Arkansas, Life, Music

She’s Country

Howdy y’all!

My friends here in Arkansas get a kick out of me. They think I am the strangest person from California. Because I’m so country. I’m from Northern California and apparently to my friends, there aren’t a lot of country folks in Northern California.

My friends crack up because literally my favorite color is camo. I know it’s not a color obviously. But I own a lot of camo stuff. Boots, shirts, jackets, purses, everything. And my house Decour is country. We have a lot of deer pictures and barn type stuff. And we are currently looking for a new recliner. We are hoping to buy a camo recliner from our favorite store Bass Pro.

I love to fish and I would love to learn how to hunt. And I think that living in Arkansas is the perfect opportunity for me to learn to hunt. One of my favorite shows was Duck Dynasty even if parts of it were fake in a little bit cheesy. And I love to watch hunting videos on YouTube.

One of my favorite genres of music is country. But as you know from previous post I’m also a metal girl. Which to some people that’s a weird combination. To me it’s not.

I was born and raised in Northern California. Sacramento to be exact. But I never felt like that was home. I always felt I was born in the wrong state. And since moving to Northwest Arkansas, I know that I was. Because it feels more like home here than it ever did in California for me.

What feels like home to you?

Arkansas

Storms

One thing I haven’t got used to here in Arkansas are the storms. The storms here are like no other. In California, you never saw storms like these. Hell, we barely saw rain. We were always in a drought.

Where we live is considered a part of Tornado Alley. However due to the Ozark mountains, as I have been told, it seems storms rarely develop tornados but if they do it’s usually EF-0 or EF-1 tornados.

We do get lots of thunderstorms, tornado watches, and tornado warnings though. And the most active time for this is April though August and then some time in the fall.

The weather here scares me sometimes. But it’s also exciting. Because we’ve never experienced this before. This year we’ve already had two tornado warning and I’ve had to take shelter twice while at work. So instead of my kids doing earthquake drills at school like back in California, they to tornado drills.

This weather does scare my children a lot. Take right now for instance. We are under a severe thunderstorm watch. And the loudest crack of thunder just happened about 10 minutes ago. They started screaming from their room so I had to go and get them. I put them in my husband and my bed with him. And I am currently laying on my kids bed. In the bottom bunk. Storms still freak them out.

I’ll post some video of some of the storms that happened here below. Do you live in an area that gets bad storms? Tell me about it in the comments below.

Arkansas

Leap of Faith

So we live in Northwest Arkansas by way of Northern California. We just celebrated our third year here in Arkansas. And I do have to say that this was the best thing we could’ve ever done for our family.

Where we lived in California was OK. We were in Northern California, Sacramento to be exact. In my opinion, they didn’t have the best for our kids. I didn’t care for the schools, and the violence was getting worse. Now I grew up in Sacramento, born and raised. And it was wonderful for me growing up in the 80s and 90s. But in my opinion it’s just gotten better over there.

I knew that I didn’t want to raise my children in California. I never liked living in California. I never felt like it was home. And so we started looking at other states that we could possibly move to to raise our kids. We looked at Texas, South Carolina, Oregon, and Arkansas. And I have a girlfriend that lives here. She also moved here from Northern California. She told me how great it was, how amazing the school system is, how affordable housing is and so we decided that Arkansas would be where we would live.

We moved here without ever visiting. We saved up our money and I quit my job and we packed everything up and moved. We didn’t have jobs here nothing. We just hoped that things would work out when we got here. And they did. I got a job within two weeks of being here. We rented a house for about eight months and then we bought our very first home.

We had always wanted to be homeowners but living in Sacramento there were no homes that we could afford. We are a single income family as my husband is a stay at home dad with our children. Because in California childcare costs about as much as a mortgage and we didn’t want him to work just to pay child care. Because then we would be paying somebody to raise our kids when he could stay home and raise them.

So when we moved here and I started working we realize that we can afford a nice home here. And that’s exactly what we did. We got a beautiful three bedroom two bath house with a huge yard in a really great and safe neighborhood. And we got it for under $150,000.

We absolutely love the school that my oldest goes to. And now our youngest will be starting kindergarten there this year. And we have just really found our forever home. We absolutely love Arkansas.

Taking risks like what we did is really hard and really scary. I remember the whole drive from California to Arkansas I was so scared. I kept telling myself, what if we hate Arkansas? Lucky for us we loved it the moment we got here. And no matter how scary it was, I am so glad that we took that risk.