Kyle and I moved to Savannah almost 2 years ago. We had been living in Orlando, FL and didn’t have a whole lot going for us. He had lost his job and his local job searches had been fruitless. I had recently taken on the role of “Stay at Home Mom” and he wanted it to stay that way so we broadened our search nationwide to find a job for him. The first one that came calling was here in Savannah so we took it.
I let Kyle make the final decision. He’s the breadwinner and I wanted him to be happy, even if that meant staying in Orlando without a job. We spent a few days talking about it and he eventually decided that he would take the position here. I stayed in Orlando until April 1 which was just enough time for Kyle to decide that he either did or did not want to stay with this company. Clearly he stayed.
The first year was incredibly difficult. I found it hard to make friends and the ones that I did make weren’t people that I ended up gelling with for this reason or that. I was suffering from Postpartum Depression and Kyle was working long hours in a job that he felt frustrated with.
Just before Grady was born, he got a promotion to Assistant Restaurant Manager at a super nice restaurant. It was the same company but a different property and the change was exhilarating.
In the past year, I’ve made some really quality friends whom I adore. In the past 6 months, I’ve made even more friends and I can’t fathom leaving them right now.
But there’s this itch inside of me that’s ready to jump right out of my skin.
I’m ready to leave Savannah and all of it’s Old-South nastiness. I won’t go into why I don’t love it here, but I don’t feel settled. Rooted.
Kyle’s “new” job is even more taxing than the last and it has made family life less than desirable for all 5 of us. Until Kyle got 2 weeks off over Christmas and New Year’s, Grady was terrified of him. He never saw him and didn’t know who on earth the strange man who was occasionally in our house was. Luckily, Grady loves his Daddy now but Kyle’s job hasn’t changed, although something is brewing, we just don’t know what.
If I had it to do over again, I’d still leave the decision up to him, and I would still have moved here. We needed a job, some freedom, and Kyle needed the opportunity to prove that he was more than just a recent College Graduate with no experience or fresh ideas up his sleeves.
He has accomplished that and now I’m ready to go.
I want to feel the snow on my cheeks again. I want to speed down a mountain on a pair of skis that belong to ME. I want my kids to be able to make snow forts in the front yard and discover that even though it’s freezing outside, an ice-pop will melt in said snow fort. I want to go outside and hike up a mountain. I want summers to be bearable. I want him to not work 80+ hours per week without getting paid a cent more than his 40 hour/week salary allows. I want access to real Farmer’s Markets and fresh, grass-fed beef. I want a freaking Pacific Salmon on my plate for dinner without having to sell one of my children on the black market.
I don’t know that I want to go home to Juneau. It’s small and it has its own set of problems, like the fact that there’s really no mall to speak of and a limited housing market.
But I would love to travel West. Idaho? Washington? Oregon? Utah? Somewhere we can go to a Football or Basketball game for date night. Somewhere I can see a mountain from my kitchen window as I sip my coffee.
Will I always feel like this? I can be happy anywhere but I don’t want to just be content with here. I want home. I want roots.
Just not here.
I know something is on the horizon, I just don’t know what that something is right now and it’s driving me nuts.
SO in the mean time, I will rejoice in the fact that Kyle has a job that pays our bills, and find strength and solace in the wonderful friends that I have here.
But it won’t stop me from dreaming of home.
I love renting movies to watch with my kids when Kyle is working late. This weekend, Styles, Madilyn, and I went to Walmart then Publix to do some pretty hefty shopping. The kids were all really good so I decided to treat them to a movie that Styles has been begging to see. We went to Blockbuster Express at Publix and sorted through the movies. I love that I can get fresh-to-DVD movies there. It was unanimous: Mr. Popper’s Penguins. I get two votes, one for me and one for Grady.
It was $3 to rent and we have the movie until 9pm the next day. If it’s late, it’s only another $3/day until we get it returned. I have a horrendous track record with Blockbuster. I paid so much in late movie fees that I quit renting and started buying movies years ago. The thing that I LOVE about Blockbuster Express, is that it’s in the grocery store. I am literally at the store almost every day getting fresh fruits, veggies, and meat for dinner. I don’t have to go out of my way to go inside a second store because it’s already there. I really think it’s ingenious. The prices are great too! Blockbuster Express also has several $1 movies to choose from, in addition to the latest releases that rent for either $3 or $2.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins had been at the top of Styles’ list since it was in theaters. Kyle also really wanted to see it because he is an enormous Jim Carey fan. People often say that he looks like Jim Carey. What do you think?
There have been few Jim Carey movies that I have seen that I didn’t love, and because it’s been a little chilly outside, I thought Mr. Popper’s Penguins was oddly appropriate.
Madilyn is now at the age where she will watch an entire movie if she is interested in it. I wasn’t sure how it would work with her because it isn’t a cartoon but she surprised me! Madilyn sat and watched the entire movie while we ate dinner and before her bedtime. My eldest, Styles, thought it was hilarious and woke up this morning quoting lines from the movie. I also thought that it was super cute. SO much so, that I’m watching it again this morning with Kyle.
Tom Popper is the product of a loving but absent traveling father. He inevitably grows up to become the same sort of father to his children. He is a power professional on the fast-track to super success when his father passes away and leaves a Penguin to him.
In true Jim Carey fashion, things take an interesting turn when he tries to return the penguin to its homeland, and instead inadvertently orders 5 more penguins.
To tug at your heartstrings, Tom’s kids come over on his son’s birthday to discover the penguins. His son believes that they are his birthday present and becomes overwhelmingly excited to spend more time with his penguin parenting parental unit. His icy daughter even warms up when she meets the penguins and sees how her dad interacts with them.
The villain in the movie is an overzealous Zoo Keeper who is intent on taking the penguins to use for the zoo’s animal trading abilities. While he doesn’t have a strong presence in the movie, it is just enough of a plot line to keep the movie rolling along.
Tom also has to decide between his keeping and advancing his career, or his children and the penguins.
It is a funny movie with just enough humor thrown in. I laughed heartily several times and honestly enjoyed the movie. It is a feel-good movie without the typical Jim Carey crazy faces and obnoxious physical humor. Styles also laughed a whole lot and Madilyn loved the penguins.
As far as family friendliness I give the movie 5 bananas out of 5. There was nothing inappropriate, crude, or questionable that I can think of and I’ve seen the movie twice in less than 24 hours now.
I would absolutely watch this movie over and over with my kids. I enjoyed the story line, the character progression, and the conclusion of the movie.
Now head out to Blockbuster Express and rent Mr. Popper’s Penguins to peep this pleasant picture personally.
This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions about the movie and Jim Carey look-alike husbands are my own and were not influenced in any way.