We are moved in, unpacked and even have stuff hanging on the walls! We love our new house and the neighborhood and neighbors are terrific. Everyone we meet is very friendly and introduces themselves and is generally welcoming. Our kids are already great friends with the neighbors across the street (also with 6 kids) and have not missed a day of playing with them after school and on weekends. The neighbor situation has been such a blessing.
After getting unpacked, I hung pictures and am now working on the school room organization. I still have a bit to go, but Anna has been a huge help in that department. She is a pleasure to work with. :) At some point I have to tackle the garage, but for now, I will start with taking a load to the thrift store of the obvious items to get rid of, and little by little I'll get more out of our possession. I am in a GET RID OF EVERYTHING mood, which is good and bad. I am a little nervous about having to move everything again in a relatively short amount of time (we only have a 15 month lease on this house, and I'm not sure if we will be able to renew or not... we are going to work on that once we have our other houses settled). It will all work out, but I will be glad to be a little "lighter".
Last week Bill and I went on a date to go look at cars. Well, we ended up coming home with a 2010 Honda Odyssey minivan. It's good to have a 2nd car in this area since we are too far from work to do anything but drive. We are loving having a new car and we took it on our first road trip this weekend to Monterrey, the beach and the aquarium. The weather was beautiful and the new car was a pleasure to drive.
I do say that the weather here in these parts is quite nice. We had rain for the first time in almost 3 weeks! People keep telling us that after "rain season" (aka winter), it may not rain again until the next winter! That is crazy. Everything is so green right now, but evidently by July, the mountains are brown. Today, though, they had snow on the peaks, which made us feel right at home. :)
We miss Colorado, but Apple and the Bay Area are treating us well.
Another sign that we are settling in is that I am looking for grain and making dental appointments! We are enjoying our new corporate benefits and using them right away. With 8 people's teeth to clean and up to 4 cleanings per year covered, we may be at the dentist almost every week of the year! Yikes.
Grain has been quite a bit harder to locate than I expected. There are many more options in Colorado for that kind of thing than here. I have tried many different avenues and finally found someone that would let me buy grain through them. I picked up my order today and am now set for quite a while. I am very excited to have good grain again. I was almost completely out of everything and we love our home made bread.
Well, it's time for bed. Sorry about the lack of pictures, but I have put all of our pictures on facebook and have not put them up here in a while. Someday... Good night!