Tuesday, February 25, 2014

:: Hello from Here ::

After a quick - really, a quick drive to Portland on Sunday, we arrived tired and ready to settle in to our new temporary housing.  We're staying in a new 3-bedroom apartment home and it really is nice.  It is completely furnished with linens and a fully-stocked kitchen.  They even gave us soap and freshly ground coffee.  The knives are awful, so I'll have to go buy one.  Mom got the kids settled down into bed after they ate a quick dinner.  Ryan and I snuck over to a McMenamin's nearby to have dinner ourselves and try not to nod off to sleep.  We turned in early.

Monday, we drove and checked out the new school.  Rieke Elementary is so cute and small.  The class sizes are really small and the school ranking is really high.  I'm pretty excited about it.  I ran into another kindergarten mom who went on and on about how wonderful the school is.  So that's good.  The kids are all registered and will start school on Thursday (Praise be to God - they're needing routine SO badly).

After checking out the school, we drove by the new house and peered in the windows.  The kids were excited and I couldn't help but feel a twinge of homesickness as I tried to imagine living there.  It'll take some time to adjust to this move...I know that...but still.  It's a beautiful house and we're so blessed to (soon) call it home.  We have a closing date the third week of March, so we'll hopefully move in around then.  Our stuff is scheduled to be moved out of our Lynnwood home on March 8-9.  We'll be coming up to oversee the moving and visit friends and family.  March 7th will be our last sleep in that house.  You can bet there will be a few tears shed.  Sigh...

Next, we went to the nearby Multnomah Village.  It is so cute with many great shops and cafes!  We chose Fat City Cafe and the kids won't stop asking to go back.  They had THE best blueberry pancakes we've ever tasted, as well as a very fun environment and awesome service.  We will be lucky to live within walking distance to this great little village!  (Robin, there's even a cute yarn store!! I'll wait until you visit to check it out!)

The next hour found me wandering around town after dropping off my mom and the kids back at the apartment.  I found a local Target, picked up some random stuff, then headed to a Fred Meyer, still looking for more random stuff.  The highlight of that trip was wandering around Fred Meyer, talking to Robin on the phone.  :)  I paid for my stuff and headed home to cook tacos for dinner.  We went to bed early.  Again.  We're missing our bed big time.  This one's ok, but our king size bed is the most comfortable bed in the world.  This queen one takes some getting used to.

Ryan started his job at Nike yesterday.  So far so good - nothing to really report about this, since the first full day was just orientation.  This location has 10,000 employees and is a beautiful, huge campus. Ryan says it's a bit overwhelming.  There is a fitness center for employees and their families, which I fully expect to utilize.  I'm actually really excited to check it out.

Today was a fun day.  Short version: Woke up, took the kids downtown to Powell's and a nearby pizza place, then to Voodoo doughnuts and McMenamin's Kennedy School for some chocolate milk and tater tots.  It was a great day and my kids really enjoyed Portland.  I'm glad we got out and showed them some of our favorite things about the city.  Aidan remarked that it was the best day ever and he liked it more than Washington.

The kids are definitely feeling the pull with all of the changes.  I am pretty darn proud of these little guys and how they've handled all of the transition (so far...).  They do have their moments when they feel homesick, and we make sure extra snuggles, chats, prayers and tickles are offered.  I have almost lost it a couple of times being in such close proximity with them in this apartment, but I think it's just because we're not used to it.  I'm sure we'll figure it out and love it eventually.  Just in time to leave.  ;)  I just keep telling them to communicate with me when they're feeling sad, validate those feelings and let them feel them.  This is not easy for us - I can't imagine how they must be feeling.  Scared, intimidated and a little worried.  I know they'll do better as school starts and they get to meet friends.  Also, they just really need some routine.  (As do I).  Adjusting to apartment life has been interesting for all of us.  We are learning apartment etiquette.  The kids are adjusting to this too - they're so used to having room to run and jump and play light saber fights without a second thought.  Soon, kids...soon.

Mom is still here - she has been my saving grace.  I've been so at peace since she's been here, helping me through this transition.  She is just the best - even with a busted up ankle.  Such a trooper.  Thanks, mom.  I don't know what I would do without you sometimes.  I'm glad you're here.  Really, really, really glad.  And I know Ryan and the kids are too.

Tomorrow, I go shopping to finish the kids' school supply list (which are ridiculously long, by the way).  Insane.

I'm going to try to keep up on this blog.  I really want to document everything so I can look back one day and pat myself on the back for not actually losing my mind.

So now, you can find us sprawled exhaustedly on the couch, or in bed, or filling out mountains of paperwork for loans, inspections and the like.  It's a busy time, but an exciting time.  Thank you to all of you who have continually supported, prayed and held us up.  We couldn't have done this without your love and support.  It really means the world to us.  We've really been too busy to let the real homesickness sink in, but I'm sure those times are coming.  We'll take it in stride.  And we'll be up to visit often, as we dearly miss our family and friends up north.

My thoughts are scattered, so I'm signing off.  I hope all is well wherever you are.  :)