Sunday, August 19, 2012

Loving Austin

We've been here just shy of one week and already love it!  We haven't yet unpacked 30% of our stuff, we don't have a couch, but I already feel like this is "home."

When we arrived late last Friday night, the little boys kept saying, "New house! New house!"  We came in the door and the first thing Tian asked was, "Where's Nana?"  Aww.  He's going to miss seeing her and Pappy every week.  My three boys ran all over the house, checking out each room and the backyard.  Yay! We have a backyard again!

Hugging the floor
We went upstairs and I showed the boys their room.  They were so thrilled, they tried to "hug" the floor.  Thank God they seemed to understand the move.  I had prayed that it wouldn't upset them, that they would know we were all sticking together, that no one would be left behind or moved somewhere new.  From the minute we stepped in the house, they just "got it."  We had been showing them photos of the house for several weeks, explaining which room was which and stating (over and over again) that Daddy, Mommy, Hannah, Kenzie, TJ, Travis and Tian were ALL moving to a new house!  Ken even put the pictures of the new house up on our Apple TV so that it was always there to discuss.  That time spent preparing them has paid off.  They've slept great, adore their new room, and love riding bikes on the cul-de-sac.

The older three kids were happy to just be here, but were also eager to meet neighbors and our friends' kids.  So far, three neighbors and their kids have popped over to say hi, even bringing us yummy treats!  It's a great feeling to be in a friendly neighborhood again.  On Monday, my sister and niece moved to town, too!  My kids are beyond thrilled to have their cousin so close.  (They've already spent four nights together.)  I'm happy to have my sister nearby, too.  It's not the house next door with a tunnel connecting the two, like we always talked about when we were little, but it will do.

Here are some snapshots of our past few days.  See the complete album here.  Eco-Art Fest album here.

Chilly waters of Barton Creek at Zilker Park

Nom nom at Magnolia Cafe on SoCo

Making a compost pile at Eco-Art Fest

Ripping paper to add layers

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Moving Week

Last Friday, we loaded up all of our belongings into a big, yellow Penske truck and made the drive south to Austin!

We have truly enjoyed our time in North Texas.  Moving to the Regency in Coppell was a great decision.  I must record this story.  TJ would kill me now, but by the time reads all of these, he'll be old enough to appreciate it:
The girls rode with their dad in the moving truck.  TJ, the little boys, and I rode in the SUV.  As we were getting settled for the drive, TJ said goodbye to his best friend.  Over the past months, they've come to spend every waking-and-not-in-school moment together.  They've fished together, ridden big roller coasters for the first time, had a couple of sleepovers, visited extended family together, and spent hours and hours riding bikes and talking about Star Wars, movies, cars, and who knows what else.  I had to drop some trash off at the dumpster.  Before I got out, I looked at TJ, who appeared contemplative.  I said, "You know, it's just us.  The boys are too little to even if you need to cry a little bit, I don't mind and I won't tell your sisters."  A half-second later, he was sobbing, saying how much he was going to miss his best friend.  He IS a dude, so about 60 seconds later, he sniffed up his tears and felt better.  We talked about how we'll be back for the air show and plan to have his best friend join us.   Times like these I hide in my heart.  His tender, caring heart is a good thing to think about when he's being an ornery kid who seems to be heartless!
Empty truck: TJ, his best friend, Travis, Kenz, Tian

Moving day ended up being quite an experience.  We had horrible movers in Coppell, but then excellent movers in Austin!  We got into Austin late and still they came and unloaded our truck at 9:00pm.  The late hour allowed me to note that more stars are visible from here than in the DFW Metroplex.

It was 11:00 by the time all of our stuff was in the house, so we set up the mattresses and passed out, happy to at least have a soft place to sleep.

I'll tell you all about the new place in my next post...