making memories in a new place

Sunday our family headed to a local historic farm. We are new to North Carolina and I am easily overwhelmed with options when I plan an outing. Should we try an orchard? A pumpkin patch? Perhaps a day trip to the mountains or a state park? And the reality is (I remind myself): just pick one. If you love it, go back. If not, move to the next idea. 

Part of the challenge with relocating is we hunt to find a similar family tradition to our previous home. For example we visited Aadmodt's Apple Farm at least twice a year in Minnesota. Our preschoolers rode wagons with friends and played on mini tractors. We drank apple cider with fresh apple cinnamon donuts.

  The Bethesda schoolhouse on the edge of Rural Hill. It is the only surviving one-room African American schoolhouse in Mecklenburg County. It housed education for the Mallard Creek and Croft communities from 1899-1940s (source). And remained a place for community social gatherings through the 1960s. In 2005 the School was moved to Rural Hill for preservation (source).

 

The Bethesda schoolhouse on the edge of Rural Hill. It is the only surviving one-room African American schoolhouse in Mecklenburg County. It housed education for the Mallard Creek and Croft communities from 1899-1940s (source). And remained a place for community social gatherings through the 1960s. In 2005 the School was moved to Rural Hill for preservation (source).

With new friends (also new to North Carolina) we conquered a corn maze at Rural Hill. The kids carried maps and a flag. The maze covered seven acres and we were told it could easily take 2 hours to complete. We managed to finish in under an hour, though admittedly did not find every maze piece. 

"There will be a day when our family as we know it will no longer exist, and I want to know in that moment that I wasn't at the office or doing dishes when I could have been walking the dock with my dad, when I could have been drinking tea and eating ginger cookies with my mom...and happier there and together than anywhere else with anyone else." Cold Tangerines

New adventures are good for us. Especially the ones that include cool autumn breezes, pumpkins, and wagon rides. We don't loose the memories we made in Minnesota but make space in our hearts for new ones.