Possibly moving to Southern California to Portland Oregon or Vancouver Washington

Has anyone moved state to state before? how the heck do people do this? It's stressful enough from city to city let alone state to state... i am super worried and stressed out, but i know the move will most definitely benefit my family and i am willing to make that sacrifice..


 


Any advice or suggestions?

Posted on August 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm
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TimilyL
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Dude, I'm jealous.  Portland is supposedly an AMAZING city, and there are plenty of Oregonian brides who can surely attest.  Really cool stuff happening there.  If given the opportunity I'd love to move there.


We just had a friend who moved there from South FLORIDA, so from the complete opposite coast.  She adores it, and she just made sure she had appropriate lodging before she moved.


One advantage that everyone tells me - as I know that Southern Cali is expensive, like South Florida, it's a relief to move to some place considerably less expensive, like Portland. 


Good luck!

Posted on August 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm
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I have moved from one end of CA to the other, I live in SoCal now and you just have to breathe and have faith in yourself. It is going to take sevreal months of adjusting...get a map of local freeways depending on where you are moving to. Look at the schools on where you are going to move to, check out the city websites on what cities you are looking at and they should have population demographics...such as family income, education...stuff like that.

Posted on August 18, 2011 at 12:57 pm
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good idea Taryn, i didn't even think about checking demographics and family income. and Timily that really helps calm me down a little bit! Thank you!


 


It's going to be very stressful i know... my FI exwife's boyfriend just recently moved up there, and has been dying to get us to move so she can move (because we have 50% custody, and unless she gives up her kids she can't move without us) As some of you know, Fi recently lost his job, and it has been brought to my attention that my job security is dwindling. We looked at housing and jobs up there and we could totally swing it financially, as i work in sales and make a commission we could afford a lot more and provide a better life for my babies. Right now I pay $1750 a month for a tiny house in southern california, whereas in OR or WA I could get a 7 bedroom for 1500... See the idiocy?


 


I know it sounds very odd that we would move to another state with the ex wife, but we try to be as friendly as possible so we can have a better relationship with the kids. Her and I get along relatively well (except for the fact she hates that I can provide better for her kids and she doesn't like that I call them my kids, because I eventually do want to have a baby, but I don't want the current kids to feel different because I address them as my step kids... long story short)


 


We are meeting up with the ex tomorrow to try and create a game plan and find out how long it will take and how much money it will cost to move us up north.


 


Wish me luck girls! and thanks for all the encouragement!!!

Posted on August 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm
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I think you are handling the situation in an incredibly mature way.


Also, be careful because Seattle is expensive.  I have two friends who also moved there from Central Florida (Orlando) and it is a bit of a change.  But from what you're dealing with, it shouldn't be all that bad.


Again, jealous!  I heart Portland is the best of the places to be (if we're talking Portland/Seattle/Vancouver), but most of the people I know talk about moving there.  Sigh!  (I've been to Seattle but never Portland or Vancouver.)

Posted on August 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm
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Aw thanks Timily, and I am actually going there for the first time to check it out for a weekend in october. Vancouver is literally 18 miles from portland/oregon city where my FI's ex will be moving in with her BF... so we could totally live there. I have cousins that live in Port Townsend which is about 2.5 hours north of vancouver and he says he also loves portland and vancouver. i hope we all like it! it is definitely scary because all of my family (besides my new one of course) lives in SOCAL, and i have never been more than an hour away from my mommy.


 hehe maybe you should come visit in october with me ! lol

Posted on August 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm
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I have lived in Oregon & Washington! :) Oregon currently & I LOVE Portland. Vancouver is just sort of an extension of Portland since I can guarantee you would do all your shopping in Oregon due to the No Sales Tax :)
Posted on August 18, 2011 at 9:12 pm

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