How did it even get to be October?????
:: Settling Into the House ::
Mostly messing up the house is going on right now. Jack has started drawing on walls and has christened a number of doors and walls that Roo hadn’t gotten to when we first moved in. I don’t know if I mentioned, but she went on a graffiti spree when we bought the house. Nice things can’t last…
Anyway, I did rearrange the living room. We moved the big cabinet you see in this next picture away from the front door on the right and over to the blank wall that you see on the left.
Don’t mind the laundry, or crafty stuff, or ginormous dry erase board. *Sigh* Sometimes my house is in order. I promise!
We have been brainstorming for a way to put the desktop computer on the main floor so that we can use it more and I am trying to convince Mr. S. to retro-fit this same cabinet into a computer cabinet by rearranging the shelves and adding a sliding keyboard shelf. He’s not convinced. I’ve had a lot of crazy home improvement ideas but this is not one of them and I am sure he’ll come around one of these days.
It’s a shame I can’t be trusted with tools. I’d revolutionize the place.
In other news, Jack put a hole in his bedroom wall in a weak spot that had been patched before we moved in. He likes to kick that spot with his heels before he falls asleep.
He’s already dropped a matchbox car into the hole — never to be seen again.
Now that the weather is changing, we are beginning to think about things that need to be done before winter. The furnace ignition needs to be serviced. We bought new window covers for the basement windows that need to be installed. Mr. S. has already taken down the cages and such in the veggie garden. There isn’t much time in the evenings now that the days are getting shorter. Nature is starting to shoo us indoors. Mr. S. has begun walking around the house talking about inside projects he wants to do in the cold weather to make the place more our own…painting, wallpaper removal, new curtains, ripping up carpet. There’s a list started somewhere. My wager is that we’ll get to about 5% of it.
:: Settling Into the Neighborhood ::
We finally met that homeschooling family that lives at the end of the street. Last weekend while I was putting Evie down for a nap, Mr. S. happened to see the dad and kids over at the park and he quickly walked over there with our older three to introduce himself. And then this morning at church (more on that in a minute) they were there and the ten-year-old daughter had walked back with her one-year-old brother and she came over and asked if I was Mrs. S. and then introduced herself! Her mom and I met and chatted while we waited in line for coffee and donuts. Very nice people.
There is another family down the block (near the park) that we see coming and going but they keep to themselves for the most part and though they have two kids (elementary age boy and girl), it never much occurred to me to seek out an acquaintance. Well, lo and behold, we met them today while they were out selling Boy Scout stuff and their daughter is a little bit older than Roo and the two of them hit it off right away. They rode their bikes together.
Now that Roo can ride her bike, she loves her new found freedom.
We ended up heading to the park and the little girl’s mom and I had a chance to get to know each other a little bit. We talked about the neighborhood, vegetable gardens, and the old abandoned mansion that used to be where they are building the new Costco. They are also Catholic and the two kids go to the private school at the parish nearby. Something tells me Roo will now be insufferable about wanting to play with her new friend from down the street.
I am not sure whether I will form friendships with the new moms I’ve met (I hope to, but you know how it is), but I am still so grateful for the sweet lady that lives next door. Yesterday the kids were over at her house all day playing with her grandkids and I walked over with Evie because I was bored and my neighbor and I chatted away over huge mugs of steamy tea. Good stuff.
:: settling into the community ::
We’ve been exploring more. The metroparks here are gorgeous and free!
But what I really want to tell you is that we are going to a new parish and we will be joining it as soon as I can get my little tush (and probably four other little tushes) into the parish office to do so.
I can hardly express how happy I am about this. It is a physically stunning church, a catechism without words, and there are tons of great young couples that have young kids. (Not to mention our homeschooling neighbors!)
A long post to make up for my lack of updates ;)