Major news from the Freemans \u2013 we are moving to Boston! I can hardly believe it myself. I\u2019m still in shock about it actually. If you didn't get the title of this story - it's a reference to this song and leaving the Valley of the Sun. I'm going to miss our chosen city, but Boston is calling.\r\nWhy We Are Moving to Boston\r\nSo why are we moving to Boston? Well, I got a really amazing job offer that I just can\u2019t pass up. I\u2019m going to be at Assistant Dean at a university in Boston. It is a major promotion. It also feels like the perfect next career move after finishing my Ph.D.\r\n\r\nWhy Boston, you might still wonder \u2013 well, I never even considered living in Boston. When I saw this job, I just knew I should apply. It was one of those rare times when I felt like the job was written for me. I\u2019m so excited for the opportunity and I\u2019m also excited to experience a new part of the country.\r\nThings I\u2019ll Miss about Phoenix\r\nDespite my excitement over this big move, there are a lot of things about Phoenix I\u2019m going to miss. Namely, my friends, my current job (that\u2019s allowed me to travel all over the world and meet amazing people), and the weather. I\u2019m also sad that I won\u2019t get to see my parents for a lot of the year. Since we\u2019ve been back in Phoenix, they would spend 3-4 months here in the winter. It was such a great way for my kids to get quality time with their grandparents, and now they won\u2019t have as much time with them. We\u2019ll just have to make more trips back to the Midwest or hopefully, my parents will come and explore Boston with us.\r\nThings I Won't Miss About Phoenix\r\nThe summers here are pretty awful. I don't think I will hate them as much as Boston winters, but I'm not going to miss 120 degrees in summer. I'm also not going to miss the horrible drivers. Seriously, Phoenix has some of the dumbest, most reckless drivers of all time.\r\nBoston Things I'm Looking Forward to\r\nI\u2019m most excited about my new job, but I\u2019m also super excited about our new house. We found a great house that is going to be perfect for our family. Not only will we have space for visitors, which we don\u2019t have in our Phoenix house, but we are also going to have (close to) my dream kitchen. It has a giant island and tons of cabinets. I\u2019m so excited to get in there and start making recipes for the blog! It will be the first time we actually have a kitchen we\u2019d like to feature on the blog.\r\n\r\nI\u2019m also so excited for my kids to start elementary school in the Boston area. Massachusetts has some of the best schools in the nation, unlike Phoenix, which has some of the worst.\u00a0 Even the preschool we found for our kids seems leaps and bounds above what we\u2019ve seen in Phoenix. The quality of education is so important to me, as an educator myself. I\u2019m really excited for my kids to start school off on the right foot with some of the best schools in the nation.\r\n\r\nI\u2019m also really excited to get to see a lot of the country I\u2019ve never seen. Besides a few trips to NYC and DC, I\u2019ve never really been on the east coast. I\u2019m excited to explore all of the states in the northeast and the opportunity to go to NYC on a whim. I\u2019ve been dying to go to fashion week, so I\u2019m 100% committed to going in February this year. It\u2019s only 3-4 hours from Boston and I can jump on a cheap flight or even take a discounted train up there.\r\n\r\nSurprisingly, I\u2019m actually looking forward to the seasons again. I\u2019m originally from Wisconsin, so I do love the leaves changing, how trees look right after a fresh snow, getting to wear winter clothes many more months. I\u2019m stoked to get to wear winter coats and fall jackets. I also think it will be super fun to watch my kids experience the seasons. They\u2019ve only ever known Phoenix weather (they were both really young when we left California), so I am excited to see what they think of rain and snow! As a kid, I absolutely loved playing in the snow. I hope my kids love it too. I can already picture them coming in with their wet snow suits, their little noses red, snuggling next to us on the couch enjoying a cup of hot cocoa, just like I did as a kid.\r\nThings I\u2019m Dreading about Boston\r\nTo be honest, I\u2019m also dreading the weather. I absolutely do not like cold weather or very much precipitation, which is a major reason I love Phoenix. However, I think dealing with a little cold and yucky weather is worth the opportunities we are about to experience.\r\nThe Big Cross-Country Move\r\nThe other thing I\u2019d normally be dreading is the move. However, the move is not a worry at all! We are teaming up with U-Pack. Their team of professionals is going to take all of the stress of moving away! The last two times we moved across states (KS to CA; CA to AZ), we did it ourselves and that wasn\u2019t very fun. This time, U-Pack will be moving all of our things for us in one of their trailers. They are making the entire process so simple.\r\n\r\nOver the next few weeks, I\u2019m going to share several travel stories with you to talk about the cross-country move process. I know it can be very overwhelming, so I want to walk you through our decision-making process and why we decided to go with U-Pack instead of do-it-yourself options. I\u2019m also going to share our experience with how we prepared our preschool-aged children for a cross-country move. I\u2019ll also talk through all of the details involved in a cross-country move and share some moving checklists with you. If you have any questions, I\u2019m always happy to share my experiences with you.\r\n\r\nHere\u2019s to a new adventure!