Friday, July 20, 2007

Settling into our new home town

Hello, all y'all! Gotta love Texas. What's new with us? Our house is new, and has finally started being built. For the last two months it has simply been a foundation, but a week ago framing started and it already looks like it will become the real thing sometime mid-late October.

Jonathan began work on the 12th and has been enjoying it so far, though mainly it has been a lot of orientation. He will return tonight from a week-long training at the Southern region headquarters in Atlanta. We don't yet know if he will be "in town" or "out of town," but we should find out soon. "Out of town" means that every week for about 3 months he will fly out on Monday and fly back Thursday night. That's the job. We'll miss him, but hey, cereal for dinner, yeah!

David and Spencer are adjusting to their new environment. They especially love the large tub that they get to take a bath in almost every day here at Grandmother and Grandpa (Stones) house. David is doing a great job in his role as big brother (aka Enforcer) in taking care of Spencer. He is often seen dragging Spencer by his heels away from some danger (or toy that he doesn't want Spencer to play with). Spencer is a very amiable fellow and most of the time he simply waits for David to let him go. Spencer has learned to crawl up stairs and pulls himself to standing. He will probably be walking in the next month or so. He is ADORABLE!

I have been spending my time full of worldly thoughts about furniture and paint and organizational systems. Beyond daydreaming, I have been occasionally taking care of my adorable boys. I am currently trying to focus on choosing a hobby, or a few hobbies, to focus my time while Jonathan is away--besides cleaning and laundry. On Wednesday, I got my hair chopped off, but I need Jonathan to get home from Atlanta to take a picture, so you'll just have to check our website in a few days if you're curious, I'm sure that he is curious, too!

Well, I spent the last couple of days creating 12 new web albums of photos dating back to the beginning of April, so to see recent pictures of us, click here:

We are in TEXAS!

(Written June 20, 2007) Yes, we are still alive. Over the last six weeks we have traveled from Michigan to Utah, from Utah to Washington, from Washington back to Utah, from Utah to Arizona, then from Arizona to Texas. During that time we lived in four different time zones, and various climactic regions. We spent over $800 out of pocket on two ear infections and a split chin (health insurance doesn't travel with us). We survived mass stomach flu. And had a FABULOUS TIME!

We got to spend time with almost all of our immediate family members, visit the zoo, ride on a train, walk the Seattle coastline, eat dinner with Ken Jennings (the Mormon Jeapordy guy), climbed mountains on ATV's, spent time with future bestselling authors, and were able to view the amazing and diverse beauty of this great country. Our boys, David (age 4) and Spencer (11 mo's), traveled amazingly well, and were generally pacified by the blessed DVD system and a variety of peek-a-boo and funny faces from Mommy (result: kinked neck!).

We are now in Lewisville, Texas, which is a northern suburb of Dallas. We are staying in a new home that Jonathan's parents just finished building, and we are only 10 minutes drive from the home which we are building, which is also in Lewisville. We are adjusting back to humidity after spending the previous weeks in Utah and Arizona, but it is wonderful here. I think that David and Spencer are finally starting to feel a little settled. It has been a crazy time of transition for the last couple of months.

We will be at this address until our house is finished sometime in September. Jonathan doesn't start work until July 12th so we still have some time to see the area and play bit before he is lost to the corporate grind. OK, here is our information, please feel free to call, email, or do something crazy old fashioned like send a letter. I will try to get organized in the next couple of weeks and update our blog (website) with photos and details of our travails, I mean travels.