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A Florida Life Update

As we enjoy our first Fall here in Florida, I thought it was time for another update on how life is for us- the REAL stuff. What do I mean by “real?” Well, it’s the stuff that’s between heading to the Parks and meeting a new friend- basically, life. Some find chatting about school and day to day life to be quite boring, but I have had several requests to discuss the ins and outs of our relocation these days, so here is the latest.

Let’s talk school first. Emily is continuing to strive in Virtual school. I am not sure I would have her in it again next year, as it has become painfully apparent that is she is relying on us for way too much on the social level. I don’t want to force her into a school that will make her unhappy, but we are both hoping that she will be in a good place to start 7th grade in a school building next year.  She has been doing well on the education level, and also starts to lag behind when she gets lazy. She is 11, so sometimes it’s hard for her to understand the importance of getting far with your education, but she WILL get it.

We haven’t killed each other yet with three of us being home during the day, and I do try to get out as much as possible. Craig works well from home, and Emily works on school in her room, which leaves me the living room to hang out in. I try to get as much housework done before I sit to chill or blog. I still am not ready to get a job yet, as I have enough to fill my time. But when I have a day or two of down time, I start to feel a bit useless. I just need to get my butt in gear on Church and Volunteering.

Kyra is doing well at Celebration High School, and is finding her voice there. She did not go to Homecoming, but plans on attending Prom. She is wrapping up her Senior year nicely, and getting awesome grades. More friends are starting to filter in, and I am happy that she has found one to connect with at school. I still standby the idea that these schools needs a program to help new students find their way the first month of school. My hope is that Emily makes friends in 7th and 8th and then takes those with her to the High School. Again, my hope.

I am truly loving our suburb. Why? Well, the five minute drive to WDW is fantastic, but it also gives us the peace of a quiet neighborhood amongst the business of the Kissimmee area.  We have gotten used to driving where we need to, and also are getting better at finding all the short cuts. Craig and I walk almost every night, and I just love walking in the warm weather among the palm trees in November.

Life is finally starting to settle down, where we really feel like this is becoming home. After having family here, and having gone home, I don’t feel as home sick as I used to be. I think I just needed to know that everyone was ok, and that I had made peace with the fact then when I left WI, life there had indeed gone on without me. I have found a couple of good friends I can count on, but I am still in search of that best gal pal I can hang with.  Truth is, no one can replace Kelly, so I guess I will just have to hope for a close second.

We are so excited to spend our first Thanksgiving here, making a big dinner for the four of us, then passing out with our full stomachs to watch the Packers crush another team.  Since it is Kyra’s last one before College, she is going to be helping make the meal, so I am excited for those pictures! Then comes Christmas, and I am SOOOOOO excited for that! We are putting our tree up next weekend, with our traditional National Lampoons Christmas Vacation playing in the background. Our first Christmas as Florida residents is so meaningful to us, and I am just hoping to make it the most memorable one for so many reasons. Kyra leaves for College next year, and even though she will come home for it, the prep for it she won’t be here for. It’s such a huge deal for us this year that I almost feel pressure to make it what I know I can never do. I’m sure you have all been there… tons of ideas, not enough money and time.  My hope is that it turns out well and that the family has an incredible Christmas.

If you asked me if I thought the Relocation was worth it all, I would still say yes.  It’s had its ups and downs, but you can’t enjoy the ups without the downs. We continue to be blessed with opportunities that we would have never received, had we been still living in WI. When we heard that the “Harry Potter” stars were going to be at Wal-Mart, we just went! Someone calls or emails about a meet-up at one of the Parks, I just drive over. It still, TO THIS DAY, boggles my mind that we can just hop in our car and drive on over.  If you are thinking about relocating to FL, it is SO worth it.

I will update again once we get closer to Christmas, but until then, God bless your day!


  1. Hi Amy,

    I know what you mean by getting homesick – we moved to Florida 8 years ago and left after 4 because my home in the west coast was just too far away. But now that we’re back living in Florida, I’m noticing that it’s better the second time around – I feel so at home here now. So hang in there! But you’re right – it gets better when family/friends visit you in your new home – you feel more connected to them.


  2. Glad to hear that everything is going so well in FL. I’m definitely looking forward to hearing about your upcoming holidays in your new home. 🙂 I’ve been thinking about what you said about Emily being a bit too dependent on you guys, and I’ve been thinking about the activities I did when I was that age that were outside of school. I did do dance classes, and played softball but maybe Emily can join a youth group or volunteer with other young kids? We used to also go to the library a lot and there were a ton of events there. Not sure if she is too old for something like that. Middle school was really tough for me just by going to school every day, and I can only imagine what it will be like to integrate after moving and then being educated at home. Just a few thoughts! Again, thanks for sharing this experience! I always look forward to your blogs.


  3. Glad you and yours are settling in, and I’m especially glad that you’re finding that peace that can sometimes be so elusive.

    It is an all-too-human failing that we can’t imagine life going on without us or when we’re away (one we ALL share, I think), but it’s also one easily overcome and laughed at once realized. It took us (okay, fine, me) years to recognize and get over it, so count yourself lucky to have done so in under 2! 😀

    As you said so eloquently, we can’t appreciate the ups without the downs. May your “downs” be few and fleeting and your “ups” myriad and lingering. Enjoy the holidays, and God bless!

    – John


  4. It seems you are adapting well. Whe I lived in Sarasota it took a few months to get into gear but I anded up loving it as you do, too bad we did not saty for I am not preparing for another Indiana Winter. My wife just did not like Florida away from family but she was young then, (1991). I am so happy for all of you.
    I will be in Disney World for the Magic and Merriment on Dec 11th and 12th. My 9 year old daughter is looking forward to the Castle Suite Tour.
    Once again nice update and I hope that your Thanksgiving and Christmast are wonderful.
    God Bless


  5. Great post, Amy! Thanks for the update. Both of my girls are hoping to attend college in FL, and I would LOVE to move. We relocated out of state 9 years ago, so I know its tough moving to a new state. Your journey has been encouraging and inspiring. Don’t know if I can convince my hubby that the move would be the right thing to do, especially with the current job market ( I work in healthcare and can pretty much go anywhere, hubby is more limited). Anyway, thanks for being so genuine. We will be down in Aug. Would love to meet up if possible! 🙂


  6. I’m so glad to hear that everything is going well with your relocation to FL. That is sort of how I feel about relocating down here except we are not full timers just yet. I hope you and your family have a great first Thanksgiving in Kissimmee!


  7. Amy,

    Thanks for the update. I’m so glad to hear that things are going well for the most part. Personally, I think you are doing a fabulous job adjusting to such a huge change in your life. You seem to take everything in stride, with a few bumps here and there. But, I am still so very proud of you and your family for trusting in God and making such a huge leap of faith. You all are still heroes to me: tackling the seemingly impossible.

    Way to go, Petermann’s!


  8. I am so glad that you are finally getting there, the feeling that you belong, that you are home!!!
    It’s also nice to hear that the kids are well adjusted and are thriving!

    It will be an exciting Christmas for both of us, for you because it will be your first Christmas as a Florida resident. For me because it will be my first Christmas away from home in all my 40 years 🙂


  9. I miss you every day Ames! I will never find another Amy either! I wouldn’t want to replace you! You are one of a kind!
    You guys are going to have a wonderful time for the holiday’s! Try not to put too much pressure on yourselves to make it perfect. You’ll be too stressed to enjoy it. It will be perfect just because you are all together!


  10. We’re in the process of trying to relocate to Fla. Searching for real estate is overwhelming. 5 min drive is awesome! If you can, can you give me area? I’d like to see what’s available there! I’m very excited about our new adventure. Glad you’re settling in well!


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