November 28, 2002
Happy Thanksgiving!

Thought I would post to say......

"Happy Thanksgiving, one and all!"

We are heading to my parents' house in Valley Center today. I can't wait to have some rotisierre'd turkey and warm stuffing! It will be yummy! Everyone in my family is rather spread out, so it's nice to be able to spend some time with family! Here's a run down on what the rest of the family is doing......

- One set of my parents are in Matzalan, for their yearly turkey day there. They go every year and hopefully I will be able to join them when the kids get a little older!

- My youngest brother is in Modesto celebrating with his fiance and her family.

- My younger brother is celebrating today with his wife, son and in-laws in San Diego (or maybe La Mesa?)

- My older sister is in Alaska celebrating turkey day.

- My sister-in-law and mother-in-law will be celebrating turkey day in San Diego.

Whew! And that's only the ones that I know of. I also have a lot of family in Kansas celebrating today and family in Fresno and the central valley. Lots of family! And I can't forget my close friends in Las Vegas, Oklahoma, and San Jose!

Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving! I know I've got a lot to be thankful for this year!

-Brie

Posted by Brie at 10:31 AM
November 23, 2002
Update from Brie!

Well, this whole blog thing should be called "Brie's (somewhat) Monthly Thought...." It's been awhile! Well, here's a scoop on what's happening:

Family, school, and sickness
Everyone is doing great. We keep getting colds, passing them around, and then getting better. I'm concerned because Sebastian has missed so much school, but I know that I can't send him to school sick, so he stays home. ::Sigh:: Nothing about being a parent is easy! We have a meeting with his teacher in a couple of weeks, so it will be interesting to see what she says. I always feel like the teachers are very judgemental. Oh well!

Child with an Attitude
My little "angel" has developed quite the attitude problem. It's amazing to me, how, with no training, she can suddenly become this stubborn child. She crosses her arms across her chest and sighs a hearty "humph!" when she doesn't get her way. She pulls the "But Mommy I LOVE YOUUUUUU!" card when she gets in trouble, as if that is going to change the fact that she just launched a Nintendo game at her brother. John claims that she "plays" me, but I don't think that's it. Can't be!

Possibilities of Moving
Well, I know that John has addressed this several times in his Blog, but thought I'd give my two cents on the possibility of moving back east. First of all, I have to stress these are all just "possibilities." No offer or discussion of relocation have taken place at work, outside of a "would you be interested if this position opens up?" Like with most things, I took this and ran with it. Obsessed to the nth degree about the different areas we could move to. First it was Ohio, then it was Syracuse, and now it's Grand Rapids, Michigan. I've obsessed so much so, that I actually have applied to jobs that would be located back east, in case the position, that would move me, with my current company falls through. I don't want to leave my current job, but I think my desire to move out of California surpasses my need to stay with my current job. If I could have both, that would be great.

Anyway, back to the whole moving thing.....would I do it? Absolutely! Yes, a lot of it has to do with the financial stress of living where we live. John and I like to live a certain lifestyle and, while we have made significant cuts in the last 18 months, the fact that I am making 12% less that what I was making 18 months ago, hurts. Certainly there are additional cuts we could be making, but I like going out to dinner, and I like buying things for the kids. We have a good life. So why not move somewhere that will allow us to enjoy our lives? Plus, I would like to own a home again one day and that's just not going to happen in San Diego County. Why pay $350k for a 1700 square foot house on a postal stamp sized lot, when you can get a much bigger house, with a larger yard for about half the price elsewhere?

Another major reason for the move would be my commute. I travel an hour and a half to and from work (total of 3 hours a day in the car). Why not move closer to work, one might ask? Well, the fact of the matter is, in order to afford housing closer to work, I would have to live in a smaller house (possibly apartment) and I would feel unsafe and fear for the safety of my children. Not my cup of tea. So, by moving back east, I could locate appropriate, affordable housing closer to my workplace. Let's face it......the average rent for a 4 bdr. house in Oceanside is $1,800 and up; the average rent (from what I can tell) for a 4 bdrm. house in Grand Rapids is $900 and up. Quite a difference!

Another reason for considering a move is just the experience of it all. I've only lived on the West coast. First in Seattle and then in California. Why not experience a "true" 4 seasons environment? I've never lived in snow, never really got to experience autumn, or the first life of spring. So why not? I think it would be great for the kids! The California school systems, as it fairly well known, are not that great, so educationally, I think the kids would be better off. In addition, from what I can tell, there seems to be a larger sense of community in some of these areas. That would be nice. Part of me would like to move to one of these outlying townships and get to know my neighbors and do things like participate in festivals. How very midwestern of me!

See, so I think I have all of the "right" reasons. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments on the subject though!

Okay, this is the problem of not posting enough, then I have a novel to post and people get bored!

Will try to update later! We are off to Vegas on Sunday! Woo-hoo!

Posted by Brie at 08:56 AM