Uh, it’s been two weeks since we blogged. Oops. Our heads were swimming with all the flowers up in here. As I said this morning before my coffee, “I am up to my neck in floral carpet and buyer’s remorse.” But not really.
Let’s rewind and play a little catch up: Last weekend was Labor Day and we went to Illinois to celebrate. We got to see both of Tim’s extended families in the same weekend! Silas was loving watching the big boys playing on the Lustfeldt side–you could just tell he was trying to figure out how to get his hands on Colin’s wavy locks. There was even some kiddie pool swimming involved. It was so nice to see everyone, especially because we didn’t plan ahead for that one! The next day, we went to see the Ballard clan and celebrate cousin Kaitlin’s 18th birthday. She is such a grounded sort of curious young woman and I feel a kindred connection to her. Tim always calls her “the old soul” and don’t I know how hard that can be when the peers aren’t there yet. We’re proud of you, Kaitlin! Be kind and authentic and trust that the rest will work itself out–that’s our advice to the grown up.
We came home Monday evening (a full week ago) and on Tuesday, Tim began his new job! Yes, he already has a new job. You know how sometimes you make a decade’s worth of decisions that all seem to be terribly divergent and pointless, and then with one fell swoop, you have an opportunity that makes sense of everything you have done? No? Oh that just must be for free spirit, move all over the planet, jump jobs like undies sort of people like us. Well, anyway, Tim got this great job. He is working as the Human Resources/Family Liasion and Curriculum Specialist for the Migrant Education Program providing family support. The program is based in Alexandria but will be extending to several counties up North around our new place of residence once it is up and running, which will be very convenient indeed. He is totally loving the work, the coworkers, the culture, and the sense of purpose involved. It’s such a great fit and everything either of us could have imagined for his career. Congratulations, Timmy!
Let’s talk house. Ah, this house. We are settling in a bit more each day. The upstairs is not only sweltering a lot of the time, it’s also really ugly, so we’ve been camping out downstairs in the office/guest room and it has been nice. I love the guest bed and Silas sleeps better when he isn’t sweating. Win win.
Things we love about living here:
Chicago sports bar (DT Kirby’s)
More than one room in our living space
How easy it is to give directions to our house
So much closer to our families, which is already handy
Things we miss about our first home:
Our neighbors! Waaaaaah!
The quietude of the woods (me: “What was that?!” Tim: “Another car door.”)
The public library
Having full closets instead of packed boxes
Knowing that Si was safe playing anywhere in our house (not eating cords, tools, wallpaper, et cetera)
We have been doing projects slowly and with much less vengeance than we did in the last house. This house, despite it’s showy florals, has good, flowing space and lots of possibilities, so we are enjoying just being here for the most part. I have lots of ideas (yes, I printed them out and hung them in each room), short productivity windows (only at nap time), and a husband who is at best a very long commuter and at worst and out of towner for the time being. Suffice it to say progress is slow but steady. Tomorrow I will dedicate myself to making a post of pictures of the house since I have had several requests. Just know that I have had the most productive day yet today… and yet there is so, so much left to do. Ah, the joys of fixer uppers. We love ’em!
Here are some pictures of the last few weeks of adjusting to Lafayette life. So far, we are doing a good job with our list of want-to’s we made before moving: the farmers market, the Chicago sports bar, Chicago style pizza, the UU church, the park, a few family visits, and about thirty trips to home improvement stores. Oh, boy!