Settling In

We have been in our rental home in Centralia for a little over a week and it’s amazing what has gotten done in such as short amount of time.

The road trip went well.  Kira loved the car rides, rest stops, and adapted quickly to the  routine. We found several pet friendly hotel chains including Super 8 and Quality Inn that made it easier with our pet.

We arrived Sunday afternoon the 13th after five full days on the road. We got keys to the home, and met up with my mother and in-laws who helped us unpack the moving truck.

With their help, mainly Luke and John, we got the truck completely unpacked before dark on Sunday. Monday was spent organizing the boxes and unpacking the essentials. By the end of that day we had the kitchen mostly unpacked and furniture arranged in our room and the living room/dining room.

Although this home is much smaller than our Wayland home, it is still larger then the home we had in Corning, and we have enough garage space and attic room for all of our boxes. The only things that will be missed are the dishwasher and microwave. But we’ve lived without both of them before.

We gave the in-laws a tour of the area on Tuesday then they returned home. My mother stayed the rest of the week to help me organize the house. Together we were able to get the house cleaned, organize the boxes that were left, and take care of a few “new address and state” related business items while Luke started his new job.

Even though I have lived most of my life in the suburbs, the past two years of quiet country life has definitely changed me.

We are only a block or two from the college, there is a day-care around the corner, and we are only a few streets away from old downtown Centralia. All of this makes for easy access to a lot of stores, but it also increases the street traffic and noises outside. Speaking of noise, since we are in “hub city” we also hear freight trains at all hours of the day.

Again these are only temporary adjustments. In the mean time it is hard to believe we are ten to fifteen minutes away from all that we could need: restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacy, gas stations, the freeway, the hospital, Luke’s work, and we are not far from entertainment like a movie theatre, a bowling alley, mini golf, and a roller rink. Plus we are now in the same time zone as family and friends, making it easier to find time to talk and Skype.

We are beyond grateful and blessed for the help we received getting here and getting settled in, and for our new home in Centralia WA.

 

I’m Back

I’m back after my two month long hiatus from writing. It has been a very busy past two months trying to take on projects around the house, fighting car problems (yes still), adjusting to a still new job, among other things.

So here is an update:

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Moving: We moved into our new home moving van and all the weekend of our Anniversary October 11-12th. Fortunately we had the help of my brother and his wife who drove all the way from Tennessee to help us.

All of our larger items fit neatly into the moving truck with the help of some of Luke’s friends on Saturday afternoon. We were able to drive it all up to our new house in Wayland NY and unload the bed so our guest had somewhere to sleep at our new home that night.

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The next day; our anniversary, we unloaded the truck and returned it to Corning. That night we celebrated with a double date at Red Robin. The next day I was able to play tourist with my brother and his wife while Luke worked then Matt and Stina left in the evening. We were so grateful for their help and that they were around to take pictures even though we were distracted and in our moving clothes.

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Since moving into our home we have been unpacking boxes and creating a list for projects. We have gotten most of our boxes unpacked, done some cleaning, and got our new-to-us piano tuned. But some of our projects have been interrupted by weekends of taking both the CRV and the 300m in for repairs and maintenance which of course has been frustrating for both Luke and I.

Our first house project is a dishwasher! You may remember if you have read my blogs for awhile that I have been without a dishwasher for the past two years. For a couple that enjoys baking and cooking this has meant many sticky dishes filling the sink. With some time looking around we finally found a dishwasher we knew would be great for us. Then in the past weekend or two Luke has been cutting out a hole where cabinets used to be on the right side of our kitchen sink to fit in our dishwasher.

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We have been to Lowes several times to buy electrical wiring and piping for the installation with the guidance via Skype from Luke’s father who is in construction. The dishwasher is being delivered today (we hope) so our project for the Thanksgiving weekend is to get it installed. We will fill you in on progress with that soon!

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As for work: I am finally to the place in the semester where I am no longer creating new lesson plans, class activities, or worksheets. As any teacher will tell you the first time teaching a new course is always the hardest because you have to not only adjust to the routine and expectations but also create your own set of lesson plans and worksheets etc. for your students. Next semester will be much easier. But from now until December 12th all I have left is grading; which means more time to prepare for and enjoy the holidays.

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So that is a start to updating you on my absence the past two months. I hope to get back into a writing routine very soon. What have you been doing while I was gone?