Wow! We're doing it! We're in the middle of it (not a hard thing to do when the process is months long... :) )
Observations about Georgia...
*The weather is horrible (hot like purgatory)! and we don't plan on being dry until we move again - it's humid and sweaty, it even smells wet. It also rains every day - like someone is dumping out a bucket of water over your house - or your head...
*The trees are gorgeous (I wasn't expecting beauty like we encountered in Oregon, but the landscape here rivals Oregon's breathtaking green forests - the lack of mountains is unfortunate, but I guess it'll work).
*The water here is brown. Oregon's rivers and lakes always looked blue and sometimes almost black. They shined with beautiful glossy reflections of trees. The water here is murky and swampy. Coleman calls it all "swamp." He keeps mentioning how we need to beware of alligators and stay away from the water because of the mosquitoes. I think he's probably right.
*The people are incredibly friendly! I had a 15 minute conversation with the security guard at the grocery store in the parking lot (he told me where all the other stores in the county are because this one was closing). I also sat next to a lady at Costco who had come with her family for lunch. While we ate, she talked to me for a good 20 minutes - nonstop. Very friendly! Our ward also gave us a fantastic welcome. We were not the only new family - in fact, we were one of 3. But many people came and introduced themselves and 2 families invited us over for dinner. I guess it's true what they say about Southern hospitality... :)
*Suprises: We found a green frog at the park. We found a brown frog in our front yard. Our friends say they have turtles in their yard. Oh the wildlife! It's gonna be exciting. Our other "wildlife" we've encountered so far each have 8 legs and are ginormous! They hunt at night and like our porch... ewe!
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
July was a crazy month around here. Swimming was great and gave us something fun and routine to do while we're still getting settled and getting to know people. It was time consuming, but fantastic! We're about 2/3 moved in to our rental house on Lakeside Landing Ct. The house is growing on us. We love having 4 bedrooms!! Brookie and Cole are in one and Flint in another and the other we use as a play room! FANTASTIC! They love taking their friends up there and there's plenty of room to play. We're not sure if we'll stay in the house or not. Lots of red tape with the loans, etc. Yuck! AND we really don't want to move again, but it's expensive to live here. Rent will be $1200/month and our electric bills are sky high! ($340 for the first full month! Yikes!) We'll see. The house is in a good area with a good elementary school though, so we're looking forward to that. Now we're just working on figuring out preschool for Brookie. There are a lot of options. She likes the one right across from our street. Blue Ridge Preschool and Daycare. I don't like that it's all day every day, but it's convenient and she says she likes it the best of all the ones we visited. We'll see how this goes. Finding schools and getting settled has been frustrating, but it'll all work out. We love our ward and have met lots of great people! The Bishop and his family have been so kind to us. They had us over for dinner and we met their cute kids. I have been in contact with his wife, Heidi since before we moved. She has been such a help and a wonderful friend. I'm looking forward to getting to know her better. We went to Aldis (sp?) together recently and she showed me the ropes of bargain groceries! Awesome! We had their 2 younger kids over to play and had a BLAST! They all built houses out of boxes and it was really fun to see them enjoy playing together. We've been missing our friends, but are thrilled to be making more friends. The Stewarts had us over as well and so did the Klementsons. We met other families through each of them as well and are really starting to feel at home. I'm so glad to have church friends! It makes moving so much easier! We feel so blessed! It's been a great month! Here we go - onward and upward in our journey!