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.
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.