OK, things are a bit better now! The constant need for repairs has subsided and we're beginning to get unpacked. We still have a major repair and servicing to accomplish- but for now, we needed a bit of a break. We are currently in the midst of getting our hardwood floors refinished. The look pretty awesome! It's quite a process however and requires us to leave our house for several hours per day. Then when we come back- there is much leaping over the entry way floor (quite a feat for someone who will be giving birth next month) and waiting outside for the fumes to clear out. Tomorrow the last coat of the shiny stuff will be applied and the job will be done. We're not supposed to walk on the floors or move our furniture back for another three weeks. Hmmm, that should be interesting.

Otherwise, we're starting to get to know our new little town. It's pretty fun. It feels a bit like a smaller town, but has all of the stores and restaurants you could ever want! The neighbors are all still really friendly. They hang out with each other a lot! I mean, really.... a lot. Here is what we've witnessed so far- they all keep their bbq grills in front of their garages, because they seem to grill together all the time- movie projected on a garage with giant speakers- the next night, Wii video games on said garage- lots of fireworks together- lots of men wearing cut off, sleeveless, t-shirts- did I mention they hang out together a lot?- tv's in garages with various neighbors watching various shows... I don't know quite what to make of it all yet. I suppose its better than snooty neighbors who don't socialize at all, but maybe is it too much??

The Eads family came for a quick visit today. That was fun- we haven't seen them or spent serious time with them in a long time. It wasn't ideal circumstances- we couldn't step on the floors and had to entertain the four kids somehow. But some time at the park and some time outside was fun for all!

Someday we'll find our camera and get some pictures up for y'all. Until then, just picture a big mess, lots of boxes, and furniture in random locations. Yup, its our life.


  1. slivengo on July 9, 2008 at 5:40 AM

    Hi Steph! Glad to hear that things are settling down for you guys - of course that's right before everything gets crazy again in a month :) Can't wait to see pictures of the house. :) Hope you are feeling great!

  2. j.ro on July 9, 2008 at 5:59 AM

    yay for updates! it's so hard for me to visual this whole neighbor hang time thing :o) can't wait for pics!

  3. Grandpa Smith on July 9, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Does this description of the neighborhood sound a little bit like "King of the Hill?" Tell Hank and Peggy "hi" for us. (I hope that Avery & Bobby get along OK.)

  4. Jo on July 9, 2008 at 8:17 PM

    I think your new neighborhood sounds super fun!! It'll be like living in the dorms again...only everyone lives on the same street instead of in the same hall. But you'll never get bored and hopefully most of your neighbors have kids for Avery and Oliver to play with! :) I'm glad that things are calming down with house repairs and I really look forward to seeing it (hopefully this fall)! I know you were here only a few weeks ago but I already started missing you all as soon as you left!! Can't wait to see you again...