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Five Whole Years

A picture my son took from the Uhaul when we entered North Dakota for the first time.

A picture my son took from the Uhaul when we entered North Dakota for the first time.

Five years ago today, I woke up for the first time in North Dakota.  I remember waking up and wanting to get the house unpacked…Well, the coffee, mugs, and coffee maker unpacked.  Once the coffee was in me, I dove into setting up our “temporary” house in North Dakota.

I broke-down each box and stowed them away in our basement, because I knew I would be returning to our home in Florida within a few years.


It is five years later, and we are now permanently in North Dakota.  We decided to sell our Florida home last year, and it finally sold last September.  I’m so sad to see that house go.  That was the home we brought our son home from the hospital to, where our son made his first and life long friends, where we got our first family dog, Lady…Where I woke up and there was NEVER snow on the ground.  Our Florida home was the best first home our family could have ever asked for, and I’m beyond grateful for the time we had there.


We have quite the good life up here in good old ND.  Our whole family has made so many amazing, kind, and caring friends here…except for the dogs.  The cat and squirrel population seem to not want to make friends with them.  My husband and son get to fish and hunt almost year round, so we are saving some money on the grocery bill, and when you have a growing son that is a BIG deal!  This year my little man got his very first turkey too!


Since it is our five year anniversary living in North Dakota, Mother Nature (in all her infinite stupidity) decided to celebrate with snow this morning…Bless her cruel little heart.  So, here’s to more adventurous years in North Dakota!

And So it Begins!

My name is Andrea and I am a wife, fitness instructor, breast cancer survivor, and former English teacher.  I moved from the sunshine state (Florida) to North Dakota (Santa’s front yard).  Welcome to my blog!  From FL to ND follows my adjustment to living in a freezing climate along with my interests in fitness, food, books, family, and (mostly) healthy living.

If only I could look like this everyday!

We moved to North Dakota at the end of April in 2011, and since then we have been freezing our butts off while living in the middle of nowhere!  I drive over an hour one way just to get our groceries (just to give you an idea what my life has become).  Through blizzards, -58 degree wind chills, and countless other strange happenings we are still surviving while living in Santa’s front yard.

We left uper 80s to have snow 5 days after we moved in on MAY 5TH!!!

My blog will focus on what means most to me in my life: family, fitness, food, fun, and friends (yes FL friends…that means I’ll be blogging about you too:).

I hope you will enjoy the ride as I continue figuring out how to survive and not lose my mind while living in North Dakota!