Fall In Cali
Celebrating the holidays in California is so much different than in the Ohio. Maybe its because I'm from the midwest and I know nothing other than pumpkin patches on actual farms. Or maybe it's because the thought of an actual pumpkin patch being randomly placed on a street is odd to me. Either way Mr Bones pumpkin patch made me feel like I was on a television set that was designed to look like a pumpkin patch. None the less it is actually a pretty fun place to bring your kids with lots of ways to keep them busy.
I went to a Baby Bjorn fall product launch and got a chance to check out some exclusive products. I'm always interested to see what's new and what advancements have been made in the baby wearing field. I remember my mom just grabbing whatever fabric was lying around the house to strap my baby brother to her back. My how things have changed in the world, especially in the field of babies.
I think its funny how my daughters will grow up with completely different perspectives on holidays and family. Amirah was able to live in our home back in Ohio that had an actual backyard and basement. We lived around the corner from my mom and pumpkin patches are on farms. Azarah is growing up in Cali where basements don't exist and family members have to use vacation time to visit. Sometimes I wonder if moving away from Ohio was the right thing to do. Well more so moving away from family and friends because that's the thing we miss the most. Then I remember that moving to Cali was something my husband and I did to advance our careers. It has been slowly paying off and reminding me that risk are necessary for advancement in life. Life can be very comfortable when everything is familiar and routine. I don't want my life to be comfortable, I want it to be worth while. I want my daughters to be fearless and to take chances on life and opportunities to advance. Only then will they truly be able to say that they know who they are as women. I have discovered that being away from my family and friends is hard, but being close to them and not following my dreams is unbearable.
So I've learned not to compare Ohio to California, and to just appreciate the difference. I can always go home, go back to the things I know haven't changed. However I really love this adventure we are on as a family. I love that everything is different and that I am fully capable of living outside of whats comfortable. At the end of the day, as long as I have my husband and kids I can live anywhere in this world. What matters most is not where I am, its who I'm with. Even if its a pumpkin patch made on concrete.