I talk to my family and friends on the phone frequently. That's how I feel connected to them. It fills my cup. I talk to a few friends every month, some weekly. I talk to my grandparents and some family members at least once a week. I talk to my parents every day. It makes me feel good to talk to them. To hear their voices and hear how they're doing. To vent about something or to share a ridiculous story from the day.
So now, here we are living in a time zone that's a 2-3 hour difference. Now I know that doesn't seem like a lot. It could be bigger. Heck we could be in Germany and I think that's an 8 hour difference. It could be Korea. That was a 15-hour difference. That one was tricky because when I was going to bed a day behind, Husband was already into his afternoon of the next day.
But this 2-3 time difference is the only thing that TRULY makes me feel far away from family and friends. The boys and I would usually call people in the morning on the way to school. We can't do that now because when we're on our way in to school, most of our family/friends are still snoozing. Because 7 AM here means 5 AM in MT and CO. It also means 4 AM in AZ and no one, I'm pretty sure no one (except maybe me) wants to get up at 4 AM and chat with me on the phone.
So there are now days where I got without being able to talk to my mom. And there are weeks where I haven't been able to call my grandparents. Insert this emoji face:
And it's been tricky for the boys too, because they like calling their grandparents. Caderyn especially has taken to FaceTime and keeping in touch with friends back in CO. That's been really fun for him but we have to keep reminding him no one back West wants a phone call at 5:00 AM from an overly eager 9-year-old who wants to talk about Legos, Jurasasic Park, or the Avengers. I mean there are probably some that do, and hey if that's the case you let me know and we'll be calling right at 5:01 AM your time. So we've adjusted and revamped some of our original communication styles, because that's what you've gotta do when you live apart from family.
But we're adjusting to this New York lifestyle. We're swinging into Fall over here and anxiously gearing up for what we've heard can be crazy winters. But I'm from Montana, so I should be okay, right?
We're just hanging out on Eastern Standard Time looking at Happy Little Trees like a Bob Ross wannabe because these trees are GORG!