I love our new place. We have been here for 1 week, and even though it's not the nicest place, or in the best part of town, it's ours. Our neighbors have 1 & 2 year old boys, who are both very social-able :), they are cool and seem pretty normal aside from having a million friends. Our landlords are amazing! They are eager to please, and want to do what they can to make the apartment nicer for us, like putting new screens on all the windows, and putting a new fridge in. They love Atreyu, and are going to live next door to us a few days out of the week soon. They even gave us a house warming gift!
I love having privacy again. No one above us, no one below, and for now, no one next to us. Just one other family across the grassy area. We are in a complex of 2 duplex's with only one other family. Our neighbors 2 year old loves to come over to me if I'm outside just to say hi and give me a pat on the shoulder. Our place is much closer to Andy's work, which is great! Just a 5 minute drive home, really good for those especially late nights. My work is 10 minutes closer, and we are a lot closer to our favorite grocery store WINCO! Although there is a great little market that uses only local produce just down the street, but a little pricier for regular shopping, but good for that quick run for a gallon of milk.
One thing i really like about being out here is that we are totally self sufficient. Andy is working a full time job with regular over time hours. Generally he works about 50 hours a week! I work usually 1 or 2 days a week, which is all i really care to work, more is unnecessary, and too hard on Andy and our schedule. When we moved in, we actually were able to buy new furniture! The first time since we have been living together! Totally furnished our living room! Bedrooms are next, and I cant wait! Although i do want to check out thrift stores to see if i can find any cool looking dressers and toy boxes for Atreyu, since that kid has soooo many toys.
Atreyu is doing really well in our apartment. I know it must have been hard on him to move all the way up here from California, but he's been handling it like a champ. A few things got delayed since i don't want to change his little world too much at one time. Potty training might start next month, and changing him over to a toddler bed will probably come after potty training is established, then the Binky will go after all that is done :). But he is learning a lot right now! Getting his ABC's down, he can recite A to M with me no problem, distinguish between red, blue, black, green, orange, and yellow, and can count to 10 by himself and count down from 5 by himself. He is learning to ask for food and drink when he wants it, instead of just waiting until i offer. And he absolutely loves to help me around the house, especially sweeping and putting clothes in the dryer.
|At Smokey's Pizza and Atreyu being adorable as usual|
Andy loves his job. Which is a big deal, since his last job in California was horrible. He is the best closer they have, and every one loves his food! His job is hard, and demanding, but he loves what he does, his bosses like him (also a big difference!) and all his co workers like him. (And apparently many girls think he's the best looking guy there. I knew that already lol. But i think i might have be a bit more possessive of him while I'm there and let them know what's up ;D)
|At the Brickhouse!|
|On the way to Astoria|