Saturday, June 14, 2008

June in Bloom

I'm happy to have my Internet connected again and am getting my first dose of Internet therapy tonight. The move went well, all things considered, and it shocked me to realize that we have been here for two weeks now. The days are long and meld into one another and we fall asleep exhausted. We are still unpacking and organizing, refinishing hardwood floors, painting bedrooms, planting flowers, herbs and tomatoes, meeting neighbors and adjusting to the flow and feel of the new house.

Juj is enjoying the spontaneity of having friends a few blocks away and just finished his last day of elementary school on Thursday. Mai is a bit confused and is trying to regain her bearings. She has said that she misses our old house and wonders why the new house is so scary. At one point while JB and I were upstairs she exclaimed in distress, "I'm all alone here!" She keeps asking me where we are going and is slowing getting used to the new routes and routines. Stella moped about for a bit, but is back to her usual rambunctious self.

John and I are thrilled and stunned. In the first few weeks we have had to deal with the torrential downpours that hit the Midwest leaving up to 8 inches of rain in some parts and had to quickly deal with gutters and downspouts, wet vacs and dehumidifiers and anything else that might help keep the water running away from, not into, the house.

We are enjoying the expanded, sunny living space, the fantastically functional kitchen, the lovely neighbors who came by with pies and cookies, cards and coffee, the ease of having a driveway and garage and the wonderfully walkable, lush and blooming neighborhood.

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