Thursday, July 15, 2010


OK, so. We've been here for a week and a half now. Seeing the light at the end of the cardboard tunnel. And, I have to say, we're starting to feel at home.

There are a few questions we've heard a lot. Here they are; along with my honest replies.

How do you like the heat?

It is hot. But summer's hot everywhere and, let's face it, I'm not outside digging ditches or anything. We venture from one air conditioned place to another. Parking lots are brutal, I will admit.

Actually, the aridness (is that a word?) takes more getting used to than the heat. We are all parched all the time. My skin cries for lotion all day long. Little fingers are constantly exploring little noses because dry air creates interesting stalactites up there.

Have you seen any scorpions?


Brad, Jake and Em caught this one in our backyard with a blacklight. (Scorpions glow in the dark, did you know that? I didn't.) I'm trying not to think about its brothers and sisters scuttling around somewhere.

Are you settled yet?

Well, the unpacking is 97% complete. The rooms are arranged and the closets are all organized. But the work has just begun. Next up: painting, picture hanging, furniture shopping and other activities guaranteed to drive my husband crazy.

How are the kids adjusting?

Pretty well, I think. They love the new house and adore their new rooms. The twins are sleeping solo and they dig it. Em has a "princess suite"--faraway from the boys, with her very own bathroom. Several mornings I have found her curled up in Luke's bed, but I'm sure she'll outgrow it.

The kids have been good sports. Very patient as I have dedicated mornings to organizing and unpacking. We do a few errands after lunch. (Is there anything worse than shopping for table lamps with your mom at Home Goods? Yes! Returning table lamps with your mom at Home Goods the very next day.)

Afternoons we forget about the new house and pretend we are tourists in our new hometown.

Believe it or not, school starts NEXT WEEK here. I don't know who is dreading it more, the kids or me. Our summer has been anything but long and relaxing. Not sure I'm ready for homework, permission slips and packing lunches yet. But it'll be fun for them to meet friends and get into a routine. Gulp.

What do you like best about your new house?

Two words. Laundry room.

It is big and beautiful. Lots of storage. I'm going to paint it robin's egg blue and I might start sleeping in there.

What do you miss most?

Aside from all my dear friends, I really miss our big, green backyard most. Give me ticks over scorpions any day. Plus, my kids miss their trampoline. We have lots of landscaping to do.

What are your first impressions of your new town?

Friendly and wholesome. Family oriented. It feels like the country with lots of farms and open space. But there's a brand-new Nordstrom 10 minutes away. What more could a girl ask for?
We're gonna like it here.


Rochelleht said...

Wow! You really have such a great attitude. I think that would be such a hard thing. Especially in that heat. Bravo to you for making it such a fun adventure for you and the kids. You are such a rockin' mom! Can't wait to see house pictures after it's all pulled together.

Travelin'Oma said...

Congratulations on your new home! A house is just there, but a home takes somebody special to make it. That's you!

Christie said...

I can't wait to see all of it at some point. More pictures! And it looks like there is room in that laundry room for two. I'll be moving in there myself.

Tristan said...

I love reading this! I'm happy to hear things are going well and that you are happy! And the laundry room storage is completely awesome!

the wrath of khandrea said...

my favorite part was listing all our empty boxes on the local freecycling site, and making some poor little couple's day by hooking them up with hundreds of free boxes and packing paper.

just think of all the fun you'll have pulling your house together while the kids are at school!! we still have two months before school starts here, and we got out extra early where we moved from. so we're having an extended summer.

the wrath of khandrea said...

that was a long and semi-pointless comment. sorry.

Lauren in GA said...

Thanks for answering the questions that I certainly would have asked if I got to see you in person.

I love the way you word things. When you said, "the light at the end of the cardboard tunnel" I had to nod my head in complete understanding.

Those laundry room cubbies are TRUE things of beauty!!!!!! I think the robin's egg blue is going to be so lovely.

I am glad that you are liking your new environs!

brooke said...

I can't wait to see more pictures. The house looks beautiful.

Doing errands with kids is brutal so hopefully when school starts, you'll be able to enjoy doing errands solo.

The laundry room looks divine.

I'm glad to hear it is starting to feel like home.

calibosmom said...

Looks like everything is going well. I'll take ticks over scorpions too-EWW! I will be thinking of you in February though when I'm freezing and you're nice and warm and still wearing shorts. Em is going to LOVE her bathroom!

Jessica said...

Thanks for the details. I need to get down to Arizona soon. SO many fun friends down there!

And I think it's so great you moved in the summer...after the worst weather is over with, you'll be loving the warm sunny winter, huh?

Happy late 40th! Love you!

Lindsey said...

I wanna sleep in the laundry room WITH you! :) I'll call ya in the mornin'. Save me a short visit! :)

Michelle said...

Hi, I am so surprised when I went to the mail box today and found your cute card. I'm so happy you are closer to Utah now. It seems more realistic to see you or drive to you. I hope things are going great today with more cleaning and finding the right place for the right item. I would love to call you, but when is a good time night? I have lots to tell you as well. Take care Michelle

Ilene said...

It is nice to have a designated laundry room that doesn't double as the mud room or bathroom (as was my case in our last house).

I hope your hair is at least doing well in the heat...

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