Monday, January 10, 2011

Checking In

Well, hello there.  I've been celebrating Christmas, moving across the country, and trying to get settled.  You?

You want more details, do you?  How's this:
  • We had a nice Christmas with Terry's family in Virginia.  There were lots of babies there.  Terry's sister has a newborn and a two-year-old and his brother has an 18-month-old.  Definitely changes the dynamic.  Kyle enjoyed playing with his girl cousin who is one year younger than he is.  Last year they played okay, but they really enjoyed each other this year.
  • Our cross-country drive (our third in 18 months!) was good.  We drove almost 1400 miles in two days, stopping in Birmingham for the night.
  • We arrived in Houston in a driving rainstorm, which we seem to be following all the way from Louisiana.  It was a good baptism (pun totally intended) into the severe Gulf Coast weather.  It was the kind of rain where it was difficult to see as we were driving.  We've been here less than 2 weeks, and the weather has been as warm as 75 on some days and other days not even hitting 50.  We've had sun, clouds, rain, and wind.
  • The kids loved their house.  I'm loving it too.  A lot.  My husband is incredibly industrious (Opposites attract, right?).  Due to his hard work, we are probably 80% unpacked.  It also helped when we were surprised with the knowledge that we had unpacking as an option, paid for by the company, which we used for the kitchen and dining room and some other random boxes.
  • The kids started school last Wednesday.  Four days in, Kyle is completely at home in his new first grade class, and says his teacher is as nice as his old teacher.  Speaking of old, when Terry asked him to describe his teacher, he used me as an example, saying that she did not have "these things" on her face, pointing to my furrowed brow.  "Her face is smooth."  
  • I can't say enough how proud I am of Amanda.  I think she is missing her deep friendships, but she has bravely visited new churches and tried to get involved in her classes at school.  I'm trying to be extra-nice to her.
  • We've connected with old friends, family, and the neighbors are making us feel welcome.
It's not an easy thing to move a family, but I think that we are all doing okay.


Carrie said...

No, definitely not an easy thing to move a family but it sounds like the transition is going remarkably well! And UNPACKING WAS AN OPTION!?!? Holy cow. How incredibly NICE!

If you're up for sharing pics of the new house, they'd be fun to see. In the meantime, I'm glad to hear the update and that things are moving (har, har) right along.

Enjoy some Chick fil A for me - but don't tell me about it.

Corinne said...

Hi Jen - thanks for the update. Have been wondering how your move went. Sounds like it's going incredibly well. Will keep Amanda in my prayers -- I can't imagine what my 12 years old would be like if she were to be uprooted right now. I too would love to see some pics.

Sarah said...

Glad to hear you are settling in. Thanks for the update!

planetnomad said...

I've been meaning to write you and ask how things were going so how nice of you to post! :) Glad to hear you, and esp the kids, are settling in. Moving is never fun but give yourselves about 6 months longer than you think you need to make the transition, and you'll be fine :)

Martha said...

Hurray for the update!!! I have been checking in daily. I am so glad the house is great. Can't wait to see pictures and to keep hearing about your new adventures (and hopefully seeing you soon).

william2233 said...

Nice site, from a children author

Jen Rouse said...

My 6-year-old gets teary when we even mention in passing the idea that someday we might move 15 miles to the next town over (which is where my husband's job is, and where our church is) because she knows that would mean she'd have to change schools. I can't imagine moving halfway across the country with her! Sounds like your kiddos are doing well, though. Hope the adjustment continues to go smoothly.

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

Glad to hear you're doing well! And I know you're handling the transition better than I would be (being as averse to change as I am!). Glad the kids are settling in and that you all are enjoying your new home. And I'll try not to be jealous of the warmer weather, as I sit here with a blanket bundled around me.

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

Glad the transition is going smoothly. Packers and movers sound wonderful! When we move I'LL probably be the packer and mover.

Enjoy a Sonic Happy Hour drink for me. Only like Carrie - don't tell me about it. :)