So far we really like Savannah, GA! It has a lot to offer from a very colorful downtown (reminds me of New Orleans), to beaches, water ways, shopping, food, and family fun activities. Richmond Hill is about 30 minutes south west of downtown Savannah. There is a farmers market, coffee with antique cars on Sundays, water sports, and many fun festivals and events at the local park. The schools here are outstanding, receiving a 9 out of 10 rating, which is a big reason why we moved here over other places in Savannah. Our home is across from a community pool and park, we literally walk across the street. There is a YMCA I hope to join shortly, I can walk there through a trail at the end of our cul de sac. The grocery store Krogers and restaurants are also walking distance from our house. Pretty much I don't have to get in the car to do anything, which is awesome!
I also like the people of Savannah, GA. They are positive, friendly, and literally would give you the shirt off their back. For instance, I was about to enter a restaurant the other day and a man sprinted from his car to open the door for me. Talk about southern hospitality! I have always heard about southern hospitality, but never felt it until we moved here. All 4 years living in Alabama I never felt it, which leads me to believe it only lives in some parts of the South. But so far, I love it and it is so good to be around people that are not grouchy and rude. I think the weather and outdoor lifestyle has a lot to do with it.
Although one thing I am not happy about is that it is not much cheaper to live here vs NJ. I was looking forward to moving south because I thought everything would be cheaper like it was when we lived in Bama. The bills, gas, grocery, housing, etc are surprisingly comparable to NJ, one of the most expensive states we have lived. In NJ due to high cost of living we received around $300 a month in COLA/cost of living adjustment or extra living expense pay. Unfortunately we don't receive COLA here, which has been a major adjustment along with not receiving Cha's regularly flight pay of $200 a month, making things tight the past month. Next month he will start flight pay again, but we will have to find a way to juggle the pay cut while retaining the same cost of living. Maybe I will return to work when Liam is in preschool.
The past two weeks has been full of many firsts in the Bush household. Liam turned a year old on July 28th and Olivia started Kindergarten at Richmond Hill Primary on August 3rd. Our babies are growing up so fast!
It is absolutely surreal that it has been a year since I gave birth to Liam. Time flies when you are having fun, ha, more like preparing and dealing with a move. I try my best to be in the moment and appreciate our children in all their cuteness.
Liam's B-Day was not very eventful, since we just moved. We had a family celebration at home with his own personal smash cake/over sized cupcake. He loved it, it was chocolate cake with vanilla frosting. Liam is a chocolate lover like his sister. While he was eating the cupcake he was humming, which is a sign Liam is in full enjoyment mode. Sometimes when I rock him to sleep he will make the same humming sound, which brings me to the point that Liam is very musical and has some serious vocals. While shopping he was doing what I like to call his velociraptor screams, not that he is mad, just bored and wants attention. One of the employees said he is going to be a great singer someday. Just like O, L loves to watch music videos and dance. If he hears a beat he will start to pump his chest and bounce up and down.
Olivia's personality is outgoing as ever and the move didn't hinder this social butterfly. Every time we go to the pool she makes a new friend and her first day of school she said she made two. I hope she continues to be so well adjusted.
Olivia also had a check up the same day as Liam's year checkup, lets just say I spent the whole day at the doctors office. O is very tall at 45 inches and 44.8 lbs. She had to get a shot, which she was not happy about. Up until now she has been very brave about receiving shots, but not anymore.
There she goes! Another school year has commenced and I am so happy for O to start learning and making friends again. I pray she enjoys her experience at Richmond Hill Primary, just as much as she did at Warren Sooey. This year I volunteered to be home room mother for O's classroom. I cannot wait to organize and put on the parties. So far so good with our new life in Georgia!