This is a list of things I am going to miss. Some of them are relevant to just this area or state, and some are relevant to the whole country. Some are just for me, and some are as a family.
Some will be couple of words, others will be paragraphs. As we conclude our lives here, this list will be added to. It is also something for me to look back on fondly (hopefully).
So in no particular order.......
1. The weather. It is going to be over 90 degrees this weekend. Winter lasts about 3 months tops. Snow dissipates quickly. The kids live in shorts from March- November. But it does get too hot. But I don't mind.
2. The mountains. I have never really lived near mountains before. As you drive up the interstate 385 from Simpsonville into Greenville, just after the mall turning, you get an awesome view of the mountains.
You can also see them from other places around Simpsonville. Although we don't utilize them much, I shall miss having them near.
3. The Y. The gym. We have had a family membership since the end of 2014. Should have got one sooner. I love taking Zumba, Cardio Dance Blast and TRX at the gym. The 2 younger ones had swimming lessons there. Oliver honed his basketball kills. They all love running the indoor track. I love it, and shall miss it terribly.
4. My Zumba family. The Zumba instructor network in this area is awesome. From the instructors at the Y to the Free community Zumba at the Kroc Centre, to the various churches and individual studios that host Zumba classes. I have met a LOT of Zumba instructors. And everyone is so nice!!! I am so glad I got my Zumba licences here, under Loretta Bates, Ali Ramirez and Renee Pickett. They are brilliant ZES, and have taught me well. I have even taught my first class here, subbing for a friend. I love my Zumba buddies!
5. The craft stores..... Micheals, Jo-Ann Fabric, A.C. Moore and Panda's Crossing. My introduction to crafting then beading has been in large parts thanks to these stores. I will particularly miss Panda's Crossing, and the lovely ladies who host the classes.
6. The wild life. Turkey vultures, blue tailed skinks, even the snakes....
7. The coast. Ok, we are a good 3 hours from the coast, and are hoping to move nearer the coast in the UK. But the east coast here is wonderful. Dolphins, sea turtles, fish. We love it.
8. The darn convenience of the restrooms. Every store has a restroom for public use. Every park and outside area has at least one toilet block. Exceptionally good when you have small children.
9. Eating out. We eat out. A lot. we look for kids set free / cheap, and use these as much as possible. I shall miss the variety, and the (generally) good service.