1 month anniversary

Today marks 1 month since we became Idahoans. I am amazed at how fast this past month went by.  Here are some of the things I thought we would've accomplished by now:

  • have all the boxes unpacked…well, at least the ones that we need unpacked;
  • the girl’s bed purchased and assembled;
  • a schedule-like when to get up, nap times, bed time. (I’m terrible at sticking to a schedule, but a basic guideline sorta helps);
  • internet hooked up (For now, I use my phone connected to my laptop for internet….nice, unless you need your phone to call someone AND use the internet at the same time);
  • connecting with a mom’s group or homeschool group (actually attempted this, but things don’t seem as organized as they did back home);
  • connecting with a new church for service and Awana; and
  • more nature walks

The list could go on and on, but I think you get the picture. There is a lot to do and we’ve barely scratched the surface. Here is a look into how our first month in Idaho has been.

The sun is down by 4pm here. That is so weird to us. 7pm we can do, 4pm throws our internal clocks WAY off. When the sun sets I think ‘ok, bedtime for the kids’. Then I look at the clock and see it’s only 4! I have done this every day for the past month. At some point you’d think I’d catch on.

About a week or two ago, our girls tried to run away back to Florida. They loaded up their sleds with snow and started walking towards the street. They were serious….and mad when we said they couldn’t actually go. The snow was for their grandparents. A present. 🙂 They miss everyone, but not in a sad broken-hearted kind of way.

We’ve celebrated Thanksgiving and Chanukah here. It was weird not having all of our family and friends around. Thanksgiving dinner was delicious. My husband cooked the turkey, but first stuffed it with stuffing and garlic cloves. Then he shoved garlic into the breast of the turkey. It was the best turkey I’ve ever had. Chanukah was chaotic, but we all enjoyed learning about this holiday and spending even more time together. We’ve also been sledding and had a few snowball fights. Walking through the snow is not as easy as it looks. Major. cardio. workout.

We met with the ballet teacher a couple of times. The girls are very excited to start in January. The ballet studio also offers classes for adults. I’m thinking about joining one. We’ll see. I can’t wait to get our girls in there though.

We are still homeschooling. Every time I tell Emma that she has to do a worksheet she says, “But Mom, you know school work is sooooo boring”. We don’t do worksheets that often. Maybe twice a month, if at all. But she still hates that part. We are working on addition and reading. Counting and writing. I love homeschooling my kids. When I see that they are “getting it”, I feel so excited for them. They love learning and the look on their faces when they learn something new is priceless. I feel this pride in my heart, like when they first learned to walk or talk. I’m so proud of them.

I have driven twice in the past month. Once to a store a block away from my house and then, two weeks later, to another store a half a mile away from my house. Not driving made me crazy the first two weeks we were here. I am used to taking the kids out for Awana, church, homeschool group, random drives around town, or shopping. I haven’t driven as much because I’m nervous about ice or snow on the roads. I mean, this town is awesome at keeping the roads clear and safe, but I’m just too nervous thinking that I’ll find that one lonely patch of black ice. I think my fear also comes from not being familiar with this town yet. After my husband and I were married, I moved in with him. He lived in a town that I didn’t know existed until we met a month before our marriage. It took me a year to get around without getting lost. In our small town here in Idaho, I doubt I could get lost…but the fear is still there.

Here’s a great example of my awesome sense of direction. A couple of months ago I was taking my son to his doctor’s appointment at the neurosurgeon. This is a place we had been to at least 3 or 4 times in the past year. My husband, of course, drove all of those time, but you’d still think I could get there without him in the car, right? Nope. I got lost and then called my husband at least 5 times bawling my eyes out that I had no idea where I was. The worst part? I had a GPS telling me how to get there! I got lost using a GPS. :/ Who gets lost using a GPS?! God help me if I ever get lost in my backyard and my husband’s not around.

I did manage to donate 50% of the kid’s toys and 2/3 of my daughters’ clothing this month. I also stored about 25% of my son’s clothing. Some of it was too big and the rest I saved in hopes of having one more boy. 🙂 So now they have more closet and drawer space. All three of them share a room, so freeing up space was very necessary. I did get rid of some of my clothing as well, but since I don’t have that much to begin with and I hate clothes shopping, I didn’t get rid of that much. I also donated some extra dishes and miscellaneous things we had but didn’t need.

By the end of this year I’d like to have all the boxes unpacked…well, not all the boxes, just the ones that we need stuff out of. There are about 20 boxes that we are saving for when we get the house organized or until we move into our new house. Most of the breakables will stay in boxes because we have nowhere to put them for now. I would like to get my family on a schedule and have playdates set up. The playdate idea seems like a stretch because of the holiday season…. most people are crazy busy this time of year. But we’ll make an attempt at finding new friends. I mean they play with kids now, but sometimes it’s nice when you get to see the same friends over and over.

I’d like to get back into crafting and finding time to focus on what I like to do. I don’t know if it’s like this for every mom, but when I first became pregnant and then with the more kids we had, I felt like I lost my identity. I put aside what I loved to do and gave that time to my kids and husband. All of my ideas became half-finished projects and any spending money I had, I put towards stuff for the kids. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a complaint. I love shopping for my kids and giving myself to my family as much as I can, but I’m starting to forget who I am and what I enjoy, as an individual…seperate from a role. I’m not sad about this, but I know that I need to start carving out time for me or we are all going to suffer. I would say this is a goal for my husband as well. He doesn’t do as much as he used to either….as far as hobbies. He is a great husband, father, and provider. But he needs more ‘me’ time as well.

A couple of weeks ago, we drove up to the property that we will be purchasing for our future home site. This was the first time I had been to the property. My husband has been there a few times before. It is gorgeous. You have to drive up a mountain and the views are spectacular. The town is really small, but there are so many natural things to do. Like fishing, hunting, hiking, swimming, camping, canoeing, boating, and more. This is not a town for people who love the big city. You would feel completely cut-off. We love it just for that reason. Everyone is laid back and the natural beauty of this place is still there. No trash all over or tall buildings blocking your view of the gorgeous mountains and lake. We cannot wait to build our house and enjoy country/mountain living.

Of course, this next month (or by the end of the year) we need to do boring stuff too…like updating our drivers licenses & tags and canceling some of our memberships in FL. We HAVE to get internet hooked up. We also have to make a budget and stick to it and work on plans for our house.

I’m sure I’ve left out a few things from this past month. It’s been hectic adjusting to a new place. But so far we haven’t regretted it. I hope that’s a good sign. 🙂 Gosh, we have so much work cut out for us. And two weeks left before the new year. Pray that we don’t go crazy!

What have you been up to this past month? Don’t worry…you don’t have to write a novel like I did. 😉 Any suggestions on keeping a budget or ideas for fun country activities?

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