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Saturday, 28 July 2012 23:21

Even though as a child I was raised in Chicago, I've spent more time in Cleveland than any other city in the world. Everything in Chicago is bigger, larger and busier. I often find myself flustered by traffic, "Hey! You! Why aren't you waving HELLO, JUST PASS ME BY in the middle of the street like they do in Chagrin Falls, Ohio?" And suddenly I am twenty miles away from my final destination because of three wrong turns. Again. It happens daily.


Luckily for us (the kids being out of school and my new job not starting until October) we aren't in a hurry and take tons of unexpected turns.


How I managed to not see the Target store sign, I do not know; but, one wrong left turn turned into a free splash pad that popped up magically during my illegal u-turn. Must remember to pack towels on the next Target run. If I remember how to get back.




We drove by our new house (it's ours on Monday) ((we got lost three times on the way there)) and oh em gee, you guys, this is the beach that is within walking distance of our new home. Of course, unbeknownst to us, they were having a festival and not only were the kiddos featured in the town's newspaper they also won the award for the "best sandcastle", winning us beach passes for next summer!




At the heart of our traveling mishaps has been our super supportive family that goes far and beyond anything, to help us along the way. We'd currently be lost without them.



Last Updated on Sunday, 29 July 2012 09:34


# Rebecca 2012-07-29 09:43
I also take many wrong turns but know that all roads lead home!
Where is that beautiful beach located ???
# Kim from 3 peanuts 2012-07-29 09:49
I know it is tough adjusting to a new area but I LOVE you sense of adventure! How cool that y'all enjoyed the splash pad even if you did not have towels (or suits I assume). YOU are a fun MOM!

When we first moved to VA they did not even have TARGET! Can you believe that. It was hard first year for me until we got one because I had been used to one here in Houston.

I am very excited and curious to hear about your new job too. COngrats!!! IS that what prompted the move?

Hope things go well on Monday:)
# CK 2012-07-29 10:07
In the past you sounded so sad to be moving to one of the cities you talk so fondly of... of course most people want to move on their terms and mot being forced to by other people's agendas. I'm sure in no time at all you will wonder why such sadness (other than losing the familiar and being away from great friends). Within time you will have (and embrace) your new normal!! I know I did after packing up and moving to Switzerland! It took few weeks, but once that rythm sets in... all will grand!

Can't wait to hear all about your new 'hood and job!
# Kristin 2012-07-29 10:31
Yay for splash pads, beaches and free summer passes! Congrats on getting your house on Monday!
# sarah 2012-07-29 11:49
Sounds like you all are adjusting well. some of our favorite memories here in germany have been of us making wrong turns. Yay for supportive family.
# Tara R. 2012-07-29 16:14
I hope you all get settled in very soon. Chicago is lucky to have you all.
# Jessica B. 2012-07-29 18:17
Have been thinking about you and this post warms my heart!
# Kate@SurroundedbyPen 2012-07-30 00:05
Yay for magically appearing splash pads! and congrats on the move!
# allison 2012-07-30 09:49
can't wait to see more updates!
# kakaty 2012-07-30 10:24
I'm so thrilled for you. I know the move was due to crappy circumstances but what a great thing to move to a place you'll be surrounded by family, friends, 1000s of new adventures to be had and memories to be made.
# Marta 2012-07-31 15:00
Those splash pads look awesome! I love hearing about all the great places you're finding so when I come home to Chicago you can tell me where they all are :-)
# amy 2012-08-05 11:20
your wrong turns are always fabulous. My wrong turns end in frustration. Love you

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Pauline Karwowski.

Is a self proclaimed globe trotting, minivan driving, SAHM stiletto ho.

Happily married mother to 3 Cleveland natives: Jay the son, Lola the daughter, and Fifi the banshee.

Now in Chicago, IL.

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