We arrived at our new home at midnight Friday night and began the unpacking Saturday morning at 8am. We hired two guys to come and help us, which was the smartest thing ever. They were work horses and did so much of the heavy lifting. We had the truck unpacked in two hours and the rest of the day was spent creating some sense of the mess!
We have had some issues with the work done on the house. Had to call the plumber back 3 times to fix things he did. I don't think we will be using him when we do the kitchen in July. Also since our house was old it did not have ceiling lights with wall switches, so we had an electrician wire this into all the rooms. He didn't put any light fixtures in (because he knew we were getting ceiling fans) but our handyman who was trying to be thoughtful went out and purchased simple light fixtures and put them up in all the rooms. In one room he made a mistake hooking up the "hot" wires and we blew out Luke's PS3 and also our brand new projector that we had never even used! I am so sad first that it happened but second that it happened because our handyman was going the extra mile and trying to be nice! GRRRR.
Thus far I am THRILLED with the kids' schools. Jordan and Kloe started today and had a good day. Their teachers are really sweet, and Jordan was moved up from 2nd grade to 4th grade so that he would be with his same age peers. In the long run I think this is important and the best decision.
We have the interesting and very opposite neighbors. On one side is what must be a 3000+ square foot house. An older couple live there and they brought us lemon pies. YUM. The wife teaches piano, which might come in handy!! On the other side is a duplex apt. house and one of the apts. has a dad and three boys. One kid is 16 and has a girlfriend who is due any time with twins. Both he, and his two younger brothers are always outside smoking ... UGH.
The house is starting to look more like a home and there are fewer and fewer boxes each day. We still have curtains to hang and rooms to paint, but slowly we are getting there!
Last but not least, I believe we have found our church home! Mark's mom and dad and I went to church last Sunday morning and I really enjoyed it. It is called Heritage Fellowship and is a Church of God. We took everyone but Luke and went to Wednesday service tonight. All the kids enjoyed their class. Even Nikki made a new friend and didn't cry when she went to class by herself! Nathan went to the nursery and for the first time in his life he stayed in there and didn't scream until the very very end! UH- MA-ZING! Our prayer was that God would lead us to the right church right from the beginning and that we wouldn't have to "church shop", and I love how He has been faithful to answer that prayer!