21 March 2013

Happy Nooruz!  We're still not settled anywhere yet, so there's not much we can do to celebrate today, but we have lots of great memories of Nooruzes past to think about.  If I weren't posting from the iPad, I'd link to them.  There are many Nooruz photos on this blog.

18 March 2013

Hello, DC

We're not quite there yet, but here's what I'm looking forward to about living in DC.  We won't technically be in DC, but I'll be close enough to walk there, so that works for me.

  • Walking!  I truly did love our location in Charlottesville, but I did miss being able to walk to things.  Except for walking around our neighborhood, I couldn't walk anywhere from home.  I don't think there is much of anything I won't be able to walk to in our new home.
  • DC sites. That's pretty much self-explanatory.
  • Metro
  • Ethnic foods of all types
  • Lego store for the boys
  • Friends.  We have so many friends who live in DC that we haven't seen in years
  • Much closer to the temple and much smaller wards, geographically speaking
  • No cleaning.  We'll be in temporary housing and someone else cleans it once a week.
  • More stuff for the boys to do 
  • And so much more.  Come visit!

Goodbye, Charlottesville

So we've already moved from Charlottesville, after less than eight months there.  That wasn't nearly enough time, and I feel like things were so busy the entire time we were there, especially the last two months.  But I'm also glad that we were able to move on from that job quickly because they'll be staring furloughs soon.

Anyway, here's what I loved about Charlottesville.

  • History.  There are so many interesting things to see around there, and since we lived there, we were able to get much better deals at places like Monticello and Montpelier.  We'd drive by historical markers every day and there was always something new to learn.
  • The house.  We rented our house on a bit of a whim, not knowing if it would really work for us, especially since it was different than anything we'd ever tried before.  But I loved living there.  It was so quiet and beautiful, there was no traffic, it was still near Charlottesville, there were hills and a creek and plenty of room for the boys and me to run around and camp, and so much more.  The house itself wasn't the best ever since the kitchen was small (I especially missed the silverware drawer) and it would have been nice to have more than one bathroom, but there were so many windows which is really important to me.  And I loved the wood stove. I'd never used one before, and I really enjoyed it, especially when we'd cook on or in it. 
  • Our congregation.  We've lived in all sorts of places with all sorts of wards, and this ward was a good one.  I don't think we're leaving with many lifelong friends that we'll keep in contact with for very long, but we feel like we were able to contribute and our boys have been so happy.
  • Homeschooling.  We didn't get very involved in the homeschooling community, but we never do, so that's okay.  But we were on a yahoo group for the area that had so many wonderful ideas and we were able to do lots of things with our family because of that.
  • Shenandoah National Park.  I've written about this before, and as national parks go, this isn't a very impressive one, but it was nice to be in the hills in 30 minutes.  We could even pretend we were in the mountains.