« the newness «

Dave has been on my back for a while now to blog.  He must have forgotten that I was busy unpacking, cleaning, organizing, trying to find stuff, unpacking, getting kids settled, meeting new neighbors, unpacking, cleaning, trying to get back to normal, oh and unpacking :-).
Yes, it has been a whirlwind two weeks.  2 weeks!!  That’s how long we’ve been in our new home and it’s amazing to me that it already feels like home.  Yes, there is a never-ending list of things that need to happen:  new carpet, paint, hanging pictures, rugs, yard work, etc. but it still feels like this is where we’re supposed to be.  The kids have adapted really well.  They’ve met new friends/neighbors and it seems everyone likes to hang out here which is awesome for me.  It’s definitely different here, not nearly as many kids.  Conner’s primary class consists of him and one other boy.  Logan’s got a good-sized class.  Audra is one of two Sunbeams so they combine with the older class.  Eli loves, loves Nursery and the 4 other classmates.  Dave and I get to attend Sunday School together – the first time in over 4 years (and that also means Dave has to gets to attend Elders Quorum).  It’s been great to be so close to our old neighborhood.  Everyone has been able to have friends over so it’s made the transition much easier.  I’m struggling to remember names and faces, but this new ward is amazing!!  We’ve had visits from young and old and oodles of treats, veggies, fruits and such dropped off.  I’m giving myself a year to feel like I know everyone.
My favorite part of living here so far:  seeing Audra and Eli outside playing.  They (and me too) love the backyard! And they will just ride their wiggle cars up and down the driveway.  These are some of the things I was most excited about when considering buying this house.  It’s nice to feel happy about being here and seeing the kids also enjoying it!
The kids favorite part:
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Even with the move and adjusting, life has continued.  Dave’s had travel for work, Conner completed his science fair project (YAY for mom), Logan started walking to and from school with neighbors (extra YAY for mom), Audra loves dance class, and we had Halloween to think about.
Conner and Logan had their Halloween piano recital (Logan’s first).  They did a great job and I was so proud of them for memorizing their songs.  Logan was a little nervous, but by the time it was his turn he mustered up the courage to walk up to the mic and say his name and song and then played so well!!  After the recital, we carved pumpkins.  Conner did his all by himself and Logan really wanted to taste pumpkin seeds, so much to Dave’s chagrin we cleaned off the seeds and roasted them.  I want to make that a tradition for sure!!
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Halloween was a little low-key this year.  I didn’t put out a single decoration and we recycled old costumes.  I didn’t take an official picture of the kids and didn’t even get one of Conner (a cell phone from the 90’s) and Logan (a dragon) at all.  I’ve decided that is technically Dave’s fault since I was out trick-or-treating with the little ones when the boys left.  Conner had 4 friends from our old neighborhood come over and then 1 new friend to show them the way to all the good stuff – full size candy bars is more of a norm in this new place.  Afterwards they hung out here while trading candy so Conner’s Halloween was a good one.  Logan also went out with a new friend and raked in the good stuff!!  Eli, Audra and I made our way through our street.  It’s a bit more work here – houses farther apart and farther from the street – so they had to really work for the “nummies” but it didn’t slow them down at all.  It was good to get out and meet some new folks.  And you can’t beat the amazing homemade doughnuts the neighbors make and hand out.  I think we’re going to like it here!!
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