This is shaping up to be a very different Christmas than any seasons past; not in the Northeast, no snow, no Mr Kitty, different people to share the holiday with…and it turns out that change can be a really awesome thing. I am thankful to have the opportunity to see members of my family that I haven’t seen except at funerals over the last year and change. With the price of anxiety paid, the reward is reconnecting with people you have not seen in a long time and rediscovering the value of people in your life.

Without waxing too philosophical, I would like to say that were both very appreciative of the support that we have been shown over the last few days as we have begun this journey and left behind our furry companion. It may seem silly to some people, but it’s  a palpable vacancy that is still a big part of our daily activity. We did get an update that he has begun eating more and is making transient appearances–so that’s progress.

As we journeyed towards my brother’s house on Thursday night and Kitty was going nuts and Stef was posting the play-by-play on twitter, I kept thinking to myself, ‘how can we make it work out that we can bring him along and not have to leave him behind’. After making the drop off and heading down to our current location in North Carolina, I am certain that we made the right decision even if it was hard.

Right now we are enjoying the holiday celebrations and will soon be outfitted with a new roof rack and turtle-top carrier which will increase the cargo space of the Dragon Wagon by 25% at least thanks to my brother in law, Mario. We are looking to leave NC to head to CA around the 27-29th, but we will post updates as we go along.

I hope that everyone reading this has a very Merry Christmas and I am looking forward to keeping you updated!