SAHM in the middle of nowhere

Mallorysteed15 - posted on 08/09/2017 ( 5 moms have responded )

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we recently moved to Mojave, CA because it is super cheap and we are trying to save money. It is very very small, and I find it really hard to get out. There is a park, but in the summers it is in the high 90's or 100's every day, plus my 9 month old is a little to young to play on most of the equipment. The next nearest town is 15 minutes away, and the one after that (where we used to live) about 30 minutes away. We go to the 30 minutes one once a week for groceries, but I don't like to make her be in the car that long more than once a week, plus we want to save on gas. The library in this town and the next one over have no storytime or anything, since they are very small, understaffed branches. We have no yard, and we aren't allowed to have pets. Does anyone have any suggestions to what we can do during the day? We have a good schedule, but during her playtime she just plays in the apartment with her toys for hours. I read to her, or sing to her, and we have mealtimes and naps and things, but the hours are long, and she sometimes gets bored.

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J.R. - posted on 08/21/2017

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Have you been to the public pool? That would sound like fun! has to e REALLY hot there!

Mallorysteed15 - posted on 08/13/2017

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Thanks for the reply! Hopefully we get to know some people soon, it's hard having just moved here, but being active with our church helps. I also have social anxiety, which makes it even more difficult to get out! We do sometimes go to events for my husband's work, and it helps to have him there when meeting new people.

Samantha - posted on 08/12/2017

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Hi Mallory. I feel ya! We moved from Tampa to a small town in Texas 6+ years ago. I knew no one & I was lonely! My husband is a state trooper & holiday parties & personal parties helped me meet the wives. I also got to know my neighbors & the benefits of a small town is everyone pretty much knows everyone so you are more likely to keep meeting new people that way. When your child starts preschool, you'll also meet other parents. For now, maybe have your husband invite some work friends over with their spouses for a get together & go from there. Really hope this helps a bit. Best to you!

Mallorysteed15 - posted on 08/10/2017

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There is a public pool about 15 minutes away, we could probably do that once or twice a week. I'll have to see if they have any baby swim classes, that could be fun! Unfortunately the nearest YMCA is in that town 30 minutes away. Thanks for the suggestions!

Brooke L - posted on 08/09/2017

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That would drive me insane!! I have a 10 month old and we get stir crazy very easily!! Is there a public pool nearby? Or a YMCA? If you can find a close YMCA or something like that, they usually have plenty of activities for all ages and they work well with families on a strict budget... ours has Indoor and outdoor pools, a park, tons of activities, a gym (with daycare) etc...

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