The recent move into our new house was abrupt to say the least. After striking out a few times while house hunting in the fall, my wife and I agreed to wait until after the holidays to start looking again. But then this amazing house just sort of fell into our lap in November. We signed the papers around the holidays, were taking measurements and picking out paint samples for New Years, and moved in on February 1st. While it wasn't the ideal plan, it's the ideal house, if I do say so myself. When it's right, it's right. So we jumped at it.

The main concern people had when we told them about the new house and our winter move concerned our daughter Meghan. Was it fair to pull her out of school in the middle of the year? Would she adapt to being the new kid in a new school? Would Meghan be lost in such a big house with no other kids around? Would she fall apart at the thought of leaving her friends and family behind in Queens? Would our daughter be too shy to make new friends? Well, anyone who knows Meghan knows that the last issue one is of no concern. And I am happy to say that after our first full month in our new home, Meghan has made adapting to new surroundings look easy. My beautiful and sometimes crazy little 7 year old never ceases to amaze me. I love it.

In just a month, Meg has made the house her own and made the most of our extra space. We let her decorate her bedroom and her playroom. Our daughter planned a special dinner for all of us on Valentine's Day, and she was sure to invite a few of her old friends out for playdates while off from school at the end of February.

I must admit, I was a little worried about the new school thing myself. Kids can be cruel, and school on its own can be rough. Knowing Meghan though, I probably should have known how well it would go. There's been no problem so far. Meg raves about everything from the bus ride to her teachers to all of the afterschool events that she has already been to since enrolling. While I know a part of her misses where Meghan spent the first seven years of her life, it has been a priceless feeling to see her genuinely happy in her new home. It makes my own commuting issues and ever-mounting bills worth the effort. As a parent, I think I will always worry about how any given situation is going to effect my daughter first and foremost. However, I think it is safe to say that if she handles most things the way she handled our move, we will definitely be fine. The only issue now is that Meg is starting to ask for a puppy because we have the room for it. We'll see…