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Bye Bye Backyard, Hello Mountain View

Original post made by Jennifer Fogliani on Jun 20, 2011

As soon as we walked through the front door of our new townhome in Mountain View, our daughter, Josie, started looking for the back door.

"There is no back door," I told her.

"Well, how do I get to the backyard?" Josie asked.

My husband, Norm, and I exchanged glances. Both of our hearts broke a little.

It was time to tell Josie and her little brother, Owen, that our new home didn't have a backyard. We'd been dreading the conversation from the moment we decided to move.

We knew that moving from Morgan Hill to Mountain View would require a considerable downsize in living space. For our children, the biggest sacrifice was going to be losing their big backyard and their very own swing set.

But part of the reason we moved is because we wanted to stop living in our backyard. We wanted to show Josie and Owen more of what the Bay Area has to offer.

Instead of spending our first day in Mountain View unpacking boxes, we decided to show Josie and Owen around the neighborhood..We went for a walk and met our new neighbors. We found two parks just minutes from our doorstep.

There were so many new places to explore and so many new people to meet. That backyard didn't seem so important any more.

Suddenly, we heard the faint chime of the Light Rail getting closer. My husband and I exchanged smiles. We were saving the best for last.

Josie and Owen turned around just in time to see the Light Rail stop in front of our new townhome. "A train! A train!" Josie and Owen screamed as they watched in amazement while people got on and off.

"Can we go on it?" Josie asked.

"Sure," Norm said as he picked up our children and started to run. I quickly followed. And together we got on a train without any idea where it was headed.

Comments (15)

Posted by Christian Rapparelli, a resident of another community
on Jun 20, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Thanks for sharing your experience. We all need to do a little more of jumping on trains without any idea of where it is headed. Your kids are very lucky. You are a great writer. Did you go to Cal?

Posted by Jennifer Fogliani, a resident of Whisman Station
on Jun 20, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Jennifer Fogliani is a registered user.

Thanks Christian. I am glad you appreciate our spirit of adventure. Actually, I went to Stanford, the "other" (best) school in the Bay Area.

Posted by Tivar, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Sounds so exciting! It really shows the trend of leaving the 'our home is our castle' to 'the world is our playground'. We moved to Mounatin View about 6 months ago to have our family play and explore and it had been a wonderful journey.

Posted by Eddie, a resident of Whisman Station
on Jun 21, 2011 at 1:21 am

Good start to your blog, the best thing about Mtn View are the many oppty's to explore. You are a very good writer. I look forward to reading your blog weekly!

Posted by Dad, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 21, 2011 at 6:52 am

Welcome to town Neighbors :)

Posted by Jone, a resident of another community
on Jun 21, 2011 at 7:13 am

I spent years 1974-1978 in Mt View. Lovely. Pre-Silicon Valley when it was still called Santa Clara Valley. We could buy fresh cherries this time of year on a corner of El Camino Real from the orchards in Sunnyvale (not just at the Farmer's markets). It will be interesting to hear how you enjoy the area now. Thanks for your great writing!

Posted by Jennifer Fogliani, a resident of Whisman Station
on Jun 21, 2011 at 7:13 am

Jennifer Fogliani is a registered user.

Thanks everyone for your comments. Its good to hear other families in Mountain View our also here to explore. Every day we feel so lucky that we get to live in such a great community with so much to do around us.

Posted by Barb D, a resident of another community
on Jun 21, 2011 at 7:37 am

Opening up and getting another perspective is a good thing. Josie and Owen are lucky to have parents that give them this. I look forward to keeping a tab on your blog.

Posted by Elle, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 21, 2011 at 9:35 am

Love this one- classic! And since Cal Poly is not in the Bay Area, I can agree that Stanford is quite amazing :)

Posted by Joan, a resident of another community
on Jun 21, 2011 at 10:10 am

Way to turn this positive, put aside the boxes, and explore with your children! The bay area does have so much to offer. Have fun and look forward to reading about your adventures.

Posted by NanciG, a resident of another community
on Jun 21, 2011 at 10:16 am

I love it. What a great start. I look forward to reading about your new adventures every week!


Posted by your best fan!, a resident of another community
on Jun 21, 2011 at 10:18 am

HI, if you can't move to southern CA to be closer to us I guess MV is the second best place for your family, we need to do "hand prints"again! love your blog!

Posted by Dee Dee, a resident of another community
on Jun 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Enjoy the summer with all the rest of the places to explore in Mtn View. Like being back in the big city!

Posted by Anne, a resident of another community
on Jun 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm


Great blog, looking forward to all the stories to come. I know Josie and Owen will give you plenty to write! Miss you in MH but glad you are loving MV!!

Posted by Sparty, a resident of Whisman Station
on Jun 24, 2011 at 1:09 am

Mt View is pretty good-- don't forget to explore nearby places though. Redwood City has a very large amount of fun things all summer long. Puts Mt View to shame....just look up "redwood city events" on facebook or the web.

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