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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Settling In To The New House and Neighborhood

We'll be unpacking boxes for quite a while -- I counted over 100, along with about 30-40 plastic bins. The Unknown In-Laws came over and stayed the night (the kids already refer to the guest bedroom as "Grandma and Grampa's room) to help with the unpacking, and will be coming over again next week. So, we made a pretty good dent in things - kitchen's done, and a lot of the kid's bedrooms. But we'll be unpacking for the next month or so, I'm sure.

We love our development. It's on a cul-de-sac with only 30 houses total, so there's little traffic. Since the development is only 2 years old, there are no cliques because everyone's new to the neighborhood. Best of all for the Unknown Wife and Unknown Kids, there's about a dozen children below the age of 12, and a number of elementary teachers and stay-at-home moms. So, there's lots going on during the day.

Even though we only moved in on Monday, Unknown Wife and Unknown kids have already gone to the neighbors once for a "Water Fun" afternoon (two wading pools, a slip-and-slide, and 6 other kids) and a Movie Night with about ten other kids and a few of the parents. And the Unknown Wife has been invited to join the neighborhood ladies group (the "Birchwood Babes"). She doesn't have any other information about the group except that it involves regular nights out and Margaritas, but that seems like a good start.

I realize it's still the honeymoon phase, but all in all, it feels like we've moved to Shangri la.

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