Sunday, June 28, 2009

Home Sweet Home

It's like we slipped right back into an old pair of soft, molded shoes. It's a different state and the exterior of our home does not resemble what you would see in Arizona but inside it feels the same. The past year seems like a distance memory and all of the sacrifices well worth it. We love our new home. Everything about it.

Thomas and I have been so happy to have Daddy home at 5 o' clock everyday. Although, I am sure no one is happier than Brent. He leaves the house at a reasonable hour in the morning, has a 30 minute commute and gets three or four more hours at night with T.

Our backyard backs up to the Baltimore Annapolis Trail. It is one of the primary reasons we picked this house and one of our favorite features. It is an amazing path that is used by so many people; bikers, runners, and walkers, old and young. The landscaping is beautiful. We are out there everyday. I take T in the morning and we often go nightly for a run as a family as well. My sister and I went for a ride other day and it was so nice to be back on my bike. I haven't ridden in three years (BT-Before Thomas)! We did sixteen miles and I can't wait to go again!

We have been going to into Annapolis on Friday nights. It's less than 10 minutes away and we love walking around the quaint town, trying new restaurants with fresh seafood, and eating ice cream by the water as we watch all the boats. T really enjoys it and being near the water is so refreshing.

Thomas and I have been discovering new parks in the area during the day. There is one less than 2 miles down the road and it's our favorite so far. The playground is three levels but the pigs, cows, goats, chickens and sheep win T's attention. They have a small farm that is kid friendly but touching isn't recommended. The fences allow the kids to see through and get close to the animals. When we aren't at the park we are swimming in my sisters pool. He obviously has swimming in his blood! He jumps off the side with no hesitation, kicks and will float on his back with help. If he is in a place where he can stand he will squat down under the water, hold his breath until he needs to come up for air. He is too much! Brent and I plan to get him back into lessons in September.

We love being so close to my sister and her husband (1.5 miles). We see each other a lot and have dinner together at least once a week if not more.

T seems to be having a harder time adjusting. Not only was he was uprooted from his house but from my parents too. He misses them desperately and asks for them all of the time. We have tried to have weekly visits but I'm not sure it's enough right now. He went from getting four peoples attention to two! Who would like that?? He was a wonderful sleeper now I can hardly say he sleeps. He has been getting up several times a night. Three hour naps have been reduced to one if I'm lucky. I know it will take time but I sure hope this doesn't become the new norm. We both need more sleep!

Brent and I have a lot of work ahead of us. We hope to paint the inside of the house, get the backyard cleaned up (the forest is creeping in), buy some new furniture and fix little odds and ends. I'm sure the weekends will never be be long enough!

Overall, we are thrilled to be here. Together as a family. Exploring our new city. We miss our family and friends in Arizona but this was a great choice for us and we couldn't be happier!

Here are some pictures! I will be sending out our new address in a personal email!

We Are In!
Our Backyard

Talking to Aunt Jen