Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Live from Texas

We made it to Texas without incident and are now semi-moved in to our temporary apartment. We've been by our house, which is coming along nicely and will probably be ready sometime in October.

Some random thoughts/observations on the moving process and adjusting to Texas suburbia:

1. Movers make the whole process relatively painless. Probably the worst part was the 2 hours it took to clean out the fridge and the oven (yeah, it had been a while). Dave, however, assures me that we are never moving again.
2. It's refreshing to see actual teenagers work in teenage-type jobs (ie, fast food).
3. Suburbia rocks. Instead of passing a ghetto bodega on my way home, I pass a 7-11. Hooray for cherry Coke slurpees!
4. Ten days of triple digit heat sometimes makes me think I accidentally moved to Arizona. But (as much as I hate to admit this) it really IS not so bad without the humidity.
5. We have been swimming at least 3 or 4 times a week, and in just 2 days Emma learned to stay upright in her brand new inner tube tank top.
6. Real church builings echo and Emma is louder during sacrament meeting than I originally thought.
7. There is parking EVERYWHERE! And it's FREE! And the spaces are large enough that I'm not worried about anyone (even those HUGE trucks that everyone drives out here) hurting my car!
8. Four teenage boys sitting the table over from us in Chili's the other night said grace before they ate their meal. I've never seen that anywhere but Utah. It's nice to live somewhere where people don't think you're an idiot if you believe in God. (Though I doubt that I, personally, will be saying grace in a restaurant any time soon...)
9. I own enough books to fill 2 large (for an apartment) closets. And I already bought 2 more books since we got here. (Don't tell Dave...)
10. I'm happy to be here, but I've been a little bored since Dave started work. I'm trying not to spend money and I don't know too many people yet, so it's off to the pool again!


Emily said...

Oh, so happy that you made it there safely and are enjoying TX. From your list it sounds much better than JC....except for not knowing anyone yet. We miss you!!

Becca said...

Glad you guys made it okay and are semi-settled. You'll meet people in no time and have lots of people to take swimming with you, I'm sure, especially with that heat! It'll be fall soon though :)

Ginger said...

Congrats on getting there in one piece and with all those books, too! Sounds like you're having fun.

Lulu said...

I'm happy to hear that things are going good. And I will totally agree with you the list that you just made. I know things will be great for you out there. Texas really is fun.
We miss ya being at the play dates. You and Emma were one of the few we could count on on being at the play dates almost every time. lol, take care, hope to read and see more.

Amberly said...

I've been wondering where you were! Congrats on making it there safely, can't wait to keep up on your adventures! what are you latest reads? any recommendations?

Maile said...

I laughed so hard over #2 - teenagers working in teenage-type jobs. We miss you!

The Roberts' Report said...

I love the list!! AND would you just come over and hang out!! I don't go anywhere, because I'm too fat and prego lazy!! ;) We love having ya'll over anyway! R

erin said...

Yeah, what an exciting new adventure! Best of luck with settling in and getting to know new people!

Sarah said...

I love your post. It made me laugh. Josh and I had to smile about the heat in Dallas last week. It was much hotter in Dallas than it was in Miami. (And Miami was not so pleasant heat wise.) I heard that the humidity was pretty high there too, no?

Tyler, Amy and Kate Waterfall said...

I enjoyed the update and I'm so excited for you guys. I'm glad you are getting settled in now.

Naomi said...

So glad you got there safely and sounds like your family is doing well. Awwww, you made me miss having 7-11 around! :)

mistieleigh said...

YEAYYY to suburbia. And i know what you mean about 7-11's. I remember when i saw my first one in SUmmit and about died. it makes you feel like you live in a new land!! I can't wait til you move into your new house!! We hope to move into ours in the next couple of weeks. HOORAY!