisago on Mother's Day where everyone had gathered at my grandma's assisted living apartments to celebrate. It was a great welcome home.
Our temporary Northeast home was a small-but-cute duplex a few blocks away from a shopping center called the Quarry. It had the coolest Target ever (called an Innovation Store), a Lee Ann Chin's, and a Caribou. Yummy. We walked there several times, walked to local restaurants, and parks. We just happened to be there over the weekend of Art-a-Whirl which is basically a Gallery Hop on crack. We enjoyed several breweries in the area including one that was mostly ciders and one that had the BEST mojito-infused summer ale.
Regardless of how happy I was it's not just my decision to make. There are other people involved and there are a ridiculous number of logistical and emotional things to consider. Making the decision to leave would probably be about 100x harder than my decision to move to Lexington in the first place. But part of me wants to DO IT. I am craving something new and different and part of me wants to be forced into a new situation outside of my comfort zone with new challenges. Of course, I don't really need to move to do those things so that isn't the best excuse. When it comes down to it I don't know but I'm trying to come to terms with the fact that moving back to Minnesota may not be the best for our family and it really sucks. By saying that I don't mean that I don't enjoy anything about Lexington, because there are a lot of thing... well, it's complicated and would make a long, rambling post of its own.