So far we really like it here. I am starting to make friendships that I think will actually last and, more importantly, Elijah is making friends! By far the hardest part of moving each time has been taking Elijah away from his family and friends. This is a quirky town and I have never felt like the conservative, main stream person like I do here! haha. It is beautiful and I am really looking forward to warm weather and everything blooming.
We had a hard Christmas with a death in the family and then a horrid virus that had all 4 of us and my parents sicker than we have been in years. The New Year lightened up though with a reunion of Mike's parents AND all the sibling's together at our place. It was so much fun and made the move a little easier.
Yohan turned one at the beginning of the month and I cannot get over how incredibly awesome this little boy is. He is adventurous and fun, curious and sweet. He melts me more and more each day. He has yet to take real steps, but he loves to climb the furniture, do anything outside, eat cheese and clementines, and, as of the last couple of days, stand up on his own and clap for himself. Sheesh, he is cute!
Elijah is doing awesome with home schooling. His favorite unit so far was the dinosaur unit, but he greets each one with excitement, which makes me SO happy. He is on book 5 of the BOB Books and my heart jumps with joy listening to him read. I cannot believe how grown up and cool this kid is. Legos are his passion and he tells me weekly that he wants to work for Lego one day. Awesome. He sings all the time, especially when he thinks we can't hear him. We also recently started giving him an allowance, complete with Save, Spend, and Give jars. He is, of course, saving up for a Lego set :o)
We are thrilled to have had A LOT of visitors already and we have been able to take trips back to stay with dear friends in Knoxville and friends and family in Nashville. Those helped keep me sane. We have also taken all opportunities when it has been warm enough to go hiking and hammocking. I see lots more of that in our future :o)
I miss my close friends in Knoxville and I desperately long to be near family, especially for my boys, but this is a fun adventure and I am so thankful to be in such a beautiful place and to be meeting the awesome people that are coming into our lives.