Moving out of a New York City apartment and into a house in suburbia is a big change. Okay, that’s an understatement. There’s almost nothing similar about our life in New York and our life now. As we’ve been getting settled in, Johnny and I have found ourselves thinking aloud all our thoughts, observations, and musings on the two different lifestyles. So we wanted to share some of them today:
- The sound of blaring taxi horns and passersby outside our window was oddly comforting. We’d become attached to all the sounds of the city and feeling a part of the hustle and bustle surrounding us.
- I’m feeling really intimidated to drive anywhere or go grocery shopping with two little ones on my own. For some reason, sticking Sally in the stroller and putting Wynn in a front pack and trekking all over the UWS on foot felt much more doable.
- We’re really feeling spoiled by the simple pleasures right now, especially central AC. Once summer hit in NY, I don’t think I was ever not sweating. It feels so luxurious for our home to be a comfortable temperature at all times.
- Getting deliveries takes so much longer here. Amazon Prime would often arrive the next day (including Saturdays and Sundays). Here, I ordered something Thursday night, and I didn’t get it until Tuesday.
- Also, I miss having my groceries delivered! But on that note, I love having affordable groceries again. We are two minutes away from a Costco and a Walmart, and the prices make me want to cry tears of joy.
- We bought a tub of ice cream, and it didn’t feel like a splurge. Certain foods were only bought for special occasions in NYC, and ice cream was one of them. It also occurred to me that we can buy more fish and red meat again, both of which were too pricey in the city.
- We don’t know what to do with all of our closet space in our bedroom. I’m rediscovering shirts I’d forgotten about because they were so squished together in our NY closet.
- Sally can now go to the bathroom in her very own bathroom finally. Because she’s so new to being potty-trained, she almost always announces her need to go to the bathroom every time Johnny or I are about to go. And with our one bathroom in our NY apartment and her tiny, impatient bladder, that could get precarious…
- I miss talking to strangers on a daily basis. Because of the sheer number of people we’d encounter each day in NYC, we’d end up having a short conversation with at least a few, either from sharing an elevator or them helping me up and down stairs with my girls, or holding the door open for each other. It’s just not the same here. I really grew to love the people of NYC this time around.
- I still haven’t figured out our routine out here. Every day in NY was a different park, museum, or destination of some sort. Entertainment was waiting for us at every turn.
- Being back close to nature and seeing the stars at night makes us feel alive. We love the outdoors.
- We’re getting far less exercise. Walking around New York, I’d rarely have days that I didn’t walk at least 4 miles with the girls, and some days were more than 10 miles. We’ll have to be much more intentional if we want to stay active here!
- Not having shared walls or downstairs neighbors to worry about offending with our loud children has been life changing.
There’s so much more I could share. Really, I could go on forever. But I’ll stop there. At times, we find ourselves missing aspects of the city, and NYC will always have a special place in our hearts. But we’re also looking forward to this next chapter in our new home, especially being able to afford as much ice cream as we want :). What kind of life suits you best — city or country? Johnny and I have decided we’d like to settle near one of the big cities but probably not right within it, so I guess we fall somewhere in between.