Sunday, July 22, 2012

Where in the World are the Ws?

Next stop:  Akron, OH. 

Once again, the W's are on the move.  We're buying and selling homes, packing boxes, loading the car and heading farther north.  Scott once said Columbus was as far north as he ever wanted to move.  Scott also once said he didn't want to have children.  Funny little thing we call life.  Sometimes the wind blows and whatever direction it is heading, it can lead you in that very direction.

So why the hell are we moving to Akron, OH?  Especially since I've spent most of my life talking about how miserable and ugly it is?  Well...I was offered a pretty sweet job with a company in North Canton.  I am the Senior Environmental Engineer and I am responsible for compliance with ALL federal, state, and international environmental regulations at four domestic manufacturing sites and a handful of foreign manufacturing sites.  I started July 2 and so far, well, I'm pretty sure I'm going to like it.  Hopefully this will be the last move for a VERY VERY long time.

The kids have had to adjust to not spending their days with me.  It was a bit of shock for everyone, evidenced by all three of them crying when Scott dropped them off at summer camp.  They are getting better, but Ivie still isn't into the whole "daycare" thing. 

Jackson made the all-star baseball team and has spent the past two weekends playing tournament baseball games around central Ohio.  It is has been SO much fun to watch.  I have been impressed with the ability of these seven and eight year boys to make heads-up plays and big hits.  Jackson is learning SO much about baseball, but already has the quarterback position in his mind.  He will be playing football in Kent this fall (my Alma Mater!) and is ready for the challenge of earning the quarterback spot.

Overall, through the stress, the boxes, house contracts, unreachable realtors, and the tears of three very precious kids, we have managed to stay somewhat sane.  If we can get through this last move, I truly believe the W's will be on a very stable and joyous path for the next twenty years.  To our Columbus friends, we will miss you (we're only two hours north!) and to my old friends in northeast Ohio, I can't believe it, but I'm coming back home! I never thought I'd live in Akron, OH, but I guess there is a northerly wind gently blowing right towards the Rubber City.