Well, it's official. We're all grown up.
Monday, October 4, 2010

The day after Eric turned thirty-two, he started his first real job. One month later, only a few days after we celebrated seven years of marriage, we became first-time homeowners. Here we are two weeks later, and I've come to one very exhausting conclusion.

Being a grown up is really hard work.

It means giving up blogging and facebooking for washing windows and scrubbing floors.

It means waking up at the crack of dawn to get myself together, breakfast made, kids clothed, and out the door by 7:30. Every. Single. Morning.

(I can hear my Portland friends gasping in disbelief. Yes friends, it's true. I've applied make-up and have even fixed my hair almost every single day since we've been home. My husband hardly recognizes me.)

It also means, sadly, that sometimes you have to get ugly with people if you want to get anything accomplished. Just ask our mortgage broker.

Even so, being a grown up has some really awesome perks. REALLY awesome. And hopefully this time next year all of the sacrifices we've made over the past 10 years will simply be a memory. But right now, we're staying busy playing catch up. And enjoying life in small town America.

Where everyone knows your name, and your grandma's name, and even what you ate for breakfast that morning (you get my drift).

It's quite an adjustment from living in Portland, where I was just another face in a big city. I've run into old classmates, old teachers, and even the same old charming lady working the desk at the dry cleaners. But I couldn't be happier. Wyatt is (gasp!) actually excelling in school, making so many friends, and scoring goals on the soccer field (even if they are for the opposing team). He is no longer referred to as The Puncher!, as I overheard a little girl last year tell her father. He's proud of his class, respectful to his classmates, and eager to share with us what he learns in school each day. Right now, it's the Pledge of Allegiance. I've never been more proud of him.

Avery has started dance, and I'm actually quite surprised by how much she loves it. She's a little anxious at school still, but certainly improving as she learns to adjust to being out from underneath the shadow of her outgoing big brother, who has happily led all of her social interactions with other kids up to this point.

We're happy to finally be getting settled and excited to welcome the fall season (and all of the colds, allergies, and stomach bugs which seem to accompany it). Pumpkin bread, football games, and my first experience with DVR. Bring it on!

By the way, you can click this link to if you're interested in seeing pics of the new house!

Blogger Courtney had this to say:

Thet house looks amazing! So glad the kids are adjusting well. Hope Wyatt had a fun party, sorry we missed it!

October 4, 2010 at 7:57 PM 

Blogger Alex and Ashley had this to say:

Yay, you are back!

October 5, 2010 at 8:33 AM 

Blogger Sweet Yet Sassy had this to say:

Love the funny faces! ;)

I had already logged out of fb so it only let me see the one picture of the orange bathroom.

Better log back in to see the rest. :)

October 5, 2010 at 4:08 PM 

Blogger Shelly had this to say:

MISS YOU! Love the new pics. Wyatt looks disturbingly older - handsome little man! So Maggie Jane just started dance this week. She was so excited to learn Avery is also taking. And here's a Maggie Jane quote you'll love " Mom - does my chest look like yours" (two tennis balls shoved up her shirt - lopsided and all) Then over heard her moments later screaming "DAD! My chest is falling down!" Oh sister, don't I know how you feel.

October 7, 2010 at 8:46 PM 

Blogger Tara had this to say:

Love the post! Small town life is sure an adjustment hey!? I feel ya there! Your house is amazing!

October 15, 2010 at 4:44 PM 

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For the most part I’m a chardonnay, as I consider myself to exhibit a somewhat sunny and mellow disposition (most of the time), but because I find a tremendous amount of joy out of showering my two kids with hugs and kisses, I also possess the subtle sweetness often found in a riesling. But don’t be fooled. I love a great outdoor adventure and am willing to try anything once. This occasional display of boldness is thought to match that of a cabernet, whereas my appreciation for nature suggests that I have an earthy component to my personality—very characteristic of a merlot. (more)


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