Married to the Empire

Friday, June 8, 2012

I'm Starting to Like It Here

I was pretty homesick when we moved here and lived in VOM housing.  But after we moved into our own home with our own things (and our pets!), the feeling passed.  More and more, Oklahoma is becoming home.  I've made peace with the fact that I have to drive an hour to Tulsa to do any real shopping.  I'm still fighting an internal battle when it comes to grocery stores, as I have yet to find one that I love, but I'm learning to be content with the situation.  (And I've learned that just as all the frugal bloggers have been saying, ALDI is a pretty decent grocery store.) 

I'm still not unpacked completely.  We've been in the house just over a month now, but the daily-ness of life (cooking, cleaning, laundry), along with taking care of baby, means I have little time for unpacking and putting things away.  I naively thought this would be the faster part of the process of moving, but I also didn't anticipate my kid crawling the second we moved in.  Everything is harder with a baby.

Alex isn't even in his own room yet.  Well, he's by himself in a room upstairs, but technically, that's going to be the guest room.  His nursery has walls covered in painted wallpaper.  Steven tried to get it all off before we moved in, but there just wasn't time.  And after moving in, his priority has been to clear all the boxes and stuff from the garage.  We live in Tornado Alley, and we'd like to protect our cars from bad weather by being able to park in the garage. 

I've done a lot of driving around town.  Mostly it's been because I was trying to get a baby to go to sleep.  I never had to drive him to get him to sleep until we moved here.  The chaos we've been living in has made it harder on him, although we've done our best to keep to his schedule and make things normal for him.  But in driving around, I've found a lot of stuff, including parks.  Alex sat in a swing for the first time on Memorial Day. 

Last night we went to a park that's just crawling with ducks and geese.  (It was a little gross, as we had to wipe down the wheels of the stroller before putting in the car.  Bird poop.  Ick.)

And I've been enjoying the wildlife in our own backyard.

We even have fireflies here!  Best backyard EVER. 

We also have the most amazing neighbors.  Alex came down with a nasty virus last week, then 3 days later, I caught it.  I was able to get Alex in with a pediatrician who had been recommended to me, but I wasn't as lucky with a doctor for me.  The physician who was recommended wasn't taking new patients.  However, when I went next door to ask my neighbor for a recommendation, she got on the phone and personally called that doctor and got me an appointment.  Turns out, she used to work for her.  (My neighbor is a nurse.)  Amazing!  Our new neighborhood is great.  I think I'll be pretty happy here. 

And on another positive note, we haven't been to the vet in a while! 

1 comment:

happyhubbub said...

You know, I've been reading your blog for a couple of years and I don't think I've ever commented! I'm sad you had to leave the greatest state (lol) but so glad you're settling in and feeling "at home" where you are now. Don't give up on the blog - it's the only way I can "keep in touch" with 'ya.