1. Karen was born
2. We sold (got rid of) our car
3. Amazing bike paths (Some clear all winter)
4. Amazing amazing beautiful scenery. I mean it is not everyday you wake up and see elk less than a football field from your window or ride on the bike path to the ski lodge, or ride your bike and see 2 moose in the river only 30 ft from you (don't worry I was super careful around them), or have mountains on all sides of you less than a mile away.
5. Have your husband work across the street so you get to see him for lunch and break (sigh).
You know this list could go on and on, but it doesn't mean I don't love Provo too. It is a great place to live. My husband and I really love college towns and enjoy the 'culture' that comes with them too. One thing I do have to say about being back in the city is that it sure is loud. I miss my bike paths that were far from the road, meaning less noise, dust and traffic danger. I am still getting used to riding on the roads, and having to watch all directions of traffic, as well as watching all four points in an intersection (especially the right hand turning lane, those guys always miss the stop line.) But it is all good. At least I can ride my bike around and there is minimal traffic in our neighborhood. I think the whole 'no car' thing hasn't really set in yet. I don't know if it ever will. I mean my bike can get me anywhere I want to go, the mall (not that I really shop though), the grocery store, the hardware store, the craft store, the pet store, you catch my drift. For short-long trips there is a great bus system and for family trip, car rentals are $40 bucks a day, you really can't beat that. In the month of April we rented 3 times and it still cost less than our monthly car payment and monthly gas bill.
We like our lifestyle more and more everyday. (Especially when we balance our checkbook)