Holy Crap- we have lived here for a year! It is so hard to believe and still seems so surreal at times.
I want to start by thanking all of the people in our lives who have made this transition easier for us. From the awesome going away party to family and friends visiting, notes and texts (I LOVE getting random texts) to new friends who have showed us around, showed us the ropes and given us oodles of great advice.
I can't exactly say that we are becoming New Englanders, but we are becoming comfortable. As much as we've had issues with this house (and believe me, we've had issues galore!) we still love it and it feels like home. For those of you who have seen it, I'm sure you will agree it's very "us".
We really miss our friends and family back in the mid-west- and it is very challenging living so far away- however, we really are enjoying our time here and trying to make the most of it. We've added some more sight-seeing to our list like taking the train to NYC, Portsmouth, NH (a true gem) a pizza tour of the North End, a Red Sox game, some local college sports and more. I've found an exercise class that I love (Go Jazzercise!) and have become involved in PTO and the local mother's club.
The kids are well into their spring/summer sports now. Finn is playing instructional t-ball (which is as adorable as it sounds), Declan is finding his niche and doing track and field (he's a 400 and long jump guy- jumped 8'10 last week) and Amelia is coming off of a very interesting season of rec softball. Luckily for all of us she's starting her new season of summer ball this week (the same league that we started with last year).
We are looking forward to exploring more of New England this summer- on our list for day trips are coastal Maine, Vermont and Providence, RI. We will also be meeting some friends at Niagara Falls, Canada, and making the trip back "home".
Much love to everyone and keep looking on the blog for exciting adventures!!