Hello, blog friends. Oh boy, have I missed you! It feels good to be back in conversation.
So here we are in the Midwest. It's flat here! Thankfully, the Double B did a great job finding our house (I really do love it), and we are tucked down into the bottom of a cul-de-sac with a forest area behind us... we also live in a part of the city a little bit more hilly, so you don't get that full expanse... which sort of creeps me out. The Double B thinks that is a weird reaction, but hey. I am weird. There have been very few days in my life where I have pretended I wasn't. Seeing all that flat flat land leading out to the horizon really makes me feel funny. But I'm pretty sure I'll get over that pretty fast, and one day when I'm surrounded by mountains again I'll think back fondly of my time in the impressively flat heartland. Or the "Northland," which is what our part of the city is called. When people ask where we live and we tell them, they say "Oh, the Northland," so casually in their slightly drawly voices. It's very charming. I told my brother Matt yesterday to please refer to me only as a "Northlander" from now on. It just sounds cool. I am carefully keeping track of the dialect here so I can appropriately mimic it when called upon in the future. The interesting thing is, some people have it really thick and some people hardly at all. Yesterday in the Taco Bell drive thru it was really hard not to lovingly mimic our Taco Bell expert as she said things like "pEAnk lEMonADE." My acting training just kicks me to immediately practice it, watching there mouth so I can form my own the same way. The training my mother gave me forbids me from doing so. Somehow manners always win. Shucks.
Well, obviously we have a whole heap to catch up on, but don't worry. I'll catch you up. I am really ridiculously happy to be back blogging, as I have always happily confessed it is a form of free therapy for me. So you'll be seeing plenty of me here. (Phew! Big relief for all of you, I know.)
K.J. and Olivia started school yesterday!
The admissions process here is really a wonder to behold, so it was delayed much longer then we were expecting. Their school is basically like Fort Knox. I have never seen such a safe, locked down place of learning, which is great, but really... that has it's own bag of bones which I will not bore you with. Let's just say by the time they got in my car yesterday it was 4:35. Nine in the morning to sunset is TOO LONG FOR SCHOOL. They are MY children. MINE! I will back away from my angry mother hen soap box... I will back away... trying to back away... it's really hard to back away...
K.J. the Great! He was very nervous, so it was pretty hard to leave him. He had a pretty good day, the only real trouble was the school security plan that forced him and Liv to wait in the gym for thirty five minutes after school while I was in waiting for my turn in the car outside for thirty five minutes. That really upset him, and it took most of the evening to calm down from that. His teacher is really nice, though, and it wasn't hard for him to go to school today. I think that's probably the real measure of how his day went yesterday.
I am truly happy to be back with my honey. It does seem like we've been here nine million years and it hasn't even been two weeks yet, but I'm sure the time warp will work itself out. I've had mostly good days, and a few that were harder. Yesterday was the hardest by a long shot, but things are feeling better today. I even got up and made the Double B a lunch to take to work, which just about made his year. We all know keeping busy and looking beyond yourself is the answer. So I'll keep working away at it. The good news is, my ward family (church congregation) here is so amazing kind and welcoming. We've already been to two get together's and I got invited to a girls game night next week by a lady I haven't even met yet, she just called me on the phone because she'd heard I was here. I think that is amazing, and we are all seeing our prayers being answered. It's been an awesome example to me. When the time comes I get to welcome some one new, I don't think I'll just go introduce myself anymore. I think I'll invite them over for dinner that day and strike up a friendship. I know how much they'll need it!
Well, friends, prepare for many more novels in the future.
You are loved. Amen.