Life with a child is never dull, life with five children is constant fun! I invite you to join me in my crazy journey of transplanting my brood from frigid upstate New York to “tropical” Myrtle Beach.

My name is Victoria, and my children and I have always been drawn to the ocean, but when my best friend, Randi, suggested we move south, I balked. My roots are here in New York, everything I’m familiar with is here. I love the Saratoga racing season in the summer, the culture, SPAC, the history of the Capital Region. In the fall, cruising up and down the Hudson, soaking in the crisp sensations of autumn, apple-picking and cider, kids swaddled in thick colorful sweaters as they gulp down hot cocoa.

Ugh…and then there’s winter. Aside from Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, winter sucks. Clearly our family is not too much into winter sports, so we tend to go into hibernation-mode. What a BORING way to live about five months out of the year. I need a change. Which loosely translates into “we need a change”.

So, please join us as we embark on this incredible voyage of letting go and embracing, saying good-byes and saying hellos, and just living life to the fullest!



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  1. Annette

    Hi Vicky,

    I wish you the very best of luck with your adventure. I think it will be a great memory for you and you kids to cherish forever.

    If you like I can send you mp3 download links for a couple of Irish “Tales Along the Trail” as a gift for your kids to listen to on their way.

    Let me know.

    May the Road Rise to Meet You All,

  2. NorthernChicky

    Dear Annette!

    Thank you so much for your kind words and offer. The girls are really getting excited!


  3. Stef

    Vicky, thank you for subscribing to my blog (http://smilekiddo.wordpress.com/) – I really appreciate it!

    Best of luck to you and you and your kiddos make the move to Florida; talk about an adventure!

  4. Audrey

    Hi Vicky, thanks for the follow! Stopped in to visit and I’ll be back to hear about more of your adventures.

  5. Tanille

    I admire the adventure in you. I love to move and love everything about a new place. I will admit I have yet to do it with a little one since we have been in the same place since our daughter was born. How fun for your kids to know that change is good, change is fun and it will be great to see their mommy adapt and learn how to just live life no matter where your roots are. I hope you are having fun and loving it! Good luck to you!

    • NorthernChicky

      Thank you, Tanille…the girls and I are soooooo excited and cannot wait to head south. It is early yet, but has been a very fun adventure so far!

  6. Heather

    Vicky, we used to live in upstate NY and moved south as well. Okay, it was only NJ, but it was still south. I do love and miss the Adirondacks though! Sounds like a great adventure, good luck!

    • NorthernChicky

      My long lost fiance grew up in the Adirondacks and I spent a lot of time up there with him. Used to love four-wheeling and just the whole laid-back atmosphere of the small town where his parents lived. So I can relate (but they sure do have nasty winters up there!!).

  7. Stacie Chadwick

    GREAT look and feel to your site. Love the creative, thoughtful posts. too!

  8. fivesecondrules

    Hi! I nominated you for 4 blog awards. Check out my latest blog..copy them onto your page but change the answers and nominate new people. I love your posts!

    • NorthernChicky

      Thank you soooooo much for the nominations!!! You are so kind and it warms my heart to know you are enjoying my posts. Will do and have fun with your new blog!

  9. Marybeth Johanson

    Thanks so much for liking my most recent post and following my blog (www.musingsonthemiddle.com). I really appreciate it! Being very new to blogging, it’s always exciting when someone checks out what i’ve written and actually likes it 😉 Looks like you’ve got quite the adventure going on, moving is always challenging especially with kids. I moved to the south eight years ago and couldn’t be happier! Best of luck to you; I look forward to following you as you go!

    • NorthernChicky

      I love hearing from people who have moved south and rave about it. It is STILL snowing here right now and the beach is all I can think about. Cant wait to get there!

  10. Melissa

    Hey there! How exciting that you’re making the move. We’ve lived here for 8 years and still love it. When you’re ready to hit the road, give me a shout and I’ll glady hook you up with a great Myrtle Beach Moms group on Facebook and other resources to help you get acclimated to the area. Best of luck!

  11. Catherine

    Hi there! It’s great to read about another woman’s adventures as a transplant!

  12. Jean

    Hi Vicky,

    What a great story. We (my wife Kristin and I) enjoyed reading your blog and yes, that was an orb! Kristin makes pictures of them every single day!

    It’s funny you started following my blog today (thanks for that btw!) because just yesterday, a good friend of ours called us and told us about her idea of writing a book. She’s a single mom of 5, and after living in Alaska for 13 years, she packed her stuff, took her children and moved back to Austria/EU where she grew up.

    Reading your posts reminds me of her, she is full of life and so positive, it’s wonderful…

    Looking forward to reading more from you!


    • NorthernChicky

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Jean. I hope your friend’s move goes smoothly for her!

  13. Heather

    Good luck with your move! It sounds so exciting to have a new place to live (and I hear you on being excited for better weather, I’d love that, too).

    • NorthernChicky

      Thank you, Heather. The anticipation is killing me!

  14. Chris Hall

    First, welcome to South Carolina. I’m a New England boy myself. Born in Groton CT with family on Cape Cod.
    The summers down here can get really humid and snow in the winter only seems to happen every 10-years or so. The last time snow fell here in Charleston was 2-years ago. The spring and fall are the best. You can actually go a month or two without turning on the AC or heater.
    Oh, also thanks for following my blog. Jaydon say, “Hi.”

    • NorthernChicky

      My friend Randi shared the same thing about the snow and actually sent me pics the last time it snowed at her house (like 6 inches…big whoop…lol). I will take humidity over below zero any day!! Thanks for the welcome, Chris!

  15. Patrick Garner

    Thanks for stopping by my cartoons! My wife’s family grew up an hour south of Albany in Hudson. Beautiful up there! I have to agree, though- the beach is the best!
    Good luck on the move.

  16. Alyssa

    Thanks for the follow! Have added you to my Google Reader. Cheers!

  17. nareen rivas

    Vicky. Thank you for stopping by my blog and to boot following it! I was reading your blog and absolutely love it. You definitely speak from the heart. Funny I’m from NYC and recently moved to the Albany area. I was checking out the south for awhile (NC in particular) and was so close to moving there, but in the end for a myriad of reasons we chose for now Albany. I look forward to reading your stories on relocating to the south. I hope you end up loving it and that it’s a good fit for you and your family. I agree it gets VERY cloudy here during the winter months.

    • NorthernChicky

      I think there is just one perpetual cloud that hangs out over NY from around Dec through AT LEAST Feb….lol. Fortunately, we did get to enjoy a mild March this year anyhow!

  18. Vanessa G

    Omg! You are from Saratoga, small world, I sent you FB msg and thank you for your checking out my blog. I would love to send you some tips on moving South, I have been down here for 10 years now! And grew up off Route 9. I also left, because I never enjoyed winter sports as much as flying through the ocean on a jet ski but there are some very different changes and nothing will compare to Saratoga. People down here act as if I was some royal when I tell them where centuries of my relatives resides. They all say the same thing (it’s actually pretty funny to hear this more than once)…..”AH, Saratoga, Saratoga….” then go into some distant gaze. Many people have been charmed by a visit. Ideally I would like a place in both states.

    • NorthernChicky

      Hi, Vanessa! I have heard from so many people now that have indeed moved down south from NY and other northern states. And the consistent theme seems to be that the vast majority of them love it! Very comforting. And heck yeah…send me any tips you think would be helpful!

  19. Maria Caipirinha

    I’m a California girl, that moved to Western Massachusetts (1 hour east of Albany, NY) about 2.5 years ago. It’s definitely not for me and I often wonder how I’ll be able to get myself out of here and back to the warmer, beach weather I grew up in! 🙂 I can’t wait to read about your adventures in Mrytle Beach, especially since you uprooted with your kids (I also have kids.) You are so right. It’s important to live life to the fullest! Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. maria

    What a nice surprise to come across your email! 🙂 I’ve got 4 little ones and am hanging on by a thread. We just moved here 6 months ago from China of all places! We were expats there for 8 years. Nothing more exciting than moving with a tons of kids in tow!

    • NorthernChicky

      OMG…how absolutely exciting! I love traveling so much and can’t wait until my littlest get a big older so we can really experience this amazing world! Enjoy your adventures!

  21. Alice

    Hi Vicky! Thanks for stopping by my blog and following it! I’m an Italian living in Texas, it has been a huge change for me! 😉 Good luck with your new life!

  22. Jeannette Monahan

    Holy smokes–a huge move with five kids! I am impressed and will keep up with your adventures. Thanks for the follow. 🙂

  23. Olivia

    How brave! What a wonderful blog you have, congratulations!

  24. Jason

    Great blog… I am enjoying it and really like your writing style, keep up the great work 🙂

  25. Franziska

    Thanks for finding my blog, Vicky. I’m really enjoying yours – and suddenly moving across the ocean with newborn twins doesn’t seem that big a deal anymore 🙂
    You girls rock.

  26. Mimi

    Hi Vicky! I love your interesting stories. Now I want to go to NY myself and see what the Herkimer mine is all about. Thank you for writing and thanks for following my blog! -Mimi

  27. Amie Inman

    Hi Vicky, thanks for introducing yourself by following our site. Your sense of humor is contagious–it reminds me of Erma Bombeck. We spent 7 years in Ithaca (where our 2 sons were born) and have since lived in Costa Rica, France, Croatia and now India. (When we moved to CR they were 2 and 4 years old.) Florida with 5 children should be a breeze! I look forward to hearing more about it! (and if you like our blog please visit the RAXA Collective facebook page– see you there!)

    • Britanny

      My husband is from South Carolina, When we finally get to settle somewhere without the Army telling us where it will be there. It’s very beautiful, and the people are exceptionally nice. Haven’t gotten to see Myrtle Beach yet but eventually it is on my to do list.

  28. Megan

    Hi Vicky!

    I used to live in the Capital Region, in Clifton Park near Troy and Schenectady. I lived there for two years as a teenager before returning to NYC. It was a huge shock for me to be in such a small town back then. I hope to someday come visit and see what it looks like now.

    Anyway, great blog!

  29. wpodrozyprzezzycie

    Brave Mom – 5 children! I’ve got only one… But my life is a wonderful journey too. 🙂

  30. Glenn

    Hi Vicky, thanks for stopping by. I live in Saratoga Springs and each winter the same feeling passes over me to MOVE. It is just so hard because of family and friends but I am ready. I have yet to read much of your blog yet, so i will be interested to see how your move goes, especially with you large brood in tow. best of luck Glenn

  31. Joseph David Wilcox

    Hey Vicky,

    I’ve moved around a lot so I can relate to your blog. No matter where I go, though, nobody can beat the Kentuckian out of me. As Dan Rather would say, “Courage.”

    Also, I love the look of your blog, so bright and fresh. It invites people in and makes them want to stay awhile. Thanks for writing.

  32. Em

    Hi Vicky,
    Thanks for the follow! Just checked in your blog. Seems like you and your kids have a lot of fun. Will keep on reading your posts.

  33. Debbie

    Hello Victoria, thank you for stopping by my blog and for the follow. I’m truly enjoying yours, keep them coming! Cheers

  34. Ray Sharp

    this was the worst winter/spring. i hope you managed. i’m about 500 miles west of you, in the Michigan Upper Peninsula, on Lake Superior

  35. Anna sharpe

    Hey, Thanks for the follow. Really appreciate it 🙂

  36. Len

    “My roots are here in New York, everything I’m familiar with is here…soaking in the crisp sensations of autumn”.

    This is exactly what I miss about New York…and try to absorb as much of it as possible when visiting each year. I am now a Texan…but will always be a son of (upstate) New York.

    Very well written and entertaining. Many tendrils successfully woven together.


  37. tone

    hey Vicky, hello, thanks for dropping in, and think you have a handful with five! will continue to read on about you move- brave but seems logical- cold to warmer climes with a retinue. tone

  38. Marie

    Love the sense of humour that lurks in your writing and bursts out every so often! Thanks for stopping by my blog and following it, I look forward to reading more of your adventures!

  39. Lisa K

    Thanks for visiting my blog and signing up to follow! I am having fun reading yours today and look forward to catching up with your family and their adventures.

  40. Star

    Thanks for the follow 🙂
    Look forward to reading about your journey… which seems to be the reverse of mine!

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