well we survived our first week of living up North! at first the weather was warm and sunny, but it quickly deteriorated to a monsoon, a crazy hailstorm and then snow and low temps in the teens.
our house is pretty well unpacked. some things have found a home, some have not. the kitchen is done and i actually cooked 3 meals in a row this week! that’s a pretty good string, especially considering i hadn’t cooked 3 meals in a row in a couple of months. [it doesn’t matter that one meal consisted entirely of IKEA food–swedish meatballs, gravy and potato pancakes–right? RIGHT?? EVERYONE loved it.]
the move went very smoothly. it was chaotic that day and we literally swam through a sea of boxes and paper for a couple of days, but now we have a nice, tall, flat stack of boxes 4 feet high on our front porch. only a couple of things were broken and it was mostly stuff that i had packed for the big red boxes.
or rather pleasantville, because this little nook of pittsburgh seems so perfect. we walked into the school on their first day and when we were introduced, multiple people exclaimed, “oh! the owens boys are here!” their teachers already had their desk prepared with supplies labeled with their names. every single person who we met was so very nice to us.
the next day, i walked the boys to the bus stop, which is just down the hill from our house. about 15 kids and 8 or 9 parents were there, all chit chatting and drinking their coffee. a 5th grade girl shouted, “bus alert!” and all of the kids lined up rather orderly. they filed on the bus and as the bus started to pull away, every single parent waved and shouted “good bye! have a great day! love you!” i left with that whole twilight zone feeling again. crazy.
neighbors continue to walk over with muffins and phone numbers and it’s just. so. nice.
let’s see…..other things….
- our house leans. i mean REALLY leans. i guess after 102 years, a house is bound to settle. every single room sorta sinks in around the edges. shims have become will’s best friend for stabilizing furniture. a game of marbles is just not possible here.
- the tire swing and playground outside entertain our kids for hours.
- our bedroom feels like what i imagine an igloo to feel like.
- i love having laundry in the basement. it helps that we have a laundry chute. i went to ikea and got several bins to have an organized system. when i find my camera, i’ll take a picture and show you cuz it’s THAT awesome.
- stinkbugs are the PA version of palmetto bugs.
- thanks to MB, i’m now sleeping soundly. this house is quite loud. and i’m a light sleeper.
- i convinced will to have our giant picnic table that was on our porch in the old house as our new dining room table. and once the stuff gets cleared off the top, it will be delicious. i love it there.
- doors don’t close in this house. but the kids don’t understand that, so they insist on slamming the doors shut. every. single. time. and they don’t close so they slam them again. and again. and again.
- the different minerals in the water here have done a number on maggie’s digestive system.
- baseball practices start this week. woot woot!
and with that, i better run. we’re visiting our first church this morning. i need to find the cutest smocked dress and biggest hairbow for amelia to wear. happy sunday!