>We have been here for 3 weeks now. School has started, things are different, here are 13 things about our new life, in no particular order.
1. We are learning about swamp coolers. They work wonders when it is dry, but on days that are rainy or humid, they don’t do much. I think they are interesting and a bit scary.
2. Only 2 roads in my new town have speed limits over 25. It’s a good sized place (about 40,000) but very residential. I like the slower pace. I think it’s a kick to drive down a four lane divided road goin 25!
3. There are 3 grocery stores plus a Costco, Sam’s Club and Walmart within 8 miles. That is a big upgrade. I love being able to choose where I shop.
4. The boys are gone a long time during the day (6:30 – 3:45). The younger kids are in a school that requires uniforms. I like seeing my sons tuck in their shirts. I haven’t decided about the large amounts of homework. It’s good for my oldest. He has coasted for much too long.
5. Cactus. Goat’s Heads. Grass that cuts you. Arizona isn’t a friendly botanical place.
6. I took a really good picture for my driver’s license. Considering it will last until I turn 65, I am glad.
7. Nothing broke in the move. I haven’t hung any pictures, but everything is pretty much unpacked.
8. My cat is no longer freaked out by the new surroundings. He spent the first 3 days hiding. Now he ventures throughout the house ~ when the boys are gone.
9. One evening, my husband and I were sitting out on the porch talking when a family of 3 skunks walked up. The Good Guy made a loud noise to scare them off…in hind-sight, I am not sure that was a good idea, but they left and we didn’t get sprayed.
10. In front of the police station, there is a statue of a police officer hanging onto the collar of a youth. I am not sure what message they are sending the kids in the area…
11. I found doctors for my kids. I think I am going to be happy with them. I have an appointment with a pediatric endocrinologist for my son on growth hormone. The move put a 3 week gap in his meds, but the medical professionals say that won’t be a big problem (by the way, he is such a trooper and I am not as squeamish as I thought)
12. I have signed up with the local freecycle and there are second hand and consignment stores all over…There are lots of future treasure hunts to be made.
13. The boys have made friends. They have also drawn closer to each other. I think this move will end up being a good thing. In any new environment adjustments have to be made, but this one changed a lot of things for them. I am proud of their resiliency.
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