Sunday, April 18, 2010

Richmond Tour

I am not sure you could call this weekend a "success," but that's only because I am not exactly sure what we hoped to accomplish.

We dropped Thomas off with Grandma & Grandpa in Lynchburg, and we three remaining Shipley's ventured to the greater Richmond area in the hopes of getting ourselves more familiar with the place.

I was supposed to be checking out the locations, seeing all there is to do, but I couldn't help but see all the things that weren't there.

But, I managed to suck it up the best I could, and I have to say it wasn't at all like I had imagined. I am not sure what I thought I would find, but I know that I am officially a "towney."

Everything was so big and so spread out. There were tons of restaurants and stores and the main roads seemed to go on for miles. I didn't exactly have a panic attack, but I became so overwhelmed with it all. How would I find everything? How many thousands of people live here? How many kids will be on her school bus? Can we really afford to live here?

We didn't ride around too long. We looked at Ashland and Mechanicsville, along with the many miles in either direction. But, it wasn't until we were on our way back to Lynchburg that I finally found a place that peeked my interest.

It was a small space about an hour outside of Richmond called Powhatan.

It looked like a small, quaint, pretty place to live.

This of course lead to the accusation by my loving husband that I am a hippie straight off the commune.

I can't help it. I love this small town and I don't want to leave. But, since I have to, I want to keep the town-sized traditions I have grown to love. I want a Main Street to take the kids for a walk on. I want to have festivals and watch parades. I want to be able to walk from the Post Office to the library. I want all of the traffic to stay on the Interstate.

Now, if I can just find that a little closer to Richmond. An hour is too much for Garren to commute.

So back to the drawing board.

We got a pretty good look at the place we will call home, but now we just have to find a home we can all love.

Easy, right?!


hp said...

Hey - my aunt and uncle live in Powhatan and the Maces (Josh and Kim) were there for a while (and Sara grew up there). If you want a current local's perspective, I can give you my aunt's number... I'm sure she'd love to take you under her wing!

Sara said...

I lived in Powhatan before moving to Lynchburg. It was smaller then, but we loved it. Will Garren be working downtown Richmond? Because Powhatan is closer to some parts of Richmond than others (check out Route 288). Did you try Varina, Sandston, etc. in Henrico (I think). If I understand correctly they are both small towns. I know you will both find some place you like and will love living near Richmond.